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Software is inherently required for digital photography, and opens up options for post-processing film as well. Questions related to the tools used for digital image editing, processing, organization, distribution, and presentation should have this tag.

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What software can show my most frequently used focal length?

Many people recommend a focal length of 35mm, 50mm, and sometimes even 85mm and upwards for those interested in purchasing a prime lens. I, however, would like to figure out what focal length(s) I use ...
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Can Lightroom facilitate the consolidation of 2 external drives to a third?

I have two large external drives with about 2.5 TB of data. About half the storage is images and videos that I want to put on a new NAS drive/device. I don’t want to carry over junk, duplicates and ...
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Flickr uploader (sync) for Windows 8

I searched on the web and found the following software for Windows 8: Flickr Sync Flickr Uploadr Photo Sync But no one seems to do what the official uploader (sync) for Mac OSX does. What I need ...
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Windows Canon Raw Codec

Is there a codec to view thumbnails for Canon CR2 files in windows explorer. I have install the microsoft camera codec pack and looked on the Canon website here: ...
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Color Temperature, Contrast, Brightness, and Saturation [migrated]

How Can we measure each of these Parameters for 2 videos ? and the reason behind it is to make a comparison ?
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What free raw processing programs can use ColorChecker DCP profiles?

I know that Lightroom can use the ColorChecker Passport profiles. But can other free program (on windows) use the DCP profile directly? It seems that RawTherapee can use it but after decompiling the ...
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Why do some photos show entirely black when exporting a 1080p slideshow from iPhoto?

I used to make slideshows with iPhoto and export as video. Today I'm trying to make another one but some photos appear totally black when exporting in 1080p... I tried to export at lower resolutions, ...
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Photography: Set ISO higher or use software edit later? [duplicate]

I'm very curious these days about ISO in photography. I research internet but I didn't find answers to my questions. I want to find the differences between "ISO" and "EV" and "Brightness". I know ...
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What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing?

I have a photo (photo_A.jpg), taken on a post-sunset beach, for which I want to reduce some noise. I do so using the luminance noise reduction technique from Adobe Camera Raw, open the image in ...
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How would you set up a long-exposure shot from the computer?

I just got a USB digital microscope and I would like to setup a long exposure experiment (~5 minute capture). Unfortunately, I have no clue what software I need to have to set up a long exposure shot. ...
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What are the key photography-related features from Photoshop that are missing in GIMP?

I am on a tight budget and chose to use GIMP for editing since it is free. What important photographic post-processing features am I missing from Photoshop?
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How can I easily convert a large number of pictures from RAW to scaled down JPG?

I have a collection of shots from the same session in RAW and want to covert all of them to JPG. Each one should have a curve applied, then be scaled and sharpened using the same settings. What is ...
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Emulate Gimp's Grain Merge in Photoshop

This question is about emulating Gimp's Grain Merge Blending Mode in Photoshop. As can be seen, it adds the layer above and subtract 128 (DC Level). Why is it important? It creates the ability to use ...
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How should i go about optimizing images? [duplicate]

Is there any good software that can let me optimize/resize images?
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Digital Photography Plugin List [closed]

Lets find out what plugins the community is using to enhance their photo's and why that plugin matters to them. It would be great to get a list of the most readily used plugins so please comment by ...
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What software should I use for converting fisheye photos to normal rectilinear photos?

Can you recommand me a software for doing this job? I shoot using Sigma 8mm lens and I would like to be able to obtain a normal image out of that. The camera is canon 550D.
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Digikam RAW import: Preview

I'm using Digikam to organzie my photos and use the direct import from my Nikon camera. Using JPEG pictures, I can select some of them by the preview and import pictures selectively into different ...
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How to remove write protection from MicroSD

I have a Polaroid XS100i, I've only used it once and taken junk photos\movies to test it. Now I'd like to delete those files but the MicroSD is write protected. I have tried connecting via USB to ...
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What can you do with Lightroom catalog files if Adobe stops support for Lightroom?

What can you do with Lightroom catalogs if Adobe shuts down support for Lightroom? Is there any other software compatible with Lightroom catalogs? I don't have Lightroom, this is one of the things ...
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Which is the application used for this photo with glow around dark things? I saw many pictures like this on instagram, but nobody answers

[Which is the application used for this photo with glow around dark things? I saw many pictures like this on instagram, but nobody answers...]
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What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?

How do you organize your lightroom library (libraries)? Since I am a casual photographer, I have a single huge library with all my photos in it. Then I create smart collections to be able to find my ...
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Does the Sony A7 run Android, or if not, is there another way to write applications for it?

I'd like to buy a Sony a7R, probably when its successor arrives this year. I saw apps on the a7 in some video, and I would like to ask what apps are they? Is the Sony a7 running Android? Can you ...
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My “flag” option is gone from Aperture — where did it go and how do I get it back?

I have always used the "flag" option to tag my favorite pictures to go to later, but for some reason it's no longer there. Did I accidentally press on something that took it away?? Anyone know what I ...
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How do I reset Ufraw to default settings in Windows?

The first time I played around with Ufraw / Gimp on my Windows machine, I hit "save" in Ufraw. Now, it opens every new photo with the odd warm settings I was playing with. How do I reset Ufraw to ...
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How to mass convert RAW images into JPEG in Lightroom 3?

I have 1000 raw photos that I would like to convert all to jpg. Is there a way I can do this all at once or can I only do it one by one?
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Converting ARW pictures taken with a Sony A6000 to PNG or TIFF with ImageMagick

I took a few ARW pictures with a Sony A6000 (a.k.a. Sony ILCE-6000). I would like to convert them to PNG or TIFF with ImageMagick. I tried: convert DSC00288.ARW test.tiff and convert DSC00288.ARW ...
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How can I delete presets in Lightroom 3?

How do you delete an unwanted preset in Lightroom 3 that you have in your saved presets?
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Self-hosted gallery that will base on existing library structure [closed]

I have thousands of photos sorted in hierarchical structure of folders (like Family->John). This library is shared between various devices like DLNA (TV), cloud (android), network sharing (samba, ...
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How many keywords are possible in Lightroom without a performance penalty?

Does anyone know whether there's an upper limit to the number of keywords possible in Lightroom without experiencing a lack in performance?
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How can I force Lightroom to render previews for my collection?

When you import, you have the option (I just discovered 5 minutes ago) to have Lightroom render 1:1 previews. That makes it much easier to just quickly flip through a bunch of images, because it ...
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What software tool can I use to convert a photo to line drawing?

What's the best way to do this, using free software? I want to convert photos to line-drawings, maybe cartoons ...
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What program can automatically resize & crop a folder of images to a certain resolution?

I'd like to take a folder of images of various sizes and have them cropped into a 600x600 grid square, cut out from the middle of the image. Is there a program that can automatically resize and crop ...
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How does software that extracts or views EXIF work? [closed]

I'm currently doing a research project on metadata extraction from various filetypes, and I'm not able to find any documents or research papers on image metadata extraction from photos. All I can find ...
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Is there a tool which will resize photos based on level of actual detail in the original?

As part of my organisation workflow I like to scale down images where the quality of the photo is not making the most of the resolution (due to camera shake, low light graininess, or whatever). Is ...
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Are there digital cameras that allow user apps?

Are there digital cameras (mirrorless or DSLR) that allow the user to write their own applications for the camera? Is this even planned? I know that Sony offers proprietary applications for purchase ...
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Applying adjustment layer only to one layer in photoshop

Is it possible to add an adjustment layer just to one layer in Photoshop? I've tried, but the adjustment layer seems to affect all layers.
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Can I buy a direct upgrade from Lightroom 3.5 to Lightroom 5?

Do you know if there is any way to upgrade my current Lightroom 3.5 to newest Lightroom 5?
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How can I get white balance support for Canon EOS 1100D in UFRaw?

I have a Canon EOS 1100D and I'd like to edit my raw pictures using Gimp. I've installed Ufraw but it says that there are is no white balance presets for my camera model. How can I make it work and ...
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Is there a free utility which can adjust the white balance of Canon CR2 RAW files?

For Nikon I can use the free ViewNX / ViewNX 2 to adjust the white balance for NEF raw files. Is there an equivalent from Canon for CR2 files (also free)?
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What is the difference between Corel Paintshop Pro 7 & Aftershot Pro 2? [closed]

What is the difference in processing capabilities between Corel Paintshop Pro 7 and Aftershot Pro 2?
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Is there software which automatically assists in recolouring black and white photos?

I have some black and white photos from my wedding and I want to add some colour to them. There is this paper from 2005 that allows you to recolour image by just painting stripes. There is a ...
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Is there software on Macintosh for adding GPS data to RAW files?

I want to add GPS location to RAW photos (from my EOS7D) using location data from my iPhone 5. Aperture doesn't save the data I added unless I export the RAW files as JPEGs. I've searched the site ...
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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?

I'm looking for a free RAW editor/converter on Windows. Can you tell me some strong/weak points of them comparing with Capture NX and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements? RawTherapee PhotoFiltre Able RAWer ...
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Is there a free piece of software that will export metadata for a folder full of images to a table?

I have hundreds of thousands of images in a set of about 50 folders, each of the folders has a varying number of subfolders. I'd like to extract certain pieces of metadata (latitude/longitude, ...
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How can I calibrate two monitors individually in Windows7?

I have 2 monitors, a Dell U2410 and a Wacom Cintiq 12 UX. I have an eye1Match calibrator & software. I was told by the people @ Xrite, that even if I calibrate both devices, Windows will only ...
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Can the Photoshop drag-zoom tool be set to use the center of the current view?

In Photoshop, when your view is rotated, drag zoom (ctrl+space one) appears to be zooming around center of the image, not center of your current view, which results in undesired panning. This is not ...
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How can I extract just the value of a tag without the name using exiftool?

I am trying to save camera make to a var in my bash script. If I use: exiftool -make x.jpg This returns: MAKE : SAMSUNG I need it to return just the value, without the key and colon. What am I ...