How can I get the colors to POP in my photos besides your basic increase of saturation. All my photos seem dull and lacklustre. Is there a special software i can get for this? I use Corel paint shop pro x3 and I always shoot in Raw. Any advice would be appreciated,
Thanks for the tips Greg, Stunning photo by the way....
Being aware of the angle from light source to subject - to lens, is important. Also, the texture of the subject in relation to how it reflects light.
Animal fur can be reflective or not; if the cat has just finished preening himself, he may be more colorful than normal. Regardless, you want to be in control of the light if possible and not be slave to circumstances, thus learning to properly use your flash is important. Too much flash blows everything, not enough does the obvious, keeping colors muted and dull. But that does not mean the window of workable light has to be simply perfect. The window of usable light is usually rather broad, depending on your environment of course.
Hope this helps.
There is a lot of color noise in your example jpg. Try de-noiseing(!) for sharper, clearer and more colorful images
Take note folks that the original post and comments were done in 2011, its now near the end of 2015.