In THIS thread, there is a discussion if better equipment will lead to better pictures. I believe it can lead to better pictures IF you know what you are doing and know how to work with the equipment. I also believe that a photographer in this era cannot work without Photoshop. Here is why:
The before picture isn't bad. The lighting is good, the perspective is good and it is sharp. But it wasn't the image I had in my head. The AR on the crystal made the dial blue and the pictures was lacking contrast. With some dodging and burning (mostly burning) and sharpening, the picture became more interesting.
What do you think?