I recently showed web-betty what tonal contrast could do for her photo of a cool metal building. it made me think "i wonder how many photographers we have here that done have aperture or lightroom, and an accompanying software suite like nik or topazlabs, alien skin, vsco, etc so heres a photo i took, and a handful of variations of it. all of these changes were accomplished in under a minute, and for the orange one(since i use that part of the program a lot) it took under 15 seconds! This isnt a "hey look how cool i am" thread its a "hey look how easy it can be to get some totally different results using some software" thread, lol i know we always have tons of "what should i buy next" threads, and i think, if you have a favorite lens, a good enuf camera, yer next step is some good software to yank the most out of those files! now these are all very ELIOT-ized photos, which i know isnt everyones fav ... .... but mebbe someone else can throw up a few more generally accepted types of processing for a photo. a few diff vsco film effects for a portrait, or something... anyways hoping this can be used to show what software can do without having to spend hours working on a photo, and for less money than most new lenses, and certainly less than a new camera... should you just be in a GAS mood anyways i hope people can get some ideas on the various things that are easily doable to their files with just some slider tweaking and experimenting. looking forward to someone with a more traditional view on processing to toss some stuff up as well!