Matt Quinn wrote:I took a seminar from a photographer, an early tester of LR, who COMMANDED us to stay away from the tone curve, and ALWAYS to do the following:
move the Highlight slider ALL the way to the left and the Shadows slider ALL the way to the right,
hold down the opt key and move the white slider to the right till the triangle appears and the black slide to the left till the triangle appears
up clarity for landscapes, down clarity for portraits
use SEP 2 for B&W, Viveza and CEP for color.
Stay away from PS till we've mastered LR.
That's pretty much his course. [...]
Well! That caused Duck to erupt...
Duck wrote:Wow, tone curves is such a powerful tool that can do so much more than the basic sliders alone can. I teach Lightroom and your comment just irritates me. That's not teaching Lightroom, that's teaching a 'one trick pony' show. [...]
So for me, as a beginning/intermediate-ish Lightroomer I am certainly interested in furthering this discussion wherever it goes. It does not have to be specific to the tone curve. I'm just a learner (I've suggested elsewhere that we all are, life-long). I've only been a CC subscriber for something over a year but I was very familiar with Photoshop Lite (Elements). Since discovering its joys I LOVE Lightroom! But like everything it has a learning curve. I have been self-tutoring on YouTube. I have certain favorite tutors (Anthony Morganti, Julianne Moore, the guy on Phlearn, the other guy on Piximperfect to mention my top four)... My personal goal has been, since the beginning of my photographic journey in the early '60s, to make the very best "print" I can (I think in print-quality terms even on the well-tempered monitor). I'm not particularly creative, I just want quality, but I keep changing up my approach as I go and I am just now dipping my big toe into (incidentally) the Tone Curve.