>>For subtle transitions in the sky for instance I tend to >stick >>with no or very moderate boost of >contrast/clarity/sharpening >>in ACR as this has a nasty habit of creating banding. > >Just to clarify, do you mean ACR creates banding in the JPEGs >(not the NEFs)?
Jpegs are only 8 bit so there is much less headroom for subtleities. I meant NEF's. When aiming to preserve the smoothest transistion possible I avoid increasing said parametres overall. Instead I go for selective adjustments.