Friday, 25 September 2009

Fix-It-Friday No.30 - In The Dark (underexposure)

This weeks original was cute, but VERY dark.

I've not really any serious editing of underexposure before, so...

I started of in Picnik and this is what I got. (for reference sake - edits 1-4 as you read)

really don't ask me how I got there, I just know it involved a lot of levels and curves!!

Then I took the original into Gimp to see what I could do there;

edit 5

edit 6

edit 7

edit 8
I know I used layers, levels, curves and a few 'plugin' effects (can't remember what though!) and was overall more happy with these even though they took a lot longer. I just wish I could figure out the rotation in gimp without getting slices taken out - iykwim!

The rotation in Picnik is SO simple, but I had added the watermark, so I couldn't use it with the gimped edits, but I did have an extra little play with them back in Picnik - I couldn't resist!!

edit 9

edit 10

edit 11

edit 12

and a B&A of my shades of B&W
I think what I love about this editing lark is that you can get so many different outcomes from one picture - you can have your cake and eat it :D

As always click to enlarge anything (or hold down ctrl and scroll in!)

Now to see what everyone else has done with this cute little capture go head over to I ♥ Faces, Fix-it-Friday :D


Anonymous 25 September 2009 at 18:53  

WoW!! You really put a lot of work into editing this! I have to say my favorite is #10.

*Since youa asked for advice* I think I would have cloned out Daddy's shirt :0)

SnappinMama 25 September 2009 at 19:21  

great job. Edit 10 & 11 are my favs.

Caroline 25 September 2009 at 19:23  

for those reading - I did try it with daddy's shirt cropped out, but I didn't like that the arm/hand seemed to come from nowhere - I thought the shirt gave it context, so I kept it - although I can see how it might be a little distracting :D

What distracted me more, however, were the ?legs in the top left - so eventually I cropped them out!

One thing I did learn was that it is unwise to add the watermark until you are 100% comfortable with your composition! This was the first time I had added one - I was experimenting and it was a hindrance because I added it too soon!

I think my fav' is no.10 too :D

I wish I had run noiseware.
I wish I had found and interesting texture or border to add that suited the picture. :D

Emmy 26 September 2009 at 01:19  

I love edit 11! Something just mysterious and magical about it



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