Yesterday I spent a good deal of time viewing Photoshop tutorials on the Adobe site. All too often Lightroom became part of the workflow. Lightroom uses the same Adobe Camera Raw engine as Bridge but wraps a useful interface around it--to me, much more appealing than Bridge. Additionally, Lightroom has a very cool database engine for cataloging and speedy sorting.
So... this evening I downloaded a 30-day evaluation and I'll try to learn enough to decide whether or not to bring it on board here. Actually, I'll probably simply be trying to find reasons why not to go with it. I already like it.
The videos of Julieanne Kost are leading me to think differently about direction while processing. For instance, it had never occurred to me to use less than the full available tonal range.