So, my friend Leslie, photographer extraordinaire, asserts that digital images are really not ok until you finish them off with a little work in Photoshop (or, in my case, Lightroom). She says all digital images are in need of a little contrast boost and usually a little sharpening. And she's smart about picture stuff, so I listen closely whenever she shares her golden bits of wisdom. To show you what she means, I've posted below 2 images. The photograph is from our Joshua Tree trip back in 2005 (the Little Dudes all look so .... little!) and was taken with our 5.0 megapixel point & shoot Olympus (the camera we used before dipping into the DSLR world with our Canon Rebel in 2006). The first image is SOOC (straight out of the camera). The second image is the same picture with just a bit of contrast added (and a slight vignette). A little contrast goes a long way. And it makes me look tan. I mean, it actually depicts how tan I really was. Yeah, that's what I meant.
There you have it. Now, go forth ... add a little contrast ... and conquer.