Need some help with planet surface

I am working on an image, where the background is thje surface of some strange, mars-like planet. I generated a landmap in bryce, slapped some red dirt texture and a normal map on it, and now I’m completely stuck. I just dont know where to go from here! Please tell me what exactly could i do to get it more lifelike. My final destination is supposed to be something like the terrain on the bottom part of this image:
http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/planetrings/planetrings.htm

all help is appreciated :slight_smile:

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work on lighting, from what i can see, the textures and model looks fine

It does look much better with proper lighting, I agree. That was part of the solution, thanks :slight_smile: I’m trying to focus on atmospherics also, I still may need a little more help.
(the sky will be replaced in photoshop later)

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