I am a sinner in the world of digital photography... for I hate using PhotoShop. I really do. It is not that I don't know how to use it... in one form or another, I have been using it since the very earliest versions... I just hate using the program... I find it completely unintuitive, and although I am not much of the artsy-fartsy type, I find the format much more suited to the desktop publishing world from where it originally came. I find the program overpriced, overblown and containing thousands of features that virtually nobody uses. I personally use photoshop for one thing, and one thing only... when I need to heal/clone stamp something, I fire it up. Everything else, I do in Capture NX, which is (much to my surprise) a totally amazing program. If you haven't used it, I strongly advise you to download the trial of it from Nikon's site... you can make localized adjustments to color, brightness, contrast and lots of other settings without using all those masks and layers and bar graphs. Just click on what you want to fix, move a slider or two, save it and go take more pictures... no need to spend an hour adjusting curves or getting that freaking mask just exactly right. I find Lightroom a MAJOR step forward for the good people at Adobe, it is both intuitive and attractive, puts almost every bit of functionality you need in a program. Although I don't use it (I use Aperture) I like it very much, and I hope Adobe continues to develop it as the tool of choice for photographers. I know a lot of folks here like playing with stuff in PhotoShop every bit as much (if not more) than taking the pictures in the first place. I say good for you, if you enjoy it, have a blast with it... it is always good to find things you enjoy. Not me though. Not at all. I am all about TAKING the pictures... When I get home, I want to crop them to fit the paper, get them printed and be done with them. If I have done my job properly, they don't NEED to be fixed... If not, I will throw the picture in NX and have it ready to rock in 2 minutes. It works for me, anyway... What say you?