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My youngest son

By Sayuti84
Photo were taken while my son and I mocking each other in our living room. I'm trying to capture moment for him to remember when he grow older. I do some color adjustment using GIMP. Do you think i should used Photoshop instead?

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2170 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2018 9:25AM
I know that game! First of all, this is delightful, there's a real sense of fun. Yes it's one to carry memories for years to come.

Quote:I'm trying to capture moment for him to remember when he grow older.

It's amazing to think that out of thousands of years of human civilisation it's only the last few generations who have been able to preserve their memories like this.
Next point:

Quote:I do some color adjustment using GIMP. Do you think i should used Photoshop instead?

It would be interesting to see the original, this is very yellow. Could you add it please as a modification? But you will have plenty of opportunities to play this game again, so can I make a few suggestions for next time?

First off, be prepared to increase your ISO substantially! Two reasons:

The shutter speed, 1/13 second, was way too slow to really freeze a child's excited face. So you have slight subject movement, and I'm surprised that it's not more! It's also too slow to hand-hold reliably. I would want no slower than 1/80 second, preferably faster.

Next, your lens gives F1.8 but that doesn't mean that it's a good idea to use it - it gives very shallow depth of field, so precise focusing is critical. And that's not easy with an excited child. I would want no larger than F3.5, preferably a bit smaller.

All this needs better light, even if you increase ISO. So move the mirror closer to a window.

I hope you'll try again, I think your son will be happy to oblige...

I've uploaded a modification - I lightened quite considerably, then did a mono conversion with a hint of sepia, and a dark vignette because that gives a sense of a private place.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
25 Jan 2018 12:54PM
Thanks for uploading your original.

Its a really cute shot.

Gimp or Photoshop can adjust colour; Photoshop can set the white balance, - I think Gimp can too; thats where to start with colour adjustment. I used that white area behind the boy as a reference for white balance, so in the mod it wont have a noticeable colour cast.

Use the default matrix metering, not SPOT; it will privide a better result overall.

Set the ISO to auto, and I believe in that setting, there is an option for MINIMUM shutter speed? If there is, set it to 1/80th for this lens. Longer focal lengths will need faster minimum speeds, shorter focal lengths (for example a 24mm lens needs 1/40th) can work with slower speeds.

I left the mod (mod4) in colour, and it has colour tone/white balance adjusted, exposure is increased, and eyes are sharpened.


dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1605 England
25 Jan 2018 9:22PM
The only reason to use Photoshop instead is if you can afford it and want the added convenience. Gimp works, and it's a matter of learning the way to use it.

To make the point, I edited your original in Gimp (which I used to use al lthe time, though latterly I have used Elements and currently Photoshop). So I've lost familiarity with the software, and had to search for the tools, which are arranged differently from PS (when I started using Elements I kept having to search, because names and dropdowns were different - it's a matter of familiarity).

So - over to you: don't get PS jsut because everyone says it's the best. If you learn to use Gimp well, it's pretty much as good...
26 Jan 2018 1:39AM
Dear dudler and willie,
Really appreciate your comment.
Thanks for sharing.

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