This photo is of my son at about four months of age. I did some very modest development with Lightroom and Nik’s Viveza to make it ‘pop’ a bit more (see a note on digital darkroom development after the photo).
Development & the digital “Dark Room”: I shoot [mostly in Manual] in 100% RAW and work on the undeveloped images in Lightroom to come up with the final product for all of my photos (Except the occasional phone camera/point and shoot). This means I’m working with as much light information as the camera can capture rather than compressing it down into JPEG in camera and loosing much of the dynamic range of info the sensor captures.
RAW is like the ‘negative’ from film days. So when I looked at this photo straight out of the camera I immediately identified there was some opportunity to make it ‘pop’ a little more. The final product is what you see above.