Post processing may save photos that at the firs glance seem completely unusable. The following “before” photo has been taken from the open window of moving bus. The “before” photo is bleak and littered with road signs. We use Gimp, an open source image editing software package, to edit this photo.
As the first step we crop the image, which still lives us with the littered right lower corner.
Now we use Curves or Levels to improve exposure and Saturation to stress vivid colors of waterfront houses and after some fine tuning we have the final image.
LightZone is professional-level digital darkroom software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, which started as proprietary software and recently offered as open source. It’s not on the par of Photoshop’s broad array of tools but make no mistake LightZone is a powerful and easy to use tonal control tool. Used in combination with another open source image editing software package Gimp, LightZone is an excellent (and free) alternative to Photoshop. LightZone supports various RAW formats.
Image put to work in travel magazine after text placement
Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography) is a center for contemporary photography housed in a former customs building designed by famous Swedish architect Ferdinand Boberg and built in 1906. The museum has a good bistro on the top floor with big windows and a view to die for. The souvenir shop offers a good selection of books on photography. The exhibition of Helmut Newton is on display in Fotografiska from May 31 to September 29, 2013.