After supper and the Young Master's bedtime yesterday evening, I withdrew to Zum Stollenkeller with a fresh mug of black coffee, and fooled around for an hour with editing several photographs of figures (mostly by Minden along with a few select RSM95 castings painted during the last couple of years) and Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.
While my own view is that you shouldn't mess too much with the original image files, which risks making them look nothing like the actual painted figures themselves, Photoshop Elements is wonderful for cropping the pictures of your miniatures, sharpening them, plus fixing minor color and lighting problems without too much trouble.
Ideally, however, it's still best to take the best photos you can to begin with, which will reduce the amount of editing and fiddling necessary. By the way, there is a wonderful section in Henry Hyde's recent book The Wargaming Compendium (2013) -- If you have not already done so, find, splurge a bit, and purchase this book. You will not regret it. -- all about how to take much better digital photographs of our collections. Henry's explanation of this somewhat daunting subject is a great deal clearer, more to the point, and more useful than much of what you'll find online when you do Google searches for information about 25-30mm miniature photography.
Anyway, here are several of the photographs that I manipulated a little bit last night before shutting off the computer and retiring to bed for a few hours of reading. All were taken with rather bad lighting, well before it occurred to me last month that I needed a lightbox for this kind of thing. But, with some version of Photoshop Elements or another and just a few simple clicks, it's possible not only to crop and enlarge existing pictures, but you can also salvage otherwise poor photographs and improve the quality of what shows up on your blog or website immeasurably.
My next task is to figure out how to use the blasted timed shutter feature on my cameras, to reduce and avoid the inevitable slight shake when pressing the shutter button with my finger. But these darn user manuals might as well be written in some version of Ancient Greek because rarely can I make heads or tails of them!
Here's an oldie but a goodie from before I began using oils in a big way. It's the Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadiers, completed in March-June of 2007, using mostly Games Workshop acrylics although the flesh, metallic mitre cap bits, musket barrels, and bayonets were done with oils. This particular photo was taken in January of '08, but I've cropped it, sharpened the image, fixed the colors, and corrected the colorcast to produce this edited version of the original picture. Not too bad. I only wish I had done these figures in oils.
Last but not least, here is the Regimental Sergeant Major, the fabled Oberfeldwebel Lebrecht Klatschen, a test figure painted in February of 2007 that was given the same Photoshop Elements treatment as the whole unit above just to see what might happen.