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I see some pictures posted and they are glossy, sharp and solid. I always wonder how they achieved it. I have a 18-55mm lens for now. Is it possible to get this result on that lens or do I really need to upgrade?

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    Post one or more of those pictures that you see and one of yours. Your question is very broad. Posting images for comparison will attract better answers. – null Apr 17 '15 at 19:56
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To get sharper images

  • Use an appropriate shutter speed, that prevents camera shake and/or subject movement from blurring the image.
  • Use a flash to freeze any motion of the subject.
  • close the aperture, (that means: use a bigger number, something like f8 will do) the effect is minor, it will not turn a blurry shot into an "oh my gosh this is amazingly sharp"-image

To get bright colors

  • Do not shoot into the sun. It causes colors to look washed out.
  • Photograph something that actually is bright and colorful.

But most importantly:

Apply proper post processing. Whatever sharp and colorful picture you stumbled upon on the web is probably heavily post processed. You will not get such a result straight out of the camera.

Your equipment is fine. It's time to upgrade your skills and knowledge how to use it.

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    I thought sharpness was also a factor of aperture...then again it is a triangle. – SailorCire Apr 17 '15 at 20:17
  • @SailorCire that's true, but to a smaller extend. I will add it. – null Apr 17 '15 at 20:20

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