Test Shot 1
That said, the key question, of course, is does it work? I went back to some of my older pictures and picked out a couple to try. Both are available-light shots, one of the wreck of the Giannis D in the Red Sea, the other of a playful seal at the Farne Islands.
VividPix Giannis D shot with the red reduced and the vividness increased.
The Giannis D shot doesn’t look too bad at first sight – it’s clear and has some colour – but the Vivid-Pix software at once added extra punch and improved the colour, which you can see most obviously in the sloping deck and the red of the BC.
Pretty good, I thought, but the exhaled bubbles at the back of the shot had gone a bit pink, so I reduced the red in the image, using the appropriate slider.
That sorted the colour nicely, but seemed to make the image duller overall, so I added in a bit more vividness to compensate, then saved the final picture using the Save Vivid-Pix button. Total time taken: 20sec, give or take.
Final images are saved in the same file as the original and with the same filename, just adding the word “Vivid”, and you can choose to save a full-size version of the file, a smaller version for social media or other sharing, or both.
Your original file isn’t over-written, so if you want to go back and have another go you can start again from scratch.
Test Shot 2
A UK shot of a seal, showing correction and crop.
The seal image was taken more than 10 years ago on a dull day using an early digital camera.
I know people bang on about dolphins, but give me seals any day – they’re the ultimate aquatic acrobats and I love them to bits.
Dives can blur into one after a while, but I remember that one as though I were still back on the RIB with the seawater running off my drysuit boots and a big, daft grin all over my face.
However, I also remember being hugely frustrated because the camera wouldn’t focus quickly enough to get a decent shot, so I ended up with loads of blurry, low-contrast photos that didn’t even get close to showing what a wonderful dive I’d had.
Which is probably exactly the sort of situation the VividPix people had in mind.
The Farnes seal before and after the VividPix treatment.
So I loaded up the only half-decent image I did get, picked my favourite option from the nine versions offered, rotated and cropped the resulting picture and saved it.
It still won’t win any prizes, but it’s a much better match to my memories of the day than the original.