TEACHING MYSELF GRAPHIC DESIGN: PHOTOSHOP IS NIFTY!

I learned a cool technique for bringing down blown-out, shiny highlights in a person's face. Behold!

Original

Original

With face highlights toned down, slight blur added, and palm removed from background (he was photobombing)

With face highlights toned down, slight blur added, and palm removed from background (he was photobombing)

Ok, so it's not actually that dramatic a difference. But, the one on the right looks a little more profe..... ALRIGHT, I actually prefer the original. It has more dimension and sparkle. 

Still, good tutorial to go through. What do you think?