Photo Fix Dodge & Burn in Photoshop
1 Brighten your whites
To increase contrast, open your shot into Photoshop or Elements and click on the Dodge Tool. Set the Range to Midtones or Highlights, and the Exposure to 3%. Then brush over any midtones that you want to brighten up. This will give the shot much more contrast and make it brighter too. You could also make the shadows deeper by choosing the Burn Tool from the Toolbox, setting the Range to Shadows or Midtones and the Exposure to 3%. Then you could brush over any dark areas you want to be darker. In either case, go slowly and use a low Exposure value so that you don’t burn out your shadows or highlights to pure black or white.
2 Remove distractions
To make sure the mountain face gets the viewer’s full attention you could remove the two trees from the bottom edge, which are a little scruffy and pull the eye away from the main focal point. It’s easy to do this in Photoshop. Just click on the Spot Healing Brush Tool from the Toolbox and resize the brush with the [ and ] keys until your cursor is slightly bigger than the area you want to remove. Then paint over the offending area and Photoshop will remove it.