Usualy I just use it to enhance my work, not to do crazy compositions and stuff like that. I use the Tim Grey (he has a cool eNewsletter you
- set the black and white point to the spot where your histogram drops off.
- Hue and saturation
- I play w/ all of the sliders but usualy just give my images up to a +20 satuaration boost.
- I usualy do 2 different exposure layers, one for overall, and one to target the shadows (if I took the time to get the exposure right in camera, I skip this, its the better choice).
- General cleanup
- clone stamp ect...
- Creative and crazy stuff if I am going to do any.
- Sharpen and resize before printing (when I ever get to).
One last recomendation If you have Photoshop, and need a jumpstart for cheep, get an "in easy steps" book from Barns and Nobel. They are not all inclusive, but they teach you the basics, and you can teach yourself the rest.