I love nature photos, but I'm not a documentarian, so I have no compunctions about (hopefully) enhancing them in Photoshop. I posted a hummingbird picture on the Photosig critique site recently, and received the following comments from an enthusiastic reviewer: If he only knew 8) Here's the resized original. My workflow was as follows: First, the crop. I tried to place the eye and the glowing red gorget in a "power" position, about 1/3rd down from the top of the frame, since these are the most dramatic element in the frame. It wasn't possible to find a crop that didn't include the plastic feeder tube, which takes "nature" out of a hummer pic, so careful cloning was the most time consuming step. Then I cloned out all but one of the multiple catch-lights in the eye. The next step was levels. The original was dull, and I adjusted for greater separation between the bird and background, and some pop to the gorget. Sharpening is a bit tricky, as it tends to increase the noise in the background, so I created a duplicate layer, sharpened it, and added a black layer mask to it to hide the sharpening. Then I used a white paintbrush to expose the sharpening on selective parts of the hummingbird only. Even after this careful treatment, I ran the picture through NeatImage to make sure the background was "creamy". Here's the result. View attachment 5731 I takes me about 15 minutes to finish a hummer picture these days, which is down from the 45 minutes it took when I first started doing them. That's why the comment about "not requiring any PS work" tickled me. So, back to the question. What are your standards and limits for retouching your nature pictures?