As promised, I've posted another tutorial on YouTube about Curves in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. In this video, I examine the default settings in these applications, and why you should avoid using them—at least sometimes. These defaults actually apply three curves to your image before you even start processing it. Watch the video to see what's really going on "under the hood" with the settings in Lightroom and Camera Raw.
Again I had to break this into two parts; here are the links:
I hope you enjoy these—comments are always welcome! To see everything clearly you need to view in high resolution—click on where it says 240p or 360p in the lower-right corner and choose 480p. Also, if you click on the little double-sided arrow you'll see the video larger.