Questions tagged [software]

Software is inherently required for digital photography, and opens up options for post-processing film as well. Questions related to the tools used for digital image editing, processing, organization, distribution, and presentation should have this tag.

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What are the key photography-related features from Photoshop that are missing in GIMP?

I am on a tight budget and chose to use GIMP for editing since it is free. What important photographic post-processing features am I missing from Photoshop?
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Which software to assemble a time-lapse from images?

I own a Nikon D700, which has in-camera support for taking time-lapse photos, but I need advice on the easiest and best software solutions for processing the resulting heap of images. I accept that ...
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Which tools are good for creating panoramas/stitching multiple photos?

Can anyone recommend some good tools for creating panoramas from multiple photos. (Free and commercial) Personally I use either Windows and Ubuntu, but I'm not fussy, suggestions for other platforms ...
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What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers?

What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers (a desktop and a laptop)? I'd like to be able to edit photos on either machine, and preferably not copy the whole 3+...
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What photo management software would you recommend for Linux? [closed]

The most well known software for managing your photos are only available on Windows and Mac. so what photo management software do you use on Linux? What are it's strengths and weaknesses? What sort of ...
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What software can show my most frequently used focal length?

Many people recommend a focal length of 35mm, 50mm, and sometimes even 85mm and upwards for those interested in purchasing a prime lens. I, however, would like to figure out what focal length(s) I use ...
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Is there good free software for editing Canon RAW files?

I've lost the install disks that came with my 500D and I was wondering if there was any better software for editing Canon RAW files. I Had a quick skim of the Canon website and couldn't find anything.
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Is version control software used for photos?

I am a software developer at heart and by trade, and spend a lot of time in development tools... One of the more useful development tool types is version control, and for the uninitiated, it works ...
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What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images?

If I wanted to just view, sort, and organize (via tags or folders or both), what programs are geared toward doing this quickly? I know I could do this in most any photo editor, but it's not ideal for ...
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Is there a software to automatically crop a scan of multiple images?

I want to digitize my old family albums using a scanner and there are lots of photos in them. Thus far, my method has been to scan 4 images at a time and then manually cropping them in a simple editor ...
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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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Can anyone recommend a good open-source photo management platforms for power users?

Short version of the question: Does anyone know of any good open-source photo management/editing suites, a la Aperture or Lightroom? I'd want it to run on MacOS X, by the way, though options that ...
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Do I lose anything converting to DNG?

I'd like to convert all my ARW (Sony) files to DNG for several reasons, but the only thing keeping me back from doing it is the fear of losing useful metadata during the conversion. I know that the ...
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What tools do you recommend for creating HDR images?

Ideally the tool should be easy to use able to work with images taken without a tripod (i.e. allow to align the images) free
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How can I recover deleted photos from an SD Card?

My technophobe mother returned from a European trip to discover she'd erased all but 15 images from a nearly full 2GB card. As I am the computer guy in the family, she posted the card to me and asked ...
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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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What are the differences between Picasa and Lightroom, other than price?

I've heard about Adobe Lightroom before, but never really understood what's so great about it, or why you'd pay for it when you can get Picasa for free. I know Lightroom probably has more ...
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Is there something similar to Adobe Lightroom for Linux?

I know about digiKam and Photivo, both of which are excellent software for post-processing RAW photographies and performing minor edits. However, these two programs aren't that good at organising ...
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...
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What solutions are available for a self-hosted portfolio website? [closed]

I am trying to find a simple yet solid solution for a self-hosted photo site. I have been through a bunch but have found them outdated code-wise (Gallery2), technology-wise (Flash based) or just plain ...
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How do I get started with RAW photography?

Having read about the benefits of shooting in RAW as opposed to JPEG (for example this question), I'd like to have a go with it myself. However, I'm not really sure how to go about it. I can turn RAW ...
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Software for creating lighting plans/diagrams?

I'd like to share lighting plans with my crew -- what software exists for creating lighting plans? What are the pros/cons to the different packages? I've been using Microsoft Visio, but there must ...
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Is there any software which will set the EXIF Dates based on the file's modification date?

I have been using Exifer for many years to re-date and re-name my photos based on the EXIF dates from the camera(s). I have now started using some alternative camera apps available on the iPhone (...
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What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?

How do you organize your lightroom library (libraries)? Since I am a casual photographer, I have a single huge library with all my photos in it. Then I create smart collections to be able to find my ...
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Is there a tool to check the file integrity of a series of images?

Sometimes when you're downloading an image and the connection breaks mid stream, you are left with a half downloaded image. If you try to view it you get the upper part of the image and the bottom ...
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How do I select an area with an exact width and height in Photoshop?

I want to select part of a photo I'm editting in Photoshop. This area is exactly 340 x 210. How do I do that with say the select tool?
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How do I create a timelapse video from a collection of photographs in Linux?

I want to create a timelapse from a collection of pictures, under Ubuntu. I'd like to make HD videos, and ideally add a soundtrack.
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Ways to edit metadata of a PNG file?

How can I edit metadata of a PNG file? Is there some free software I can use?
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What are the alternatives to Photoshop? Is Gimp a good option?

It seems that Photoshop is the dominant software in that space, however I am a hobbyist photographer and Photoshop is not cheap. Is there anything else that compares and that does not have such a high ...
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What exactly does Tone Curve do in Lightroom?

In simple terms, what does Tone Curve in LR actually do?. I can see the results of changing Tone Curve by playing around with it, but I don't really understand scientifically what it actually does. I ...
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List of Adobe Lightroom resources

I'd like to make a list of Adobe Lightroom resources: Blogs, sites, tutorials, and so on... Anything worth taking a look at.
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What is the function of the tint slider in Lightroom?

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (c) there's a Temp slider which controls the color temperature of the photo. To the left it creates a blue, cold looking image. To the right, an orange, warm image. This ...
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How to compare the before and after image in Darktable?

I'm using Darktable to edit photos. There is one option, which I'm still looking for, but it seems to be unavailable or hidden somewhere. How to (after making some changes) preview a source image in ...
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Why should I use a Graduated ND filter as opposed to the digital equivalent(software)?

With options like Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 allowing me to digitally apply a Graduated Neutral Density filter, why would I choose to use a piece of equipment that I have to buy and carry around? Related ...
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How should one best manage large collections of photographs?

With gigabytes of pictures accumulating over time, I'm wondering what systems (software, strategies, etc.) people are using to keep track of their collections? Let's say you remember a picture and you ...
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Is there any hope for Exif TimeZoneOffset as a standard?

The TimeZoneOffset Exif tag was proposed as an ISO photography standard several years ago but never made it into the EXIF standard or MWG guidelines. I can write data to this tag using exiftool and ...
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Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?

I'm getting busy, which is a good thing. I need to be able to batch process raws, or rather make global edits, to increase efficiency. I've heard that Aperature and Lightroom are both good at this but ...
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Is there photo analysis software which will pre-sort images by identifying potential technical problems?

I recently went on vacation and took close to 1,000 photographs. As usual there are some good ones, bad ones, blurry ones, etc. In order to expedite post-processing, I was wondering if there is any ...
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Suggestions for shared cross-platform photo management?

I have a Mac, my wife has a Win7 machine. Currently I take all of our photos and put them into iPhoto. There's about 35K images in there now. The problem is that they are all accessible only from my ...
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Applying adjustment layer only to one layer in photoshop

Is it possible to add an adjustment layer just to one layer in Photoshop? I've tried, but the adjustment layer seems to affect all layers.
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Is Adobe Photoshop worth the money?

I am starting to invest a little more money into my photography business. I've gone from a hobbyist to being asked to take professional shots, so I have the lights and other equipment. I'm upgrading ...
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How can I extract just the value of a tag without the name using exiftool?

I am trying to save camera make to a var in my bash script. If I use: exiftool -make x.jpg This returns: MAKE : SAMSUNG I need it to return just the value, without the key and colon. What am I ...
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What Software Exists to Perform Exposure-Fusion? [closed]

Now that Exposure-Fusion is gaining interest, we should have list of current Exposure-Fusion software and plugins. What software options exist to perform Exposure-Fusion? For applications, please ...
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Can anyone recommend *freeware* to reduce motion blur by deconvolution?

Can anyone please recommend free (preferably also portable i.e. no need to install) software for Windows XP or later to improve image quality of large (12 megapixel) terrestrial (not astronomical) ...
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Nikon RAW image processing in non-Nikon software

I love Adobe Lightroom, the workflow, the interface, the whole package. However, as a Nikon owner never did I manage to get the colors to look as good as after processing with Capture NX. No doubt ...
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How can I select only all edited photos from a catalog for export from Lightroom 3?

In Lightroom 3, how do I select only edited photos from a catalog for export, without choosing individually? For example: I import 500 photos from a shoot and I go through and edit 286 photos. Now I ...
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Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos?

This is probably an old chestnut, but I'm trying to decide between purchasing Adobe Lightroom or Aperture for Mac, and would appreciate any pointers that would help me decide. I think I've outgrown ...
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Software that guesses which algorithm saved a given JPEG

Some time ago, I found a piece of software that would provide a good guess on the software/algorithm used to save a JPEG. If I recall correctly, it would analyze something like the compression ...
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How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for editing JPEGs?

I mostly modify JPG images taken from my Nikon camera. How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for this purpose?
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What noise removal tools work best, and why?

Can anyone recommend some good noise removal tools, free and commercial? Should support RAW and JPEG. Are certain tools better than others in particular situations? Do some integrate better with other ...

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