[Digikam-users] A modern auto-fix?

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at gmail.com
Sat May 10 17:11:46 BST 2014

digiKam has LocalContrast tool which make the same correction to
image. In fact it emulate pseudo HDR rendering.

Gilles Caulier

2014-05-10 18:07 GMT+02:00 Paul Verizzo <paulv at paulv.net>:
> Background:  I've been in digital photography since 2000, decades of film
> before and since.  I'm certainly familiar with the use of curves to correct
> bad photos.  But so tedious, and if the photos are snapshots, hard to
> justify the time.  It appears to me, although I can't prove it, that digital
> cameras, discrete or within phones, seem to be doing a much better job
> automatically adjusting curves than my old Minolta A2, for instance.
> I recently became aware of a new free Canon program, My Image Garden, that
> has a much improved Auto-fix than its forerunner.  As an example, a backlit
> photo processed in MIG will bring up only the shadows while leaving the
> normal and highlights alone.  It allegedly uses a zone by zone analysis.  It
> is a terrible program in every other regard, clunky interface, bloated, etc.
> But I used it for some recent pics to advantage.
> Some of those pictures were originally on my Windows Phone 8, which I had
> copied to the HD.  Before I deleted them from the phone, I poked around with
> the options at that point.  I found an auto-fix, pushed the "button," and my
> jaw dropped.  Literally.  A very dark, underexposed shot made perfect!  This
> feature is within the Nokia programs!  It is so good, I can see myself
> transferring photos from other sources into the phone for correction!  And
> it's fast, even so.
> I went back through the digiKam manual and looked on screen, and I see the
> old standbys there, but nothing like what I've experienced with the above.
> Oh, upon lots of research, I found a 2007 $40 program called Photoright that
> upon test, seems to be doing similar zone adjustments.
> Bottom lines:  Are my observations valid?  Do you think DK might get
> something like this?  Oh, yes, all Windows although MIG is available for
> Mac.
> Thanks, Paul Verizzo
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