How can you achieve such results, how much of it is PP?

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How can you achieve such results, how much of it is PP?
9 months ago

Hello to all. I have decided to address my question to our community in hope of answering my question. I've been shooting for some years now using fairly good equipment IMO, at least IQ-wise.

Nikon D300s + 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D ED + 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX + 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S G

I recently decided to have a look at this site which features many photos from amateurs and pros alike and I was literally stunned from the shown results. Most photos look amazing. If you take the composition out of the equation, everything else looks great. Zero noise, sharp all across the frame, great colors & good saturation. Many of them also look slightly soft but also pin-sharp! Truly great work.

Here is what I am talking about:

http://500px.com/popular?only=Landscapes

So, can anyone explain how are these results possible? Technically speaking I've been shooting with the best IQ in mind:

  • Using each the lens "sweet" f-stop
  • Base ISO of the camera
  • Shooting at the golden hours
  • Tripod
  • Wire release
  • Mirror lockup
  • Raw of course

My results are quite good but nowhere near to these shots. Yes I know that some are shot with FF cameras and that surely counts for something, but that is not always the case. That is why I think that it has to be the PP. Perhaps each shot shown has hours of PS invested in it.

If not, what am I missing?

P.S. Would really be interested in how to achieve the "slightly soft but sharp" look as shown here:

http://500px.com/photo/48321768?from=popular

or

http://500px.com/photo/48347656?from=popular

Thanks to all!!!!

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