Using the program
I am not a professional photographer (nor an amateur one). I just take out my digital camera, shoot some photos, go back home, transfer them to my computer, edit a little bit, and that’s it. In this editing process, I need to use a Photoshop alternative such as GIMP or something basic as Picasa. Unfortunately, I knew of no program that would let me do some basic touch-ups without going into the professional-style menu options. This changed dramatically when I discovered Fotoxx.
Fotoxx has the basic image editing and management functions: resize, rotate, crop, fix red eye, tag images, search by tags, change brightness/contrast, blur, sharpen, posterize, and so on. The difference the program makes are not those as you figured out.
Brightness can be adjusted for a small region in the photograph. Suppose that you have sunlight coming from the object’s back. It is obvious that the object’s face/body will be darker and the details will be harder to see. In this case, you can select the darker part of the image - in our case the face/body - and apply brightness adjustment. You do not need to change the brightness for all the areas. An example is shown below. The statue has the backlight, therefore all the details are lost. To edit in Fotoxx, I selected the dark parts roughly and then went through Edit -> Brightness Distribution. I played a little bit with the slider and tried to avoid making the photo look artificial. (OK, I went a little bit too far to show you this feature.)