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Yep, it’s addicting.

Actually, it’s that I’m finally going through all my digital pictures, trying to figure out which ones are decent enough to print, and thinking, “Hey, may as well ‘Shop ’em a little first, right?”

Besides, it’s fun.

The time – a few years ago

The place – Montana De Oro State Park (GO there!)

The details – The Boy, caught unawares while sitting on the rocks of a little inlet. Mom thinks, “cool shot!” and takes the picture.

The result – an OK shot, but a little washed out thanks to the overcast skies and my lackluster photographic skills. Just, ho-hum.

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The “fixes” – Option 1 selected the subject, color corrected and increased saturation, then the same (at different levels) for the background. The background also got a dose of increasing contrast. This one is actually very close to what it looked like “in real life”.

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“Fix” 2 – The same adjustments to subject, but the background was desaturated in order to bring more focus on the subject. Much closer to the original image, but a little bit more “pop”.

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Finally, just for fun – using PS’s Watercolor filter and a high level of detail – just to get a different look.

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I’m no major artist, or great photographer, but when a few relatively simple tweaks can produce such great results – heck, why settle for dull snapshots ever again?