Before and After Gazebo Photo

Learning to Write left me a comment asking about specifics on what sort of enhancements I made on those photos yesterday. I’ve actually been thinking about doing a little before and after with the occasional so the comment really spurred me to go ahead and give it a shot. Let me know what you think:


This was the I started with resized from the original but with no other adjustments. A couple of quick notes about what I was thinking. One, it needs to be cropped. I want the gazebo to be the place your eye goes to immediately and be the dominant structure, and I want the red of the roof to stand out more than it does in the bright midday sun. So I cropped a bit off the bottom, and on the right I cropped it so that the brown building is out completely. That leaves me with the gazebo closer to the center, with a gray building behind it, which is similar enough to the gazebo to not distract the eye from the gazebo.

Secondly, I used the auto color enhance setting of Gimp to get to a decent baseline color. That helped brighten the red a bit, both in the roof and the reflection of the pool. Once I had that “baseline” if you will, I then went into the hue and saturation adjustments and simply played a round a little until I got to something that made me happy. I opted for very subtle changes there, again, it was a bright day, I didn’t need to do much to make the colors brighter, but I did want to tone down the green so that the red showed up a bit more. In this case, I did that by changing the hue toward yellow ever so slightly, which made red stand out against the green more. You might make a different choice there. That’s the beauty of digital photography!


One other note. The “aged” baseball was actually pretty simple. Gimp has a Script-Fu option to render as an old . That script blurs the photo, converts it to sepia, adds noise and adds the frayed border among other things. I actually ran that script once, then cropped the photo, which resulted in part of the photo not having the border, so I ran it a second time. After that I also took the extra step of toning down the brightness and contrast, again using a trial and error approach until I was happy with the result.

Again, I didn’t have to put in a lot of work to get something that I was happy with, you could certainly put in more and experiment with other options in Gimp or your editor of choice and come up with something very different than what I have done.

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One Comment

  1. Great info! Thanks for the write up. I am traveling this weekend and taking the digital camera along. I’ll take a few shots to play with when I get back.

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