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Chapter 4. The File Browser > It's Smart to Be Lazy

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.

Digital capture involves processing masses of data—the files themselves may be smaller than film scans, but you'll almost certainly have to deal with a lot more of them. 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 something over and over again. So if you find yourself doing the same things to images over and over again, you can save yourself a great deal of work by teaching Photoshop how to do them for you. That way, you can concentrate on the exciting stuff. I'll look at automation in detail in Chapter 7, Exploiting Automation. But first, I'll take a step back and look at the bigger picture as I build a workflow from start to finish in the next chapter, It's All About the Workflow.

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