MilePoint is rapidly evolving into THE place for fantastic travel photography. There are some really beautiful shots here. I've noticed, however, a lot of potentially great shots that, for want of a little work in a photo editing program, just look kind of blah. I thought I'd offer a simple primer on how to tweak photographs. These tips apply to any digital photo, whether taken with expensive DSLRs or cellphone cameras, and everything in between. I'll be referring to Adobe Photoshop, but these procedures will work in with any photo editing program. #1 Saturation and Color Balance Lots of potentially good shots on MilePoint look washed out. Here's how to make them POP. First, here's the "before" shot, taken at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas: This is a nice enough shot, but it looks washed out. To give it punch, I'll use the saturation tool to make it more colorful. Think of saturation as the "color" knob on a television. Here's the result: Okay, looking better but now there's an obvious blue cast. This is because the day was a little hazy, which is why the original shot was washed out in the first place. To fix it, I'm going to adjust the color balance. There are lots of ways to do this, but the easiest color balance tool to use provides three sliders that let you vary between cyan/red, magenta/green and yellow/blue. I'm going to move the color balance towards red and yellow. Here's the result: Now that's looking better. Compare this shot, which has had only two simple adjustments applied to it, with the original shot at the top of this post. More later.