This question is meant to serve as a basis for (possibly) some follow-up questions. I will not be asking about any specific, just general methods of what to do rather than how to do it.
A friend of mine has been tasked with doing a little photo album with Indesign. The images were taken by a not-so-good (self appointed) photographer, and the quality is not so good. Therefore I was wondering what sort of techniques / tips we could follow to make it a little better.
Now, I know there is some stuff you can't fix, so I'm not looking to fix (correct me if I'm wrong):
- wrong focus (blurness)
- lack of a proper flash
- casted shadows on the walls
- poor lighting
So generally, anything that can make these pictures a little less ugly. I should probably add that time is of the essence (we barelly have until monday), so I'm looking for any general and fast tips.
I've noticed that in many of them it boils down to wrong colors / contrasts / white balance (my eye somehow did this on its own). But as I'm no expert, I don't really know.
To shorten the broadness of the question, I'd basically like to ask: How to know for sure a picture has a problem?.
I'm looking for mathematical proof to detect problems such as 'the image looks too blue', 'It's blurred where it's supposed to be focused' or 'there's too much white in it'. I know it can be a number of things, but since I'm a complete n00b I just know what my eye/brain is telling me.
P.S. I know these things can't be rushed, but we don't really have a saying on this matter...
P.P.S. We are using the software added in the tags. If you think it would be really beneficial to switch to something else, please tell me. But, again, we don't have much time to learn anything new.