The flexibility of raw files is higher than it has ever been. This is great for recovering detail or balancing out the exposure, but it also gives you an enormous range for creativity in the edit.
As someone who doesn't shoot many landscapes (and when I do, I never edit them), I'm always fascinated to see how people edit their images and just what can be achieved.
One aspect of landscape photography that put me off it in the early days was how little weight I put in the post-processing phase of the process. I was under the naive illusion that the landscape shots I loved were just tweaked in Lightroom to alter the white balance or sharpen. I truly didn't believe that heavy editing was common in landscapes. As a result, every image I took was wholly underwhelming to me. Part of that — a large part in fact — was my inexperience, but looking back, I could have achieved much more with a better understanding of how to edit.
In this video, Nigel Danson goes through edits of three of his images. Some are by professional photographers, and then the bulk is by some of the 2,000 amateurs he shared the image with. It's interesting to see the different directions people take the same image, and how creative visions can vary so dramatically. I found myself more drawn to edits which carefully applied dodging and burning to create a contouring effect on landscapes, as I enjoy the more dramatic feel.
What sort of edits do you like the most?