I'm using RawTherapee, self taught, to modify my photos.
In this photo I've increased the compensation to make her face a bit clearer to see but you can see the sky in the background is now looking washed out.
To be honest, being self taught, I just move each of the sliders to see what the effect is until I get something closer to what I like.
I try to get the histogram in the top right to reach from the left side to the right as I believe that indicates a good balance, although not sure if it's balance of /dark or colours.
In this 2nd photo, I tried to "fix" it by changing the "blue/red balance" under the colour management tab in the top right corner of RawTherapee. This has made the sky look darker and the hills have that "bluer" look you see for distant hills.
What photo do people prefer? The original (on the left in both shots), the first adjustment, or the 2nd adjustment where the blue/red balance was changed?
Thanks in advance.