Often a very good photo is ruined because it lacks "pop". This is a way of saying that the image looks flat and boring.
I'm going to use this image to show how to quickly add pop to your flat images. Yes, there are many ways to do this, but we're going to go over a very simple and basic first few steps.
Before we start, let's talk about why this image is flat. First, the image is not using the full range of values that are available. This means nothing is black, and nothing is white. It's all stuck in this sort of gray no man's land.
We're going to fix that.
(NOTE: If you want to follow along with this tutorial, click on the image to get the large size, and then drag to your desktop. You can then use that file to follow along. To get back here, click on the tutorial title in the breadcrumb, above.)