What criteria do you use when editing a mediocre or just plain bad picture? This is a photo I took this weekend at a B'day party. The subject is very uncooperative about having his photo taken and though I've tried repeatedly, I never get a good shot of him. I wanted to edit out the blemishes on his face in case he sees the picture some time in the future. My editing skills (and software) leave much to be desired unfortunately. The end result of hours of work was this simple black & white. I'm not displeased with the final result. I'm just curious about what those with more experience would do with a photo of this nature. Do you have an end result in mind before you begin? Is it trial and error until you're satisfied? Perhaps you wouldn't have bothered at all.