I'm a bit of a newbie to post processing and just had some basic questions. I would say I know my way around Photoshop but not to the point where I would call myself an expert. Lately I have been tweaking my good pictures (taken with my Panasonic G3) in Photoshop (CS2) to give them a bit more pop. I have noticed that the most common adjustments I make other than cropping and straightening the horizon are adjusting the shadows and highlights followed by adjusting the contrast. When it comes to jpeg's I don't touch saturation as I feel like I have the colours down just the way I want them in camera. Adjusting the shadows and highlights (mostly shadows) seems to be the one adjustment I need the most especially for outdoor shots, even when I have got the exposure as correct as possible when taking the picture. I should mention that by adjusting shadows and highlights I usually stick with about 5-15% correction and don't go overboard with it. My question is do you often find yourself adjusting shadows and highlights in your pictures, or does the fact that I need to adjust them to make pictures look 'nicer' mean that I am not taking the pictures correctly? There is a part of me that feels a bit guilty about adjusting these values for reason, like I am taking the easy way out instead of getting it right when taking the picture.