Objects on A Desk of A future Private Detective

Again with the lesson learning. Ie, put it in the right thread you muppet. So here it is.

why does the image look washed out? And to answer my own question, i think you applied a brightness adjustment on the image without touching the contrast value.

It would be better to lit the scene using two lights so that the sahdow isn’t completely black.

Way too washed out, and what’s that blob in the center of the desk?