Edit for clarification: I'm asking how to develop my own preferences in the cases where there's more than one way to do things, without developing bad habits from being self-taught.
I've just started using Darktable, and I love it already. But I'm an amateur, and I don't have a solid workflow yet. Given that all sorts of color/brightness operations are equivalent to each other (most equivalent to curves), how do you pick what's most useful for you? Are there 5-10 tools/filters I should learn and see what's most useful for me?
I would guess these are the best ones to learn before I choose which ones to use regularly:
- curves, both combined and channels
- shadow/highlight tool
- color/tone/white balance adjustment
- brightness/contrast/saturation (is thin one too simple?)
What others should I learn to understand, or am I going about this the wrong way?