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How do I generate linear output from darktable? [closed]

How do I use the basecurve in Darktable to make sure that the final output is linear? That is, if the irradiance E is received at the front lens, I want the pixel values in the final values to be k*E, ...
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How to smooth gradient of an overexposed sky on a raw file?

I'm editing a back-lighted portrait. Sky backwards it's mostly overexposed, but some information was preserved on the upper left corner of the frame. I shooted on both JPG and RAW (canon's CR2) This ...
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How can I mimic the color saturation of Nikon's miniature-faking mode?

Nikon's on-camera "miniature faking" tweak appears to increase the saturation, increase the contrast, and perform some selective horizontal/vertical blurring (with a falloff region) for a tilt-shift ...
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How to handle the tone curve (linear/medium/high contrast) and the other development settings?

I use Lightroom 6.x and I usually start with a linear curve, adjusting the sliders in the "Basic" section accordingly. The Tone curve section usually does not even get opened. This because I'm not a ...
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How to change saturation on a curve in RGB mode, in Photoshop?

In Lab mode it's easy to change saturation independently of luminosity, by using curves on the a and b channels, but how can you do it in RGB mode? In RGB mode it's still easy to change luminosity ...
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How does the shadows slider work in Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom?

How does the shadows slider work in Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom? Naively I would expect the shadows slider to affect a simple curves boost in the bottom left corner, but it's doing more than that. It ...
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Do the graticules in the curves editor have any absolute meaning?

Do the graticules in the curves editor have any absolute meaning? The curves editor (in Adobe Camera Raw/Photoshop/Lightroom, probably all other image manipulation programs) has divisions along the X ...
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Since Picture Profiles don't apply to RAW, why do they affect the viewfinder?

I have been researching picture profiles and have read mixed reviews regarding the application of picture profiles when shooting stills. From what I have read, PP is not applied when shooting in RAW, ...
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Can I apply colour tone curves before black and white processing in Lightroom?

I realise the answer to this is probably "no", but it seems worth asking. Is there a way to affect the order in which the various processing steps are applied in Lightroom? And specifically, is there ...
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How can I adjust the color in my Raw image to make blues less powerful?

My camera has a built in picture profile I like, but I prefer to shoot in raw, so I'm trying to recreate the look in my raw developer. I've gotten pretty close, but can't seem to nail it completely. ...
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What is the difference between global tone mapping and curve?

I am in the process of learning post-processing, using darktable. I have a couple of pictures shot in RAW with lots of contrast in them (for instance, dark passages with bright sky). Now, in getting ...
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How can I change contrast within a single colour?

What techniques can be used to change the perceived contrast within a single colour only, in post processing? For example, how can I change the contrast of the blues to affect the sky, or the green ...
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Is it overkill using Cinestyle with RAW photos?

I did a CGI course at uni and we were told about the wonders of Cinestyle when filming. Of course ever since then I've been using it for both filming and photos on my own camera, but a friend who is a ...
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How to take Black and White photos without pure black?

I am fond of B/W photography. I have a Canon DSLR (60D). I was checking out some black and white photos and I came up with some photos taken by Fujifilm Camera. The color is amazing. Does anyone know ...
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How many stops are there between middle gray and white point?

I’m trying to wrap my head around the relation between exposure, dynamic range, stops of light, and middle gray. I’m going to ask several questions on that topic. Some of them can be stupid or ...
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How can I achieve this effect where photos have a “bluish” theme with highly dramatic colors? [duplicate]

Just wanted to see how this effect can be achieve in the images in this Facebook set. If you notice closely there is a 'bluish' theme in the pics yet colours are standing out and there is more drama ...
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How do I create this kind of soft and blueish look in Photoshop?

Can anyone please advice me on how to get this kind of look in Photoshop? Those kind of bluish/turquoise tones: Source: http://www.gerdemark.com/blog/2015/3/29/wedding-at-van-der-nootska
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How can I replicate the style of images produced by an old Finepix digital camera?

I've got some old photographs taken by a FujiFilm FinePix S602Z. I'd love to stylize new photos (taken by a current higher quality camera) to look in the most similar way. What's the correct approach ...
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What is the difference between Nikon NCP and NP2 picture control files?

Every time I use Picture control utility 2 from Nikon, the software keep asking to choose one of the Camera Compatibility mode (NCP and NP2) as shown here under. my questions is: What is the ...
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What is the Lightroom equivalent of setting the contrast to -2 in the camera?

I am playing with the different picture styles directly from my Canon 5D-II and I would like to know if there is some sort of mapping with what I can do in Lightroom. What is the equivalent of -2 ...
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What does it mean to shoot in flat colors?

I read somewhere that you should shoot in "flat colors" to make it easy to work in post-production. What does "flat" mean?
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What's the exact meaning of picture style / profile, i.e. what does it do?

There's a Set Picture Control menu item on my Nikon that lets me choose between standard, neutral, vivid, etc. and I can also tweek each one. I got interested in this because of videography: I've ...
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How do I evaluate a camera's JPEG tone curve options when the manufacturer only provides flowery prose?

There aren't many options for RAW development for the Fujifilm's X-Pro 1 because of its unique sensor layout. However, Fujifilm has clearly spent a lot of time working on the in-camera JPEG results, ...
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Do the preset picture styles also affect the White Balance?

I started shooting RAW with my Canon 550D, and tried out different Picture Style settings on some of the images using the software provided by Canon (I am assuming that the Picture Style settings are ...
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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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What is “Highlight Tone Priority”?

This seems to be available in most of recent Canon cameras. I am curious how it works, and how it is different from the Auto Lighting Optimizer. Is it a useful function?