The recent WPPC threads in the digital darkroom forum (which we're still looking for volunteer 'challengers' for, by the way) have piqued my interest in post-processing, and where I used to be a minimalist in its regard, I now find myself doing quite a bit more. My workflow is typically to do some basic edits in the raw converter (adjusting things like white balance, whites, blacks, vibrancy, clarity, etc), then pulling the shot into Photoshop Elements, which is where the real fun begins. I'll start to play with layers for curves, equalizing, gradients, photo filters, etc, with no real direction but to simply see if I like the look they apply, and if I like it, I'll keep it. But while I find this great fun and have no intention of not doing it, I do wonder if it just makes me a no-talent hack who is a disgrace to the photography world, relying much more on the tools than ability. After all, I don't really have to know what I'm doing using this method, I just need to like it. So I'm wondering what other people do. Do you have a definitive idea of how you want a shot to look, and know just what adjustments to make, or do you play with the options and pick and choose based on how they impact the picture? And if you want to flame me, feel free - I can take it.