I'm with you I guess. I tend not to get into a lot of the preset choices - except when I convert to B&W. With B&W I find it useful to use a preset as a starting point and make changes from there to taste. With colour, I may do an "Auto" adjustment of light but I often find that does off from where I want. So I land up adjusting exposure and contrast again as well as shadows and highlights. I usually prefer to keep it reasonably natural with just enough adjustments to make dark shadows more visible and very over-exposed areas less bright. Trying at the same time not to make things look to artificial or flat.
There have been occasions when I do want a particular effect and then I may do something more but generally I prefer the above.
A very nice picture, by the way.
Even if you avoid using presets, I suggest that you add one of your own after processing a portrait or landscape to your satisfaction. It is an economic starting point for the future and can be tweaked if necessary,
The last paragraph should not be inside the quote. SORRY! Cannot shift it on my tablet. David
Edited by wda, 04 June 2018 - 08:32.