- Recommended editing workflow
- Take photo
- Download photo to a place where you can find it again
- Backup your photo so it is archived (in a different place)
- Format your memory card so it's ready to use again
- Edit your photo (preferably non-destructively)
- Share your photo (online or in print)
- Three types of color editing to start with.
- Saturation and vibrance
- Increasing saturation makes the colors more intense
- Can make the image pop
- Can be overdone
- Some editing software has a vibrance adjustment option.
- Similar to saturation but the color is detected as saturated, vibrance won't increase saturation
- Most photos are improved with a slight increase in saturation or vibrance (especially those shot in RAW).
- Black and white
- There are many ways to create black and white images.
- Desaturation - slide the saturation slider all the way to the left.
- Software presets or filters - like "sepia tone" or "film noir".
- Black and white conversion - found in most photo editing software.
- Apps and add-ons - specific to various devices, operating systems, and editing programs.
Color temperature (again)
- Can correct color
- Can add a warm or cool feeling to an image
- Try one or more of the techniques in this week's lesson.
- Experiment with over-editing.
- Try minimal edits that enhance your image without being immediately apparent (especially important when editing portrait shots, to not create odd colored skin tones).
I'm trying to learn two different image editors: GIMP for JPEGs and ART for RAW. So, I've done a set of color edit experiments with each. Initially, I was tempted to include some of the edits we learned in the last lesson, but decided to just experiment with the edits in this lesson to better understand what they do.
|1. Original JPEG|
|2. Saturation 1.5|
|3. Saturation 1.5 and color temperature 5000.|
|4. Saturation 0.0 (one way to create a black and white)|
|5. Saturation 3.0 (oversaturated)|
|6. Saturation 3.0, Color temperature 3500|
|2. Saturation +38|
|3. Saturation +100|
|4. Saturation +100, Vibrance 100|
|5. Saturation -100|
|6. Vibrance 25|
|7. Vibrance 35|
|8. Saturation 38, Vibrance 13|
- I thought GIMP and ART did a comparable job in these color edits. ART, however, is more nuanced and offers a lot more options (which means more to learn).
- GIMP doesn't have a separate vibrance edit option, but seems to combine vibrance with saturation.
- The numbers don't seem to have a standardized meaning, but are comparative for the individual program.
- I didn't see a whole lot of difference with vibrance in ART until I went with 100% saturation and 100% vibrance.
- What's a pleasing outcome is very much subjective!
- I had some trouble with saturation in ART, as it wouldn't apply to some images. One of these days, I'll go through the manual (all 554 pages!) and maybe figure it out.
- This exercise whetted my to experiment even more.