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Inside Lightroom 2: The serious photographer's guide to Lightroom efficiency Paperback – October 21, 2008
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As with any sophisticated program, a whole industry has developed to help owners learn to use it. There are a host of books on the subject, most of which attempt to address as many features as possible to an audience from beginner to expert. The result is often less than satisfying; too much basic stuff for the expert, too much high-powered stuff for the beginner, and not enough pages to cover all the permutations within the program without needing a wheelbarrow to get it out of the store.
Richard Earney attempts a different approach. Instead of trying to be comprehensive and cover every possible within the program, he states his goal as showing how Lightroom "works and behaves and how best to make it work for you." The question is , how well does he succeed? The short answer is fairly well in some respects and not so well in others.
One interesting aspect is that he adds commentary along the way on additional digital imaging topics that are related to but not specifically part of Lightroom, such as color management, computer systems, file management strategies, and backup.Read more ›
Why? Because Mr. Earney accomplishes what he sets out to do, which is focus on Lightroom efficiency.
Lightroom has matured and become more robust. There have been a lot of improvements, as well as new features added to this program. I know a lot of photographers who used to do the bulk of their post processing with Photoshop, and now do more than 90% of their post using only Lightroom.
This is due to the product improvements. This book focuses in on these changes, outlining what's new, and what's changed. All with the goal of helping to improve the photographer's efficiency in working with Lightroom.
Mr. Earney touches upon several things that I think are important, such as the use of DNG, color management, exporting from Lightroom, Post Crop Vignettes, Camera Profiles, Gradient Filter Masks, Adjustment Brushes, the Lightroom SDK, File Structures, Catalog Settings, working with Previews, Importing, Geocoding, Collections, using the Historgram, 16 bit printing, Presets and editing them, and Metadata.
The author also takes the time to outline what was left out of this release. In other words the most requested items during the public beta that didn't make the final cut.
The last chapter gives the reader a great list of resources for additional information.
This is not a book for the beginner, but rather for those who have been using Lightroom and are familiar with how it works and want to really dig in to get the most out of this great program.
This book is a resource and reference for me, not a how to. Well done!
In a sense that is the case, but at the same time I felt that the book wastes quite a bit in the beginning summarizing the basics that come across as more basic at times than the typical Lightroom book does. In fact the first 3 chapters don't really seem to tell you anything that would help with what the title suggests. The first chapter tells you what Lightroom is. It is a simple chapter but since this is for an advanced user, I'm not sure it should be necessary. The next chapter focuses on hardware. I guess it is useful, but the topic is basic enough that I didn't really get much out of it that I didn't already know. The third chapter then focuses on what is new in Lightroom 2. I could see where this chapter might be useful, and I guess if you have upgraded from Lightroom 1, this could be useful as opposed to a standard Lightroom 2 book, but it really just summarizes the new features and probably leaves you needing a dedicated Lightroom 2 book to really know what these features do.
It isn't until Chapter 4 that you start to see items related to the books title. At that point, you're just about half way through the book, and I think that is probably the most disturbing part. The book covers some nice topics, but it really only summarizes them. I had hoped that given its focus on efficiency that it might get more into details on certain topics like workflow, file management, profiles, etc but it really just reads as an outline for what a more detailed book might already give.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is quite comprehensive, covering the basic tools of Lightroom such as modules, libraries, tools, etc.... in a clear and concise way. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Learning All The Time
Lightroom is a very popular Adobe product for photographers - not only to organize their images, but it has a lot of editing abilities, and works well with Photoshop. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Caraleisa
I am a strong proponent of lightroom as an essential tool in a wedding photographers toolbox, primarily because of it's speed of processing large batches of photos. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Well, this book was enough to convince me I didn't need Lightroom! Not a reflection on the author or the book, both are good, but I already have enough photo processing... Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Kent Baker
This book is perfect freelance photographers because we all need that extra tip or technique to complete are jobs faster and better. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by Matthew Keefe
Inside Lightroom 2: The Serious Photographer's Guide to Lightroom Efficiency stands out from most books on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in that it isn't trying to be the all inclusive... Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Wildness
Any photographer or library catering to them will find essential this new book on Lightroom, telling how to reach new levels in Lightroom applications. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
This book wasn't really written for me. I'm a pretty advanced Lightroom user already, and I mostly read this book to help friends and family learn how to use LR2 (without bugging... Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by R. Kaufmann
Focal Press, based in the UK, has been around since the 1930s, and I've found that you can usually count on a no-nonsense, thorough treatment of a photographic topic when you buy a... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by J. Paulsonn