Besides the evident color enhancements in this image, I added a background element digitally (chemical diagram). While subtle so it doesn’t detract from the main subject, I think it still adds something to the overall feel of the environment.
There was an idea brought up among photographers over in a Facebook group. The idea was to share images showing “before” and “after” retouching. I thought I’d also share it here on my blog as well.
For me the next best thing after shooting is the editing stage. I use Lightroom and Photoshop in my workflow. In this image I adjusted the levels to punch up the contrast and toned it much warmer. I also edited a few areas in the skin and took out the logo on the bag. The edits enhanced the mood and creates a better impact.
Even if it’s a minor levels adjustment – no image goes untouched from the RAW stage.