[Digikam-users] A modern auto-fix?

Carl McGrath cmcgrath5035 at comcast.net
Sat May 17 13:22:05 BST 2014

I scanned quickly for what OS you are running but did not find it; I run 
openSUSE 13.1
dK 4.0.0 arrived a few days ago, with all the fixes Gilles reported that 
enable multicore.

Local Contrast and Sharpness tools now blazing fast(by comparison)

On 05/17/2014 07:58 AM, Paul Verizzo wrote:
> Wow, that's it!
> I finally had time to locate some of the lousy original photos I had 
> successfully improved with a couple of other programs, including, 
> oddly, that Nokia (Windows Phone) Fix.
> Putzed with dK Local Contrast, works beautifully.  Just what I was after.
> I tried to find information and help in the dK PDF, but could not.  
> Searching online, "local contrast" brings up a lot of Photoslop 
> entries, but they necessitate using layers and unsharp mask.  So much 
> for the expensive program.  If I add "digikam" to the search, I just 
> keep getting repeats from a blog posting.
> I'd like to learn how to manually control adjustments for best results.
> Any further help to be found?
> Oh, yes.  Kind of slow, but if I factor in the need to open another 
> program, rename, shuffle files, Local Contrast is another dK winner!
> Thanks, Giles (and all others!)
> Paul
> 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
>>> Mac.
>>> Thanks, Paul Verizzo
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