Have you ever been frustrated that your captured image bears no resemblance to the actual scene in front of you? This clever fix in Photoshop is so simple that you may have never thought of doing it.
Educator and Photographer Jim Welninski has created a thorough tutorial on how to transform your lackluster landscape shots. The video shows how to take advantage of the transform tools in Photoshop to manipulate a mountain so it looks more spectacular. What I like about this particular technique is that no additional images are required. This really helps to sell the effect as you don't need to worry about matching up the lighting or the colors.
Welninski goes on to show in the video how to select the mountain range and use an image mask to blend the two versions of the same picture together. It's worth noting that enlarging sections of any picture can increase the chances of introducing pixelation so try not to enlarge your selections too dramatically. If image size is of a concern to you then you may consider taking additional shots with a longer lens and combine the two separate files together.
While I appreciate many photography purists will frown upon using such a technique, it's hard to deny that the final image produced is vastly improved by using it. Having something like this up your sleeve might just save the day on your next shoot.