« on: December 20, 2012, 12:32:04 PM »
I'm pretty much always shooting with a 5D III, 5D II, or 1DS III and working the RAWs in Lightroom. As you said, things will vary quite a bit, but I guess I often go through very similar motions.
-Adjust Exposure, Blacks, Shadows, Highlights, Whites as needed. This is one thing I really can't lock down into a consistent setting.
-Increase contrast either through the slider, or the curves
-Bias towards reducing saturation and vibrance, only by small amounts. Sometimes I go the other way though.
-Tiny bit of clarity increase, I really don't like to overdo this one though.
-In the color sliders, I always tend to desaturate the reds and oranges just a little, especially if there's people in the shot (which 90% of my photos do have). I really find that Canon's tend to overdue these skin tones. I play around with all of these just a little bit, taking care not to overdo it.
-little bit of sharpening and noise reduction, often dig a subtle vignette
That being said, I quite often start with a VSCO film preset as I quite like them, and play with them from there as a starting point.