Do you create stuff and take photos of it, but don’t really know or care how photography works?
Do you want to improve your photos really easily and can’t afford to buy proprietary software (or wouldn’t be able to use it anyway)?
Or maybe you’re angry at all those people wanting your money when all you need is to remove the gray from your photos.
If you used a white/black backdrop for your photos and are not friends with your camera, follow these easy steps to correct the white balance and make your products stand out.
Use GIMP 2.8, it’s free and open and awesome. You can get it here and quickly install it.
The five steps for getting your photo from ‘meh’ to ‘awesome’Here is your bland photo straight from the camera. Not too much glam. Notice the soft shadow behind the bee. Go to Colors/Brightness-Contrast This dialog is not very complex. Click on the “Edit these settings as levels” button to get to the juicy part Yay, almost done. Using the white color picker, click somewhere gray in your photo. You know that most of that gray should be white (do the same with black when you have a black background). Tadaa! Most of the gray (the bad one) is gone. Play around with the color pickers, see what happens when you select colored pixels. Use the reset button and when you’re done, press the OK button to apply your changes. I’m happy with this picture the way it is, I could work on it more, but for a beginner it’s enough to be able to do this. Go to File/Export to save your photo for the web.
That’s it. I hope this tutorial helps you save some time, energy and happiness for the things you like doing more, like creating awesome stuff.
I’m looking forward to seeing you around here again.