I find that in post processing, sharpening is the most used and least understood concept. Since the years that I went digital, I have grown in my understanding of it, tested a LOT and I feel that I still can improve. I recently was snapped out of my blissful state of satisfaction by someone who showed my shortcomings (I had adapted the until then used method since about a year). My current workflow of my D1x images(with accent on sharpening): In camera: - shoot in RAW exclusively - no in-camera sharpening - WB: Cloudy - everything else: neutral In Nikon Capture: - adjust exposure - curves adjutment (largely following what I learned in RR's ebook) - if needed, punch up colors ever so slightly (few points only)with Color Booster - USM (66, 5, 0 ) - save as 16 bit TIFF In PS CS: - in LAB mode, a USM pass in the Lightness channel (does wonders on the edges) - Back in RGB mode, apply a moderate pass with Fred Miranda's Intellisharpen II - Save final product as a 8 bit TIFF Previously, following my understanding of RR's ebook, I stopped after the NC stage. Now, adding the LAB lightness channel USM stage and a touch of FM's Intellisharpen does wonders. The projected, as well as the printed image has improved dramatically. Gorgeous, much sharper pictures (certainly not oversharpened). The only sacrifice is that the pristine noiseless D1x images (@ ISO 125) show a bit of induced noise, WHEN VIEWED AT 150% AND UP. I underscore this point, since I would view this as unacceptable in the past. I now realize that this does not show AT ALL when viewed on screen or in print. Of course, the pristine D1x files are so free of noise to begin with, that they can take this slight hit quite gracefully. So, this is where I stand today in my Quest. Surely, there are ways to further post process to address the slight induced noise, but I really don't care about it anymore, it is meaningless to me. Comments anyone? I'd love to hear what you think and what your experience is with the Quest for sharp, clean images.