2. LENS CORRECTION
This is my first move in Lightroom.
Applying a lens correction profile is critical, especially if you’re working with a wide angle lens. As the lens correction often slightly changes the exposure (in the corners for lenses with vignetting), I apply lens correction before adjusting anything else.
If you’re working with architectural photography, or anything with a lot of straight lines, you might also want to use the amazing new Upright tool to correct the perspective.
3. EXPOSURE AND WHITE BALANCE
Now, adjust the exposure and white balance.
Remember that exposure and white balance are an artistic choice – there are no right and wrong settings, and you can be a little more free with the white balance slider in landscape photography than with portraiture.
If you want a really cool winter scene – go for it. If you want a really warm sunflare – do it.
4. BASIC ADJUSTMENTS
Next, go through the Basic panel, working from top to bottom.
To me the blacks slider is the most important adjustment to make here – make those blacks black!
While you’re at it, open up the shadows a little and make sure the highlights aren’t clipped.