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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Do I lose information every time I add an adjustment layer to an 8bit image in Photoshop?

A friend told me that one of the disadvantages of working with 8bits images within Photoshop is that every time I add an adjustment layer I lose some data. Is that true? Is there a quantifiable ...
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How are the levels and curves tools related?

I started to use levels and curves tools quite recently and now I mostly use the second one. Mostly this is due to the fact that I understand the underlied mathematics of curves better than levels. My ...
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what is the cause of halo around dark objects (non-HDR)

This problem occurs often with scenes that have trees with the sky behind. I tend to raise the shadows and reduce the higligts (in RAW) to get a more pleasing image, I believe this is a normal thing ...
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How to postprocess photos with lots of blue haze?

I was in Northern Italy, and made some pictures there (with emphasis on sentimental value, not trying to do big art). Something I noticed both in real life and on the pictures is that the blue haze of ...
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How to imitate the blur on subject outlines after removal of background using GIMP?

Using GIMP I masked out an unwanted person who was situated in the background of my image. This person was partially concealed by my subject. I used the path tool to trace the outlines of my subject ...
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How to use quartered circles to correct camera alignment?

I have seen several scales/scalebars for use in fieldwork/scientific photography that include quartered circles (similar to targets). If I understand correctly, those would be useful to correct images ...
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What is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?

Studio backgrounds can be a pain in the butt. They get wrinkled, they're hard to roll in and out and they get easily dirty. Does anybody know a good technique (or tutorial) on how to clean them in ...
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How to bring such details on face and dull cyan color grading like in this image?

I have sufficient experience in Photoshop and prefer it over Lightroom. I want to know the directions to achieve these specialties of the image below: Facial details in wrinkles and hair. Dull cyan-...
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Easy workflow to stack several frame from a steady video with a moving subject

There are plenty of samples of what I want to do: a moving subject in front of a steady camera, and a single final picture showing the "action" with the subject in several positions in front of the ...
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How to stitch faces from different photos

Taking group photos of children is often an exercise in futility. It's next to impossible to get all the kids to look at the camera, with their eyes open, with a nice smile on their face. If I take ...
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Solve unwanted white “waves” and “Pacman squares” in low-light picture - post using Google Photos

After op commented that my picture is super under-exposed, I tried post using Google Photos. But when I increased the exposure, I saw some unwanted white "waves" or rows in the photo. The edges of ...
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How to batch generate preview for multiple versions of filters/layers applied for the same image in Photoshop?

Recently I'm experimenting a lot with postproduction, to look for some new style. I find it very tedious to check out various combinations of adjustment layers (also with various opacity), blending ...
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Why do it “in-camera” rather than in post-processing?

There's a very common attitude among photographers that the appearance of a photo (ex: exposure) should be created using the features of the camera (aperture, shutter, etc; does not include the "...
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How do I re-create the warm film-like look of this 2012 Southern Comfort advert?

Nobody's quite sure why the new Southern Comfort ad is quite as cool as it is, but I really like the warm '70s film-like look that they have added to the video. How would I re-create this warmth in a ...
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How to edit photos to correct for monitor calibration?

Is there a way to shift all the adjustments made (color, tint, contrast...) during post-processing of photos in Lightroom with an uncalibrated monitor by some offset value after calibrating the ...
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How to take shots like this [closed]

I want to know how to take shots like this on a motorcycle on a gopro hero 8. Is this effect done in post?
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Unclear whether grey card can be used for exposure in post production?

I only use a grey card a little, but need to use it more to get more consistent product photo's. I understand how to use it to adjust white balance in camera, in Photoshop and Camera Raw, however I'm ...
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facilitating long-duration time lapse application

I am doing a time lapse that requires about 36 hours, however my equipment limits me to a rather short-duration interval. The longest time lapse setting available is one photo every 60 seconds. The ...
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Emulate Shutter Duration on RAW Photos using Exposure Stacking

So I've been on this problem for about a year now and haven't been able to solve it. I gave up on it a while back, but now I'm researched up and ready to get an answer. I'm trying to fake a long ...
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How did Apple create the Catalina dynamic desktop background?

The new version of macOS, Catalina, includes a "dynamic" desktop background featuring photos of Catalina Island throughout various times in the day. Here's two of the eight different images: You ...
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Astrophotography picture with too much noise. How do I correct this in postprocessing?

This is the Milky Way above Kakadu National Park, Australia, and my first try at astrophotography. Thirty second exposure, f/4.0 at 17mm with ISO 12800 (!!) which in hindsight probably was way too ...
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seen on NYTimes - How to create this look for high-contrast sunshine images?

I really enjoy the quality of photos seen on the New York Times web page (although they often cover unpleasant topics). A challenge I already faced on my own is the extreme contrast of sunshine ...
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Could there be any possible benefit from converting 8 Bits/Channel photography to 32 Bits/Channel?

Is it possible to get better results from Levels / Curves adjustments by converting 8 Bits/Channel photography to 32 Bits/Channel? Just by example, Photoshop's Info panel shows the following ...
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Does compressing with chroma-subsampling multiple times degrade image quality?

Suppose I am creating a large image files out of smaller ones. The original images (jpeg) already have chroma-subsampling of 4:2:0. If one were to put them together and save again as a jpeg, would ...
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How can I work around lack of support for Canon's new CR3 Raw format in the software I use?

Canon's new Cr3 file format is not able to be processed in any of the top editing software. Lightroom Classic doesn't support it, nor DX0, or Luminar/Skylum. Lightroom CC subscription will but I don't ...
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How can I correct scanned negatives for vignetting caused by a low-end scanner?

I bought a cheap medion scanner which turned out to be a bad idea since the light in it is not evenly distributed and gives a kind of vignette How can I correct it in an open source program that runs ...
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How does automatic HDR software work?

An HDR image is the combined image of varied exposures that give good detail of the subject in the photograph. How does HDR software know what part of the images to blend? Manually, we know by ...
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Cropping Aspect Ratios [closed]

When Cropping an Image to the 16:9 Aspect Ratio for large screen (TV) display and Judging of an image in the correct viewed aspect, how does this effect the Printed Image?. Would 19:10 be better all ...
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How to achieve this light faded, desaturated look?

how can I achieve this look, as seen in photos by Simone Favilli? I love the soft light effect and colours of this image but I don't know how to achieve it in Post-processing. Any suggestions? Thanks ...
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How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment?

I was browsing Behance and came upon these pictures: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Little-Things/402879 I was wondering how he got this miniature style effect? I'm guessing a Gaussian Blur on a ...
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How to calculate difference in exposure between two given frames?

This question regards exposure. I have a project I am working on where I need to be able to calculate the exact number of stops between two given exposures, with the end goal being to match the ...
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How would you remove power lines from a photo in the darkroom?

Ok so removing power lines in Photoshop is trivial. However I am interested in how the process might work with analog photography, in the darkroom. How would you remove power lines from a photo in ...
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Process raw image to match lower resolution jpeg

I have some photos where I have processed the image to my liking but unfortunately only saved a low resolution (for instagram) version. I now would like a higher resolution version for printing. I ...
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Is Sensor Noise Consistent Between Cameras of the Same Model?

The RAW photo editing program Darktable has a "Denoise - profiled" filter which reduces image noise by using a noise profiles for your camera model and ISO submitted by other users: The darktable ...
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How can I upscale a low-res image to make it appear higher-res?

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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How do I combine multiple exposures for action shots?

I'd like to create one of those "stacked" action shot images where multiple exposures are combined to show the subject moving across a static background. Here's an example I found on Flickr (by ...
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Creating different focal depth images from Lytro IIlum

I am trying to use the Lytro Power Tools developer package to create images at different focal depths. I have a Lytro Illum light field camera which outputs the image as an LFR file. I have Lytro ...
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Perfect Full reflection from a small puddle possible?

Something like this image for example. Is this possible without any sort of editing? https://www.instagram.com/p/BcWg4HYgRn8/?taken-by=jadgghorayeb
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How can I fix an out-of-focus blurred photo in Photoshop?

How can I fix this picture? Somebody else took this picture and well he wasn't able to do it very well, and it's blurred. I have photoshop
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What's the biggest difference between these two photos of large animals?

The first photo (Gorilla) is one I took, whereas the second photo was taken by a more serious (not sure if professional) photographer. The second photo is clearly better but I'm not sure what the ...
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How to preserve detail when downscaling scanned photos?

I'm mixing analog with digital photography — I tend to take better photos when I can't look at a small digital screen, unconsciously forcing me to take the picture before I shoot instead of checking ...
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Can I salvage overexposed images accidentally taken in manual mode?

I have a question. My wife used our camera and left the setting on Manual, which I didn't realize when I was going out to take pictures yesterday in the bright sun. We had some really great pictures, ...
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What are ways to record who took the pictures if a camera is used by multiple people?

My wife and I both like to go out photographing. We usually have only one DSLR/MILC with us, so we take turns in taking pictures. (Rarely, if we have multiple cameras at hand, they usually have ...
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How do I eliminate green-screen bounce?

I've got a vehicle green-screen room. Generally speaking, it works great. However, on candy-apple red there is a noticeable problem in post production: See the green outline on the trunk and hood of ...
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No sharpening in post process! How you can achieve that?

Some professionals do not sharpen their raw photos when they postprocess them and the result is still great! How is that possible? Quality of lenses? Different workaround? Thank you!
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Why am I seeing banding with Photoshop but not Lightroom?

Until the most recent update it used to be the case, at least for me, that I would occasionally see banding in Lightroom's Library module, but not in Photoshop. With the most recent update, I now see ...
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How can I achieve this brownish look?

I've been trying to achieve this look for some time, but I'm stuck :(. Starting with the camera, I heard that maybe adjusting the WB to cloudy? And the metering to spot metering? I mainly use ...
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Why would a camera change colors on the image when producing JPEGs?

There's a room with windows closed by curtains, it's night outside and the only light source is a set of LED filament lamps inside the room. Lamps are designed to have 2200K color temperature to have "...
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What is the best way to auto crop bulk images?

I need to scan a large volume of book covers and even though the scanner (HP) most of the time scans/auto-sizes, many are left with white/grey space on the sides. What is the best way I can automate ...
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What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?

I bought an SLR, a Nikon D70, several years ago with the intension of eventually reproducing the smooth but crisp effect I had seen from my favorite portrait shots like this one from Declan McCullagh: ...