I know that I should not be hitting auto but as I'm learning to edit I think it is a good starting point.
I recently noted that hitting auto in Elements and Lightroom produces very different results and the changes the histogram are also quite different. I would think that computerized editing programs for photography would use a similar method to achieve an ideal edit but this seems not to be the case, so how is one to know which edit is better?
In Elements I opened in raw, set WB to daylight and hit auto.. Elements increased the brightness of the photo by 77 and increased the contrast by 55, sharpened 25% and colour noise reduction also 25%.. (presets)
In Lightroom with WB also a raw photo and WB set to Daylight.. Hitting auto decreased the exposure by 1.43, decreased the contrast by -25, Increased the whites by 21 and decreased the blacks by 21, it also sharpened by 25% but no noise reduction in this preset.
The Lightroom edit is richer in colour but too, dark. I think? Why does LR decrease the exposure so much?
The Elements edit is pretty close to the jpeg original in terms of the photo and the histogram.