Need a good explanation of Curves?
Paul Butzi has a great post on curves on his blog. Not much new for me there, but a stellar explanation to point to the next time someone asks me about the curves tool.
Later posts explore why dodging and burning tools are too primitive. You won’t get any argument from me–I could count on one hand how many times I’ve used them. I do use Levels quite often though, even when I could just use Curves. When I’m dealing with simple range problems I find the histogram quite intuitive. I mostly use Curves when adjusting contrast, or for color issues.