- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118645219
- ISBN-13: 978-1118645215
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Manage your images with Lightroom and get back to taking pictures
Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer's time. Lightroom lets you effectively manage, edit, and present large quantities of images, and this book teaches you the skills that make it work. The authors, both photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through Lightroom 5 step by step. Learn to streamline image management tasks and get back to doing what you love taking photographs.
- Index your photos with Lightroom catalogs
- Optimize every photo with powerful, easy image adjustments
- Design and order photo books
- Make your own professional prints
- Use the map to plot locations where your photos were taken
- Create a professional-looking slideshow
- Publish your photos to Facebook, burn them to a DVD, or export them for further editing in Photoshop
About the Author
Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, and author who has been a Photoshop Lightroom Help Desk Specialist since 2007. Check his blog, www.lightroomers.com, for Lightroom tips, tutorials, and FAQs.
Nat Coalson is an instructor, author, and photographer whose work has been extensively exhibited and collected. He's an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop.
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I think this book may be a better fit for a.) people who want to 'really' understand Lightroom and b.) those who are willing to study a little.The software is billed as easy to use but it can be confusing especially for people with no background or understanding of databases. The chapters on the import and library functions are detailed and provide answers to the 'Why do I need a database? I have folders', kind of questions. Again, this book provides good detail for even such things as handling multiple catalogs! If you are a new user and want to open the box and get going, Scott Kelby's books are quick to read and easy to understand. However, if you need to get more information 'Photoshop Lightroom 5 Streamlining Your Digital Workflow' might be the book for you.
I first bought Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 5 and after a few days going through it I found so many gaps and such a cursory coverage of the digital asset managment aspects that I went in search for another book. Fortunately I found Robert Sylvan's update of Nat Coalson's book on Lightroom. Is it perfect? Of course not though part of the difficulty in working through the material is that Lightroom itself does not have an intuitive workflow process. Each user needs to develop the process for themselves and Robert provides a great deal of useful information on how to do this.
I would have greatly appreciated having available a work flow chart as it is very difficult to follow the multiple threads (regarding importing and filenaming and adding keywords and meta data - which includes keywords, and loading them into libraries and creating collections. There are some things that are easier to understand in a flow chart or similar graphic than from reading pages of text located at multiple places in the book.
I can work through that though as the information is actually there unlike with Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 5. Scott Kelby is a professional writer and amateur photographer, whereas Robert has a solid background in teaching people how to use Lightroom and it show in the differences between the two books they have created.
Where there are shortcomings that I found notable it was in not providing people with information on an optimum setup for using Lightroom in a home or office environment using current technology. It is now relatively inexpensive to setup a RAID NAS box that is accessible by PC's and Mac's using Ethernet or wireless connections to work on files directly off their external hard drives. To the PC the RAID NAS box looks like another hard drive and Lightroom can use it the same way as the C:drive.
Not appreciated is how much drive fragmentation occurs from the use of Adobe applications like Photoshop and Lightroom and the last thing you want is to have the fragmentation occuring on the drive containing the operating system and applications. Even with a laptop with a single hard drive the drive can be partitioned into two logical drives so all the data is on the D:drive and this drive can be safely defragmented as image files are added and deleted and processed over time.
If you have many thousands of image files or plan to create them over time the use of Lightroom to manage them is worth the effort of learning to use the application and to set it up to optimize your time with an efficient workflow. Robert Sylvan's book is the best that is currently available to use as a guide and reference for doing this.
As Adobe has just released its last stand-alone version of the software, LR 6, I hope Sylvan can find a way to update us with the new features. Perhaps as an addendum.
These pay-as-you-go software plans are not my cup of tea. As I have limited Internet access at my location, I can't see paying a monthly (or annual) fee for access to Adobe.
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Still using it today when needing help with something in Lightroom 5.