Earlier in the year, after much research and hand-wringing on spending the money, I splurged on a Nikon D80. It’s a fabulous camera and worth every penny. I love it. However, I also have a couple of small purse-sized digital cameras that I carry around, and frankly, for my skill level, for the most part, they take just as good pictures – for the most part. It is my goal to learn how the camera works, to really understand it and use it purposefully, where as now I just “point and shoot”.
My philosophy is that good pictures have more to do with the photographer than the camera. Composition is everything.
I actually like the “fussed with” picture better for your title. I like how his eye shows up more with his face lightened. Having that contrast makes the picture better. Having that original photo with all the details to work with in the first place is bonus. Composition is everything and you have a good eye.
I think you are awesome to take a glorious photo of your precious boy and re-invent it in Photoshop. I like the PS version but adore the original. I have a similar photo of my son about that same age. I just want to kiss on that jaw and neck. 🙂 Pure sugar!