Self-taught photographer, all my pictures are taken in high resolution RAW format.
Images with high contrast between light and shadow in the scene are taken with HDR / AEB and processed in Photomatix / Tonemapping.
I try mostly to get a realistic expression as possible in terms of color balance and contrast, once in a while I like to experiment with more exaggerated expressions.
I complete image processing in Photoshop with levels and curves for optimization of pixels.
All my pictures are stored as original photo (as taken) and high resolution digital processing.