Ann: This is sound advice. The one aspect of my photography I have avoided is the quality of the negative. I shoot with the assistance of a hand-held reflective meter and a newly acquired spot meter, which I am still learning to use.
Although most of my negatives are at or accepatably around the proper exposure there are enough of them (10 to 20%) that are too over/under exposed to do anything with in the DR. This has cause me some disappointment as I tend to do most of my critical shooting when I travel oveseas and it would be nice to feel confident about having a greater number of negatives closer to the proper exposure while I am still in the field.
Thanks again for the good advice.