Category Archives: Photography

Adjusting Brightness And Contrast With Gimp

My first youtube video and I was really nervous. This is just a quick tutorial using mainly the colors menu to adjust the brightness and contrast using Gimp in various ways.

sample image for video tutorial

Image taken along the Niagara river in Niawanda Park Tonawanda NY. Feel free to download and use for the above video tutorial. To download full size image just double click image, then when image opens, right click image and save to your hard drive. Click the back arrow to return to the tutorial.

If you found this image looking for a snowy park scene, feel free to use it, but a link back to the tutorial would be appreciated.

Wet Autumn Leaves

Looking for leaf textures and clip art. Feel free to use this for both commercial and personal use. Link back appreciated but not necessary. Enjoy the image.

image of leaves

Feel free to use for both commercial and personal use.  If you use it on the web, feel free to leave (pun fully intended) a link in the comment so I can see how it was used. It’s not necessary but I love seeing how my work was used. Enjoy.

Photography Edit Using Gimp

I have a Nikon D5000, my LG Leon phone camera, and my Samsung Stratosphere II phone camera. Of all three of these devices, I love the camera on the Samsung Stratosphere II. It has multiple filters that can be used as you take the image, like the autumn setting used in this image. There is an adjustment for exposure value which allows you to adjust light and multiple other settings to play with as well.

I bought my LG Leon about 3 months ago, and still keep my Stratosphere II either in my glove box of the car or in my computer bag to have handy for test shots or just a quick camera to grab to snap a couple quick images. I know longer have phone service on it, but just keep it around as a spare camera.

Combine this camera with the power of Gimp photo editing software and you can come up with some incredibly beautiful photos. This photo was edited, using Gimp. I did a quick contrast adjustment, ran it through the oilify filter, then the canvas filter and done!

If you’ve never used Gimp, I highly recommend this open source alternative to Photoshop. http://www.gimp.org/

gimp edit

Image edited in gimp. Oil on canvas filters and contrast adjustment.