As a beginner everyone finds a style of photography they like. I believe there's three camps these days. Capture a scene. you're there, you use your camera and use it's capabilities to capture what you see. using DOF, long exposure, flash, etc are ok. There's your photo. Make an Image. You took a photo and it's not done until you've had a chance to edit it. You use filters, HDR, edit color, remove unwanted parts of the photo, etc. Photoshop exists for a reason. To make your photo better. In between. You think photoshop is ok but you prefer to limit it to stuff you could do in camera like white balance, curves, color balance, crop and the like. It's a tool, not a replacement for taking the photos better but it sure does help. which one are you, and why? if different, which do you prefer?