I laughed :)
That is the general idea, yes. As you said, sometime's it's too harsh and you have to adjust accordingly. Particularly, if your shadows get too dark make a more shallow S curve and bring the whole bottom of the curve up towards neutral.
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It's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a RAW converter/photo library program.
Sure, that sounds like a good idea for anyone that doesn't like working with tone curves!