Image processing before and after

Below are examples of subtle but effective changes one can make to images. Whether it's to tame bright areas and open up shadows, emulate an old slide film you used to love, or to replace or clone out distractions you had no control over, or didn't notice, at the time of capture, there are many things you can do to an image to enhance it without going "over the top."
In the samples shown, the "Before" image is pretty much how the picture came out of the camera.