All thanks to this post by A Beautiful Mess I will now freely call myself a photographer. I would highly recommend following their instructions step by step.

And then go wild on your entire library of photos! Please someone come and pry this overheating computer out of my dead, lifeless grip.

Here are two of my edits. Don’t tell me if they still look horrendous. My photographer ego is prone to rapid deflation.

Before:
Very obviously too dark. Which I didn’t notice until I started tweaking it. A true photographer’s eye, I have.

After:
Stark contrast, soft light

Before:
A bit dark, among other things that are obviously wrong that I can’t articulate.

After:
All ethereal and dreamy…and stuff.

Try it. Now. And book me for your next chicken event!