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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321819581
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About the Author

Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering in the industry, Photoshop World. He has written numerous best-selling creative technology books, and has just been named the #1 photography book author for the second year in a row.

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (May 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321819586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321819581
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer, author of "The Digital Photography Book" series & longtime Photoshop book author. Editor/Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) co-host of the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid." Co-host of "Photoshop User TV" and Conference Technical Chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Sleep is over-rated. ;-)

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been recommending this book to new users of Lightroom 4 well in advance of the publication date, just based on my experience with the author's earlier Lightroom books. Happily, Scott Kelby did not make a liar of me.

The Lightroom 4 book follows just about the sequence that one would follow in using Lightroom, starting with importing images and organizing them in the Library Module. Editing has been expanded to three chapters and explains how to use the revised basic sliders in Lightroom 4. There are chapters on exporting, jumping to Photoshop and the output functions including printing, slideshow and the new book module. (The web module chapter has been dropped but is available on line.) The book finishes with some downloadable layouts and a step-by-step walk through the processing of a portrait.

The teaching technique is excellent for beginners. The various functions are broken down into simple steps of 2, 4 or more pages. There is a narrative of the steps to follow down the outside of each page with screen captures on the inside. The captures are necessarily small but large enough to read easily. You can download images from the book's website to follow along on your computer and I'd recommend doing so if you are just a beginner. I've followed along with several of these tutorials and they all seem to be accurately constructed with all the steps clearly spelled out.

The book is designed for beginners and not aimed at experienced users. Still, if an old hand knows what the new features are in Lightroom 4, it's easy enough to find just the chapter or section you want and follow along with the author.

The book certainly has benefited from its various iterations. Where tools have been carried over from older versions, everything is crystal clear.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K Porupski on May 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Love Scott Kelby's new Lightroom 4 book with its easy to follow Step by Step make sense instruction as well as find his quirky writing style very refreshing and as always he did not disappoint with this one! I have tried many different authors that teach the technological side of anything photography and as a middle aged technologically challenged, non technical geek and very time crunched women I find many books talking way over my head or I am quickly lost... Never the case with Scott Kelby's books and again I found this one to be very easy to follow and just what I need to get me back on top of my game and armed with the knowledge I need with the ever quickly changing world of technology and software programs. Love that I can jump into any chapter and still understand it with out having read the previous parts of the book. Very nice and important to me as I don't always have time to follow or read the book in its entirety or sequence to have it make sense. Thanks Scott Kelby for yet another gotta have it and love it book as they have so shortened my learning curve in so many areas and kicked my photography skills to the next level and your Lightroom 4 book rocks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. DiTommaso on September 19, 2012
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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 book for digital photographers is billed as "#1 BEST-SELLING BOOK ON LIGHTROOM". I can see why. This is my go to book for Lightroom. I own every edition of this book, this being the 4th. With the advent of Lightroom 4 there were new modules and substantial changes to the develop interface. This book is an ideal reference guide. If I have a question I can quickly find the answer. Most topics are addressed in 6-8 pages and well illustrated with screen shots from the software making it easy to get an answer and get back to work.
I teach dozens of photography workshops every year to hundreds of people and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the program I recommend. I tell them when they buy the software, buy this book and you will be off to a great start. Kelby does a great job of explaining Lightroom in a very orderly and logical approach. The book addresses how to setup your interface and catalog preferences. Pay attention to the discussion on the importance of establishing a good organization strategy from the beginning. Most computer books are a chore to read, which is not the case with this book. If you need to learn Lightroom this book will get you down the path faster than any other I have seen.
If you own Lightroom and have questions, the answers will be in this book. If you are contemplating Lightroom and wonder if it is for you, this book will show you the true power of the program.
Buy the current version of this book and the software. Lightroom 3 is history and there is no point in investing in an outmoded program, the same goes for this book. Lightroom 4 is substantially different than version 3, and if you are using Lightroom 4 you want the book that matches your program.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy M. on June 20, 2012
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I signed-up for an online class on Lightroom 4 at the same time that I ordered Scott Kelby's book. So far the book has helped me more (and I am constantly using it as a reference). The topics covered are in a logical order of work flow and everything is explained clearly and with full-color screen shots. Although the book can be read cover-to-cover, I prefer to read only the sections in which I am interested.
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