We all try to get our photos the best they can be SOOC. (That stands for straight out of camera, and means an unedited photo.) But, the truth is we all mess up sometimes (maybe a lot).
That's where editing programs can save the day! Pretty much everyone has heard of Photoshop. In fact, the program is so prevalent, "photoshop" is now a verb referring to the over-editing of magazine photos.
I tried using Photoshop once. It is SUPER HARD to learn. Sure, it's powerful and can make some serious changes to photos. However, it's not intuitive and just takes a lot of time to both learn and use.
That's where Lightroom saves the day. Lightroom is an easier to use, but still super powerful editing program. I use Lightroom for all my photo organizing and editing. I'm no expert when it comes to Lightroom, but I can pretty easily make some quick fixes to my photos.
I made this video showing some of the changes I made to the photo above. A Lightroom expert would certainly be able to improve this one even further. But for now, I'm happy with the improvement.
If you are interested in learning more about Lightroom and how to use it, I recommend Photography Concentrate's Super Photo Editing Skills. My mom really liked a class she took on Craftsy.