[Digikam-users] A modern auto-fix?
cmcgrath5035 at comcast.net
Sat May 10 18:26:55 BST 2014
Experiment with the Local Contrast tool a bit - I find that using just
Stage 1, Power = 25 and Blur 80 gives a pleasing result, but you may
have different preferences.
Note that you can use the Batch Queue Manager to apply the LC tool to
several pictures at once.
I frequently find that a group of pictures taken under the same
conditions, e.g. a day at the park, are easily improved with Batch -
I also will frequently run the Sharpen tool as well.
Not quite one-touch, but very powerful and relatively easy to use.
On 05/10/2014 12:46 PM, Paul Verizzo wrote:
> Thanks, I didn't catch that, I'll look into it.
> Nevertheless, wouldn't something as I described, a one touch fix, be
> wonderful? Not that I can write a damned bit of code, so beggars
> can't be choosers as we say over here. (USA)
> On 5/10/2014 12:11 PM, Gilles Caulier wrote:
>> 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
>>> Thanks, Paul Verizzo
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