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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers [Paperback]

by Martin Evening
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Book Description

June 8, 2010 9780321680709 978-0321680709 1st
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, offering powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images. This completely updated bestseller, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book, was also written with photographers in mind. Author Martin Evening describes features in Lightroom 3 in detail from a photographer’s perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, Martin knows firsthand what photographers need for an efficient workflow. He has also been working with Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product’s development and providing valued feedback to Adobe. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing to image management. In this book you’ll learn how to:

• Work efficiently with images shot in the raw or JPEG format
• Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
• Create and manage a personal image library
• Apply tonal adjustments to multiple images quickly
• Integrate Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
• Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal portfolios
• Make the most of new features in Lightroom 3, such as automatic lens correction and improved noise reduction

Photographers will find Lightroom 3—and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book—indispensable tools in their digital darkrooms.

“With Martin’s expert guidance, you’ll soon find that you have precisely the tools you need to turn your concentration back where it belongs—on making better pictures!”
—George Jardine, Lightroom instructor

“As a photographer himself, Martin Evening knows what tools photographers need to realize their creative vision. In this book, he shows not only how Adobe Photoshop Lightroom works but also why it will become an essential part of any photographer’s workflow.”
—Greg Gorman, photographer

This book’s companion site,, offers video tutorials, articles, sample images, and updates from author Martin Evening.

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About the Author

Martin Evening is a London-based advertising and fashion photographer and noted expert in both photography and digital imaging. In addition to being a bestselling author, Martin is sought after for speaking and lecturing and in 2008 was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. He also works with the Photoshop and Lightroom engineering teams, consulting on new feature development and alpha and beta testing. He is one of the founding members of PixelGenius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1st edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321680709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321680709
  • ASIN: 0321680707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Lightroom 3 Bible: ultimate reference resource June 19, 2010
By Rudy
Martin Evening - a professional photographer - has been on the Lightroom team since its very start as 'Shadowland'. That expertise, presented with smooth writing and a light touch of humor, lifts the LR3 book to king-of-the-hill reference source status. Want to understand the CR-cache and its optimal size for speedy workflow? Do you wish to squeeze the last drop from the expanded tone curve? Here is the place to go! The 650-page book is attractively laid out, and printed on top quality paper so as to show subtle changes in before-and-after images. It is almost totally rewritten with loving (and time-consuming) care, continuing with, and expanding on, the previous two books

This book is aimed at mid-level Lightroom users (preferably with modest familiarity with the basics) who want to sharpen their skills, get answers about the pro's and con's of the 64-bit environment, or gain insight into the under-the-hood why, what and how of the software. The book is equally useful to Window or Mac users, clearly illustrated with screen shots of pertinent settings where the operating systems part ways (as in the file system).

Although the author takes a valiant stab at familiaring newbies with the essentials, the very depth of the book (eg, 5 pages on tethered camera shooting) may be a bit overwhelming for a second chapter; reference to an advanced chapter addressing tethered camera imports would have eased that sense of being out of your depth.

In short: THE ultimate reference guide to Lightroom 3; newbies might feel a bit intimidated by the detail - modest comfort with the software helps you in getting the most out of this book. Well worth the price.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE Lightroom Reference Book July 30, 2010
Looking at the half dozen or so reviews I currently see in the review pages for this book, I'd have to say that I agree with them all. Unequivocally, this is neither a quick 'how to' book, nor is it for 'Dummies', 'Idiots' or other time challenged people. What you do get is a superb description of what and why, as well as the how. I found this to be a little bit frustrating initially (when you want to get something done in software, you want to get it done, now, don't you) but I soon came to appreciate the depth and knowledge afforded by Martin Evening's expertise. Yes, it's harder work, but it's probably more fulfilling for all of that. If you do need a quick guide, rather than a reference, then this book may not be for you, but if you can invest more time, then you will be rewarded with the knowledge of one of the great experts in the field. I can understand why this book may not fulfil some people's needs, but I can't see this book as anything other than a true 5 stars.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Guide - what an understatement July 26, 2010
By Hank
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I am only one month into using Lightroom, and this book is definitely a big help in making sense of it all. The program has many, many capabilities that I probably would never have discovered or even known to look for. The author is an excellent photographer himself, and the book is full of large, bright photos of his that are a giant help in understanding his comments and suggestions.

This is no quick read, as it is jam-packed with not only step-by-step instructions but also all of the detail one could ever digest about how and why things work the way they do. Prepare to take good notes as you read, unless you have a 200 GB brain.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lightroom reference December 27, 2010
Frankly, until version 3 Lightroom was no match - from my point of view - for Capture NX 2 from Nikon. As Nikon user, I got the best quality for my RAW files out of NX2 and previous LR versions simply were not up to NX2's color accuracy, sharpness and overall IQ. However, NX2 has a very serious flaw, its limited catalog management features that I hope Nikon will address in its future releases. Also, performance-wise in speed dragged behind previous versions of LR.

When Adobe announced the third version of Lightroom 3 software I gave it one more try. Huge difference ! With inclusion of camera profiles and a better RAW engine, differences between NX2 and this software are now minimal. So I bought it and used ever since because of better speed and catalog management features that makes it invaluable IMO. One drawback: a slight magenta cast thrown in shadows, but this is easily corrected via camera profiling (read on).

However, with power comes no-knowledge so I had to get myself some reference reading. Thus I bought this book some months ago and now, after I have finised reading it in detail, I think a proper review is mandatory. This is a perfect companion for your Lightroom steps, so I recommend it within my heart.

The book is dedicated to Bruce Fraser and I was impressed by the quality of the content within the 649 pages (print- and information-wise). The book does not come with a DVD, but is full of valuable examples, workflows, commented processing steps and updated content for Lightroom 3.

Content in brief:

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but technical August 2, 2010
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Martin Evenings Lightroom books are excellent sources of information, but they are not for the easily intimidated. The books, including this one, are very technical but accessible. They are not a step by step, here's how this is done type of book. This is a reference for those who want to truly understand what is going on in the program and want to learn not only the how but the why of things. If you're familiar with the program and want to understand what you're doing, then I highly recommend this book. If you just want to be told how to do things in a step by step format, then Scott Kelby's book might be more to your liking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great "how to" for Lightroom
If you need to wonder if you should use Photoshop or Lightroom, you should be using Lightroom, and this book is the book you need to understand why: Lightroom is faster, easier,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rolland Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
The book is just what i wanted. It is very well written and very understandable. Very good work. Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Christos Kavaliotis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for...
Great book very easy to read and understand and it covers all of the areas of LR3 very well. I highly recommend it to anyone new to LR
Published 12 months ago by Carey M. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Great detailed book for Lightroom software beginners. I learned quite a bit. Worth the purchase.
I highly recommend it! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ari
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide
I am a photographer new to Lightroom. I bought this book as my main text and the FAQ book to supplement it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Information
It's a big book lots of information, it's not something I will read front to back, but will use it to read a section I need.
Published 14 months ago by Brownie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lacey3
It arrived promptly and without any deficits to it.
It is a great book for photographer want-to-be's. It is a very good book to learn Lightroom with.
Published 14 months ago by Diana Burkholder
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book. The contents are easy to understand and supported with a lot of images. It is very complete. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Simo B
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
The book is quite comprehensive. After having used the product and studying the book, I am not particularly pleased with Lightroom 3 as a photo editing product. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paperboard Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
There is so much info in the book! When I purchased LIghtroom 3 it was overwhelming with all the features. Lightroom 3 Book will answer more questions then you thought you had. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Erick
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