Today, I saw an opportunity to take photos of my handsome little man. Unfortunately, I have not learned the ins and outs of action photography yet as I have been taking mostly still shots so I can learn the settings of my camera.
So my squirmy boy doesn’t know how to be still for even a second and my camera is on auto mode. The result, despite adequate natural lighting, was not good.
I played around in a trial version of PhotoShop Elements increasing the sharpness and saturation. That increased the noise, so I used NeatImage. I just couldn’t seem to get the photo how I liked it. Problem is it started off a bit blurry but the photo is just so darn cute that I wanted to try to “fix” it. I had grown quite attached to this photo that captures my son’s personality so well. But my attempts at fixing the problems failed.
I posted on Digital Photography School forum (thread here) and a member there came to my rescue. Using GIMP, Eric adjusted the blue colour cast, lightened the photo, and sharpened it twice. The result was a gorgeous photo of my little man!
Man! What a difference! I hadn’t done much post-processing on any of my past photos because PhotoShop is so darn expensive to buy. But GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is free and I was anxious to try it out right away! Here is my quick attempt at correcting the original photo, this time following Eric’s tips:
Not bad, huh? And I did that with a baby on my lap grabbing at the mouse to try and teeth on it. LOL Not as good as Eric’s post-processing, but it does give me hope that GIMP will do just as well as Photoshop!
Thank you to Eric for saving the day and thanks to Digital Photography School forum for being a place I can go for friendly and great help! :D
ETA: I was going to go to bed but I can’t stop playing in GIMP. (I’ll regret it tomorrow morning! LOL) Here’s my 2nd attempt at the photo:
No really… I’m going to bed this time… really… (after a tad more editing…)