1) I used a penny because if you see a penny heads up you can get good luck.
2) I like that you mostly focus on the penny since the background is plain.
3) I would probably change the background because it seems to plain since it's white, and I would change it to black instead.
4) I used Gradient fill 1-4, Color Balance 1, and Gradient Map from the Dark magic actions.
5) I used my Ipod.
6) I like my faded picture because everything around the tree is faded because of the fog and the effects make it look cool.