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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

If the lighting was asymmetrical and consistent between shots, then the lighting will be flipped as well and this might easily make the shot look simply awful or so awful its funny. This may not be ...
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How to convert JPEG to RAW in Photoshop or similar?

In addition to the points Alex S made, you need to consider why they want RAW. There are several possible reasons: Bit depth as Alex S said. JPG suffers from compression artefacts which RAW doesn't. ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

There are no hard and fast rules in art. You are free to follow your heart. If flipping some of the images assists in the symmetry of the final presentation, then go for it! Few if any will recognize ...
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How can I crop a single layer in Photoshop?

I can't believe no one suggested this yet: Just use the rectangular marquee to select what you want to crop down to, and COPY it to your clipboard. Then delete the entire layer and PASTE what you ...
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How to convert JPEG to RAW in Photoshop or similar?

RAW is not (or minimally) processed image data from camera sensor. JPEG is processed image data. Typically, raw-files from modern cameras have 12-14-bit per pixel which means up to 16384 values (for ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Upon viewing his portfolio at the link you provided, my first thought was push processing. In push processing, one typically underexposes the shot (that is, meters and set exposure as if the the film ...
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Extract reflections from photo in Photoshop for use later?

Simply select and copy the screen/glare you want to overlay, and paste it to a new layer. Set the Blending Mode to Hard Light. Then paste in your product image in a new layer and place it underneath ...
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How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?

You can use Photoshop's Vanishing Point filter for this. It's easiest to use a 3D-capable version of Photoshop,¹ which I presume you have, since you haven't mentioned any other 3D software. There is ...
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How do I achieve this creamy black and white look?

If you want to achieve this digitally note how the whites aren't full white and the blacks aren't full black. You can do that e.g. in Lightroom or any other editing tool by pulling the endpoints for ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

I don't use Photoshop, so here it is done with Gimp, but I assume the same tools are available on PS: Use Wavelet decompose to decompose the image into its frequency components (these are images that ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

What I did in the end Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. You all really helped me decide what to do. Just to clarify, I wasn't aware that they wanted this before the shoot and they were ...
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Why is the range for manual white balance so limited at the bottom and top?

Digital color works by separating light into three channels: red, green, and blue. This roughly mimics the way the human vision system creates the perception of color. Our vision system compensates ...
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Why does this photo's skin tones look, weird?

The skin is exactly the same in both images. It's your perception of the skin that is different based on the surrounding colors. Our eyes and brain have a remarkable ability to adapt to different ...
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How can I batch crop based on face location?

Here's a solution using python and opencv: This will crop all the faces it finds in the jpeg photos in whatever folder you run it in, with the padding specified by the left, right, top, bottom ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

Graphic Design Stack Exchange: How to cut how hair accurately Advanced hair extraction tutorial First off, plugins and simpler methods are available. This is if you want to get higher quality results. ...
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How to shoot a light trail photo where an object is still in focus?

This is motion blur caused by 'panning'. Ideally, you would use a tripod or monopod and track the car (panning) as it's moving with a relatively slow shutter speed. The background will blur as you ...
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How is this changing vertical perspective effect achieved?

This picture is a composition of slices of many photos taken from different heights, likely from a drone. The key to understanding it is to examine the camera's perspective or point of view from ...
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Is there any Photoshop effect that can create vertically distorted bokeh as one sometimes sees in film and video?

I was always wondering if theres anyway to get bokeh that looks something like this (vertically distorted bokeh). This vertically-oval bokeh is the result of an anamorphic lens, which "squeezes" an ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

The color replacement tool isn't working for you because its default mode is "Color", which changes hue and saturation, but not luminosity (brightness/value). That's why you get the blue or the gray→...
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Why does the histogram of an image depends on the software that opened it?

It's all to do with the profile applied to the raw files and guesses other software makes as to what that profile ought to be... RAW is not an 'absolute' format in terms of the image displayed, it's ...
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How to get rid of these white stripes from sunlight through window?

I agree with Tetsujin. The highlights in the image you posted are blown out to pure white. Since you do not have the raw file, there is no information to recover. It is possible to use collage and ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

This "banding" is caused by the primary light source in the image varying in intensity over time, and by the (electronic) rolling shutter in the camera converting this variation over time ...
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How do I get this oversatured-but-not, blown-out-but-not, subtly surreal look?

Look at the shadows under the cars. Now look at the shadow under the model... Oh wait! This looks to be more about how it was lit and exposed when shot than how it was post-processed. This photo is ...
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How can I overlap a landscape image into the shape of a person's face?

Find or create the silhouette profile image. You can find tutorials online about this by searching for "silhouette," "profile," etc. I'm being vague about this because there are lots of ways to do it. ...
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Why I am getting only solid yellow images from Adobe Camera Raw?

The display corruption could be a consequence of using GPU acceleration in the ACR module. Not all cards are supported, so try toggling off the option. Also make sure that option is off in Photoshop.
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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 edit photograph to remove flashes of light / glow / glare?

When an image contains pure white (#fff or values RGB 255/255/255) - we refer to this as "blown" or "blown out". There is nothing you can do to alter these pixels to gain lost detail. For example, I'...
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How does one actually *use* a dark frame?

Straight away I should mention that lunar photography is different that astrophotography of deep-sky objects. The types of frames you are describing (calibration frames) are extremely helpful for ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Hello this is Renato D’Agostin. By chance I found myself on this blog, and found curious and flattering to read comments about my photography. I thought it could be nice to comment myself. Regarding ...
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"Move" focus in post-processing

There are various software solutions that will attempt to recreate edges that are not really there. Photoshop's Smart Sharpen isn't bad, but it still tends to look a bit 'cartoon-like' if you push it ...
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