Its been a while since I've had the inspiration (and time!) to participate in Monica's "Before and After" blog hop on Thursdays. Photo editing is NOT my strong suit. I really need to take a class and have someone show me the ins and outs of Photoshop.
So, for now, I stick with GIMP and Picnic. They're both free. You can't beat that!
Here's my SOOC (straight out of the camera) shot of Jayce watering the flowers:
85 MM 1.8
Shooting in full sun is always challenging. But I couldn't pass up the cute moment and say, "Hey Jayce... I know you want to water flowers right now, but can you wait until about 7:30 PM when I know there will be good backlight from the setting sun? Thanks."
So I played with it in Picnic for a bit. Adjusted the exposure and contrast. Used the "cross processing" feature on the program. (Don't ask me what that means 'cause I have no clue. I just liked the effect). Added a bit of vignette. Adjusted saturation.
I definitely like the overall appearance of the photo better. However, when I lightened up the picture, I realized that you really can't see Jayce's face very well because of the angle in which he's bent over. And it is his face that your eye is naturally drawn to because of the rule of thirds. Hmmm... I guess this is a good example of how post processing can make a great photo awesome, but cannot make a not-so-techincally-good photo any better than it is.
Back to the drawing board :)