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How can I apply a red filter pp to jpg underwater pics?
I have a few shots that I'd like to salvage from my Honduras trip. They were before I learned how to properly white balance my shots. So, all I need to do is apply a red filter to them and they should be pretty decent..

Please note that I am really not the photoshop type of person - I just really need a very quick easy bonehead-proof way to do this, preferably w/ freeware as I'm only going to use it like 5 times..

Your help is much appreciated!!!!.

Thanks!.

Jeff..

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Picasa....

Jeff Kling wrote:.

I have a few shots that I'd like to salvage from my Honduras trip.They were before I learned how to properly white balance my shots.So, all I need to do is apply a red filter to them and they should bepretty decent..

Please note that I am really not the photoshop type of person - Ijust really need a very quick easy bonehead-proof way to do this,preferably w/ freeware as I'm only going to use it like 5 times..

Your help is much appreciated!!!!.

Thanks!.

Jeff..

Comment #1

I did exactly the same thing in my first foray into underwater photography and didn't know anything about photoshop but since my PC had PS elements on it I had a go and using the auto smart fix it actually had some decent results. I've not used Picasa, so don't know if it will behave the same. worth a go though!!.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/12037823@N06/I'm learning so welcome any comments constructive or otherwise!!!..

Comment #2

Auto levels exist also in Picasa..

Contrary to your own advise I do recommend using a flash. After ten meters (30 ft in your case, I guess) the red disappears. I start most of my dives at 35 meters (over a 100ft) and there is no blue either and quite little light in general. Flash is pracitcally a must. And then you don't necessarily have to adjust WB, since you are bringing the light up to normal level. There quite a bit of current in these waters, so you don't often have a lot of time to get the shot..

If you are using a compact and on-board flash, buy a diffusor to reduce back scatter...

Comment #3

Apiron,.

THANK YOU - Picasa did the trick!!! Looks like there's a lot under the covers to play with in this program beyond the quick color correction that was so useful..

Jeff..

Comment #4

Msafiri wrote:.

Contrary to your own advise I do recommend using a flash. After tenmeters (30 ft in your case, I guess) the red disappears..

This is easily overcome by custom wb. Pls see my pics athttp://www.patmedia.net/jkling17 Only one pic used flash and ALL these shots were at least 30', most at 40-45'..

I start most of my dives at 35 meters (over a 100ft) and there is no blueeither and quite little light in general. Flash is pracitcally a must..

This I would agree with - at that depth UW Photography is a different game. I would still maintain that non-flash is best to about 60', with custom wb (for day shots of course)..

There quite a bit of current in these waters, so you don't often have alot of time to get the shot..

That also changes things - my recommendations are all for normal general use, not special circumstances like deep diving or fast currents...

Comment #5

It also depends a lot on the water you are in. I took a lot of pics in the Maldives with my fuji f810 and had a mix of flash and non-flash pics and I think if you are close enough to use the on-board flash then I'd recommend it but you've got to be pretty close!.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/12037823@N06/I'm learning so welcome any comments constructive or otherwise!!!..

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