Photo editing is a subject I know very little about but it I know it's an essential element for many amateur (and even professional) photographers. Now the professional photographer that I know best, doesn't rely on photo editing software. She believes in making the picture perfect with perfect camera settings and it shows in her work. Coincidentally, she (Beth) is the subject of this photo.
Unfortunately we can't all shoot in manual so we might get pictures like this.
But I have some photo editing software at my disposal, so I decided to lighten it up enough so that I could see who those shadowy figures were. For this edit, I used Picasa - a free photo editing software.
So I turned to my Adobe Elements software. It has a setting that allows you to lighten only the shadows.
But most of all, I guess I've GOT to learn to shoot in manual.