I've been using DPP to process images for the last 4 years or so. I find that OOC RAW files usually just need to have lens aberrations corrected and then be sharpened for a realistic look (I shoot in the "Faithful" scene mode). For instance - this thread is what's spurring this post: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=14101
However, when I import into LR, I find that MUCH MUCH MUCH more work has to be done to get the image to look normal/realistic. In fact, when I open an image in LR, it looks absolutely terrible and is BEGGING for PP'ing.
So I guess what I'm wondering is, why do so many use LR? Am I alone in either A) Wanting images that look like reality or B) Am I doing something wrong to cause images in LR to look terrible upon opening them or C) Something else?
In DPP, I pretty much always go through each picture with the quick preview option, rate the keepers, go back and crop them if necessary, then open the first picture in the series, correct aberrations, possibly use NR if I shot above 800 ISO, then sharpen, then close, copy recipe, and paste it to all other images. My work flow for 100 pictures takes just a few minutes and with very few exceptions, they need almost no adjustments for white balance, contrast, saturation, etc., and a little more often, for brightness. Then I batch process the keepers.
So again, what am I missing? Is this just a case where this work flow works well for me and not many others?
Thanks for any insight, recommendations, feedback, etc.