Playing With Color and Contrast In Your Pictures

So – do you feel you must somehow make a better memory in your pictures by messing with the color, contrast and other goodies to get a good picture?  Really?  Ok, you made your point, but I’ve done a lot of experimenting, and I’m sure that in the future I will keep it up, but I may keep the “doctored” one but maybe not too – just depends!

But let me show you something!  Below is another example of what the camera sees against one that I have adjusted the brightness and contrast.

Blog #30 - A

I adjusted the Brightness and Contrast

Blog #30 - BAs the camera saw the image

So which one is better for your eyes?  For me, I had to go with the one above, but it was a very close choice.  Would it be worth all the effort?   Yes, probably, but the pictures are so close, I think that it would be very difficult to pick one if they were separated.  Be very careful because you could induce a color hue in the picture you don’t want.  By the way, this was taken with one of those little palm or purse cameras, and I think it did a great job.

Blog #30 - DAs the camera saw the image

Blog #30 - C

I adjusted the Brightness and Contrast

In both cases, I do think the one that I have adjusted the Brightness and Contrast is a little better, a little clearer and the colors just a wee bit brighter.  This picture was taken with our Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera.  (My opinion, you don’t have to have a camera with a 2 foot long lens to get great pictures.)

 At this stage of your picture creation, you have a pretty good idea what you need to do in order to get those greater memories with your cameras.  After all, there are pictures and there are good pictures.  I have seen many GREAT pictures, and even taken a few as well.  Your choice is to make those memories the best possible, and get them as they happen.  If you don’t have your camera with you, that memory is lost except in your own mind making it impossible to share the memory with someone else.

 The one on above was taken with our new Fuji camera and the below was with our small flat “pocket camera”.  Both are outstanding pictures and in both cases, this is exactly what the cameras saw without any adjustment.  I tried to explore with experimentation, but in both cases, I just could not improve on either picture.

Blog #30 - EBlog #30 - F

We have a lot of personal memories.  We have 4 grandchildren that live kinda close by, 1 with two great-granddaughters that live far away and 3 that live even further. One granddaughter with our only great-grand-son lives across the Atlantic, but we do have a lot of memories with our pictures.

Blog #30 - G

Can you see it?

Yes, I used the flash and caught the tree trunk.

No, I did not mess with either the color or the contrast.

As I have said many times, never edit from your camera, wait until you have it on the computer, just to make sure you don’t miss something.  That beautiful rose just might have a bee in it, making the picture just that much nicer.


About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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