Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photo Thursdays- When your photos give you the blues

This is a how to fix for a reader. If you get home and your photos look something like this, there is something you can do to fix it.
In Picasa, you can open your file and go to tuning then play with the color temperature. That should help but it won't be perfect. If you want to really be able to fix it, find someone with Photoshop and follow this simple process.

1. Open PhotoShop.
2. Go to "Image," "Adjustments," "Levels"
3. Press the "Auto" button. This fixes most of the problems 90% of the time. You may have to do further touch up. Either way, proceed to the next step. If it looks awful, press "Ctrl-Z" on your keyboard. Even when Auto looks pretty good, I do further touchups almost every time.
4. In the dropdown menu above the picture in the Levels palette, select "Blue"
5. Carefully and slowly move the shadows and midtowns to the right. Start with the midtones. Be careful. The more you do this, the more it tends to suck out the red and add the green in the photo.
6. You will probably need to add some red back in the photo, so select "Red" from the dropdown menu above the picture in the Levels palette.
7. Carefully and slowly move the highlights to the left. As you do this, it might blow out the picture. To compensate, carefully (and in a minor way), move the shadows to the right.
8. Your picture should look good. Press "OK."
9. Now, your picture may be a little flat, so add some contrast by going to the Contrast palette. Don't add too much.

With this picture, I added some overall highlights and I cropped the photo because I felt it showed too much nothing. I am more than willing to help you guys fix your photos. I prefer if you upload them to flickr or picasa web albums and send me a link from their sites, so I know where you are sending me to. My husband would be angry for days and days if I got a virus on my computer, so I am trying to be careful.
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