My biggest problem when starting out with post processing digital images was that of sharpening. I simply could not seem to strike a balance that for me, exhibited the right amount of sharpening without too much destruction. I guess this, and other post processing routines are down to personal preference; what I consider being enough will not be to everyone’s personal taste. Me? Well, I like my images to be ‘film like’ in their appearance, and the right amount of sharpening is fundamental to achieving this result.
My main post processing software is Lightroom 3.5 or 4.0 (the sharpening examples given below are relevant to Lightroom only), depending on what computer I am working from.