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Photoshop Lightroom: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Covers Lightroom 4) Paperback – April 15, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0321819628 ISBN-10: 0321819624 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321819624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321819628
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education, and instruction. Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular PhotoWalk Pro blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography techniques and editing digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks, have made him one of the most sought-after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education.

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Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education and instruction.

Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular "PhotoWalk Pro" blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography technique and editing of digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks have made him one of the most sought-after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
When Lightroom image processing software was first introduced, most early adopters who were experienced with Photoshop already understood many of the concepts of image processing like tonality and sharpening. With the passage of time, many new digital photographers who have had no previous experience with image processing software have been turning to Lightroom. For such folks an introduction to the basics of Lightroom would be very useful.

Jeff Revell's book is aimed at this audience. The book covers all of the basic features of Lightroom from importing images, through cataloging images and adjusting them, to using the images for prints, books, web sites, and other purposes. Although the book purports to be applicable to any version of Lightroom, it is clearly aimed at users of Version 4. (On the other hand there is no mention of Version 4's map module.) The writing is clear and simple and in many ways resembles the manuals that used to come with software.

The effort to create such a simple introduction is praiseworthy. On the other hand, if one expects to use Lightroom effectively, this book is too simplified. There are several unexplained concepts that the beginner needs to know. Consider, for example, the issue of tonality. Revell explains the methods of moving the sliders in the basic panel, like exposure, shadows and white, but unless the user understands the concept of tonality the instructions are at best enigmatic. It would be wonderful if image processing could be made as simple as Revell suggests, but it actually requires a little bit of mental work beyond knowing how to move a slider to get the best possible image out of Lightroom.

Another example of an area where more explanation is required is sharpening.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Java Dude on August 13, 2012
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a complex and powerful image database and editing program. In many ways it is quite unlike Photoshop itself. Alas, without proper orientation and guidance, your initial Lightroom experience may well be one of bewilderment and frustration. This applies even if you are very experienced with Photoshop itself. Revell's approach to teaching Lightroom is skimpy and superficial. It's not going to be of much help if you are new to Lightroom, and perhaps of no help if you have a bit of knowledge about it already. I really can't imagine what type of Lightroom student would find this book of use.

Fortunately, there are several good Lightroom 4 books. Check out Scott Kelby's "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers" and/or Victoria Bampton's "Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 - The Missing FAQ." Both of these are much better than this offering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Barry on March 23, 2013
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As a relatively new photographer (and a computer novice), I began using Lightroom 3 after reading its 450+pages manual with very little confidence and a fear I didn't know what I was really doing. After upgrading to Lightroom 4 I felt no more confident than before and then I found this book. What a difference, within these 180 pages I found answers to many questions and unknowns --- and all in much simpler terms and easy to follow descriptions! It does not have the same depth or is as extensive as the big manual but, for me as a beginner, it covers the basics of Lightroom more than adequately. Now I enjoy using the Lightroom and am getting the results I was hoping for when I first purchased this program. ( And my book is tabbed and I refer to it often.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cipriano on February 26, 2013
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Not much more than the basics. If you are learning, you will need another book to really learn from. This book doesn't teach you much. I learned more from you tube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thiemann on December 5, 2012
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It could go a little deeper in the overall controls, but I found it very helpful and had some great insight on many areas.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Simmonds on June 22, 2012
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This is a must if you plan on using Lightroom. I downloaded lightroom and don't have a good resource on how to use it. This book is just what I needed.
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