Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop are deep, complex, and very powerful tools that put you in charge of an even deeper, more complex, and more powerful workflow system. Bridge lets you do many things once, and once only, so that you don't need to keep doing them over and over againwhether it's applying Camera Raw settings, entering copyright notices, or rotating and cropping images. The time you spend in Bridge will be amply repaid further down the line.
Digital shooting inevitably entails processing mind-numbing quantities of data that only a few years ago would have made a NASA engineer blanch. If you want to survive, let alone enjoy the digital revolution, a streamlined, efficient workflow is an absolute necessity, and automation is a key technology. If you absorb the lessons of this lengthy chapter, you'll be able to spend less time sitting in front of the computer, and more time having a life!