Here is another before/ after editing post. I love seeing posts like these myself and have gleaned a lot from them.
In the ‘before’ image, I knew I loved the backlight, I could see the child’s skin tones were going to be good, but the image is quite flat.
After fixing white balance and tones, I brightened, then added vibrance, saturation and clarity. Other elements of Photoshop I played with here were Gaussian blur and some dodge and burn. I finished by running a couple of my regular actions over it and then sat back for another look.
Nup- better but not entirely happy. The blown out skyline above the trees was quite distracting for me. It needed fixing.
I used the clone tools and layers of the same image to do this. Not the best cloning job ever, but I like how now it looks more like a dense forest.
And there you have it!
Maybe not everyone’s style of editing, but it is what suits me.0