Lightroom: Seems like the auto tone function could be improved (and maybe noise/sharpen?)

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I am using a Canon 7D and it seems most of my photos come out over exposed/developed when I use auto tone, not always, but often when I have a light background, such as a cloudy sky or yellow grass or highlighted field. You can see the highlights are blown on the curves chart. Seems that your auto tone algorithm would be able to avoid that. I tried the lightroom version 5 beta and it is the same as 4.3. I shoot raw so I process all photos and a one button fix that works would be great (maybe one customized per camera profile?). Also, it would be nice if sharpen/noise reduction could work in conjunction with this or have a separate auto button that could optimize the trade off between these two, giving the best detail with least noise.
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Agree. At an absolute minimum: get a handle on exposure which at the moment is just wildly out of whack.

Note: I auto-set detail settings upon import based on camera model and ISO *range* (requires Ottomanic Importer, jf's Bulk Develop, or Collection Preseter in conjunction with ExifMeta...).

If those are set well in the first place, you may not need for them to be tweaked in conjunction with auto-tone... - dunno: could be wrong..

I mean, if auto-tone opens shadow too much, you need to close them down, and maybe apply local NR to some parts.

So after auto-toning and adjusting exposure, consider:
* -blacks
* +contrast
* +highlights
* -shadows

Often if you do those things (and already have some more reasonable detail values set), you may not need additional NR.

Note: Eric Chan (of Adobe) has already implemented intelligent NR, to some extent (e.g. more is applied in shadows), so often if still not optimal, local NR is the solution.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the option to have even more intelligence in handling of NR, but for now... - that's all I got..

Rob