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Firstly does anyone know how to get your underwater pictures to be less blue. I have paint shop pro 9 and yes you can change the colour balance and the like. but I wondered if anyone know of a quic… Read More
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Firstly does anyone know how to get your underwater pictures to be less blue.
I have paint shop pro 9 and yes you can change the colour balance and the like. but I wondered if anyone know of a quick tip.
Or any help or advise of making underwater pictures look better.
Thanks
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
I edit all my scuba pics in Photoshop, usually messing with colour balance, photo filters, saturation and sometimes I make them black and white depending on the subject. Got a shot of a wreck in Egypt that looks better in black and white than it does in colour!

If you want me to have a go with some of yours let me know via PM and you can email them to me?
#2
Hi. Thanks for your advice. Yeah that would be cool. Thanks. Also I just wanted to know an easy way just to take out the blue really and make them look more normal like. I havent got the time to really play with every single enhancement option.
#3
How do.

You need to put the red back into them. Not sure about psp, I tend to use Photoshop. Basically use the colour ballence to add more red.

Also depends how deep you are, I think red is the first to go, within 5m or so, the yellow etc...

If I have been at a constant depth I tend to add a layer with corrected colour ballence to one pic, then I can just copy the layer to all my other pics in Photoshop.

It may be a good idea to only enhance the pics that are worth it (blurred or rubbish photos aren't worth it)

Also, if you camera shot/shoots in RAW format, it's good to have as you can correct White balance after in this format (not many compacts do this however)

Post a pic and let us know how you get on!
#4
Have you just tried something as simple as 'enhance photo' - or auto -adjust type setting in your software? Quite often it will recognise too much blue etc. and may be a simple way to get back to near normal.

Other than that, maybe adjusting the white balance and the levels for each colour channel. When you have something about right, adjust balance/contrast and a final sharpen before saving the final image. If you get 2 or 3 that look about right you may be able to batch process the remainder with the same settings. You may have more success if your images are in RAW and not JPG.

If you go diving regualrly (which i don't) you can help the situation by setting your camera up particualrly for underwater and using flash or there is some sort of filter that i am aware of but never used.
#5
If you dont fancy manually adjusting the colours you can run a script. Works wells on most photos but you will find there will be some that need to be done manually.
link to scripts Your text here

I set the white balance before taking the photos now and really pleased with the colours.
#6
scubapaula
Hi. Thanks for your advice. Yeah that would be cool. Thanks. Also I just wanted to know an easy way just to take out the blue really and make them look more normal like. I havent got the time to really play with every single enhancement option.


What camera are you using?

I use a Panasonic Lumix TZ10 and there are options to alter the settings to prevent a lot of blue showing in the pics. There's an underwater mode too but this doesn't work as well as changing the settings manually.
#7
The underwater settings in most compacts just alter the White balance to an average underwater level, trouble is, most of us don't stay at the same level. A manual White balance what you can set to a slate or your skin is prob best. That said, if it's in raw then it's no biggie. But like OP said, time is of the essence.

I do have a friend who doesn't have the time or patience to mess with pictures and in sure he has a simple apply underwater setting on his software which auto re'red's his pictures. Not sure if this will really save you time tho.
#8
Oh i pop away for a few mins and there is a load of answers thanks everyone. Thats really good adivce.
A few things to help with this topic.
I have a canon IXUS 990 IS which i only got the housing for the other month. So yep i am playing. There is an aqarium mode which i used for snorkelling and some diving it was better than just auto.
I have also been told to take a slate down to adjust ya white balance but thats a pain in the botty too.
No i dont think mine does raw.
Thats what i really want is to find an easy way to put the colours that are missing back in and then script it.
and it seems that lots of people dont use paint shop pro.
what about lightroom are people using that at all.
thanks again.

I would attach a photo.. no idea how too.. Ill look into it.

Edited By: scubapaula on Apr 03, 2011 10:01
#9
A very basic solution, (obviously not as good as photoshop options) But use GIMP, it has an auto balance option you just open the photo, select, click and done :) 90% of the time this sorted the photos out :)
#10
tango42
A very basic solution, (obviously not as good as photoshop options) But use GIMP, it has an auto balance option you just open the photo, select, click and done :) 90% of the time this sorted the photos out :)

yep just tried this one as thought that it might be a quick solution. found the auto - colour enhance and it makes no difference. still looks blue iam afraid.
#11
You need to upload your pic to something like photobucket.com first, then copy and paste the IMG code.

Also it might be worth repeating your question in this thread; you never know!

Edited By: chesso on Apr 03, 2011 10:28
#12
chesso
You need to upload your pic to something like photobucket.com first, then copy and paste the IMG code.

Also it might be worth repeating your question in this thread; you never know!
Thanks that looks quite a good site.. oh my these things are never easy are they.. what ever happen to attach or copy and paste.
#13
If anyone has some ideas of what package to use or any tips on what specific tools to try and in a certain order. please can you PM me.. I am at work at the moment and so ill be leaving soon. yep strange job and on nights.
thanks for your help guys. any more info would be great.
#14
I have been on that specific page and all the links are not working. i think its quite an old forum and so the focusindepth.com isnt around anymore.. its strange.

gavjbrown
If you dont fancy manually adjusting the colours you can run a script. Works wells on most photos but you will find there will be some that need to be done manually.
link to scripts Your text here

I set the white balance before taking the photos now and really pleased with the colours.
#15
scubapaula
I have been on that specific page and all the links are not working. i think its quite an old forum and so the focusindepth.com isnt around anymore.. its strange.

gavjbrown
If you dont fancy manually adjusting the colours you can run a script. Works wells on most photos but you will find there will be some that need to be done manually.
link to scripts Your text here

I set the white balance before taking the photos now and really pleased with the colours.



Sorry about that, If you do get stuck just google - photoshop underwater actions.
#16
Very old thread, but this advice is still golden...

Try Lucid. They do a free trial. The interface is not very good, but the results, particularly for this situation (and photos taken through mist and the like) are just incredible.

For 100% correctly exposed pics it doesn't do a lot, but for many (most?) photos, the results vary from slightly improved to "My God! What devilry is this?!!"

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