From the beginning of this photography adventure of mine, I knew that I wanted to TAKE great pictures, not edit great pictures. I don't want to rely on the editing to make the photo great, I want the camera to do most of the work for me. Also, I don't have $800+ to spend on photoshop, so I really need to have my skills be with the camera, not the editing.
Here are some before and after shots. I am showing you all this as my "I need to expose my success and failures" journey. I am learning a lot about exposure, and the light changed so much on this specific day, so I had some trouble:
BEFORE: (obviously way overexposed)
AFTER: The only way I liked this photo was to make it a black and white. This was the most editing I have done on any picture)
BEFORE: My favorite of the whole day
AFTER: Not much change! I did it all with the camera!
I hope this will inspire fellow beginning photographers that you can have good photos without photoshop!