I thought I'd share the way I capture and post process my images, since I was asked by Bob bdbits in my recent Pic A Day. I believe Gary WestOkid asked the same a while back. So here goes. Just note that I'm no expert. Really. To me, composition and light are essential to get good images. I try to compose at the taking stage, unless it's unavoidable (sometimes I can't access a particular viewpoint, or something gets in the way which is beyond my control). When it's unavoidable, I crop in post or on smaller "distractions", I clone out. On "light", I know it sucks when after considerable travelling time, the light doesn't want to play ball. If it's not too bad (decent but not brilliant), I try to salvage by way of selective exposure/contrast/clarity tools in both Lightroom and Photoshop. I bought the Greg Benz's luminosity mask plug-in Lumienza, but have yet to play with it seriously. After opening my image capture in Lightroom, I do the following: 1. Apply lens correction in the Develope module. In my case mostly Sigma 20mm Art. I sometimes manually correct for distortion. 2. Crop if necessary, whether to exclude something which distracts, or sometimes a particular aspect ratio feels right for an image. Not sure how to explain it, but if it looks pleasing to the eye, I'll crop. I'll do the cloning out of small distracting things in Photoshop usually. 3. Adjustments for exposure, contrast, clarity, highlights, shadows, etc using the graduated filter and brush tools. 4. Still in Lightroom, right click (two finger tap on my Mac track pad) and "Edit in Photoshop". Note, edit with Lightroom adjustments. 5. Image with Lightroom adjustments opens up in Photoshop. 6. I'll clean up the image (normally small things like sensor dirt, distracting bits, etc) with the Spot healing brush tool or Rubber stamp tool, etc. 7. I'll duplicate the layer (Command J). 8. Now for the selective sharpening part. I normally use the high pass filter. Use Radius to determine the extent (amount) of sharpening. Click OK 9. Now blend the 2 layers. I used Vivid Light. Since this Vivid Light blending applies to the whole image, the next step is the clever bit where one can selectively apply the blending in terms of "where and how much." 10. Add a Layer Mask Click the icon as shown with the red arrow. You'll get the white mask, next to the high pass filter. 11. Invert this mask, Command I on Mac. The inverted mask is shown in the right arrow. Switch foreground to white (if it's not already so), left arrow. 12. Select the Brush tool or type B on the keyboard. The Opacity as shown by the red arrow will control how much of the Vivid Light blending will apply to any part of the image when you reveal the blending. Confused? Since we are using the Brush tool, after selecting brush size (I use these [ and ] keys for brush size), and opacity, brush out the part of the image where you want the Vivid Light blending to be revealed. In my image above, for the jetty, I chosed opacity at 70%, I brushed out the jetty to reveal the Vivid Light blend. The horizon gets a brush with 50% opacity. The opacity slider above the layers panel controls the overall opacity of the high pass filter layer. 12. I save the full size file in TIFF, and merge the layers and save a smaller image size in Jpeg. That's it really. Sometimes I use the Color Efex plug-in.