I did very little for exposure compensation in levels-I increased the midtones a little, but not much. I try to expose 1/2 stop underexposed so I don't blow out the highlights.
I got rid of the shadows and increased the highlight areas on her cheeks using a combination of the clone tool and the healing brush. But since this made those areas very soft I went to equalize the softness on the forehead and nose-really overdoing the nose. I used the sharpening tool at 20% opacity and sharpened her hair and used the unsharp mask filter to sharpen the eyes.
Yeah I know that JP"s topic didn't apply to this image, that was just my dry sense of humor, but I thought the image belonged on this forum anyway. It took me a half an hour to do this and I'm not very proficient in the details of photoshop.
If this image was on a negative instead of a few million pixels the print would either end up in the trash or go through several hours of darkroom work. The bottom line is that when your shooting, a mere 5 second adjustment in the lighting or a posing instruction sure can save a lot of post production. Pay attention now instead of paying for it later.
details, details, those little tiny details.
This one had a minor midtone levels adjustment and some blemish removal.