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Inside Lightroom 2: The serious photographer's guide to Lightroom efficiency Paperback – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811420
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,359,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Earney is the owner of Method Photo and Inside-Lightroom.com, an experienced professional photographer, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society, Adobe tester for Photoshop and Lightroom, and pro-contributor to Adobe's new Lightroom "help community” wiki. Richard is also the series editor for Focal's Digital Workflow Series.

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4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
Wildness
The last chapter of the book contains a very useful and extensive list of Lightroom resources, of which there are many.
Charles I. Maas
This book just isn't elaborate enough to fit what the title suggests.
Erik J. Malvick

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles I. Maas on December 3, 2008
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an image editing and cataloging program that has become exceedingly popular, especially with version 2. The promise of this tool is to make it easier for photographers to quickly download, sort, process, output, and manage a large number of images in a visually intuitive fashion. In addition, the editing process in nondestructive and can be adjusted or reversed at any time prior to export. For many, this is a less laborious workflow and demands less storage space for large, individually purposed files .

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William A. Nolan VINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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As a professional photographer, this was the book I was looking for. It doesn't restate all of what I already knew, but does provide some really good ideas on how to handle the workflow. If you come back from a shoot with thousands of images, this book will give you some tips on how to speed up the process. I like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damian P. Gadal VINE VOICE on August 20, 2009
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Yes I'm giving this five stars (though the editors did miss a few minor things).

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Malvick VINE VOICE on August 14, 2009
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I got this book hoping it might delve into some deeper features of Lightroom since it comes with the premise of being tailored towards individuals who already know Lightroom.

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.
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