I wanted to interject a few more UFRaw* adjustments into my Workflow Series. I’ve discovered three more things I wanted to share with you before we move on to GIMP.
First, I wanted to show you two options in the exposure section that will make quite a bit of difference in your photos, depending upon which one you choose.
For a side by side comparison, notice the histogram and the image with each selection…
2. White balance
Second, I learned a way to manually change your white balance by picking a white spot. It is not inherently obvious how this function works, so I thought I’d explain it here (using an image with a clear area that should be white).
Here is the image with the white balance that I had set in the camera…
To set the white balance to a specific white spot… first, take the mouse and select an area on the image, by drawing a little box (see red circle), then click the white eye dropper spot white balance icon (red square). Notice that the image became a little warmer and the white area is white…
And lastly, I wanted to show you a neat ‘trick’ I figured out when creating a manual curve.
If you need to make minor changes to your curve and you feel like moving the points with the mouse are just too big. I have a solution… click on the point you want to adjust (red circle) and then use the arrow keys to make minor adjustments! This also works on the curve in the Saturation/Contrast tab.
I hope you found these extra bits of information helpful.
Next installment, Part 3, I will bring the locust image up in GIMP where I will adjust the contrast, saturation, and add a split-tone.
*** This is an on going series, in which I explore a normal workflow using UFRaw and GIMP.***
Did you miss part of this series? Check out my Workflow Series page.
Until next time…
* UFRaw is a raw editor available for all platforms (Linux, Mac, and Windows). UFRaw has been around for quite some time (since 2004) and even has a GIMP plug-in so that you can do your raw edits and then import into GIMP. You can get UFRaw here (the plug-in is available for Linux and Mac only).