I prefer the clean edit/top right. With a little fill light, it would be perfection!
Yep, still not sold on other people’s created actions. No, I don’t think they are cheating. I think they are better suited for DIY types, rather than professionals though. That’s just me being old school though (or so I’ve been told, even though I am very new to photography), I think there is less work/time and more talent involved and images are more dynamic and impressive when most the work happens before the click. Nothing beats good lighting work, but I guess it did help save a rather flat image. I just wish they didn’t look so washed out and blended into the background in your final edit.