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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While shooting in RAW, do you have to post-process it to make the picture look good?

I always shoot in RAW. But I take lots of pictures, when I am out shooting I might come home with 600+ pictures. Many of these pics are copies of the same motive, but with different aperture, shutter, ...
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Is it possible to scale up an image to increase the the pixel density?

I have taken a picture whose resolution is less. I can resize the image easily (i.e I can scale to higher resolution) but the image quality goes for a toss, which is true because the image might not ...
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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 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 to make camera LCD show true RAW data in JPG preview and histogram?

With Canon 650D (and presumably all the other Canon), I noticed that the picture style and full JPG processing is used to generate a review JPEG which is what the camera actually reads when reviewing ...
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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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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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How can slightly blurred photos be improved in post processing?

I have heard quotes which say "If its not good, delete it." I go by that advice, but sometimes you capture some precious moment but you see that photo is slightly blurred because of camera shake. I ...
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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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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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Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images?

I don't really know where to start with post-processing my images. I normally just straighten, crop and sharpen. Do people know of any good resources on the internet for getting a grip with Photoshop ...
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What should I look for in a monitor for photo processing?

What aspects should one keep in mind when choosing monitor for photo processing? What about color gamut, panel types, input types, requirements for video card, different gammas, refresh rate, angle of ...
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Why is my camera so forgiving for overblown exposure when shooting in RAW?

I've found that my camera (Sony A99) is very forgiving in terms of overexposure when shooting in RAW. By that I mean, I can overexposure by a stop or so and when I get home for the post processing I ...
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Why should my last post-processing step be sharpening?

I've seen a number of people recommend that you apply sharpening as the last step in post-processing, and some seem to imply you should always do that. Why? I tend to discard pictures that either are ...
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How to have colors in Milky-way?

Many photos of Milky-way show it in nice colors instead of just the black of sky and white of the stars. Is the key to having those colors in the capturing of the image or in the post processing, or ...
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How does one create the Dave Hill effect for portraits/action shots?

Inspired by the question here by sebastian.b, and the response to the subsequent meta question. I would like to ask how to achieve a specific photo effect. There may be more photographers that pull ...
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Unsharp mask - what do the parameters do?

I'm interested in getting into post-processing stuff, and I'm wondering about the Unsharp Mask operation. Specifically, there are 3 parameters involved: amount radius threshold What do these do? ...
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How do I blend multiple photos to remove random people from the background?

I'm very excited about the new Scalado Remove App for Android/iPhone. Let's say you're taking a picture of your friend in front of a landmark with several people walking by. The app allows you to ...
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What's the difference between using black and white mode in-camera, and converting in post?

For black and white photography, will there be any quality difference between using the built-in black and white mode, or shooting in color initially and then removing the color later using Photoshop (...
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How can I approximate 'soft focus' digitally?

In a previous question about soft lenses, it was suggested that much of the current practices regarding soft focus involve selectively soft focusing certain parts of the image and mattdm suggests its ...
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How can I fix the color of blue photos using settings from “good” photos?

Imagine how photos with a bad blue filter look. I can recolor those pictures with the color filters from any image manipulation program like gimp. Now my question is: can I "grab" the right settings ...
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Why are my RAW images already in colour if debayering is not done yet?

I recently went on a trip and took a bunch of pics with my girlfriends Canon Rebel. We shot in RAW, and now I am going to process the RAW images in DarkTable (my first time ever). I have read that ...
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When is black and white likely to enhance an image?

I recently had a play with converting some images to black and white to see how that changed the image. Some baby photos came out particularly well, while others I tried seemed less interesting when ...
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What is the optimal order of post-processing steps?

I know it's best to do as much post-processing before converting from RAW, but in cases where it's not possible - what is the optimal order of post-processing steps (like noise removal, dust-spot ...
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If I want to shoot darker shots, is it better to increase the lighting and then darken in post to retain clarity?

I'm just getting started - in my last shoot, I was using a 6D with a 50mm/1.4. In low light, the pictures looked fantastic on the viewfinder but on the computer screen, appeared extremely grainy. ...
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Is in-camera high-ISO noise reduction worthwhile?

I shoot in RAW and post-process in Aperture where needed. Does the in-camera noise-reduction do anything that I can't do in Aperture or other post-processing software? It seems to add a bit of time ...
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How to emulate the in-camera processing in Lightroom? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in matters of digital photo processing (and photography for that record). I already know that the RAW file is a dump of raw sensor data with no processing whatsoever applied to it. My ...
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Image processing & editing: what is an “unmanipulated” image?

What is considered an "unmanipulated" image? As defined by photo.net: Unmanipulated a single uninterrupted exposure cropping to taste common adjustments to the entire image, e.g., ...
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Do I still need to use color filters for images that are to be presented in monochrome (B&W)?

Some types of filters, such as polarizing filters, are still necessary because their effect can't be replicated in post processing. But what about using color filters to produce B&W photos? Is ...
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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 is the Orton Effect and how can I apply it to digital photographs?

I have heard of a photographic effect known as the 'Orton Effect'. Can anyone tell me what the effect is, what its history is and how I would create it in both film and on my digital SLR?
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How can I reproduce the camera-internal postprocessing?

I just started playing around with raw images. When opening the raw image in Raw Therapee, it looks completely different than the JPEG produced by the camera: (left is raw, right is JPEG) I figured ...
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Can stacking multiple exposure images in post-processing give the same effect as a long exposure?

I like to shoot daytime long exposures, where the exposure time is around two minutes. That shows the motion of the clouds in daylight. I used a Hoya nd400 (which is 9 stops) stacked together with a ...
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Will I lose image quality by adjusting white balance in post processing?

I understand that if I shoot in RAW, post processing software like Lightroom is capable of adjusting colour temperature and tint to my desire. Will I lose any image quality in process? Or is it as ...
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How can different RAW converter programs give different results?

I've read in several places (photo mags, websites, etc.) that there are many different RAW converters around, not big name programs like PhotoShop, Lightroom, Picasa, PaintShopPro. What differences ...
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Is there any benefit to manual settings when you can change just about everything with post production?

With such good post production in editors like Adobe is there any real benefit in shooting with manual settings when you can change just about everything in any shot you take?
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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 photograph moving subjects to allow good HDR processing?

I've started to experiment with HDR photography and would love to have a few shots of my family rendered via HDR. There's one problem - my family is human and they move, sometimes a LOT. How would ...
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Is it possible to change depth of field in RAW images?

I am beginner to photography, and I've learnt that we can do a lot of post-production in images by using RAW format. I'm looking for options to change/modify the depth of field in the RAW images - is ...
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How can one correct intensity flicker due to AC line frequency?

Is there a good image processing method to get rid of the horizontal stripes in the images taken under fluorescent lighting? These stripes (flicker) occur when you take pictures indoors due to the 50 ...
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Where can I get Lightroom Presets?

Could you recommend a good source of presets for Lightroom?
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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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How do I make a bottle image transparent?

I've taken some stock photography of lots of clear bottles, and now want to remove the background (which is white-ish, because at a pinch I could leave it...) so that the bottle becomes transparent ...
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How to get the best results with resizing an image?

I've heard that resizing your image from 100% to the desired size is not a good way to resize an image. Given developer/photographers like Fred Miranda have written tools to help resize your images ...
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How could I have counteracted purple lighting?

I recently shot an event using just a standard Nikon D3200 with kit lens. Nothing special, but it did the job. The only obstacle was that the event made heavy use of a strong purple lighting which ...
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How does software raise exposure in post-processing?

Does anyone know of any algorithms or can explain mathematically how brightness (EV) is executed in post-processing? Does it adjust the level of brightness/RBG/contrast for each pixel? Does it relate ...
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How do I remove dead pixels from a digital photo?

I have a Nikon D90 and until recently it has been working just perfectly. While viewing a set of photos I had taken I'm starting to find these little nasty dead pixels: alt text http://img225....
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What types of filter cannot be emulated by post-processing?

What types of filter cannot be successfully emulated by digital post-processing? Polarizing, obviously. and neutral density for depth-of-field control. But what about UV filters? and are there other ...
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What should I focus on when converting photos to black and white?

When I look at the black and white photographs from professional photographers, I notice that they have a special look. Not a specific style—obviously each photographer has her own style—but a look ...
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How to reproduce camera noise reduction using open source software?

I have unsuccessfully tried to reproduce the camera's (Canon EOS 2000D) noise reduction algorithms using open source software when post-processing RAW (.CR2) files. Specifically, the camera's noise ...

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