If you are like me, I have never been thrilled with the "Auto Tone" setting within any version of Lightroom. Granted, it continues to improve but it was never good enough for me to use routinely. That said, I've been working on an LR import presents that would change all that for our workflow around here. I'm up to version 12 right now, and, I have to say, I'm stoked with the new results.
FINALLY, I can import any job with my Lightroom3 Preset into Lightroom 3 and get GREAT results. About 90% of the images are now "tweak free" in the editing process - hip, hip, hooray!!! Production time is reduced substantially. It's kind of a 2 year Lightroom dream come true.
OK, I know I'm waxing fantastic about my Lightroom 3 import preset, so if you want to see what I'm talking about and see the results, hit the PLAY button for the rest of the story. I'll show you my special LR3 Secret Settings that may save you a ton of time too. Enjoy!