To GIMP, or not to GIMP?

“How much GIMP is too much GIMP,” is the question that I am faced when going through the shots I took yesterday in Fort Langley, BC and Glen Valley. My problem started when I was adjusting my White Balance (WB) because I use my trusty WB Card to custom set the WB on my camera. I realized that I had forgotten the WB card at home. I also have resets programmed into the camera too, but I really would rather fine tune my setting instead of worrying about that in post editing with GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), or winging it on my camera’s settings option. GIMP is the equivalent to the more famous propitiatory software called Photoshop. With light changing fast on location, I went with using my camera’s pre-sets on every photo I took that day.

In post production, I managed to work through most of the photos I liked from yesterday, using the WB adjustments found on my RAW editor that I use called, DARKTABLE. This saved my butt becuase I was shooting in basic settings, “shade” and “open Sun light” modes for my WB settings. So I was getting a lot photos that were either overly blue, or yellowish in colour.

Little Bridge in North Langley BC Oct 09 2013 - small image

With the WB settings set to “shade,” the above photo turned very blueish with an overall washed out tint. I wanted to capture the trees that had red and orange leaves on them, while getting the contrast in the sky of the white clouds and blue atmosphere. What the software, and camera, told were optimum WB tins, paled in comparison to what my eyes were seeing. So using GIMP, at least enabled me to fine tune the WB to get as close as I could to what I see in the real word as oppose to what my camera captured.

I guess that is the relationship between the artist, and the viewer. If you like the photo, then my job is done. And if you want a copy of it, with out the water mark, then give me a shout, and we can talk.

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