After years of shooting jpgs I want to shoot RAW with the new 5D MK lll. I'd also like to beging using the Xrite Passport for batch color correction. I believe it requires conversion to DNG files. This is all new to me so I would appreciate advice on the best current way to process RAW from the new camera. I'm also about to switch to Mac after years of using PC computers.
I'm a pro, learning to use a new camera, new file format and new computer all at the same time.
I'd start learning lightroom by going to Adobe TV. julieann Kost is a very professional educator, and has a series of short videos covering the practical aspects of learning to use lightroom efficiently.
Unless you are already using DNG, I'd hold off. There are three flavors, and its a added learning burden just to decide which of the three works best for you.
Lightroom can always convert your images into any of the three you want at a later date.
Consider that there are two parts to the equation, editing images, and managing them. Lightroom manages them using a database, and you will want to understand how it works, or you will be lost.
The editing part is easy, but the shortcuts that enable you to edit thousands of images in just a few seconds are subtle, so you will again want to watch the videos.
Martin Evening has a great Lightroom book giving his method of managing and editing images, there are many ways to do it, and all right if they work for you.
As to photoshop, in Lightroom, just right click and select edit in photoshop. Decide if you want to edit the original, a copy, or the image that was first editted in liightroom. When you finish, the photoshopped image will export back into lightroom where you can edit some more, or export to your website, make a photobook, slide show, or make prints.