About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tag: ‘photography tips’

    How I edit all my photo’s for free ~Part 3 Sepia

    Sunday, January 19th, 2014

    It has been a while since I shared one of these!

    Go here, for the basic tutorial and here, for black and white conversion.

    Okay, here is how I convert an image to sepia using the GIMP.

    Screenshot from 2014-01-19 17:41:59Here is my before image.

    I love it because it seems so moody.

    Yes, I know that is a crazy number of tabs open.

    I am really glad my version of GIMP has a single window mode or I would be in trouble!

    Screenshot from 2014-01-19 17:42:31Go to Colors/Colourize.

    Screenshot from 2014-01-19 17:44:33Change the settings in Colourize to:

    Hue 30

    Saturation 20(I often set it to 10 or less, I like a very subtle sepia)

    Lightness 0(I usually leave lightness at 0 but you can play around with it)

    If you want you can add some contrast by doing an overlay, see here on how to do one.

    Go to File/Export to save your newly edited picture or hit Ctrl + Shift + E.

    And that is it!

     It is so easy!



    Self Portrait ~Day 30 and the right white balance

    Thursday, March 21st, 2013

    This is my last picture for this project!

    30 Days.

    I was in a shaded area with a lot of sunlight behind me when I shot this.

    I would usually have my camera set to Cloudy White Balance (White Balance determines how cool or warm a picture should be).

    I forgot to change it and the white balance was set for full sun.

    This is my picture set to the wrong white balance.

    I had edited it before I realized I did not really like it and chose to change the white balance.

    Here is another picture I took with only the white balanced fixed to cloudy.

    No other touch ups were made.

    Here is the original with no touch ups set to full sun.

    Do you have a camera that lets you set the white balance?

    How I edit all my photo’s for free ~Part 2 B&W Conversion

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

    This is how to convert your image to black and white using the Gimp.

    To learn more about using the Gimp check out my first post, here.

    I shot this image in my house and the couch threw an ugly color cast into my son’s face.

    That is one of the reasons I knew while taking it I would like this picture a lot more in black and white.

    Go to Colors/Components/Channel Mixer.

    Select Monochrome and Preserve luminosity.

    I like to set the my Channels around 100% for red, 70% for green, and 40% for blue for most of my conversions.

    Select OK.

    If you want your red’s to be darker, lower your percentage on the red channel or add more green.

    If you want the red’s to be lighter then raise the percentage of red or lower the percentage of green.

    If you want green or blue, to be lighter or darker raise or lower them as well.

    Play around with the channels to see what effect they have on your black and white image.

    There are a few different ways to add contrast to your black and white in post production.

    You can adjust the Curves by going to Colors/Curves and then dragging the middle line where you want it.

    Usually you are going for an S shape curve to add contrast.

    You can also do an Overlay layer to give it more contrast.

    You can read more about the overlay layer in this post.

    I usually use either the curves or the overlay layer, not necessarily both.

    My finished image.

    Here is a tutorial on how to take better black and white images.