The first lesson involved cropping photos and adding text. I had fun playing with a couple of photos and choosing a color from the photo for my text.
Then we learned about blend modes, opacity, and adjustment layers. I've played around a little with the levels adjustment, but I was thrilled to learn more about it and how to make my photos better. Here are two photos that I edited - first, the original photo, then my edited version.
I am especially pleased with this last photo because my first impression of the Bow River in the summer time was how green it was. I'd only ever seen the river frozen until last summer and the color was a pleasant shock to me. This photo truly brings out my first glimpse of the river.