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How to check if a photo is edited (even basic edits like exposure and white balance)?

Being slightly harsh, competition rules like that show that the organisers don't really understand how modern cameras work. A very high level and simplified view of how a camera makes a image (JPEG): ...
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How to check if a photo is edited (even basic edits like exposure and white balance)?

Submissions for these types of contests, and even some news agencies, require photos to be submitted as straight-from-camera JPEG files, not as exports of RAW images. This is usually enough to satisfy ...
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How could I edit armpit stains out of a photograph?

Colour-dodge will do it. You didn't say what software you have access to, though I assume most editing software will have a Dodge/Burn feature. In Photoshop I set it to dodge shadows with about 40% ...
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How to make the signature/watermark look better?

As already noted, this question is at least borderline "opinion-based"... But for my 2¢ I think the watermark is a) too prominent & b) in the wrong corner. It looks more like an artist's ...
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What's the name for the technique where a portrait-oriented image is filled-out to a landscape one with a scaled-up blurred version of the same image?

Banding the sides of an image is called pillarboxing (as opposed to banding the top and bottom, i.e., letterboxing). Wikipedia's page refers to the technique you describe as "stylized pillarboxing" or ...
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Creating this shallow DoF, high contrast imagery

OK, so I didn't have a box of fascinating delicacies to try this out on - I just had a box of eggs & some blueberries in the fridge, which I sat by the window-sill in direct but quite muted ...
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Edit a dark picture

For all practical purposes: No. Photography is the recording of light. In the total absence of light there is nothing for a camera to record except the random noise generated by the camera itself. ...
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How to save a photo without transparency turning white MS paint

I don't use Windows, but some Googling tells me MS Paint cannot save transparency. (It can apparently open it & use it but discards at save) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Paint I'd be ...
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How to perfectly overlap two photos?

The essence of the trick is to stand in exactly the same place. This may require some trial & error. Perspective will be your single biggest issue. You can only match perspective by observing from ...
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How to make the signature/watermark look better?

There certainly seems to be a disconnect between the style of the photos and the style of the signature in the watermark. It's like looking at an edifice built in the Greco-Roman temple style with ...
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Save an underexposed foreground without blowing out the background

Is this a RAW image by any chance ? If so I'd probably first approach this by generating -2 stop and +2 stop images (as virtual copies) and do an HDR composite. You'll need to be heavy on the NR and ...
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Blur faces in raw images

Comments turned into an answer... As has already been covered, you cannot blur the RAW, because edits to RAW are saved as 'sidecar' files & are entirely optional for any other person, app or ...
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How to check if a photo is edited (even basic edits like exposure and white balance)?

An additional thing to take into account is the code that creates the jpeg has an identifiable signature. The way Photoshop writes the jpeg will be different than the way Corel will write it. ...
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How can I best edit out window reflection in this photo?

Photoshop's healing brush will have a fair go at it. This was literally one brush stroke across the entire 3-stripe section - it's not perfect, it's messed up the buildings a bit [though it might be ...
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How to do this prismatic/double exposure effect?

There are several ways one could get results similar to the one in your example image. Among them: Use multiple exposures shot at slightly different angles and subject distances (or focal lengths). ...
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Is this posterization? How to avoid it when stretching histogram?

That looks to me more like noise, particularly chrominance noise, than posterization or banding. But the two things can look very similar at times, particularly if too much compression was used when ...
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How can I use exiftool to conditionally modify tags?

Your command would be exiftool -if "$Make=~/^OLYMPUS /" -Make=OLYMPUS DIR This command takes the Make tag and performs a check to see if it matches the RegEx expression ^OLYMPUS (including the ...
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Blur faces in raw images

When you "edit" a raw image with pretty much all available raw processing applications, you're not really editing the raw data. You're editing the set of instructions on how that data should be used ...
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Removing glow from behind and around trees

The halos are caused by increasing local contrast globally (over the entire image at once) when the image has fairly dark and fairly bright areas that are next to one another. There's no extremely ...
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Is there a Windows program to edit photo time stamp in batch like in Google Photos?

You could try the (free) PyExifToolGUI which is a actually a frontend for the command line tool ExifTool. I don't know if the Windows installer needs you to install ExitTool (and several Python ...
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Photo editing with touch screen

Assuming your Windows or Mac computer is compatible with the Wacom Intuos Pro, it can be used as an input device with Adobe Photoshop. As with any input device, it will work best if the latest drivers ...
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How could I edit armpit stains out of a photograph?

By the way dodge and burn technique was invented in the film’s darkrooms when you where enlarging negatives to positive copies. Working with negatives the more time the light from the enlarger hits ...
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Restoring lightroom files from backups

Catalogs and the Backups Folder The main concept you need to understand here is what a Lightroom catalog is. It's not all your image files in one big file. The Lightroom catalog is simply a database ...
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Creating this shallow DoF, high contrast imagery

If you mean the very narrow plane of focus, it is possibly obtained with a tilt-shift lens where, instead of using the tilt that makes the focus plane cover the subject, they used the tilt that make ...
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Can I get a Kodachrome-film look in my digital photos after editing?

You can emulate target color profiles to alter an image to look like other known profiles. You can do this manually or you can leverage profiles developed by other people. You'll have more flexibility ...
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How to perfectly overlap two photos?

This solution has two aspects to it: Taking the photograph from the exact same location, perspective, angle. Overlaying the photograph in post on the reference image. Taking the photograph Using an ...
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How to perfectly overlap two photos?

Shooting tethered with a representation of the original image as an overlay is an option for any camera that allows tethered capture with live view.
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How to check if a photo is edited (even basic edits like exposure and white balance)?

By looking at the exif data, it's possible to know if the image has been developed in lightroom, or comes straight form the camera as a jpeg. This can also be faked. Now, if you take a picture, then ...
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What are lightroom alternatives for netbook with 2gb ram and a atom mobile processor

I'd recommend checking out RawTherapee. They do mention that you'd ideally want 4GB of RAM minimum, but they noted that people have been able to run on 2GB before here. Also its free, so nice bonus.
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Edit a dark picture

That depends a lot on how you take the picture originally. If you properly expose it by using a sufficiently long shutter speed for the aperture and ISO in use, then you could probably get something ...
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