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Shadows and Highlights?
I find shadows by holding down the option key and adjusting the "blacks" slider to find shadows or reduce them. The same step is used with whites, but I usually don't know if its to much or not enough.
I Usually just adjust blacks until some black dots show up on the screen as I move the blacks slider to the left and the same idea is used for Whites.
Any thoughts on this?
You shouldnt be crushing your blacks with the black point slider. you should be choosing what the darkest pixel will be. its really just for stretching or squeezing your histogram into the 0-100%.
After you flatten your image with the first page of ACR you can make localized contrast, etc adjustments, and play with the tone curve for crushing areas of the histogram.
Get everything exposure-wise perfect before you pass it on to photoshop as it becomes pixel based at that point and you are much more limited with your edits.
My starting points are: -30 for highlights, +10 for shadows, then adjust as needed. It really does come down to style preference. For landscapes with heavy contrast, I will bring highlights all the way down and open my shadows to max. For portraits, i stay close to my starting points.
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