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Old 08-23-2010, 08:34
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Do you have any of your lights aimed at the sides through the tissue paper? I don't see any, that might help brighten it up a bit. Also your white balance on your camera could be adjusted, that will help quite a bit.

An easy free program to brighten it up is Picassa, here is what I did to your picture in 2 seconds by going to "tuning", clicking on the neutral color picker and then clicking on a part of the white background. Then I added a touch of fill light and a lot of highlight!
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:04
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Do you have any of your lights aimed at the sides through the tissue paper? I don't see any, that might help brighten it up a bit. Also your white balance on your camera could be adjusted, that will help quite a bit.

An easy free program to brighten it up is Picassa, here is what I did to your picture in 2 seconds by going to "tuning", clicking on the neutral color picker and then clicking on a part of the white background. Then I added a touch of fill light and a lot of highlight!
Picassa, huh. Now I'll have paint.net, gimp, and picassa on my computer! Picnik had that neutral color picker thing, but it always annoyed me that I could only work on 5 photos at a time, and I have a super slow internet connection out here in BFE, so I never invested much time in picnik. Is picassa good for cropping, too? I'd like a one stop editing software, know what I mean?

As for the lights, no I didn't do any on the outside, b/c I had 6 lightbulps pointing inside. SIX! I thought they would bounce off the inside walls and take away the shadow and fix the grayish background. Nope!

Thanks so much for your help Ladies. I knew there would be answers here!
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I would definitely have lights at the sides of the box and not all in the front. Because the sides are tissue paper I don't think you are going to have much luck with light bouncing off since tissue paper is nearly transparent. Just keep playing around with the positioning of the lights but the picture itself looks nice
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Yes, def use lights along the sides. The tissue paper should diffuse them. Although I made one and it didn't work (not sure what I did wrong, lol), that's the purpose of the tissue.

Others gave you good advice, check the white setting on your camera.

I use Photoshop but I do have Paint.net tho too

Here is what I would do in Paint.net: if you go to adjustments>levels and slide the input thingie down it lightens the whole photo. then I slide the inner arrow of the output slide down a bit and that darkened the colored part back up. Just play around with that and it'll come out pretty well I think

If you have any other questions feel free to ask, I'm happy to help if I can

This is what I came up with by using that method:
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Picasa is very user friendly, yes you can crop. I hate picnik for the same reasons as you. I do almost all my editing in Picasa (don't go by my pictures in my banner, I didn't always know how to use it LOL!). You can even watermark by putting text ontop of your picture and adjust the transparency. The only thing I wish it would do do is erase the background, but if I start with a halfway decent picture I can make it look so much better with Picasa.

Give the lights on the side of your box a try, also with the white balance, should make a big difference with what you have to start with

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Picassa, huh. Now I'll have paint.net, gimp, and picassa on my computer! Picnik had that neutral color picker thing, but it always annoyed me that I could only work on 5 photos at a time, and I have a super slow internet connection out here in BFE, so I never invested much time in picnik. Is picassa good for cropping, too? I'd like a one stop editing software, know what I mean?

As for the lights, no I didn't do any on the outside, b/c I had 6 lightbulps pointing inside. SIX! I thought they would bounce off the inside walls and take away the shadow and fix the grayish background. Nope!

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Yes, def use lights along the sides. The tissue paper should diffuse them. Although I made one and it didn't work (not sure what I did wrong, lol), that's the purpose of the tissue.

Others gave you good advice, check the white setting on your camera.

I use Photoshop but I do have Paint.net tho too

Here is what I would do in Paint.net: if you go to adjustments>levels and slide the input thingie down it lightens the whole photo. then I slide the inner arrow of the output slide down a bit and that darkened the colored part back up. Just play around with that and it'll come out pretty well I think

If you have any other questions feel free to ask, I'm happy to help if I can

This is what I came up with by using that method:
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Thanks...to everyone. I especially appreciate the info. specific to paint.net. Everyone uses something different. It's hard to figure out 3 kinds of new software. I'm going to keep working on it...AND I found how to adjust the white in my camera's manual! I'm going to work on that too
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OH my goodness!!! Thank everyone here for the tips on picassa!!! I had never heard of that, and have played with it for several hours now....boy, to my pics look better!!!!

A thousand thanks!!!!

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How do you get rid of the background in gimp? I've tried and can't figure it out!! I just want plain old white backgrounds.
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I have found I do the least editing when I take my light box (holes covered with tissue paper) out in the sunlight. Natural light is always best. And, I also turn up the brightness on my camera to around +1. Good luck!
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I was having the same problem...and then I realized my camera has a daylight or sunlight flash and that really cut down on my editing time!
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