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Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process 1st Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118645215
ISBN-10: 1118645219
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From the Back Cover

Manage your images with Lightroom and get back to taking pictures

Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer's time. Lightroom lets you effectively manage, edit, and present large quantities of images, and this book teaches you the skills that make it work. The authors, both photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through Lightroom 5 step by step. Learn to streamline image management tasks and get back to doing what you love — taking photographs.

  • Index your photos with Lightroom catalogs
  • Optimize every photo with powerful, easy image adjustments
  • Design and order photo books
  • Make your own professional prints
  • Use the map to plot locations where your photos were taken
  • Create a professional-looking slideshow
  • Publish your photos to Facebook, burn them to a DVD, or export them for further editing in Photoshop

About the Author

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, and author who has been a Photoshop Lightroom Help Desk Specialist since 2007. Check his blog, www.lightroomers.com, for Lightroom tips, tutorials, and FAQs.

Nat Coalson is an instructor, author, and photographer whose work has been extensively exhibited and collected. He's an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118645219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118645215
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nathaniel Coalson is a fine artist, travel photographer, writer and instructor based in England and 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. He is an experienced instructor and provides training and consulting in photography, printing and digital imaging for private and corporate clients. Nat is also the writer and producer of PhotographyEssentials.net. For more information and to see Nat's work visit www.NatCoalson.com.

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Of the books I have looked at on lightroom 5 this one has the most information on how to use the program to manage a large number of files and how to create a process to get the most out of Lightroom in this use. It covers all the develop aspects as well and the illustrations are good though smaller and harder to read than I would like.

Robert Sylvan has many years as an Adobe Lightroom instructor and it is doubtless why the book is better than the one from Scott Kelby that my wife bought. Scott's book is better for how to process pictures of people but Robert's is better for learning how to use all the functions in Lightroom and how to do imports and use the meta data parts of Lightroom, something that Kelby's book barely covers.
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Although I'm a big fan of Kelby's books, I tried this one on the recommendation of one reviewer who faulted Kelby for giving short shrift to organizing one's files. He was right. Kelby's very good at what he does, and so is Sylvan. They just happen to see two different parts of the elephant. Even though I feel I got a lot about organization as well as all other features of Lightroom from Sylvan, I still intend to read Kelby's book. I fully expect to learn other things I didn't get from Sylvan (or from my three years or so of using Lightroom). Everyone using Lightroom should read this book.
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I seem to remember that the 1.0 version of Lightroom was really simple, with many fewer options than Photoshop. Even though it's still a lot easier to learn and use than Photoshop, the number of sliders, buttons and panels has increased tremendously, although generally that's been to meet the needs of photographers to control the post-processing of digital images.

Besides chapters on the main Lightroom modules of Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web, this book has separate chapters on Getting Started, Import, Export and Catalog. Each chapter begins with a brief look at what's new since the last major version of Lightroom, and a brief overview of the function's workflow. (The "what's new" can prove extremely useful for one familiar with Lightroom, even though it may require flipping back-and forth between the index and the explanation. Lightroom has matured enough that it is time for publishers to consider putting out a short book or pamphlet for new versions dealing with just the new functions.) Next the author tells you what each of the panels, buttons and sliders for a function do. They don't miss a step. This is a great refresher for somebody who may be using Lightroom, but not utilizing every possible function. It can also be a good reference for someone who doesn't remember the in and outs of a particular tool. Unfortunately, the book is less useful for a total beginner.

The images shown in the book can be downloaded from a website. But even with the available images, and even if the reader followed along with the book at the computer, as the authors recommend, the book would still not be very useful to a beginner.
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Lightroom is both a digital asset management tool that uses an underlying database and an image processing or editing tool and this combination of capabilities makes the learning curve steeper than with a single purpose application like Photoshop or InDesign. It is also easier to create a situation where after hours of importing files into libraries and creating collections to find that the result is not at all efficient for finding a particular image when needed.

I first bought Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 5 and after a few days going through it I found so many gaps and such a cursory coverage of the digital asset managment aspects that I went in search for another book. Fortunately I found Robert Sylvan's update of Nat Coalson's book on Lightroom. Is it perfect? Of course not though part of the difficulty in working through the material is that Lightroom itself does not have an intuitive workflow process. Each user needs to develop the process for themselves and Robert provides a great deal of useful information on how to do this.

I would have greatly appreciated having available a work flow chart as it is very difficult to follow the multiple threads (regarding importing and filenaming and adding keywords and meta data - which includes keywords, and loading them into libraries and creating collections. There are some things that are easier to understand in a flow chart or similar graphic than from reading pages of text located at multiple places in the book.

I can work through that though as the information is actually there unlike with Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 5.
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I am not a new Lightroom user as I have had the product since version 2, but I found this book to be very enlightening. The level of detail is very good as are the explanations of how and why things work in this software. I have actually read it, cover to cover, and noted and underlined the contents ;-).
I think this book may be a better fit for a.) people who want to 'really' understand Lightroom and b.) those who are willing to study a little.The software is billed as easy to use but it can be confusing especially for people with no background or understanding of databases. The chapters on the import and library functions are detailed and provide answers to the 'Why do I need a database? I have folders', kind of questions. Again, this book provides good detail for even such things as handling multiple catalogs! If you are a new user and want to open the box and get going, Scott Kelby's books are quick to read and easy to understand. However, if you need to get more information 'Photoshop Lightroom 5 Streamlining Your Digital Workflow' might be the book for you.
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