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| p.1 #10 · Anyone here use the Auto Tone feature of Lightroom 4 as a starting point? |
Dan Margulis, the famous Photoshop guru, said in his Kelby Training title There Are No Bad Originals, that the stuff you do, such as increasing/decreasing sharpness, contrast, exposures, etc, actually diminishes the quality of the post-processing you can get in Photoshop. And he approves with his workshop examples using world's best retouchers. Basically he gave two versions of the same RAW file, one untouched in RAW converter, which looks flat and dull, the other that has been slighted enhanced and look good to our eyes, to two groups of those retouchers. Time and time again, those that were given untouched raw version always come up with better retouching results in Photoshop.
That does rather assume you will be using photoshop in your workflow and have the skills and the time to produce top end pro quality output for every image.