Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado

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[Here’s how I would have done it.](http://i.imgur.com/5ErFqXg.jpg)

Not that there’s *truly* a right way, but this is how I normally edit my landscapes. I used Lightroom, but you can use pretty much anything.

I increased the exposure overall by +1.4 stops or EV. Most details were a bit dark, so I wanted to get the detail back in those. I then darkened the “blacks” (or the darkest pixels) to get my contrast back.

To get the sky blue (which I might have overdone a tad), I darkened all the blue pixels. A lot of software lets you do this, but you might have to poke around. I then darkened the whole of the sky using a brush, and darkened the mountains a little bit.

Then I made a few sharpness adjustments and moved the clarity slider to make the softness less obvious (not sure if this is in non-adobe software, it messes with the contrast but in a way that makes things look sharper without affecting the integrity of the image).

And that’s pretty much it. I didn’t touch the saturation and the only contrast adjustments I did were through [curves.](http://imgur.com/LQBMwTR)

The only actual editing problem with what you uploaded is that the saturation is too high. It’s extremely common for people new to editing to do this, so don’t feel too bad. I did it too. I had a teacher who called people out for doing this all the time. Sometimes less is more with editing, and you just have to find that sweet spot. That’s why I begin processing things with “flat” settings, and constantly look back steps to make sure I’m not going overboard.

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