Starting with RAW affords you more toning flexibility with white-balance and white/black points, and more sharpening and noise-reduction flexibility, than starting with JPGs where the camera has taken care of such things and the adjustments are baked in and cannot be changed.
The camera-raw plug-in for Photoshop is very good for working with individual raw files. If you are switching your photography from JPG to RAW then Lightroom has the same adjustments as the PS CR plug-in but is more efficient when working with many files compared to Bridge and Photoshop.
Personally, because I shoot only RAW photos, now, I switched from using PS/CR to LR quite a few years ago, and rarely go to PS anymore. Since you are used to PS, your old habits will probably still be with you, so you may find yourself doing a minimal amount of editing in CR.
Because you’re are dealing with RAW sensor data, you will want to pay attention to the WB and black/white points as well as sharpening and noise-reduction before opening the RAW files in PS for your normal PS adjustments.
Thank you for the info,much appreciated. As we speak im downloading a trail of LR,I will give it a go! Is the camera raw plug in something I can download as a trial? thanks again.
Don’t install the trial of LR 5.0, instead download the public beta of LR 5.2 RC from Adobe Labs, which is newer and will be replaced with the non-beta that you can do a trial of when it comes out:
Adobe Camera RAW is a part of Photoshop, so you should already have a copy on your computer. RAW converters have to be upgraded to support new cameras that are released after the converter was released, so the converter you have may not support your camera. You did not say what version of Photoshop you have, but you should update the RAW converter to the latest version for that version of Photoshop. Adobe has a list of supported cameras for each version of Adobe Camera RAW. This also applies to Lightroom, it has to be updated to support RAW files from new cameras.