Here at TheLightroomLab.com we strive to provide you with ongoing content to help you learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, but I wanted to introduce you to a book that you may find useful.
Released a few months back, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby is my favorite Lightroom reference book.
This 400+ page book leads you in a logical workflow through Lightroom’s five modules interspersed with Scott’s humor. Scott does a nice job of including example images of many types (wedding, landscape, portrait, sports, etc) so most photographers will be able to relate to the content.
As the author notes in the introduction, for beginners the book is best read from front to back. This gives you a very usable workflow to follow, if you haven’t already established a workable Lightroom workflow. Intermediate and advanced users will find useful content, as well. The “Lightroom Quick Tips” section at the end of each chapter offers some really cool random tips.
The book directs you to a website where you can download sample workflow images so you can follow along with the examples in the text as well as a couple of videos.
There are a couple of downsides to the book.
The first negative comment is fairly universal to any book in the “technology” category. Because of the long turnaround time for publishers and the frequency of software updates, there will inevitably be some omissions or inaccuracies in the book. For example, Kelby describes a fairly difficult method of deleting a metadata template. A simpler technique exists now.
The other comment is also a necessary evil, I guess, to keep the book from being 1000 pages long. Kelby presents a fairly specific workflow. If you don’t read carefully, you may fall victim to just following his workflow step-by-step without thinking through the reasons for your actions. He does explain other options offered to you by Lightroom, but certainly directs most of the attention to his chosen workflow.
Overall, a great book, and the one I would recommend to anyone looking for a Lightroom reference. The cover price is $44.99, but is available from Amazon.com for less than $30.
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