Did you ever wonder why a professional photographer's photos have that extra something ? There are many things that go into capturing a great image. With moving children, it is not always easy. My little model here is one year old and moved quickly. I had great window light coming in behind me to light up the scene and used a 50mm lens with an aperture of f2.2 (shallow depth of field to achieve some blur in the background), which also enabled me to have a quick shutter speed (250) to ensure a sharp picture of a quick moving one year old. I like to get my focus point on the eyes for a nice sharp picture of the face. Ok, great ... got the shot, it looks ok. But now, the extra something and where I spend my time when I am not behind my camera ... in the digital darkroom. When I take my photos, I shoot in a RAW format (most, if not all non-pro use a .jpeg format). By shooting in RAW, I am able to adjust the white-balance exposure, colors and many attributes of an image or part of an image. I use Adobe Lightroom to make these adjustments. After Lightroom I bring my photo into Adobe Photoshop, where I can fix blemishes and remove distracting elements of a photo. I also use special "actions' that you can build that compile a group of finishing touches to an image in a batch format. In this photo, I used an action from www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/ called the "2 minute miracle", which softened the skin tones and gave the image a little extra POP! So there you have it .... while you might have thought we were just great at taking pictures, there is a science and art to the final product of every image captured by a professional photographer!