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Postby Patricia.A » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:05 pm

Have a photo which is very dark, but have few of parents so trying to salvage the worst pictures. It is too dark. When I try to lighten it, it just gets more foggy. Any suggestions welcome!! Have already used automatic white balance, levels, de noise, and some other things that were not really helpful. I uploaded the picture but not sure it did so successfully.
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby David Wood » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:25 am

Hi Patricia, I don't see any pictures, you'll have to upload them.
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby Rod » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:36 am

Try this - http://gimps.de/en/tutorials/gimp/pictu ... /index.htm
#1 create a brightening layer
Duplicate the original image layer in the layers dialog. Change the Mode of this duplicated layer to Value -mode to use this layer for a retouching brightening of colors. Further editing of the image, without this masking layer , could lead to a change of original hue and colors within the picture.

#2 improve brightness
Apply the Color ยป Levels -dialog to the retouching layer for manual or automatic correction of brightness, color and contrast. Click on the Auto Correction -Button in the levels Dialog to try Gimp's automatic correction of brightness, color and contrast.

#3 check color change
Switch off the visibility of the first original layer of the image to check the change or difference in colors of the retouching layer.

If the hue and colors of the original layer affect the image badly you can just delete the original layer.
Otherwise combine all layers in the image or try the manual brightness correction, if the automatic correction did not work for your image.
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby Patricia.A » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:32 pm

Thank yoou for the sugfestions. I am certainly going to try them. I did try to upload the picture but apparently not successful. How do you upload a picture to this site?
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby David Wood » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:44 pm

Upload it to a site like http://imageshack.us or http://tinypic.com and share the link.
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby Patricia.A » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:14 pm

Still trying to upload picture so you can see how dark and what I am dealing with. Used imageshack

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Hope I did it correctly this time.
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Reason: almost. just highlight the link and click the little "Img" button to embedd it.
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby Kajida » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:05 am

Patricia, I played with your picture for awhile today to see what was possible. I understand wanting to try to retouch and save older pictures. I have one of my great grandfather that was in pretty rough shape and spent over 6 hours retouching it. Thankfully it was just damage to the original photo and not an exposure or film issue.

Anyways, just messed around with this for about 30 minutes or so to see what was possible. Here's what I got, with the understanding of just wanting to see your parents and not really caring about the background too much.

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I'm also attaching the XCF so you can see the direction I was thinking and maybe give you some ideas and get a better result then I did. Hope this helps. :)
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby David Wood » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:00 pm

Here is my result: I just darkened the background but you can remove that in the XCF if you want.

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The second layer I applied Auto White Balance to. It's under Colors> Auto> White Balance.
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Re: Cloudy or foggy picture

Postby Arzoroc » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:42 pm

I had a slightly lighter result.

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