There are so many different ways to process your photographs. Some people will spend hours on a single image, others will spend a few seconds, and the rest of us fall somewhere in between those ranges. For the most part I think we all strive to get as much as we can in-camera through the time we spend metering subjects, dialing in exposure settings, and controlling our lighting whenever possible. Post-processing is just another part of that creative process where we harness the capabilities of the image created in the negative and use our own preferential techniques to create the final image.
These processing techniques don't necessarily have to be very complicated or even time consuming.
In this video by Tony and Chelsea Northrup, Chelsea goes over a few different uses of the Selective Color adjustment layer in Photoshop. The methodology of using adjustment layers, in and of itself, is just awesome. I love how much more control you gain when using an adjustment layer verses a blanket image adjustment. Personally, I had never really thought to use the Selective Color adjustment layers in the way that she illustrates in this video. The processes are very simple, easy to use, and highly effective to make the most out of your image. Using color contrast to refine your emphasis on the subject is a brilliantly simple way to draw the eye to your subject that much quicker. Plus, as demonstrated in the video, it can also be very quickly used to add a unique personal style to your images. I, for one, will definitely be seeing how I can incorporate the use of the Selective Color adjustments in my own work. Give it a try, see how you like it.