A photograph isn't necessarily reality - but simply your version of reality.
Have you ever taken a photo of a stunning landscape only to find the image doesn't do what you're seeing - and feeling - any justice whatsoever?
There are a lot of techniques I could talk about, from use of gradient filters, to ensuring you shoot in morning light, to various composition techniques, that will make your landscapes pop - but there's one in particular that I love:
Over-saturation! When shooting with my Nikon D60, I love to pump up the colours to "vivid" or even "more vivid." Skies are electric blue, grass is eye-popping green, flowers seem surreal...
And it's usually a better representation of how the landscape made you FEEL, rather than photo-realism.
So whether you use your in-camera settings or pump up the colours in Photoshop afterwards, when shooting landscapes, don't be shy on the colour saturation!
Yes, Melonstone & Adeliepenguin, you have to be careful. Often "more vivid" can oversaturate, especially if there are a lot of blues in your shot... also, pro software like CS4 (what I use) will do a much better job boosting colour than programs like iPhoto, which tend to add a lot of noise and bad hues, etc. Thanks for reading and commenting, everyone!
I agree with Melonstone that we have to be careful, and not take it too far. As a side note, in my CS4 version of Camera Raw there is a calibration for Vivid, Landscape, Portrait, etc. Rather than make the adjustment through my camera, I do it in photoshop processing so that I can switch around and see the differences. I have found that when I calibrate for "Vivid" that my images have been rejected for overfiltering (as Melonstone noted).
I agree. I sell more images in which I've increased the color saturation than those that I did not do so. The brilliant color makes the thumbnails pop enough to get a potential buyer's attention so they take a closer look.
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