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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers 1st Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321385437
ISBN-10: 0321385438
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About the Author

Based in London, Martin Evening was a founding member of the UK Digital Imaging Group, one of the first organizations dedicated to exploring digital photography in Britain. As a commercial photographer, Marting specializes in fashion and beauty shots as well as editorial subjects. He has written for magazines like MacUser, the British Journal of Photography, PEI, Amateur Photographer, and Image. A frequent speaker at industry events and presenter of Photoshop techniques, he is author of Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers. He is also a founding partner of PixelGenius, developer of software for Photoshop.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321385438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321385437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tachi1 VINE VOICE on April 13, 2007
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My rating is not based on how good the book is. If it were, I would have given it 5 stars. I based it on how useful the book is to me and how well it addresses my needs as a non-professional but fairly competent and dedicated amateur photographer (with a limited budget) and a fairly computer-literate individual.

This is a book to read through before using Lightroom. You will find thorough and knowledgeable information. What it is NOT is a book to have in front of you while you are using Lightroom. This is not a quick reference book. You will not easily locate the particular little bit of knowledge you need at that moment or the answer to the question that comes up as you're using a new program.

I bought it because I have had it with Kelby's humor and I wanted a serious and professional approach to learning a new program that is not a simple or intuitive as it might, at first, seem. Mr. Evening is, without a doubt, a professional and, even more so, serious. He approaches teaching as an intellectual conversation between two peers. Unfortunately, I am not anywhere near his level of competence on any of the subjects he addresses (photography, Lightroom, good archival practices, camera and monitor callibration, workflow, etc).

While I am absolutely certain that every aspect of Lightroom is competently addressed in this book, it is extremely difficult to navigate when puzzled by a particular issue. There are 330 pages of text (punctuated by very useful side tips and explanations as well as excellent color illustrations). There are only 5 1/2 pages of index and not a very thorough index at that. (I found it difficult to locate passages I knew I had previously read when looking under the most obvious categories).
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Martin Evening is a photographer and the author of a very popular Photoshop manual (one that has been updated and enlarged with every new version of PS). Since he is part of the Adobe test team for PS, it seems logical that he has been tapped to write one of the first books on Lightroom.

The book itself is very good, covering Lighroom in detail (note that Lightroom is feature-rich, but nothing like PS). And the book is recommended with a caveat.

And that's the bad news. Shortly after LR was released, Adobe released v1.1, which brought LR closer into line with the new Adobe Camera Raw 4.1. Other features were also added to LR. The bad news is mitigated by the fact that the publisher Peachpit Press is going to post a pdf of a 177 page update(!) for download from their website. The update and the book should now be considered a set, rather than the book as a standalone.
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I bought this book right when it was released and have read it twice from cover to cover over the last month. One of the reasons I bought it was because although I'm good with software and photo management, I wanted to be better and I wanted to learn workflow from a working pro. Lightroom is all about workflow and no one understands photography time-constraints more than a commercial photographer. The writing style suits beginners to professional photographers. By that I mean you'll find discussions of topics such as RAID drives less applicable to casual shooters, but the concepts are well-explained even if you have no prior knowledge. Some people might find the book dry compared to other more colorful writers out there but I find this approach refreshing. It's like reading the User Guide with a professional photographer sitting beside you to help interpret what each setting means and whether it makes a difference to you. I personally would rather spend less time processing photos and more time outside shooting - this is the value that Mr. Evening's comments and tips add for me.

This book is divided into sections that match Lightroom's modules. If you just want to get going quickly, Ch.1 on introducing Lightroom will do just fine. You can even read Adobe's documentation and that will get you started. The real value is when you delve into the rest of the chapters and after each chapter, practice on Lightroom.

Some people have criticized that the screen captures were done on a Mac rather than Windows version. I use both platforms myself and found that Mr. Evening has done a great job covering usage that is applicable to both Mac and Windows users. The screen captures are a good size, well-labelled and placed so that you don't have to go hunting for them.
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Kind of surprised at the negative reviews of the book. I bought all three of the books out on the subject. Kelby's book is good but so annoying to read. Tim Grey's Lightroom Workflow maybe of interest to some who have not used light room but I found nothing of use in the book. Evening's book is by far the best of the lot. I must say that my copy is even getting a little dog eared. I pretty much liked his approach to every topic and found many usefull features in the program that I had overlooked. I would guess that some of the reviewers are completely new to the program and that is the reason for some of the low star reviews. I think you have to step back and consider what Lightroom does and what Photoshop does and change your mindset. I have used Lightroom ever since the beta program was realeased and consider it my primary image tool. Great program and a very good book.
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