My latest homework assignment: Portraits

We are probably about half way through the photography class I am taking and I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable taking pictures in the manual setting now. I know I still have a lot to learn, but our latest assignment allowed me to use two of my favortie subjects!

 1/40s, f/5.0, iso 100 at 92.0mm
This one is straight out of the camera. Since I have an old version of Photoshop Elements (6.0, should I upgrade?) and I just purchased a used book to try to learn the program, I went through and did a quick edit on this one.
 This is the quick edit version. Do you see any difference? My instructor said I did good camera work on the portraits, but a little processing would enhance them a bit. Guess I need to spend a little more time learning Elements!
 1/80s, f/4.2, iso 100 at75.0mm
Again, here is the straight out of the camera shot, and here...
...the quick edit version. I know I could probably crop in on this one so that both photos are cropped similar (the grandparents might like these for Christmas!)
I wonder what we are going to learn at our next class?