Some very experienced photographers (?Mark Segal--going from my memory) even set ACR to a scene referred setting (zeroing out the sliders and using a linear tone curve) to see what they got in the capture and then make the needed adjustments. Of course, the scene referred rendering appears flat and lifeless, but it does show what you have to work with.
This book outlines exactly what you have to do. Recommended. Also Lee Varis has written a similar book. Buy the first - assuming you have time and some expertise with Photoshop - and I think you won't look back with regards to photography.