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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference even if you're not much of a Kelby fan..., January 11, 2008
This review is from: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers (Paperback)
As a pro photographer Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an indispensable tool I use everyday. It doesn't always preclude moving an image into Photoshop for further editing abilities that Lightroom isn't capable of, but quite often it does just that. A VERY powerful photographer's tool, it can make a hard shoot easier (mixed or unusual light sources on location? Just pick a white balance, shoot a color card, and then "fix it in the mix," to use an old audio expression, in Lightroom back at the studio) and has saved my but several times when things were a little off and a reshoot was not possible (of course if you didn't shoot it in RAW you're XXXXed!)

Anyway, I'm not much of Kelby fan. His humor can be amusing at times, but can also grind the wrong way when you're not in the mood. I'm also not much of a step-by-step-recipe guy. Truth be known, Martin Evening's Photoshop and Lightroom books are the most dog-eared references in my library. Evening's Photoshop books lifted me past a plateau (and I've used Photoshop since v2!), and elevated my work to a new level.

So all that said, this Kelby book is still a good one. In my opinion, Kelby's books are often best if you already have a good understanding of the subject matter. They are NOT for finding out how to do something NOW with a deadline looming. I read them as I might a novel or non-fiction biography/history/etc. they have been known to get me out of a comfortable chair in the late evening, put on my coat, and walk across the yard to my studio to check it out. There's actually one little tip in this one about portrait processing that I use all-the-time now. Sweet little trick - but you have to take it over to Photoshop to do it.

I was a Lightroom beta tester so when v1 was released I already had a good handle on it. I'd say that this bok, along with Martin Evening's Lightroom book all all you need for a rock-solid understanding of the image management/workflow, development, slideshow/pdf, web gallery and printing capabilities of the program.
(printing being much less technical than in Photoshop but still fairly "tweakable" for us color-control freaks)
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