I just finished my first lesson of Jessica Sprague's "Photo Editing 1: Good to Great" online class. There was technical issues that had to be worked out, but it finally got worked out.
The class was pretty much review, but I decided to practice anyway and since the photo the instructor used was of a person, I decided to use a portrait as well.
This is one of my bestest friends. She's so pretty! The original picture was nice (actually, I think something happened and this "original" isn't really the original... the original was a little darker), but in order to showcase my friend more than the surroundings, I needed to tweak it.
Using the Camera Raw/White Balance techniques in Lesson 1, plus a crop using a Rule of Thirds technique I already knew, I think this photo really captures my friend's beautiful eyes and smile, while taking out a lot of the background that fights for attention in the original. I adjusted the contrast and lightened the whole thing up, just a smidge.
What do you think? What else could I have done? Did I do anything wrong that you can see?