Above: SOOC image
Below: After playing around in PS Elements
I often have fun playing with photos that are just so-so SOOC. I don't really care how they turn out, and somehow I find that liberating. I just fool around, trying things I normally wouldn't on a photo I really like. Sometimes, it pays off, and I end up with a neat image and some new skills in my tool belt.
For the above image, I adjusted the white balance and exposure a bit, made a "screen" layer, and then added a texture. I tried "popping" the eyes, but then he looked like a vampire or some weird undead creature, so I left those alone :).
Looking forward to seeing everyone's Before/After over at Stacy's Theme Thursday.