Lightroom: LR4 Beta: Suggested change to order of adjustments in the Basic panel

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Let me start by saying I'm really excited about LR4! Looks gr8!

I find the order that the sliders in the develop module/basic panel a bit confusing. I think that ordering them the following way (from top to bottom) would make more sense (to me at least):
Exposure
Contrast
Whites
Highlights
Shadows
Blacks

This way the order fits the logic of the histogram

Thanks!
Keep up the amazing job
Shai
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Shai Schcolnik

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Hi Shai

They're sorted into that order, because that's the order they're ideally used in. The Whites and Blacks clipping are generally last to be applied, and may not even be needed on my photos.
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I'll use them in this order

1) Exposure - set the histogram mid-range shape (grey point?)
2) Whites - set the white point
3) Blacks - set the black point

Now I have the histogram boundaries set, and can start playing with what's *within* the range

(I set the location of the edges of the histogram *before* I play with their slopes. The other way round seems illogical!)

4) the overall contrast (how can this done without the histogram in the right place first?)

5&6) the slopes of the histogram edges (shadows & highlights)

That's my 2 cent (euro, so no 's' ;-)

Gary
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Bear in mind that various sliders are auto-calculated, so you might find yourself jumping back and forth if you use them in that order Gary. They really are designed to use white/black points last. These new controls require a new way of thinking, and almost everyone who's given in and tried working primarily top-down eventually agreed that it worked best.
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Although I'm not yet convinced (I'm with Gary on the develop method) I'll give it a try. I'm not the one who would turn my head away from new techniques.
As a Studio Photographer usually (hopefully) I get the relations between light areas and dark areas sorted on set. quite often all I'll need is to set the black and white points for the photo to be ready.

Could you tell more about the auto calculated values? I was not aware of that and was under the impression that the basic slider values are absolute (5 is always 5)
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Although you need to work top - down now, I really prefer to set blacks and whites first.