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ISBN-13: 978-0321713100 ISBN-10: 0321713109 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713100
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

If you liked Lightroom 2, you're going to love what Adobe's done for Lightroom 3. If you're a digital photographer, but haven't yet embraced Lightroom, my book quickly gets you up to speed on using the program. As a photographer, I use Lightroom 3 every day, so I show you its essential tricks and traps. Tips and more info can be found at the book's companion blog. Greatly expanded from the previous edition, the new book also clearly explains how to get the most Lightroom 3's core features and its cool new tools.
 
Superb noise control: The new processing engine does a superb job at controlling the digital noise that can mar low-light images. Luminance and color noise reduction are now as good as, or better than, the major third-party plug-ins. The most jaw-dropping results come when you combine Lightroom 3 with images taken with a newer camera that handles ISOs of 3,200 or higher. But even shooters with more ordinary cameras will benefit when capturing images in dim settings.
 
Automatic Lens Correction: Lightroom 3 can automatically correct a lens's inevitable distortions and color shifts. In effect, it liberates photographers from what had been a lot of time spent adjusting and tweaking images.
 
Audio/Video integration: At last, Lightroom 3 treats video files as full-fledged citizens. In contrast to the old version, Lightroom 3 sees any video file on your memory card and automatically imports them. While you can't edit videos in Lightroom, the same catalog features that make Lightroom so great for organizing still images--keywords, ratings, and such metadata as date and time--can now be used to keep track of your videos.
 
Lightroom slideshows can be exported as videos that leave intact the timing intervals for individual slides. In another improvement from Lightroom 2, you can include a soundtrack with the exported video, enabling others to hear your slideshow in all its multi-media glory. Lightroom 3 even gives you the option of syncing the soundtrack length to match the number of photos used in the slideshow.
 
Weird Name But Great Feature: The Publish Services enables you to track and update images exported from Lightroom. You can export directly to your Flickr account to share photos over the Web. Or export to folders that you use to sync photos to your mobile phone, a screensaver program, or even Web-based storage sites such as Dropbox.
 
Imports Overall Much Better: For Lightroom 3, the import process has been redone from the ground up, thank goodness. It's now much more intuitive, and it's always clear what you're importing from where. You can save frequently used settings as an import preset. You also can use Loupe view to inspect photos before moving them off the storage card.
 
Other Develop Improvements: The Develop module has been smoothed and buffed from top to bottom. Collections now appear right in the Develop module, eliminating the constant switching to the Library. The Adjustment Brush can now apply "negative sharpening," which you can use to creatively blur parts of a photo.
 
Printing: Creating custom photo packages has become as simple as grabbing and rearranging photos on a layout. There's also a rotate-to-fit option to help you build paper-saving layouts. Maximum print resolution has been boosted to 720 pixels per inch from the previous limit of 480 ppi.
 
There's more. But the best thing about my book and all Peachpit's Visual QuickStart Guides is its visual approach. With full-color screenshots, a clean step-by-step design, lots of tips, and a thorough index, you'll quickly find what you need so you can get back to shooting more photos.
--A note from the author

About the Author

Nolan Hester has worked as a darkroom technician, ad studio assistant, and photojournalist. His photos have appeared online and in print for a variety of outlets, including ZesterDaily.com, Alaska magazine, and The Los Angeles Times travel section. His landscape, travel, and Web photography have inspired many of the timesaving tips and techniques described in his more than 20 books for Peachpit Press. Like every photographer, Nolan truly believes he’ll eventually find the perfect camera bag. Follow his Lightroom blog at: lightroom.waywest.net.

More About the Author

Nolan Hester's latest book is Photoshop Lightroom 3: Visual QuickStart Guide (ISBN: 0-321-71310-9). Follow the book's blog at: http://lightroom.waywest.net

Nolan has written more than two dozen books for Peachpit Press, focusing on digital photography and Web site creation. He's also has worked as a darkroom technician, ad studio assistant, and photojournalist. His photos have appeared online and in print for a variety of outlets, including ZesterDaily.com, Alaska magazine, and The Los Angeles Times travel section.

His landscape, travel, and Web photography have inspired many of the timesaving tips and techniques found in his Lightroom 3 VQS. Like every photographer, Nolan truly believes he'll eventually find the perfect camera bag.

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The book is well organized, well written, easy to follow, and easy to understand.
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It compliment a more detailed explanation in Scott Kelby's book Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers.
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This book will be my go to place, when I have a question about Lightroom, it is a real time saver.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kavanagh on January 23, 2011
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The Photoshop Lightroom 3 Visual Quickstart Guide is the one book that answers my questions about Lightroom 3 fast!
I have read a few great books on Lightroom, but they were so extensive it was hard to retain all the information presented.
Withe the Photoshop Lightroom 3 Visual Quickstart Guide I can follow step by step, understand the first time what I have just read,
& then apply what I have learned. There are also some great explanations of what the DNG format is, and what Metadata is & how it is used.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Bill Walter on July 23, 2010
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In about a day I learned more than I needed to know or ever thought I would need to know to organize, fine-tune, display and to just plain 'show off' my digital photos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shellyl on December 13, 2011
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This book has beed very helpful to me,I wish I had ordered it right away.It's like the easy to follow instruction manual that I thought would have came with Photoshop Lightroom 3 in the first place,but I would suggest it to anyone thinking of getting Lightroon3
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Haywood on February 14, 2012
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I found this book to be extremely helpful. I am new to Lightroom and a complete hobbyist when it comes to photography. I bought Lightroom to help me with my project of digitizing all of my old photos (25 years or so of prints, negatives, and slides) and bought this book to help me with Lightroom. I worked through the book cover to cover and am quite satisfied. The book is well organized, well written, easy to follow, and easy to understand. I bought the digital version and set it up with Lightroom on the main monitor and the guide on a second monitor. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the basics of Lightroom 3.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Photonut on September 3, 2011
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Its a very well written Quickstart - my only complaint is, the photos are not larger. Of course that saves trees. But its hard on eyes. Get a magnifier out. Aside from that, this book is an excellent reference for Lightroom. A must keep by the computer when editing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on July 13, 2012
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I got this book because another LR3 book I'd gotten here just wasn't doing it for me. It was very wordy and assumed the reader would know things like why you actually have to 'import' photographs into LR. This one is much more step by step, not as much verbiage, easy to find what I'm looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vikingman on January 10, 2012
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A great book to start off in Lightroom 3,plenty of tips and hints for new users,do as you are told read all the book and be sure to start off with albams so you can find your photos
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George B. Bennett on February 29, 2012
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The Lightroom 3 guide is a easy read and has been so helpful in learning the use of this great Adobe product. This book will be my go to place, when I have a question about Lightroom, it is a real time saver.
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