As per the title really. I view a lot of photographs all over the place and one thing I can't grasp, is how they are so bright and vibrant and crisp. There are a few photographers on here who's work is like this and it's fantastic. I have a few saved in my 'Favourite Photographers' folder too so i can view their sites for inspiration, yet I can't seem to get there. I know I need to go out and practise, practise, practise. That goes without saying, but it would be good to have a starting point. Some sort of idea how to achieve the look.
One of the examples would be some of the headshots by this chap....
http://www.michaelroud.com/ (There's music on the site by the way which I hate)
I would love some pointers from you experienced folk on here please.