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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

by Scott Kelby
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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May 11, 2012 0321819586 978-0321819581 1
Since Lightroom first launched, Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers has been the world’s #1 best-selling Lightroom book (it has been translated into a dozen different languages), and in this latest version for Lightroom 4, Scott uses his same award-winning, step-by-step, plain-English style and layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun.

Scott doesn’t just show you which sliders do what (every Lightroom book will do that). Instead, by using the following three simple, yet brilliant, techniques that make it just an incredible learning tool, this book shows you how to create your own photography workflow using Lightroom:
  • Throughout the book, Scott shares his own personal settings and studio-tested techniques. Each year he trains thousands of Lightroom users at his "Lightroom Live!" tour and through that he’s learned what really works, what doesn’t, and he tells you flat out which techniques work best, which to avoid, and why.
  • The entire book is laid out in a real workflow order with everything step by step, so you can begin using Lightroom like a pro from the start.
  • What really sets this book apart is the last chapter. This is where Scott dramatically answers his #1 most-asked Lightroom question, which is: "Exactly what order am I supposed to do things in, and where does Photoshop fit in?" You’ll see Scott’s entire start-to-finish Lightroom 4 workflow and learn how to incorporate it into your own workflow.
Scott knows first-hand the challenges today’s digital photographers are facing, and what they want to learn next to make their workflow faster, easier, and more fun. He has incorporated all of that into this major update for Lightroom 4.

It’s the first and only book to bring the whole process together in such a clear, concise, and visual way. Plus, the book includes a special chapter on integrating Adobe Photoshop seamlessly into your workflow, and you’ll also learn some of Scott’s latest Photoshop portrait retouching techniques and special effects, which take this book to a whole new level. There is no faster, more straight-to-the-point, or more fun way to learn Lightroom than with this groundbreaking book.

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321819586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321819581
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,433 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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210 of 220 people found the following review helpful
Q) What's the best Lightroom (LR) book to have if you're stranded on a desert Island?

A) The one with the most pages; if you're stranded on a desert island then you'll want to use those pages for kindling.

Now, if you want to know which is the best book for helping you deal with LR then the answer is... It depends. I'll illustrate that by comparing this book against another best-of-breed book, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 - The Missing FAQ - Real Answers to Real Questions Asked by Lightroom Users that uses an entirely different approach to explaining Lightroom.

Scott Kelby has written a great many books on various flavors of Photoshop and LR. It them he provides explanations of how things work and then gives very clear, extremely detailed examples (recipes) of how *he* uses them. As he is also an accomplished photographer, following his recipes can lead to successful results.

Victoria Bampton, the author or the "other" LR book, has spent a lot of time collecting questions from other photographers. This book is a well organized compendium of those questions along with clear and complete answers.

So, which is approach (and book) is best? It depends. (Weren't you paying attention a few paragraphs ago?)

If you don't have an established approach to processing your images (work flow) then the Kelby book gives you both the work flow and instructions in one way to implement it. In his LR book that naturally focuses on LR but also includes recipes for Photoshop where appropriate.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for New Users June 5, 2012
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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 4 book for digital photographers May 17, 2012
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book. Makes Lightroom much easier. Finally I can be bothered to edit my photos, which has been a little bit daunting til noe.
Published 5 days ago by Jan Erik Taylor Busæt
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
Published 6 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing I wanted to start using Adobe Lightroom 4
It was suggested in a local workshop. I picked it up and have been very satisfied since then.
For a beginner, it has everything: good photo management tips, short-cuts, what... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Z. Ryne
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical software book
It takes a lot of concentration to get through this book.

Lots of different paths and routes to go to. Can get confusing.
Published 8 days ago by Ronald E. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good price. excellent seller
Thank you for the great book. It's sellers like you that make this thing work. The book is just right.
Published 17 days ago by Mac user 1963
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Arrived quickly. Easy to follow book. Kelby is the best. All of his books are excellent and extremely helpful to a beginner.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas S Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Easy to follow in pure Kelby fashion. The layout is great so you can go to the section of immediate need.
Published 1 month ago by Douglas H. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 4
I am not real good using Lightroom but the challenge is much easier with this book by my side! The explanations of "how to" are easy to follow with accurate directions and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenge
Book arrived in near new condition. Now learning the program is a real challenge. Scott Kelby writes a great book but there is only so much he can do to simplify this program.
Published 2 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 4 reference book
I really enjoy the lighthearted way Scott Kelby writes. In this book he presents a number of lightroom activities that sooner or later you will want to know how to accomplish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Homer L. Arment
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This is Lightroom 4. Scott has published books on the previous versions and they are probably the best selling Lightroom books. I have several of his books. I hope that you enjoy his books as much as I have.
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