I decided this week to focus on the aspect of raw shooting instead of the unrefined theme since I recently got some new presets for Lightroom. I rarely shoot in raw unless I am really interested in having the most flexibility in my editing. I am generally scared of raw since I know Lightroom (or ACR) pretty much nill, plus raw files are ginormous, but I wanted to practice with presets.
I set out to take a handful of shots in raw and use different Lightroom presets on each of these. After I applied the preset, I sent the images to jpg in PS and did some additional final tweeking. I have to say using the presets were tons of fun. I hope to perfect this editing soon.
I continue to practice with my raw skills. If anyone has some tips for me, please share.