Ok. I dont have much knowledge in the field of portraits. Now this may sound at first like it is a portrait question, but it is actually a levels adjustment/ pp question.
I took this photo of my son while we were playing on the playground at his school over the weekend. Nothing was planned. It was a completely cloudy day. Looked like it could rain any second. Dull and gray sky. That was the lighting. The photo was taken on a 30D with a Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f1.8, iso 100, 1/1600. Camera's exposure comp set at +1/3 and shot in RAW. I have not done anything to the photo except bump up the exposure of the raw file +.2 using Canon's Zoom Browser EX raw software. Then I converted it to tiff, opened in photoshop, scaled to fit here, and that is all
I know I will do some clean up on the skin and clothing (it was not a planned shot and he just finished a powdered dounut) but I am lost as to what needs to been corrected/adjusted after that. It just looks so dull. I played with color adjustments a little on another copy and it makes his skin look to red or messes up the back ground color. I just think it is lacking something to give it that "pop." I think it could be a decent portrait with the right adjustments. What do you think?