A common question I often get asked is do you edit your photos?, or as everyone is prone to saying do you "Photoshop" your images. Well put simply, damn right I do!! :-). Photo editing is a big part of photography and its where you can bring the vision you saw on location to life. Cameras these days are hugely powerful tools capable of capturing vast amount of detail in a photograph, but the one thing they can't do is mimic the human eye. That beautiful sunset or sunrise can quite often look too dull or too bright after you've taken the photo, those autumnal colours may not look quite as vibrant as you remember, there may be some distracting element in the scene that you may want to remove etc...
As a landscape photographer you have to be aware of this and try get it as right 'in camera' as much as possible. For me personally, my main focus is generally on composing the scene to make it as appealing to the eye as possible and to get my balance of lights and darks as good as I can given the conditions. I never approach a shot with the mindset that I can fix it on the computer later. Simple adjustments by myself such as moving around, shooting from a higher or lower position, zooming in/out can all help to get it right in camera as much as possible.
Hopefully once I have my images downloaded to the computer, all I have left to do is adjust some brightness, contrast or slight color boost. I guess the big trick, is knowing when to stop processing an image.
Ultimately the only thing that really counts is the final image. Feel free to leave your comments I'd love to hear from you!