- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (July 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321700910
- ISBN-13: 978-0321700919
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Since Lightroom first launched, Scott Kelby's "The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers" has been the world's #1 best-selling Lightroom book. In this latest version for Lightroom 3, Scott uses his same step-by-step, plain-English style and layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun. Scott doesn't just show you which sliders do what. Instead, by using the following three simple, yet brilliant, techniques that make it just an incredible learning tool, this book shows you how to create your own photography workflow using Lightroom:
1) Scott shares his own personal settings and studio-tested techniques. He trains thousands of Lightroom users at his "Lightroom Live!" tour and knows first hand what really works and what doesn't.
2) The entire book is laid out in a real workflow order with everything step by step, so you can begin using Lightroom like a pro from the start.
3) What really sets this book apart are the last two chapters. This is where Scott dramatically answers his #1 most-asked Lightroom question, which is: "Exactly what order am I supposed to do things in, and where does Photoshop fit in?" Plus, this is the first version of the book that includes his famous "7-Point System for Lightroom," which lets you focus on mastering just the seven most important editing techniques.
"The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers" is the first and only book to bring the whole process together in such a clear, concise, and visual way.
About the Author
Scott Kelby is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Executive Editor of the Photoshop Elements Techniques newsletter, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the country today.
Top customer reviews
1) the extensive helps in the back - particularly the framing example and "collag-ing" layouts will be very helpful to people.
2) the generous section on full work process - shooting to prints.
3) Among the best in this book though is on pages IV and V - because software always becomes obsolete, but gratitude stirs the soul. You get a feel for the writers desire to be helpful and not just drop facts - it's written in a running narrative form as he leads you through good processes and organizational strategy.
If you have or are considering purchasing LR 3, this book will save you extensive searching and frustration in self discovering all the nuances with features and their intent. A new user could sit with this book and walk themselves through a complete work-flow - beginning to end and experience all the major functionality of the tool.
Kelby is a readable, entertaining writer, clear and concise but the real value is that he is a working photographer/graphics professional who knows how to do exceptional work efficiently - and that approach saves everyone, including the serious hobbyist whose time may be limited just as much as the working pro.
The money spent on this book will be recouped within a couple of hours use of the tool. A must buy book for beginner or current user - there are that many tips and techniques in it. I found something new about LR3 at least every other page and I've been using the tool for a couple of years (versions 1 and 2). Glad I spent the money.
Scott does an excellent job of covering workflows as well. One chapter I really liked was Chapter 6, "Problem Photos - fixing common problems." I have a lot of landscape photos with backlight problems and without Lightroom it would take a lot of photo-editing to bring out the shaded foreground. He shows how to do this in four easy steps.
And at the end of the book he provides three examples of how he uses his "7-point system" to illustrate how to get the most out of Lightroom every time. He provides three projects to illustrate his 7-point.
There may be some advanced functions in Lightroom 3 not covered in this book, but for the beginner and intermediate user who does not use Lightroom with Photoshop or CS5, this book works fine.
The book IS very easy-to-read and covers, in the first chapter, all the neat tricks for creating profiles for pictures and videos, setting up copyrights, etc. It does an excellent job, once you get to the 'Develop' chapters, of taking you through each of the settings. He provides example images on his web site that you can download and use as you go through the book. I didn't do this but I found the 'walk through' helpful.
Lightroom3 is a complex program with far more configurations (and the ability to screw up far more)than DPP. After a while I've found myself using Lightroom3 more and referring to Kelby's book when I encounter issues such as how to deal with manual distortions from shooting at 10mm. That in and of itself has been extremely helpful.
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with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure.