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Underwater Photography

Postby sagteck » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:26 pm

Hey all! I've been using a Gimp for a couple of years now and thought I'd post what I'm doing with it recently. If anyone is curious I could explain how I corrected them.

I used a crummy film disposable camera which had a red filter built into it.

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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby David Wood » Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:55 pm

Not bad, a little strong for my taste but nice color correction. Now you should clean up the noise using GreyC or G'Mic :)
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby sagteck » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:19 pm

What do ya mean by strong? jc.
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby David Wood » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:26 pm

The colors are strong and oversaturated, especially in the first image. It should be less saturated and have a more aqua green color. :)
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby k.anderson3454 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:11 am

The pictures are amazing. You capture pictures well.
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby sagteck » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:32 am

Thanks guys. And thanks Maffe811 for putting them in spoiler tags. I didn't think gimper had them.

@David: Yea I tried making them as close to surface colors as I could but due to the low quality camera and the unintended effect the flash had on the red filter I couldn't. I didn't even know it had a red filter until developing the pics.

Here's a couple more pictures of fish in coral.

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I've got a new 10 megapixel camera now with an underwater housing (up to 200 ft depth!). So in the future you'll be seeing much higher quality pictures. Here's a picture taken with the new camera (image has been highly reduced in resolution by facebook).

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Anybody know any good noise reduction tutorials? I've already got the G'MIC plugin but I've only used it for anisotropic smoothing (under enhancement) for cartoon images and such (anime). I couldn't figure out how to reduce the noise.
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby virtualTune » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:19 pm

David Wood wrote:The colors are strong and oversaturated, especially in the first image. It should be less saturated and have a more aqua green color. :)

especially on #4 and the last one imo
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby David Wood » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:42 pm

sagteck wrote:Anybody know any good noise reduction tutorials? I've already got the G'MIC plugin but I've only used it for anisotropic smoothing (under enhancement) for cartoon images and such (anime). I couldn't figure out how to reduce the noise.

You use the same filter. After you're done with the color correction make a 'new from visible' layer on top of the other layers and run the filter, increase the Anisotropy to the max, and if necessary change the noise size until as much noise as possible is gone from the preview, Hit OK and when the filter is done processing lower the layer's opacity to something between 70 and 90, the filter is so powerful the results will look a little fake if you don't change the opacity. Now merge all the layers together and you should have a much cleaner image. And always save as png to avoid jpg compression artifacts. :)
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby sagteck » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:32 pm

Anisotropic smoothing
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Anisotropic smoothing + Hue/Saturation adjustment
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For the second one I had to go into quickmask, create a gradient selection using a square shape, and deleted the outer edges of the anisotropic smoothing layer. That's because the edges of the image got really funky in the smoothing process.

Please tell me your thoughts, would you add/subtract any colors from this? Remember that my camera was already using a red filter and I had to subtract red to get the second one to it's current state (due to reflection of particles in the water from camera flash).

Any further comments/critiques are greatly appreciated because this is my first time working with Photography (and esp underwater photog).
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby David Wood » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:53 pm

That does look better, but there is still a lot of noise, you may have to run the filter several times. :)
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby Maffe811 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:47 pm

sagteck wrote:And thanks Maffe811 for putting them in spoiler tags. I didn't think gimper had them.

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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby sagteck » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:38 pm

I created a tutorial on gimp-tutorials.net... http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/1620

But when I log out I can't read it. Is there a mod approval system in effect?
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby David Wood » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:27 pm

Yes I believe so.
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby sagteck » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:46 pm

Is it still maintained? The last user submitted tut is 09/12/2009.

edit: scratch that, 05/03/2010 is latest. So probably is. :question:
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Re: Underwater Photography

Postby Scrapie » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:02 am

Ah :D Didnt know we can log in there xD Ehm, david? do you have the rights to publish tutorials?
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