Editing underwater pics for Dummies
When I spoke with my friend Steve the other day, he told me that he believes that everyone wants to go home from their vacation with a story to tell. I definitely agree. For many, that story is easiest to tell when illustrated and given that everyone has at least one or two devices capable of capturing digital images these days, that task is infinitely easier than it was 20 or even 10 years ago. I think that some people though, when comparing the photos they capture to others that they see in magazines or even on the web, end up disappointed with their results. It doesn’t need to be that way.
I posted some info on basic photo editing for bloggers once and even wrote about the two different cameras that we use, both of which are waterproof. As a follow up to yesterday’s post of snorkeling images, here are some extremely basic tips on how to make your underwater shots look a whole lot better. Before you comment, yes, I know that Photoshop wizards can do a hundred other things to improve on the following suggestions (sharpening, curves, filters, etc.). I typically do one or two of those things myself. This post is aimed at those people who are not yet in the wizard category though. Give it a try and let me know if you’re happy with the results.
Original pic. It’s not too bad but it could look a lot better.
Open image in your favorite image editing program. I am using Photoshop CS.
Select the most important portion of the image. Consider the Rule of Thirds.
Open LEVELS adjustment window.
Voila! Almost always the edited underwater image will look dramatically better than the original.
You’re not done yet. Next you need to adjust the IMAGE SIZE.
Please don’t try to post a pic that is a bazillion pixels wide!
Select SAVE FOR WEB. Choose a new name or destination so that you don’t overwrite the original.
I typically save my web images as a .JPG with 50% quality for our blog or 80% for our Facebook page.
The finished product (50% quality). Much better, wouldn’t you agree?