Brightness/Contrast Control in LR3 and PS CS5

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Jsimmons
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Brightness/Contrast Control in LR3 and PS CS5
Jan 4, 2011

I had always learned that the last thing you want to do is use the Brightness and Contrast controls in Lightroom or Photoshop; however, I've notice that whenever I click the "Auto" adjustment in LR3, it makes a major adjustment to both of these controls. I never accept these settings but it at least gives me an idea of what the software thinks of the image. But I am surprised that the program is making such aggressive use of these settings since I'm more inclined to use Clarity, Black Point, Fill Light, and the Tone Curve to get the image where I want it. So here, at long last, are my questions: how good are these controls in LR and PS and are there any good tutorials around showing their appropriate use? Thanks!

Jeff

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