Optimizing tonal range, contrast, brightness, and shadows/highlights are some of the most important elements of our workflow. The following is a description of the basic correction techniques for each of these tasks. We will address image fine-tuning and more sophisticated correction techniques later.
We will perform all of the following corrections on adjustment or pixel layers, not on the background layer.
We always correct errors that affect the entire image before we address minor and selective, local imperfections. We will discuss selective correction in more detail in Chapter 7.