Recently, my photography skills have been improving. I finally purchased a new and better camera with more capability than the one I’d been using for years, and right off the bat, I was was taking shots that had been out of my range previously. But this week, I’m excited about some new skills I picked up, this time in the area of photo editing. I’d used programs like Paint dot net in the past for minor things like cropping, or adding the sepia effect to some of my work, but nothing more involved than that.
Now, thanks to some handy tutorials posted by one of the more outstanding photographers I’ve seen on the Internet, Leanne Cole, I began using the GIMP photo editing software. Not to brag, but I’ve been blown away at the results I’ve been able to achieve with GIMP. But don’t take my word for it; check out the examples below.
First, here’s an untouched photo I took a few months ago:
After pulling up the photo in GIMP, and working with the color levels and lighting and whatnot, here’s a more polished version:
Then, just to see how it would turn out, I experimented with doing a black and white version of the image. To be honest, I’m not sure which one I like the best.
Which one do y’all like better, the color or the black and white?