Camera Raw has evolved into a powerful tool for tweaking and processing raw images, individually or in groups. But if you've just returned from a day's shoot with 700 images, Camera Raw really isn't the place to start. In this chapter, I've focused on the kinds of detailed edits you typically want to make to your selects, but even if you're the world's greatest photographer, it's unlikely that every image from a shoot will deserve this kind of attention.
Moreover, editing the pixel data is only part of the job. Before I open a single image from a shoot, I add metadata. At minimum, I'll add my copyright notice and a few select keywords. Then I go about the business of sorting the wheat from the chaff, and only after I've accomplished these tasks do I start optimizing images. So in the next chapter, we'll look at another key component of the workflow, Bridge.