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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers 1st Edition
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This is a book to read through before using Lightroom. You will find thorough and knowledgeable information. What it is NOT is a book to have in front of you while you are using Lightroom. This is not a quick reference book. You will not easily locate the particular little bit of knowledge you need at that moment or the answer to the question that comes up as you're using a new program.
I bought it because I have had it with Kelby's humor and I wanted a serious and professional approach to learning a new program that is not a simple or intuitive as it might, at first, seem. Mr. Evening is, without a doubt, a professional and, even more so, serious. He approaches teaching as an intellectual conversation between two peers. Unfortunately, I am not anywhere near his level of competence on any of the subjects he addresses (photography, Lightroom, good archival practices, camera and monitor callibration, workflow, etc).
While I am absolutely certain that every aspect of Lightroom is competently addressed in this book, it is extremely difficult to navigate when puzzled by a particular issue. There are 330 pages of text (punctuated by very useful side tips and explanations as well as excellent color illustrations). There are only 5 1/2 pages of index and not a very thorough index at that. (I found it difficult to locate passages I knew I had previously read when looking under the most obvious categories).Read more ›
The book itself is very good, covering Lighroom in detail (note that Lightroom is feature-rich, but nothing like PS). And the book is recommended with a caveat.
And that's the bad news. Shortly after LR was released, Adobe released v1.1, which brought LR closer into line with the new Adobe Camera Raw 4.1. Other features were also added to LR. The bad news is mitigated by the fact that the publisher Peachpit Press is going to post a pdf of a 177 page update(!) for download from their website. The update and the book should now be considered a set, rather than the book as a standalone.
This book is divided into sections that match Lightroom's modules. If you just want to get going quickly, Ch.1 on introducing Lightroom will do just fine. You can even read Adobe's documentation and that will get you started. The real value is when you delve into the rest of the chapters and after each chapter, practice on Lightroom.
Some people have criticized that the screen captures were done on a Mac rather than Windows version. I use both platforms myself and found that Mr. Evening has done a great job covering usage that is applicable to both Mac and Windows users. The screen captures are a good size, well-labelled and placed so that you don't have to go hunting for them.Read more ›
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I needed to learn more on using Adobe Lightroom. This book has been great. I haven't finished it yet, but what I have read so far has been extremely helpful. Read morePublished 24 months ago by jdracer77
I bought it this book a long time before. I learn a lot of lightroom caractheristics through the readin of this book. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Martano
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This book does a fairly decent job of covering the program in it's entirety, and I did learn a few new tips. Read morePublished on July 9, 2008 by Jess J. Rutherford
I found this book to be easy to understand and very helpful.
I don't usually read books on software, but, Adobe did a good
job with making this book, very user... Read more
This book is very well laid out and full of useful information. Written by one of the people that developed the program. Highly recommended.Published on April 21, 2008 by G. Murray