Questions tagged [post-processing]

Post-processing is the process (and art) of adjusting a previously-captured image to obtain a desired look. It encompasses everything from simple whole-image adjustments to detailed per-pixel touch-up work.

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Removing a color gradient from the Crab nebula in GIMP

I'm new to this stack. I have a question about astrophotography. A while ago I took pictures of the crab nebula with R, G and B filters with a 120cm telescope. These pictures have already been ...
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How does Sebastiao Salgado achieve this look?

These photos are from the photo book "Genesis". The area I am curious about is in the dunes. I was having a tough time even coming up with adjectives to describe this photo. It almost looks ...
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Basic Lens Advice For Machine Vision Camera

I'm working on an application that requires taking photos with a machine vision camera in outdoor areas with a wide range of lighting conditions. I have been taking some sample photos and no matter ...
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Compensate aberration to improve the quality of a surveillance camera

I am analyzing the videos recorded by a surveillance camera and noticed that, in most scenes, there is a sort of "halo" around the right part of people passing by (also around the orange ...
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Which non-raw formats have the same capabilities as raw?

There's plenty of "raw vs jpeg" stuff out there, but no one ever seems to talk about other formats like TIFF (16 bit, uncompressed or lossless compression). When color grading or doing ...
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Megapixels vs Compression Artefacts

Assume everything is equal such as lens quality, sensor etc, except the megapixels. Does cameras with more megapixels produce pictures with less compression artefacts than cameras with less megapixels?...
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How can I make the milky way more apparent in my photos?

I was using 6400 ISO with a f2.8, 28 mill lens with a .46 adaptor on a canon m50 for about 15" for this photo. I tried a 1.8 50 mill, 28 mill w/o adaptor, longer exposure, shorter exposure, ...
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How can I remove blown-out sun glare reflected from a sign?

I've been asked to fix up the banner in this photo to remove the glare. I've played around with some of the answers I've found on the internet already, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone have any ...
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PNG files in photography workflow

I shoot Fujifilm and like the builtin film sims. Capture One, does a good job at reproducing them, but I find sometimes Fuji JPEGs better, particularly when some proprietary features (e.g Color Chrome ...
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What type of editing is necessary to achieve this type of watch photo?

The first photo is mine and the rest are thewatchbox.com photos which I'm trying to replicate. Their photos have deeper colors and pop more. Mine seems to have a grey tone to it. Anything I can do pre ...
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Is there solution for dynamic masking in Photoshop?

I'd like to achieve a "dynamic" masking workflow where one layer is masked based on another greyscale layer or group which I can actively edit and see the final results instantly with the ...
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What caused this splotchy pattern in my Portra 400 Scans? (Epson V600)

I recently started using a Fuji GW490 with Portra 400 film. Having got the film developed, some of the areas out of focus (or smooth gradient areas) appear to have a 'splotchy' pattern of lighter dots ...
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How does one create a glowy/halation effect in post?

Newbie at post processing here. I stumbled across this photographer who has these really soft glowy auras around his light sources (see below). I believe he shoots digital and does all this in post (...
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How to create a more professional looking watch photo?

I reached out here 2 years ago when I was using a lightbox for my watch photography and have come a long way (I hope). After some advice I received, I started using 2 strobe lights on either side of ...
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Why do my photos look less punchy in Laptop than camera when both are set to sRGB color space? Why is there a change in photos at all?

I use canon m50 set to RAW to click pictures, they look good on the LCD of the camera but when imported to laptop (Predator Helios 300), it looks bland and less punchy. Even though the reality was ...
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Why do I have poor image quality on my Sony a99 at high iso?

I've just purchased a Sony A99, the first version, and I'm disappointed to find the photos are very noisy at high ISO, even as low as 800 or 1000. Is this typical for this camera? Is there a way to ...
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How to convincingly add color to jet black eyes

Where I'm from, a large fraction of the population have jet/pitch black eyes with no "texture" to them, or a very dark brown. In cosplay photography (my field), models would simulate ...
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How to achieve this "faded" "magazine-like" effect?

I really like the effect that this photo has but i don't know how to achieve it. Probably done with photoshop? It almost looks like it belongs on an old magazine. The effect is kind of over exposed ...
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How do you achieve this soft/glowing low-contrast black and white look?

Watched La Haine (4k version) the other day and was captivated by how the British Film Institute gave the film a much lower contrast soft look in comparison to Criterion's hard contrast look. I know ...
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Do you know a lightroom vintage preset for portraits?

That's the portrait whose vintage atmosphere I'd like to simulate in my "normal" portraits. Do you know a default or a famous (and available on the web) preset which provides similar ...
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How do I get vibrant red tones in film simulation/presets?

I'm currently working on recreating a film type aesthetic for a preset. However, I'm having trouble getting the reds right. I love the very vibrant reds in certain film stocks, so I'm trying to ...
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Background replacement where Subject is leaned against the greenscreen and photographed at an angle?

I work at a small town photo studio as a photographer and my boss recently came up to me to ask for advice on a decision he needs to make regarding the portrait picture service we offer. Basically, ...
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How to edit my pictures to get this look?

I’m a wedding photographer and there is this beautiful creamy sort of dull look on some pictures I saw. I’ve been practicing and practicing to get the same look but I have not been able to. Could I ...
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How can I pause the image processing in Topaz Gigapixel AI?

I use Topaz Gigapixel AI for image postprocessing. It can take a while to process a fair amount of images. How can I pause the image processing in Topaz Gigapixel AI? If I click on "Cancel ...
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Google Earth Imagery

Would anyone know the best way to analyze terrain photography taken using Google Earth? I'm doing independent archaeological research in Peru and have found some interesting sites but they are very ...
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Could this photo have been photoshopped?

I recently came across this photo that someone claimed to have taken on a Fuji brand camera. They claim that it’s a result of double exposure of their singular dog, but this doesn’t seem like double ...
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How can I avoid grid noise / read noise

I have read a bit about this subject (Read Noise) and to be honest I rather shoot at ISO 100 for the finest detail and maintain the scene as I see it. Example .. I shot a fishing pier after sunset ...
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Simple function to simulate different shutter speed / exposure by changing RGB values of image

What mathematical function can I apply to each pixel of an image to simulate an increase in shutter duration of a camera? E.g. Let's say I have an image shot at 1/60s shutter speed. What function can ...
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Delivering retouched photos to passerby participants of photo booth?

This question is more about distributing photos. I'm going to work at pop-up photos booth at an event. I'm going to use my own camera and maybe participants' smartphones should they ask me. The booth ...
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Batch processing scanned negatives to remove white border

I have had several hundred old negatives scanned by a local company. I am happy with the quality, but have found they are using a flatbed scanner to scan each strip, and then manually cropping each ...
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Can you use Lightroom to edit files directly on disk?

I have a large collection of photos that are contained in sub-folders, for a project. My question is if there is a way in Lightroom to edit files directly to disk, without having to re-export again, ...
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How to save Darktable edits as a file?

Darktable is a non-destructive photo editor that exports to jpeg, png and .xcf (whatever that is, but seems to be the Gimp file format), but doesn't save a workfile containing all the individual ...
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What advantages do 16 bit depth photos have over 8 bit photos?

Someone said that 16 bit photos can sell for more money than 8 bit photos. But doesn't that depend on the camera used: Anyone can convert an 8 bit file to have 16 bit, which isn't authentic processing....
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Does photo quality deteriorate when you scale the image size larger?

If a scenic photograph is scaled double its original size to conform to some printing dpi/inches criteria, the default setting in Gimp appears as "cubic interpolation". Assuming this is the ...
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How to make a layer fade to transparent?

I have two layers of the same image. The first layer underneath is the original, while the other on top of it is a copy of the original, but with some applied effect or filter. I would like to make ...
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Is it common practice to apply identical processing effects to a batch of photos?

I'm trying to understand how photographers approach the task of multiple images that were all shot at the same environment/setting/event. Instead of opening each photo separate, and tweaking hue, ...
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GIMP: How to apply the same processing to multiple photos

In Photoshop, the same sequence of processing on layers of each image in a batch can be applied to those multiple images by using File > Automate > Batch > Action then select the group of ...
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How to process photos of night sky taken from smartphone

I'm from Karachi, Pakistan. I'm very much interested in astrophotography but currently, being not much able to afford high level equipment, I try to work on my smartphone and learn from basic YouTube ...
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Detect Google "stylized" photo?

Google on Pixel phone stylizes some photos. Selection of photos to stylize is arbitrary (happens to some photos when you upload, no user selection to trigger) and what exactly happens in stylizing is ...
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What light is used in this photo?

I am a permanent make up artist. My work is good but I can’t take good photos of it. I use a ring light and iPhone. The result has no much details always orange or red tones I see international ...
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Do the 3 main Topaz apps really do different things?

(As a preamble, I am not saying anything like Topaz is dishonest, or I feel ripped off) Watching YouTube videos I have now seen more than once seen people say they like to first use Topaz Denoise, ...
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What does RAW stand for in the postproduction world? [duplicate]

So, I know the meaning of RAW file in the post production world. But, does anyone know exactly what does RAW stand for? I believe it has something related with Read And Write but I haven't found ...
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Can one add padding to a photo programatically?

I use a tool to generate hundreds of photos and in the end I want to add some padding to the photo, but not manually because this will take a lot of time for more than 10000 photos. So for instance if ...
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Outdoor lighting: is this natural light or a graphic effect?

I'd love to be able to reproduce this kind of dreamy, soft outdoor light that almost looks like mist: Photo by Sonia Aloisi (source). How much would you say this is natural light? I'd say the bokeh ...
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why my image (exported as sRGB, 8bit) looks color washed and pixeled after instagram upload

I uploaded this images on Instagram using color space sRGB, 8 bit (as recommended) . Size: long edge: 2160 px. The original images wasn't this color pixaleted (notice faint magenta bar running from ...
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What is the difference between raw and jpeg images? [duplicate]

I am a beginner at photography and I can’t really understand what a raw image is and how it is different from jpeg? How is an image manipulated before processing?
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Free software for minimal post-processing requirements [closed]

I wanted to ask for a recommendation for a free post-processing software. As I am primarily a jpeg shooter - who keeps the raw files "just in case" - my requirements are quite minimal: ...
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Can I post-process this out of focus image?

There was a small snake hiding in the grass. I pointed my camera, but I zoomed too much. When I pressed the button to adjust the focus, the autofocus complained because it was out of range. I tried ...
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Is it possible to eliminate Moiré patterns from photos of screens?

I am very well aware of Moiré patterns and why they happen when taking photos of computer/phone screens. However on the website of some software projects there is a photo of someone using the product ...
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How to process 360 photos without creating seam?

I shoot 360 photos with a 360 camera that takes the entire scene with two wide-angle lenses that are stitched together to obtain 360 panoramas. I use Rawtherapee for post-processing and colour ...
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