Back in the old days of photography you took your picture with your camera, recorded it on film and then developed the film in the darkroom. Most people used a service for this darkroom work such as CVS or Walmart and you can still take film and have it developed this way. With the advent of digital photography however, film processing went away. You snap your picture and you instantly see an electronic image. Pretty cool. No more delayed gratification. But with the end of the darkroom did not mean the end of processing after an image is taken. Now we have software programs that can change and manipulate your photo to make something different than what your camera recorded. There are many programs. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular and most familiar to people but also the most costly. If you have access to Photoshop you should try processing a photo using that software. If not there are many others including Lightroom, Painter, and the free downloadable GIMP. We will illustrate some basic photo editing in GIMP. You can use this or any other software for your assignment. You can even use the Online tool Pixlr ( http://pixlr.com ) if you cannot get software to work.
There are hundreds of things that can be changed in a digital photo. We can change brightness, contrast, clarity, saturation, highlights, shadows, blur, colors, or hue. The list is virtually endless. For a semi-comprehensive GIMP list see:
Here are instructions on downloading and installing GIMP
Please read the following on image manipulation
Your assignment will be to process an image you have already shot, enter it into a post-processing program like GIMP or Photoshop or Pixlr and make changes to the photo to improve it in some way. Please when you post your photo, post comments as to what program you used and what you changed. Please post two photos that have been manipulated and post a comment on someone else’s photo. All plagiarism rules still apply.