Post Processing Snorkeling Pictures
by Dan Zimmerman
(Beaver, PA USA)
As the picture came out of the camera
While in Kauai a local snorkeler tipped me off about post processing snorkeling pictures with GIMP 2.8. It's a free downloaded Photoshop-like software at gimp.org.
To get all the cloudiness out and brighten up your pictures you just have to open your image in GIMP. Go to the "colors" tab and go to "levels" then click "auto" and watch the magic.
I've processed pics that I only kept to prove I saw it and they are now good to great pics. I don't know what the program does but it works.
You can tweak it more by moving the points below the histogram once you are in the "levels" option of the "colors" tab. Also in the "colors" tab you can change the brightness and contrast of your picture in "brightness - contrast".
I have found some pics become worse so just don't save the changes.
Finally you'll have to export them in jpeg format, under the "file" tab then "export as", or you'll only be able to see them in the GIMP program.
I've seen several photos posted that are great but have that underwater cloudiness and would "pop" after processing with GIMP.
I included above an image before and after processing with GIMP software colors/levels-auto.
Off to Maui for 3 weeks starting April 15!