Digital photography

Everyone who owns a digital camera will have experienced the disappointment of a badly composed or badly exposed shot. Clarborough & Welham IT Group has just the answer in Gimp, the open-source (hence free) digital image manipulation program.

[Left] This less than stunning image was taken by Greg on a trip to Canada. The chap standing in the shadows is Dustin, a tour guide who had just popped up from the front seat of the coach before leading his party out onto the stunningly bright snowfield that can be seen totally swamping him.

[Right] The second image shows how a few clicks in Gimp both cropped the image to make Dustin more prominent and adjusted the levels to bring him out of the shadows. Our self-help booklets and hands-on approach will soon have you improving your own images in similar ways (hopefully you won't make such simple mistakes yourself - certainly once you've gained more confidence in using your camera too).

Other tricks that figure in early classes include grappling with perspective (you know, you stand in front of York Minster, take a wonderful shot but get home and find the towers all lean alarmingly inwards!). We also look at techniques for sharpening a slightly fuzzy shot as well as ways to 'mess around' with the colours or colour balance of your images.