Impressive observations. Wow. When I posted this question, I was following up on a thread I started on DP Review. There I asked if a person used PM first, could he get into LightRoom and turn off the elaborate filing system that LR wants to impose.
Boy, did that get over me head quickly. Part of the difficulty I had understanding the responses was largely in part due to the fact that I'm a Nikon guy. And a Mac user. Many of those who responded were of a different religious persuasion, if you understand my drift. Can I even bring up the "C word"?
The demo of PM my friend gave me was attractive because I see the importance of that first step in workflow --- that of Ingesting and renaming. I'm retired. DSLR is a hobby. I am starting to get paying jobs. And I see a big need to keep the digital mess to a minimum. That means changing all file names from DCSxxxx to something comprehensible at the outset. Along with plenty of tags (or whatever they're called) so I can then sort, rank, cull.
After a long career as a photo journalist, I wrote aircraft manuals for 2 airlines. These books ran to more than 1100 pages each. So I am deeply mistrustful of the way computers and computer technology (cameras included) can throw you into a forest with no compass and no map. The user must impost structure to info or be swallowed by it.
To my eyes, PM offered that in spades. The next step, actually manipulating images as entirely new to me. What you have said here gives me a glimmer of understanding. It sounds as if CaptureNX is probably the more direct and easier-to-learn method.
Thanks for your thoughts. Are there any guidebooks or tutorials on using PM? Aside from those videos on YouTube?