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Great inexpensive Lightroom 4 book
on November 30, 2012
I am not new to Lightroom since I had been using Lightroom 3 for about a year. When I decided to upgrade to Lightroom 4 I thought I might also get a book since I was not sure that I was getting as much out of Lightroom as I might have been able to given that there was some functionality I did not know much about. When I looked through the Kindle Lightroom 4 listings I found this book. It attracted me initially because it was far less expensive than many of the others and it was free to "borrow" for Prime members. Since I was a Prime member I downloaded it feeling that the worst that could happen would be the loss of some of my time.
This book, as it turns out, is a gem. It is well written, covers all of the Lightroom 4 functionality, treats readers as though they were new to Lightroom and has extremely well written descriptions of what to do and enough photos of Lightroom panels so that it is easy to understand what is being done. Although I had been using Lightroom 3 for some time I learned an enormous amount from this book. The types of things I learned were not so much new functionality (although there was some of that as well) as easier ways to do what I had been doing and full descriptions of what was really going on. After going through some of the chapters I could not believe how much time I had wasted in Lightroom before.
Some examples - I did not know that there was an easy way to reset the Lightroom Develop adjustment sliders. I did not know there was an easy way to reset complete sets of sliders. I did not know that there was a way to automatically close one adjustment set when another was opened so that it was not necessary to scroll up and down to open sets. I did not know there was such an easy way to remove all clipping from images. It had never been really clear to me exactly how to best use the Noise Reduction sliders and exactly what the detail and contast noise sliders did. I did not know exactly what the Masking slider in the Sharpening section did. The list goes on. Perhaps I should have know these things and perhaps most Lightroom users do know them, but I did not until I read through this book. This book is well written and contains so much information that I expect to buy it to use as a reference.
While the Mr Kelly's writing is clear and easy to follow there are some issues with the Kindle edition. First, there is no table of contents but, more importantly, the formatting of the pages is done very poorly. Some pages display properly but often the lines on half the page will display properly but on another part of the page the lines will be broken up into segments, sometimes words will split in the middle for no good reason and sometimes scrolling through the pages produces multiple blank pages. Sometimes, because of the formatting, it is best to read the book in Portrait mode and sometimes in Landscape mode and I often found myself having to switch back and forth as I moved from page to page. Hence the loss of a star in my rating.
But the book itself, as compared to the formatting, is first class and I found it to be very helpful.