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I am a tool for improving portrait photography

I'm half as valuable as salt

I am at home in many places, one of those is the exact middle of a popular dairy product

I'm often considered the same if only half of me is present

What am I?

Edit: Do we need some clues?

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    $\begingroup$ It might be a bit premature for clues, considering readers are in all different timezones - I think people usually wait 24 hours. I'm very curious about this one... considering how many dairy products I consume I feel the answer must be staring me in the face, but no luck yet :P $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 11 '16 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ is it some kind of software? $\endgroup$ – smriti Jul 12 '16 at 8:56
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[INCOMPLETE ANSWER] But I have what I believe are strong guesses for some of the clues.

I think you are..

"EE" or "TT".


I am a tool for improving portrait photography

No idea.

I'm half as valuable as salt

The word "SALT" is worth 4 points in Scrabble. Since the letters E and T are both worth 1 point each, "EE" and "TT" are worth 2 points, which is half of what "SALT" is worth.

I am at home in many places, one of those is the exact middle of a popular dairy product

For "EE": Cheese. For "TT": Butter. The letters are in the exact center of the word in both cases.

I'm often considered the same if only half of me is present

This is more applicable for "TT", which is still pronounced like "T" in most if not all words.

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  • $\begingroup$ Excellent guesses, impressive! One of them is indeed correct. Development of the first point will steer you to which one $\endgroup$ – Darren H Jul 12 '16 at 5:34
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    $\begingroup$ Saying "cheese" improves portrait photography. $\endgroup$ – Paul Beckingham Jul 12 '16 at 12:54
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    $\begingroup$ For the last clue, consider the words defuse and seen. $\endgroup$ – Tonkleton Jul 19 '16 at 20:57
  • $\begingroup$ For the first clue: Edge Enhancement is a photo improving technique. $\endgroup$ – Alex Rohr Jul 21 '16 at 14:15
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    $\begingroup$ @DarrenH now that this has been accepted, can you tell us what you intended for the clues? $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 28 '16 at 12:17
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Edit: From clues I gotten from the comments and also from SpiritFryer, I made some edits to my answer


Could it be....

Cheese?

I am a tool for improving portrait photography

Saying cheese to the camera

I'm half as valuable as salt

From SpiritFryer' answers, the word SALT is worth 4 points in scrabble, and ee is worth 2 points, half of it.

I am at home in many places, one of those is the exact middle of a popular dairy product

Cheese is a popular product in many homes.

I'm often considered the same if only half of me is present

Not too sure about this one. Could it be that when you pronounce cheese, it's similar to chese?

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  • $\begingroup$ either you're cheese or you're EE, you can't claim to be both. $\endgroup$ – Jasen Jul 15 '16 at 7:04
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I don't have enough reputation to comment, but I think SpiritFryer should

go with EE. Everything matches up, but as someone pointed out, "Cheese" is used to get people to smile in portraits. However, the answer can't be cheese. But, any word with EE will do. Cheese, Trees, Breeze, etc

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