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To play with DOF line up your collection of rubs and space them in 45 degree line away from your camera. As it was stated above get your camera on a tripod, now focus on a rub about 1/2 way down the line, open up your aperture all the way. Now take successive photos stopping down your f-stop 1 step for each exposure DO NOT CHANGE the point of your focus. You will end up with a series of photos where you can see the DOF increase and how your aperture impacts that change.
As for your White Balance "Get thee to a photo store" and pick up an 18% gray card. If your camera is the lease bit modern you are able to set your white balance in camera and it is easiest with one of these 8.5 x 11 cards, I keep a 5x7 version in my camera bag. Take a shot of the card in the light you are going to use then go into setup and set your white balance. This will take care of those color casts.
I know that this sounds like a bit of work but part of learning is learning how to use the tools you have and the options that are available. For every shot I have taken that I really like, I have trashed many more because I did not slow down and follow the basics.
If you do not have one I recommend a prime 50mm lens with a 1.8 to 1.4 max aperture. This is a great lens that forces you to zoom with your feet, and if you shoot wide open your DOF can be razor thin. It is a lot of fun to shoot. On my Canon T2i I have a cropped sensor so that 50mm equates to about an 80mm which is a great range for portraits.
What are you wanting to do with your photos? Elements is a great application if you are wanting to manipulate your photos, many of the features in prior versions of Photoshop have been incorporated into Elements. Lightroom will still give lots of control over your photos as well, many photographers use this as their primary photo application as it helps to manage your expanding gallery.
Personally I use Aperture, much like Lightroom, to manager my photo library and go into Photoshop less and less. It provides the main tools that I use to quickly enhance my photos. As a recomendation both of the apps you are looking at have free trials so that you can try each out for 30 days. Load them up and see what is going to work best for you and your personal photography style and needs.
I am not sure that the issue was a boneless shoulder but that it was netted. In my experience this is done to hold several smaller pieces of meat together for sale. As this may not have been a whole cut there may not have been the fat content that you get with your typical butts and lead to the results of a drier than normal finished product.
Personally I get my butts from Sam's club and it is tossing the dice as to whether they have bone in or boneless butts that day. The have always come out delicious and juicy.
Well after a long rest FTC using Omaha Steak cooler, worked really well, steaming hot coming out of the foil. The bark was very soft and the pork pulled the best I have ever done, I poured the juice that was in the foil in with the meat. Lots of flavor and a good amount of smokiness.
Here is a finished plated photo with the sandwich, some roasted potatoes, green beans, corn, and a cucumber/tomato salad.
I will definitely be doing TURBO butts in the future as I was able to start it in the morning, FTC, and still have piping hot for dinner.