I am interested in people's opinions and practices on when to use Silver Effex Pro 2, as a Lightroom plug in, or, as I have been doing for some time, as my first layer above the background (as a smart filter so it can be modified in the future)?
I have been working on my image in Lightroom, as if it were to be ultimately a color image (even though I know I'm going to convert it later), doing all my usual LR adjustments. I then import it into Photoshop CS6, and do the conversion first thing, so that all the layers above will be modifiable.
I have just started trying the other approach, working in LR, and converting using the LR plug in prior to sending it over to PS.
I wonder if there are any advantages, technical or esthetic to one or the other approach. I realize this may be trivial, compared to the Creative Cloud discussions, but remain curious.