How to photo edit underwater pictures - the basics

3 - use autocorrect/ one step photo fix

after adjusting colour balance, you can use autocorrect, then crop, for a reasonable result

without any photo-editing
Without any photo-editing
Straight out of the camera.   The only adjustment was to the colour balance and this was done by one step 'auto'.
quickly photo edited using one-step-auto
Quickly photo edited with 'one step auto'
A single additional click on the 'one step photo fix' option in the 'adjust' menu produces an improved result.

Underwater photographs, especially those shot while snorkeling, require colour balance adjustment before applying any quick one-click or auto-fix photo editing.

This applies more to snorkeling photos than those from scuba.

As the scuba diver is usually deeper (than the snorkeler) there is less ambient light (daylight/ sunlight) around, so the strobes are the main light source and create good colour balance.

Colours in photos taken in 3+ metres are beyond being corrected by one-click or auto-fix features.
But, after color adjustment the one-click does well.  Manual adjustments take longer but give better results (ie the shot below was manual).
thousand-pore seastar

Examples below of one-step adjustment with Picasa, Microsoft's Office Picture Manager and PaintShop Pro

Google's free Picasa
Known more as a picture manager than an editor.
Clicking its one-click, 'I feel lucky' turns left hand picture into the one on the right
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PaintShop Pro - pre autocorrect
PaintShop Pro - post one-step-photo-fix
Too bright and too much contrast?

Microsoft Office Picture Manager
A free programme with Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007.  Still available for 2010.
One click of a button entitled 'autocorrect' (situated at top)
turns left hand picture into the one on the right.
Microsoft picture manager - pre autocorrect
microsoft picture manager - post autocorrect
Better than Picasa but a bit yellow

Corel PaintShop Pro
A very good, low-cost photo editor.   Open 'Adjust' (situated at top).
Clicking 'one-step-photo-fix' turns left hand picture into the one on the right
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PaintShop Pro - pre autocorrect
PaintShop Pro - post one-step-photo-fix
Good for something so quick

How to photo edit
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Adjusting contrast