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Lightroom 3: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process Paperback – July 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470607053 ISBN-10: 047060705X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047060705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470607053
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Nat Coalson is not only a passionate photographer, but also an accomplished digital professional. This combination makes him the perfect instructor, with his new Lightroom 3 book lending expert guidance through the digital maze along with a healthy dose of inspiration to become a better photographer."
George Jardine, Former Pro Photo Evangelist at Adobe Systems and member of the original Lightroom development team

Master Lightroom 3,and fall in love with photography all over again

As a digital photographer, you work with increasing numbers of images and countless options for editing and sharing your photos. The process can become tedious and complicated. But now there's Lightroom 3, the single, essential software for organizing your photo library and fulfilling your creative vision. And there's this book, with step-by-step tutorials, clear examples in plain language, and in-depth explanations to teach you Lightroom 3 — fast!

With this Lightroom 3 book, you can

  • Make your photos look their best

  • Apply creative effects

  • Process many images at once

  • Save time with shortcuts and presets

  • Share your photography with others

  • Establish a photo workflow that will serve you for years to come

For more information and supplemental training materials, visit

About the Author

Nat Coalson is a visual artist working in photography and mixed media. His work has been extensively exhibited and has received national awards. An Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom, Nat provides training and consultation on digital imaging and photography for both private and corporate clients.

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Nathaniel (Nat) Coalson is a fine artist, travel photographer, instructor and writer based in Leicester, England and Denver, Colorado. Nat specializes in providing custom artwork and services for commercial interior design and has worked in the graphic arts and related industries since 1987. In addition to art and photography, Nat has worked professionally in graphic design, prepress, printing and Web development. Nat's work has been exhibited extensively, received national awards and is held in numerous collections. Nat is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop and an author of many books on photography and imaging. Nat is an experienced instructor and provides training and consulting in photography, printing and digital imaging for private and corporate clients. For more information and to see Nat's work visit

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Well written and very easy to follow.
Carl Gandolfo
One needs a guidebook to explore all the features of this comprehensive software, but this manual helps you get started right away addressing your most pressing need.
C Larsen
I decided to upgrade to Lightroom 3 and have been happy ever since...especially, since I have Nat's book to help me understand the new features.

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119 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Rick Grant on July 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been using Adobe Lightroom for a little over a year and while I am deeply impressed with it (I recommend it highly) I always felt that I simply didn't have a clue about how to use it properly.

Adobe has tonnes of excellent on-line help material for Lightroom including hours of video tutorials. The company runs a helpful forum for users and those users themselves have set up a vast array of websites and blogs dealing with the program. Full marks to all of them and thumbs up to Adobe for creating the best imaging program I have ever used.

But I could never get a handle on how I should be approaching the "workflow" or method of working with my photos in Lightroom.

For me Lightroom is not just some place to play around with pictures; it's more like a giant mansion filled with rooms crammed with mysterious machines, secret passages, and stuff that looks a bit like magic. I was always more than half lost in the Lightroom mansion whenever I processed photographs.

Until Nat Coalson's book that is.

I am about a third of the way through it and if I stopped reading it now I would still consider what I have learned as worth the price of the book. Indeed, as the headline to this review says, I would have been happy to have paid twice as much for just the little I've got out of it already.

Mr Coalson writes the way I think he must deliver his training programs. There is a strong sense of one-on-one teaching in his writing and it pays off in ways that everything else I've read concerning Lightroom failed at.

One of the problems with Lightroom, for me, has always been the bewildering series of options, features and menu selections.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Bampton on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Having spent the last few years working closely with Lightroom users on various web forums, and writing three Lightroom books (Adobe Lightroom - The Missing FAQ series) myself in that time, I'm well aware of the information new users need when they're getting started.

In Lightroom 3: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process, Nat has achieved an excellent balance between being simple enough for new users without being condescending, but also providing enough detail without overwhelming the reader.

When any of my readers need a step-by-step introduction to Lightroom, this is always the book I recommend.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. McCranie on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I met Nat Coalson at the Moab Photo symposium where he gave a very impressive talk about Lightroom. I also attended his Lightroom workshop both of which, of course covered lightroom 2. After hearing his talks I really looked forward to his Lightroom 3 book. I have gotten through the first half of the book and as a lightroom user from the get go I have been amazed at what I didn't know! Nat has many specific recommendations for making your workflow more efficient that have been very helpful to me.
Nat presents things in a logical and easy to follow manner and suggests that the book be read and or referenced while you are at the computer working with Ligtroom 3. You can either read it from front to back or use the extensive index to look up specific problem areas. I am doing both.
My only complaint is that some of the screen shots seem small.
For me the book is a very valuable tool and I recommend it highly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By corst on November 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been using Lightroom since it came out, therefore felt I was pretty proficient in its use. I was amazed about the amount I learned alone in the Library module. I appreciated Nat's attention to detail and the fact that he explained what each term meant. It opened up new, faster and more effective possibilities. His information in the other modules filled holes I had in my workflow, again saving time or gaining a better understanding of what is going on. I am not afraid of trying out what a slider does, but that does not necessarily mean I understand it.
Over time, I have developed my workflow in Lightroom. Yet there was always the question could I do it differently and, therefore more effectively. It was very helpful to have Nat describe his workflow and have that as a comparison. I will try out some of his ideas.
Personally, I prefer to look something up in a book over having to read it on the screen. Using the well organized index makes it a lot faster for me than searching for the right information in the vast amount of online help.
This is a book, I would strongly recommend to anyone who wants to learn Lightroom because of its methodical approach, great layout and clear language . I would also recommend it to those who "know" Lightroom. I am certain they can find a wealth of information about more effective uses of tools and shortcuts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Hayes on September 21, 2010
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I've been using Adobe Lightroom since it's inception and with each version I've searched the internet for information and purchased books to try and speed the learning process. I've bought at least a half dozen books on the subject and while they've all been pretty good Nat Coalson's "Lightroom 3, Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process" is undoubtedly the best reference manual I own. Nat does an excellent job of explaining how to configure the software so that everyone (even a non-computer geek like me) can understand. He then goes through each module of Lightroom and gives detailed step-by-step information on how it works and how to get from point A to point B. Along the way he even offers a suggested workflow along with an explanation of why to work in that manner. After reading this book I have a much better understanding of Lightroom than I've ever had and my photos are looking better than ever. I took Nat's advice and took my copy to Staples and had it spiral bound as I know I'll be using it for reference for some time to come. Whether you're new to Lightroom and looking to learn the program from the ground up or have a working knowledge and are looking to take your skills to a higher level Nat Coalson's Lightroom 3 may very well be the reference you've been looking for.
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