Dave I totally agree. It is why I generally hate cookbook processing books because the people who use them don't really learn why they are doing things and often mindlessly just move sliders without understanding what is happening. I guess it helps if you are an old dinosaur and actually had a darkroom where you developed and processed images, because it helps you appreciate how easy things are today and how much we have been isolated from having to be truly expert in the craft of processing images. I can now do in seconds and more importantly undo in seconds what might have taken me hours and much wasted film and paper to get the effects I want. So read the manual! Look at on line tutorials and videos. None of this is rocket science, but you do need to spend a little time in trying to understand what the tools do. Go ahead and start out simple and then progress to the more difficult ones. The good news is you are working in RAW and as you get better/smarter, you can come back and do it over and better.