Photo Editing Question
Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:05 PM
Also, does anyone have recommendations on good free photo editing software? Right now I use Paint Shop Pro 6 which I have had for many years. I also have Olympus Master 2, PMB, IrfanView, and Gimp 2, but haven't been that impressed with them. If you have a recommendation, can you give me some specifics on the features you use for your photo editing? Are there any good tutorials out there on photo editing? Thanks.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:10 PM
It depends on how bad the image is to begin with. A horribly over-exposed or under-exposed image is helpless---you simply cannot recover any detail or information from black or white. However, when something is not totally over and under-exposed it is possible to get quite a bit of information out (for id purposes....not to salvage a picture for printing).
I use Lightroom and Photoshop (but you're looking at $1000+ for both pieces of software)...if you get them legally. I won't comment any further on that subject....
Lightroom and Photoshop allow you to adjust exposure (not brightness), add fill light, and recover some of the blown highlights. The problem with changing brightness is that you're just adding or taking away light, whereas lightroom and photoshop allow you to control each aspect of it individually.
As for what programs to use...I don't have any helpful advice other than Lightroom and Photoshop. Both programs allow you a free month or trial, so in theory you could delete and re-download every month.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:44 PM
To achieve results like you witnessed also involves a learning curve.
As for 'free', the software you have is often used, with various results, but going up to either of these ~$100 options is probably a better bet.
Tutorials............Google will bring up many. Many which are free and very good.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:34 AM
It sounds to me like you want to find the saturation level and boost it a couple of notches. Saturation is the amount of "colored ink"--if you have low saturation, everything looks like black and white withh a little color washed over it; if saturation is normal, the colors are more intense, like a color ink drawing, and if you go really overboard, it can be downright garish, like neon paint.
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