One question that seems to come up all the time, is if I did anything to my photos or if that's the pictures straight out of the camera. The truth is that all photos out of digital cameras really need to have "some" kind of post-processing done to them to make them look better after you take the shot. Most cameras just make those adjustments automatically as they write the image to the card inside your camera. If you snoop around the menu on your camera you can usually find setting that you can change to tell the camera how much or what kind of adjustments to make.
When you shoot with a higher end SLR camera, you also get the option of taking your photos and having the camera just store the RAW unedited version and then it's up to you to decide how that picture should be processed. The first image you see here is one that was just taken out of the camera after a very slight touch of color boost and sharpening. It's pretty much what you would see out of a point and shoot camera when you leave it set to auto mode.