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In-camera or post-processing techniques for altering the look of an image.

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How can I create this 'medieval look' using an entry-level camera like the Nikon D3300?

How do recreate pictures like the ones below? They all appear to be lit a certain way. The colors are all very similar, with an overall dark, brooding aspect to them. The backgrounds are heavily ...
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Orange “aura” around people/objects in photo, usually present with older cameras? [duplicate]

I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask but I’ve been unable to figure out what exactly this is. It’s an effect, seemingly unintentional, that makes people and things have orange blurs around ...
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How to I get the Instagram “Lux” effect without using Instagram?

I am kind of fascinated with the new Lux effect of Instagram. I want to "get" the same effect myself, during post processing. This is what I was able to get to, after playing with Levels, Contrast, ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

I'm new in the photography realm and I want to achieve a foggy/cold/blueish kind of magical look with my pictures. Something like these pics 1st image, click for full size Please help me! :)
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Getting the starburst in sun shine like this photo is from post processing or done at capture?

I can't believe that the linked photograph is without any post processing. Is that starburst sun shine in the photograph an outcome of post processing or is it the result of a trick at capture time? ...
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Why do polaroid images look like they do?

I know that polaroid images are not done by effect, as one of my friends think, and that's silly. But my question is why do they look like that ? I mean yellowish and fainted .. I know there is a ...
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What kind of effect can I hope to achieve by hand-holding a filter at an angle?

I have been looking at some of Little Shao's photographs when I came upon this photoshoot video. Looking at the shoot I noticed this scene where the photographer is holding a filter at a diagonal ...
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What is causing this extreme glossy effect when using a polarizing filter?

I have noted a few times at car shows and events when processing my images that some have what i can only call an extreme gloss effect - OK this car was shiny, but the image looks very striking and un-...
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How can I achieve this warm, sunny, saturated effect in Photoshop?

I have 2 photos: before and after. I've been trying to achieve this effect for two months, but every time something is wrong. Help please. Maybe, some special plug-in is used for this processing? ...
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What is exactly the '3D pop' in photography?

When reading about lenses, sometimes I come along the term '3D pop' and I think I have a rough idea about what it means; but I'd love to have a precise or scientific explanation (optics) of it. ...
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How can I intentionally include lens flare in my photographs?

I usually try to avoid lens flare, usually by avoiding shooting directly into bright lights (or using other techniques to minimize it). However, sometimes I find a situation where lens flare actually ...
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How can I make a photo with blurred people but a sharp background? [duplicate]

I am trying to achieve the type of photo where the people/moving parts of the photograph are virtually invisible, but the static background is perfectly sharp. For example, I am taking a photo ...
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How can I recreate this glowing light effect?

How to have a glowing light ray effect outside some object like in this photo (source: art-spire.com) Edit Using photoshop to get this effect ?
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Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?

The effect seen in this image is popular among garden photographers and most of the time vintage lenses are used. In this case the m42 helios-44m 58mm f2, a lens which i ordered and am anxiously ...
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How did they do this effect in this Sherlock Holmes 2 movie promo photo? [closed]

Looking at this: http://www.drawingart.org/clients/sherlockholmes2/ I'm curious as to how they pulled it off, in that obviously the photographs themselves have had both some serious talent + ...
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How do you achieve this brownish skin color moody look on your photos?

I've noticed that there is quite popular style of moody photographs with rich shadows, muted colors and very specific brownish-like skin-tone. It does seem to come from some kind of post-processing ...
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What kind of photo effect is this, where colors are a bit washed out, yet retains the crisp detail and the colors are almost pastel?

I've been seeing various photographers post photos with this type of effect http://fadedandblurred.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/yangtze-2.jpg it's a bit washed out, yet retains the crisp detail ...
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How to shoot a light trail photo where an object is still in focus? [duplicate]

I have come across this picture of a car where the background has a light trail effect but the object (which is the car) is still in focus. I know how to create the light trail effect but I'm not ...
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How can I get a lot of detail in the face, skin as seen in this poster for The Martian?

How was this effect achieved? You can see a lot of detail on the face, skin, etc. Is this a post-process filter or can you get this look by only playing with camera options? Is it possible to do ...
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Can the soft focus effect be created by slightly throwing the image out of focus?

Is a soft-focus image just minimally out of focus?
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How to get “rays” in night photos?

In this night picture, the lamp has characteristic "rays". How is it possible to get similar effect? Is it related to aperture, or shutter speed, or lens type?
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What Photoshop plugins are must haves? [closed]

When you as a photographer edit your photos in Photoshop (after some processing using Camera Raw or Lightroom) are there any Plug-ins/Actions/etc. (free or paid) that are must haves for you as a ...
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How can I tell when to stop adding an effect?

When I shoot a photo and load it into my image editing software and start playing with curves and sliders, sometimes I go so far. For example I increase the saturation and I keep increasing it till it ...
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How was this blurry background, sharp motorbike effect achieved?

In this photo nominated as Canon Australia Photo of the Week, the background seems to blur while the rider is sharp. Wouldn't this normally be the other way? How was this done?
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Why the trend of faded vintage photography?

I know it has been years as I google on faded photography. However, none seems to mention about the hype of this effect. Does faded photography create positive moods? Photography having vibrant ...
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Can the lensbaby achieve a similar effect to a ± 8.5° tilt?

I quite enjoy the ± 8.5° tilt that the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 provides. The cost is quite high at around $2,000USD. It seems that some people use lensbaby lenses for something of a similar effect. What ...
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When is application of a sepia effect or filter useful?

We already know that the black and white filters can be used to see geometric layouts of a certain scene, without showing or emphasizing the colors. (i.e. where the colors are not important) My ...
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Is the fake “Old photo look” taking the emotion out of real ones?

I have seen a LOT of digital images processed to make them look old, i.e. faded polaroid, sun damaged, multiple exposure, light leakage etc etc... I am really starting to struggle to understand why ...
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How can I recreate the Instagram Filter “Slumber”?

I am trying to recreate the Slumber filter of Instagram, but I am stuck at a certain point. Below you can see the Instagram, the original and my edited file. It seems like I am missing one important ...
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How was this high-gloss achieved when taking photos of skyscrapers?

I found this picture in my folders (not sure where it originally came from but (C) Daniel Groszek ). How were the colours achieved here obtained? It looks like a black and white photo, plus blue and ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

I like taking pictures of flowing water on my iPhone, and I'd like to get the soft-cloudy-blur effect for the water. On a traditional lens camera, this can be done with a longer exposure time. Is this ...
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How can I get the colors in my photo to look like a painting by the Dutch masters?

I am trying to make pictures look like paintings. I am interested about reaching a similar color grading. This is an example: link I'm asking an opinion about what kind of techniques should I ...
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How can I achieve the dramatic sky as seen in these sample images?

Below are some samples. Is this effect made with an optical filter or is it edited during post processing? In either case, what it is called? http://jpgmag.com/photos/3181099 http://jpgmag.com/photos/...
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What lenses can produce a clean starburst effect?

I have seen several examples of a beautiful lens effect, naturally due to a stopped down aperture, but not like a lens star I have managed to create myself - it is so clean. Here is an example: https:...
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How to achieve the blurred vertical lines effect in these photos?

How can I create the gray vertical lines effect at the bottom of this photo and the green vertical lines at the bottom of this?
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How do I create this soft bright look?

This is probably my favorite look in child portraits. I want to achieve this bright, yet color popping look in my photos. Is there specific lighting, like overexposing? Or is it post processing? Here ...
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How does a camera artificially decrease DoF of a shot from a single position?

Some cameras with small sensors can artificially blur image background provided there's an object in the foreground. FujiFilm calls it Pro Focus filter. I'm not sure if the camera makes one or two ...
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A photo effect that favours yellow & blue; What is its name & how is it done with GIMP?

I have recently come across several pictures that seem to have been modified to favour or skew towards both yellow and blue tones. The photo editing effect creates a special, somewhat cosy ambiance. ...
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Photo : inverse of miniature effect

I am very interested in the miniature effect widely used in photography. Which is to make large scenes such as if they were toys. I wonder if the opposite effect was, of giving a tiny object the ...
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How can this retro effect be achieved in Lightroom? [closed]

I recently came across this selection of superb photos, all with a great retro effect. How can I achieve this effect in Lightroom?
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Is there an effect opposite of tilt-shifting?

Is there any effect that would make objects seem much larger than they actually are? I tried to google for it and the only thing I could find was a discussion on flickr where focus stacking is ...
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What is this effect called and how can I post process my photos to get this effect?

I came across this image of an artist on a website. I was wondering what this type of effect on images was called and how I can post process my photos get this effect?
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How to I edit a photo to have a old vintage look?

How to I edit a photo to have a old vintage look? I'm looking to achieve this sorta of vintage film like look. I'm looking for a way to achieve this without purchasing a "auto" effect program by using ...
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What app or filter would create the blurry clone/duplication of the people in this photo?

I was wondering what app or filter would achieve the blurry duplication of the people on the right hand side of the photo, the one that's pointed to by the white arrows? If it's photoshop how would I ...
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How can I replicate Instagram's “Structure” in Capture One or Photoshop?

I am looking for a way to reliably recreate Instagram's "Structure" effect but can't manage to get it as beautiful as Instagram is doing it. I read that it is mainly a combination of Contrast and ...
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How has the photographer made the subject stand out in this shot?

I came across the following photo today: It's taken by Yoon Sul, a professional photographer. I marveled at the effect of the photo, but couldn't wrap my mind around how to take a photo quite like ...
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How can this brightly colored yet gentle pastel-color effect be achieved?

I found this image on http://unsplash.com/ and quite a few have this vivid yet pastel effect. Can it be achieved in Photoshop or Lightroom?
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What is this “lines in the sky” (arcs in the sky) effect called?

I see a lot of pictures with those "line" (arc) effects in the sky and I'm wondering how this technique is called (so I can google how it's done). : (Source: Luke Bhothipiti)
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How do I make my images look like this dreamlike picture?

I understand that the post-production process for images like these typically involves increasing the exposure and saturation and lifting the blacks of the image. However, I notice the histogram of ...
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Can I revert 'Color Sketch' mode on a Nikon camera?

I've just taken a bunch of photos without realising that my Nikon D5200 camera's 'color sketch' mode was enabled. Is there any way to revert them to real, effect-free photos?