What is the best way to color correct the very blue photos taken underwater scuba diving? Most pictures were take at about 50-70' depth with an Olympus point and shoot fe-360 with an underwater housing. The camera was set on the underwater scene 2 setting. I just want to get the vibrant colors back that were present in the great corals, sponges and fish in the BVI's.
Here I simply ran Auto Color Correction which brightened the overall picture.
Then I tried various Hue/Saturation adjustments. Here I selected Green from the list and moved the Saturation slider to the right, brightening some of the green. However I couldn't restore any of the other colors. I have an old version of PSE. Perhaps your version has some filters for this.
There's not a lot that can be done with the image because there's not a lot of colour information other than the blue channel.
The best I could do is this:
and I threw everything at it (including the kitchen sink):
P.S. Since I also have Corel's PaintShop Pro, I used its tools to greatly increase the vibrancy and saturation of the colours, at the expense of introducing some "false colour" in the reds and oranges:
Message was edited by: photodrawken to add postscript.
Alternatively, you can use File...Open As to open the image as "Camera RAW". Adjust the Color, Tint, Blacks, Vibrance, Clarity, etc., to get a decent looking image as a starting point.
Then open the image in the Editor and change its Mode to 8 Bits/Channel to enable the adjustment effects.
It's then a matter of using Auto Color Correction, Remove Color Cast, Color Variations, Adjust Hue/Saturation, et al., to get something like this:
(Note that the greens in the fish's fins are more pronounced.)