The right adjustments in Lightroom can take a good picture and make it better.

I loved this portrait of Emmy but it needed work. First I cropped, then lightened, opened shadows, softened, added subtle light vignette, and sharpened the eyes. Click on the thumb to see enlarged views. 

I liked the expressions on both the nice lady and her goofy dog's faces. I straightened the horizon in one version then decided I liked the camera tilt. But I wanted the picture to have more impact so I cropped several  more versions, getting closer and closer, finally going with a tight square. I also experimented with different color treatments, settling on this black and white version. The image was sharpened, and seveal tweaks made to the exposure. After playing with many versions I decided I actually liked the second version best. Click on the thumb to see enlarged views. 

(During a workshop I taught on photographing architecture in Ochre Court, Salve Regina U.) The murals here are spectacular but shooting them in room light is challenging. I could not have done it without Lightroom. In the first mural I used the graduated filter to minimize the glare, among many other adjustments. In the large mural in the Great Hall I had to pull out all the stops to make it my own, including using the camera correction feature in manual mode. Click on the thumb to see these  enlarged.