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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 for the Professional Photographer Paperback – October 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0240520674 ISBN-10: 024052067X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024052067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"...Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 for the Professional Photographer might be the ideal bit of pre-reading for those considering a costly Lightroom purchase: providing a basic overview of how to get started using Lightroom to its full potential, this book provides a great entry point for more serious photographers looking to test out what Adobe's latest has to offer." -- David Rasnake. DigitalCameraReview.com, Feb 2008

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Dave Huss has worked as a professional photographer and author for over 35 years. He has written more than 30 books that have been translated into eight languages. As a popular conference speaker, he has taught workshops in both the US and Europe. David's photo work has been displayed by the Library of Congress and seen on Nova.
David Plotkin has written several books on computer software, including hardware, digital photography, and graphics. He is also a contributor to many magazines (and has written numerous articles); a technical editor; and a photographer of exotic places around the world.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Ruettimann on November 3, 2007
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I have been using Lightroom for a few months and ordered this book specifically because it dealt with the 1.1 release. All other books available today are written for the 1.0 release, and I was interested in obtaining a book that described the new features in Lightroom 1.1.

This book was a big disappointment. It provides a cursory review of the main features and functions of the software and includes illustrations of some of the software tools at work. However, there is very little discussion on how best to use the software to get the results you are looking for. It also avoids discussing a number of the tools that you will be using on many of your images. For example, the chapter on the Develop Module describes the function of the major tools available - color and white balance controls, tone curve, HSL controls, etc, and provides a sample image modified with various adjustments. However, the book completely glosses over the noise reduction, sharpening and lens correction tools ("sharpening" and "noise reduction" don't even rate a mention in the book's index). This is especially unforgivable for sharpening - which is an awesome and powerful tool in version 1.1.

If you are looking for an easy-to-read introductory-level book that doesn't provide much more information than you will find in the on-line manual, then you may find this book useful. If you are looking for a more comprehensive and descriptive Lightroom reference, I recommend looking elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2008
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The tag in the title of this book "for the Professional Photographer" might create the implication that it contains advanced techniques in the use of Lightroom image processing software. However, what the authors present is a rather straightforward introduction to Lightroom. The book contains chapters on importing digital images into Lightroom and organizing them with the library module, adjusting them in the development module, and outputting them as slideshows, prints or websites. Unfortunately, rather then provide advanced techniques, the book often fails to mention rather fundamental techniques.

Typical is the discussion of comparing images to select the best one. The authors indicate that two selected photos can be compared on the monitor screen using the "C" key as a shortcut. To compare more than two pictures they suggest typing the shortcut key "N". When this shortcut is used, all of the multiple photos are displayed simultaneously and, as the mouse cursor is rolled over pictures, a small x appears in a corner of the picture which may be clicked to delete the picture from the pool. This works, but if there are a large number of pictures to be compared the images may be too small to be useful. When more than two pictures are selected, most experienced Lightroom users would type the letter "C" which would allow comparison of two larger images at a time with the deleted competitor being replaced by the next selection. (In the same discussion they suggest that when only one picture is selected, using the "C" key allows a comparison of a single photo's before and after adjustments. In actuality, the key that does that is the "Y" key.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on November 27, 2007
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Adobe's 'Lightroom' (now in version 1.3) was designed from the ground up for digital photographers. Non-destructive color management and deep retrieval capability are its hallmarks, from importing photos into a catalog database to finished product export for printing, retouching or slide shows. I've dabbled with the software for over a year (from beta testing forward) and should have had a pretty solid handle on it by now ... that is, until Huss & Plotkin chastened me. I've gained a wealth of new tricks, and plucked many a pearl, from this book (for instance, I had dismissed 'Impromptu Slideshow' as a mere gimmick - now I know better).

Consider a few caveats before entering 'Lightroom' (LR): first, it performs better with native RAW files ("digital negatives") than with ubiquitous camera-processed compressed JPEGs -- new users ought to have a measure of comfort (easily gained in Photoshop Elements) with RAW processing and Adobe's inscrutable keyboard shortcuts. Although LR is quite intuitive, and its manual unusually instructive, first users might well appreciate easy-flowing introductory hand-holding (see later), rather than plunging head-first into Huss' roll-up-your-sleeves approach. Moreover, as evident from the mixed reviews, the Publisher misjudged in tagging this book for a 'beginning' audience. It is squarely aimed at high-volume users who want to minimize computer interaction and maximize productivity ('workflow'). Although illustrated with Windows screen shots, Mac users need not feel slighted.

Omission of a section on 'Sharpening' (not even referenced in the index) is puzzling at first - until one realizes that wedding photographers would rather blur than sharpen the bride's crows feet.
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By Kelbaert on April 1, 2008
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I'm so annoyed, I had the buy the book and read the introduction in order to find that the authors have focused on the PC platform rather than on the Mac. There is nothing on the cover, nor in the presentation blurb to indicate this. The authors state that they are 'hard core Windows users' which has sadly marginalised a respectable number of Mac readers, (unless, like me, they bought the book unknowingly.)
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