So in my short time here I've seen a fair amount of love for the Dodge and Burn Tool. Personally I never use Dodge and Burn tool, mainly because its done directly to the picture and after you save it off and close it its done, there's no editing your dodge and burn adjustments. Granted you can make the adjustments on a copy so you can always go back to the original, however you can't go back and just tweak the edits a bit or completely turn off the dodge and burn edits or adjust their opacity etc.
So I can't help but wonder why a bunch of seasoned experts who have more than proven their mettle would use this method instead of using a layer blending mode and layer opacity and a good layer mask to accomplish the same thing. The point of my post isn't to say "your doing it wrong" but to say "what am I missing?" I'm a big fan of non-destructive editing, and like to be able to quickly undo or tweak any photo edits on my projects.
I have only about 8 monthes in using photoshop took college classes for it. Started on cs4 and moved up to cs5, I have not used any plugins and to be honest don't know the value of them yet. Though many of your posts have me intrigued, and eager to experiment. Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.