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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How can I prevent banding in images I'm posting on the Internet?

I typically add noise to my images to avoid banding, mostly when posting images on the internet. Occasionally, I do see banding of an image posted on 500px even though I do not see it in Lightroom (...
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Doubling ISO vs summing pixel values from 2 shots - different?

How much different is doubling the ISO vs. summing the pixel values from 2 shots? (at a very basic level, ignoring fancy image processing, image compression, etc) When taking a shot of the night sky (...
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Why is there a “ring” mark in night photos?

Recently started astrophotography with a used Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens purchased from the original owner. The lens is scratch free, clean, and well kept. All focus options work perfectly in manual ...
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How to remove white refraction spots

I'm having some difficulty removing shiny white spots caused by refraction and reflection of sunlight through my wide-angle lens. Is there a better way of removing these spots rather than going ...
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Color replacement Photoshop

I want to see how wood kitchen cabinets would look painted white. I've selected an area, and made a layer via Copy> Desaturated> New Fill Layer>Solid color> multiply> and selected white....
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Night portrait with noiseless in focus background [duplicate]

We know to take a noiseless night landscape/cityscape, we need use a tripod and set a low ISO. For example in a scene I use ISO 100, aperture f/8.0 and exposure time 30 seconds, I get a night ...
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Can average and gaussian blur be caused by optics?

I am studying Gaussian blur and average blur. I have been told that this blur can be caused by some camera effects. For example Gaussian Blur can be caused by camera jitters (fast micro vibrations) ...
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How can I create glowing color and smooth skin detail like in this example portrait?

I've been shooting for a while now and learning my way through post processing. I really would love to have my photos come out with the look from the photo above. Can anyone point me in the direction ...
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How do I set a lens profile to correct distortion with an inverted lens?

Recently, I started having fun with macro and micro photography by inverting a 24-85mm lens or by combining an inverted 28mm lens with a 70-200mm lens. I shoot in direct sunlight, and the results are ...
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Post-processing suggestions for these photos

I am an amateur photographer with my first client. As places to photograph go, interiors are one of the most difficult ones, in my opinion. My experience with interior photography is rather limited. ...
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How to brighten photo taken with low light/fast shutter without worsening noise?

I'm trying to salvage a photo that was taken in low light with fast shutter speed. No matter what I do, it is always grainy. I'm interested in how to brighten the image without worsening the noise. I ...
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Identifying Post-processing technique

Due to some ambiguity, this might not make the best question, but I was curious if anyone with more experience could help identify the post-processing technique used by Kane Longden. They seem to ...
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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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How to post process a B/W photo to improve printing

I'm willing to print a black and white picture with quite big dimension (more or less, 3x2 feet), but the image has pretty low resolution and appears quite blury. I was wondering which kind of post ...
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How to create sophsticated aquarelle-style image from a photograph, like the Waterlogue app?

I recently found out about Waterlogue . It is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you transform photos into painterly, aquarelle-pencil-style "paintings". Information how it is done is ...
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Multiple copies of the same exposure, but randomizing the noise?

As a budding astrophotographer, I find my results are still largely hit or miss. Sometimes the standard procedure of stacking multiple exposures to randomize the noise and boost the signal works ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a tablet vs. a laptop for editing photos right on location? [closed]

I was wondering recently, which device is the best option to edit photos right on the set. Phone/Tablet +lightweight +cheaper -narrow choice of software Laptop +wider choice of software -less ...
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Editing/ viewing images across different devices

I have a monitor that has been calibrated and renders colors correctly (or at least close to it). I use it to edit my photos, which I'm happy with the results. When I upload the final image online and ...
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Why did my ND filter produce washed out exposures?

So I bought a set of (pretty cheap) ND filters a couple of years ago and took them on holiday to Canada with me last year. I managed to get a couple of OK shots but most of them looked something like ...
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How can I automatically digitally remove shifting sensor dust speckles from a large series of photos?

While in the desert, my sensor became dusty. I was out for weeks and did not notice this until the end of my trip, so I have hundreds of photos with sensor dirt. Throughout the vacation, dust ...
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Can I copy and invert an adjustment brush layer in Adobe Lightroom CC?

In Adobe Lightroom CC I created an adjustment brush layer and can apply effects within that area, but I would like to also apply effects outside the area. I assume copying the brush layer and ...
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match two photos with differents settings [closed]

I have two photos (unedited, with all the metadata added by the camera) one was taken in a studio, the other one with my cellphone. I'm wondering if it would be possible to edit the photo taken in a ...
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Dodge and Burn in Darktable

I was searching for Dodge and Burn in Darktable but didn't find any website that show how to do this. I've only found this feature request for darktable that show that the OP use Dodge and Burn and ...
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Pictures turn out darker when going from RAW to JPG

When I postprocess pictures in Capture One and do the final step and exporting to JPG, the JPG turns out a little darker than the RAW file I'm viewing in Capture One. Does anyone have any idea of ...
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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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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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Can I create an “old polaroid” style with Nikon Picture Control?

I want my Nikon D810 to automatically post-process my shots so that they look like old polaroid/vintage photos. Therefore I want to create a Nikon picture control configuration file (with the program ...
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What is sharpness vs. clarity in photo editing software?

I have been using Lightroom and Photoshop Pro for past 7 months. For all my photos, I used to increase the sharpness using the options available. I now see another option called clarity, and when I ...
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How can those star-trails be non-circular?

Due to the rotation of the Earth, over the course of the night, stars will appear to turn around the celestial pole. This means we can photograph star trails (desired or not). Physically, any star ...
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Recreating the look of a lightroom preset in another software

I have a number of Lightroom presets that I have developed or downloaded from the web and I am trying to recreate them in Luminar. Despite using the same values for the same/similar filters, my images ...
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Multiple photos stabilization

I have taken 3 photos of the same subject jumping. But, unfortunately, I moved a little while doing this. Is it possible to crop my 3 pictures so the background won't seem to move? I can use lightroom ...
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Improve scan of old diapositive

I have this old diapositive slide of a tram taken at dusk by my father. I have later scanned the slide (the image is reduced in resolution for this upload). As I still have the slide, I can scan it ...
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Methods (mechanics) to select a set of pictures from large amounts

When I return form a trip, I typically bring 3000 - 5000 shots per week. For showing them to friends and family, that is obviously too much, so I need to reduce the count down to something like 100 - ...
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How can i found out which filter was used [closed]

I really tried finding this filter and what the person puted in but i failed so i hope someone can help me 😭 Xoxo
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What is the best practice for batch compressing jpeg files?

This is fairly theoretical, as it is definitely in the realm of "pixel peeping" and is more or less irrelevant for practical use, but with the increasing popularity of full-width images on websites, I'...
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How can I make the subject blend better with background?

I am trying to blend the subject with the background in this composite, not sure what to do any more:
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How to achieve this look in Lightroom? [closed]

Hello! I have a couple of similar shots and I wanna duplicate this look in Lightroom. I’ve been trying but I can’t seem to get it right. How is this look achieved? Thanks in advanced!
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Is there an “Exposure” setting In GIMP comparable to that in Photoshop's Image Adjustments?

In Photoshop, there is an Exposure feature in Image-Adjustments-Exposure which changes the image as if you actually changed the shutter speed on the camera. This effect is generally much more ...
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Wrong color in Camera Raw

I use Canon 1D X Mark II. When I open a file in raw format in Camera Raw, I notice that the color is so much different from that file opened in Canon Digital Professional 4 and in Photos (Window 10). ...
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Skin very red, blotchy in front of camera

I'm shooting vlog-like videos with a Canon SL1. My skin looks very blotchy, pasty, and red (see below). Anyway to fix that? Here are the settings: Shutter Speed: 60 Aperture: 4.5 ISO: 800 Lighting: ...
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Sharp focus photography with APS-C [closed]

So, it happens that I am really passionate about the sharp focus photography, where some points on the picture looks sharper than the usual, just like the example I've attached. My question is: how ...
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Why do I lose details in the mid shadows?

I shoot Fuji X-series cameras. Adobe camera raw comes with a camera profile that matches the film emulations inside the camera. I like the colors produced by the Velvia profile (although they are ...
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How do sharpening tools work?

I'll be brief: How do digital photo sharpening tools restore edges to photos? Why do they only sometimes work? Why don't they restore the image perfectly i.e what are the limits of the tools?
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Tips for making black and white conversions in post-processing?

In image editors, especially powerful ones like GIMP and Photoshop, there happen to be a bevvy of ways to turn a color image into a black and white one, but not all techniques are the same. How do ...
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How does wavelet sharpening actually work, eg. in RegiStax?

I recently came across some demonstrations on how to use RegiStax6 and its Wavelet filters to sharpen images, especially planetary shots. The instructions I found and read/watched all had in common ...
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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 can I salvage photos from a party in a dark room?

I'm a professional photographer. I mostly photograph cars and the outdoors. Recently I was asked to take pictures at a one year old's birthday party. These things are not ideal but I've done them ...
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Correct timestamps after the fact [duplicate]

My wife and I took some photos at an event, which we would like to merge into a single set arranged in order of capture time. We thought this would be easy, just rename them in sequence ordered by ...
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How to achieve the effect of blurred moving clock hands in photoshop?

I got a newsletter which includes this picture and I was wondering how the effect on the clock is achieved in photoshop.
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Why is Lightroom so much slower than ACR?

This is a personal curiosity question. I'm not trying to solve a problem (mainly because I don't think there is a solution). The develop module of Lightroom, from what I understand, uses the same ...

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