I've a number of years experience in photo editing, primarily using the older versions of Photoshop. I recently implemented the CS6 versions of Photoshop and Lightroom 4 on my Windows 7 PC.
Even after purchasing 2 very large instructional/tutorial books on Lightroom, I'm still pretty much overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done and trying to find out what those things are (when editing photos).
My primary questions are these:
1. Applying the 80/20 rule, are there any online tutorials, videos, assistance for explaining the majority of settings/sliders that have the major impact of photos? Right now, in my mind, every time I get ready to edit a photo I am thinking that I need to review 200 points in the books before starting. My sense is that there are probably 10-15 settings which pretty much address 80-90% of all editing that needs to be done – but I don't know which ones they are or necessarily how to properly use them.
2. I have read a lot about presets, but don't have a lot of experience with them. My understanding is that they are sort of like macros that apply a specific number of edits to a photo. If this is accurate, are there any places which have presets which can be immediately applied to most photos (or at least by category such as landscape, portrait, etc.) that takes care of 90% of what is needed in the image.
The biggest thing I use Lightroom for now is to profile the images so the colors more closely match the printer profiles at Costco, which I used for my printing.
Any help in leading me to the critical mass of what I need to do rather than the 1000+ pages of everything that Lightroom does, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.