It's Smart to Be Lazy
Any way you slice it, shooting digital virtually guarantees that you'll spend more time in front of the computer and less time behind the lens. But the power of automation is there to let you make sure that when you are sitting in front of the computer, you're doing so because your critical judgment is required.
One of the great things about computers is that once you've figured out how to make the computer do something, you can make it do that some thing over and over again. You can save yourself a great deal of work by teaching Photoshop how to do repetitive tasks for you. That way, you can concentrate on the exciting stuff. I'll look at automation in detail in Chapter 9, Exploiting Automation. But an efficient workflow takes more than automation. It also takes planning. So before tackling automation, I'll look at workflow and strategy in the next chapter, It's All About the Workflow.