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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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First the hard facts. It is a soft covered tome of 533 pages measuring 8 inches wide by 10 inches long (hmmm - 8 X 10, a popular printed photo size, coincidental?). As of the writing of this review, it was available on Amazon.com for $36.55 for the paper version and $23.99 for the Kindle version. This book follows the same format as previous versions in that the text flows side-by-side down the page with the illustration referring to that text. I find it the most convenient arrangement because the reader is not forced to look back or ahead for the illustration to which the text is referring. Also, the size and structure of the book makes it easy to keep it open to a specific page while referencing a subject without having to weigh it down with another book. The book is rated at an intermediate to advanced user level.
Also up front I will put in my pet peeve with Kelby's books. The author prides himself on his ability to produce "jump in anywhere" books. Yes, he advises the new Lightroom user to follow the flow of the book because it is laid out in the order that the reader will probably use the program.Read more ›
Where this book falls short is in the other half of Lightroom which functions as a poor man's digital asset management (DAM) application. Once you setup LR you are pretty much stuck and the same applies to images that are imported. Scott Kelby devotes less than one page to how to use Lightroom for DAM. This may be OK for someone who only has a few thousand images with most of them related to family or hobbies or limited travel but for anyone who has many collections to organize and meta tag and sort by client or location or purpose as well as subject the book is a travesty. A cannot believe that Kelby is this lackadasical with managing the images for his own projects and he should have included his own methods.
Use of Lightroom for managing thousands of image files, both pre and post processed, should include an integrated strategy for backing up the files and the catalogues and doing so as efficiently and effectively as possible. Data storage devices are dirt cheap but few people know how to create an effective setup and later find the they have lost irreplaceble pictures. It is a serious omission for a book using an application to manage ones image files.Read more ›
This book accomplishes the unusual feat of being helpful to beginners and experts alike. Lightroom is a powerful program, and powerful programs have lots of details and multiple ways of doing things. This book is more than a how-to guide. The rudiments are covered, but they're covered quickly, like in a sentence or two. The rest of each section tells you why and how to do things that go well beyond the basics. I wish I'd read it years ago. It would have saved me a lot of time.
Reading this book as someone who knows Lightroom is like visiting a big city where you know the street system and freeways and suddenly you meet a local who shows you all the secret passageways and shortcuts that make getting around so much more effective and fun. I didn't go two pages without learning something useful I didn't know.
Now, a lot of fuddy-duddy reviews here complain about Kelby's writing style and particularly his humor. He warns you up front that he indulges in a freeform passage at the beginning of each chapter that doesn't relate directly to the curriculum but is just there for comic relief. He even suggests that if you don't think he's funny you should skip these intros. They're harmless. Some are funny. They're really no more distracting than having illustrations at the beginning of the chapters. But judging from some of the reviews here you'd think the guy couldn't go two sentences without cutting up.Read more ›
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Excellent book if you want to start using Lightroom. Clear and concise.Published 16 days ago by Stefan Szabo
Very helpful book for new users of Lightroom. Scott Kelby is a master photographer and teacher. His approach is straightforward. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jordankreationz
Great book - I highly recommend it to anyone at any level learning all the ins and outs of LR5.
Easy to read and understand, great index to find what you are looking for, with... Read more
This book is great for amateur photographers trying to figure out LR5. It gives step by step instructions and opens up the capabilities of LR to amateur like myself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lindsey Loyed