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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers [Paperback]

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13 Mar 2007
While Adobe Photoshop has long been their choice for editing digital photographs, many photographers want a more focused tool. That’s where Adobe Photoshop Lightroom comes in. Designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, Photoshop Lightroom offers powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images.The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book was also written with photographers in mind. Best-selling author Martin Evening describes Photoshop Lightroom’s features in detail from a photographer’s perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, martin knows firsthand what photographers need for  an efficient workflow. He’s also been working with Photoshop Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product’s development and providing feedback on the public beta. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing to image management. In this book you’ll learn how to:
  • Work efficiently with images shot in the raw formatn  import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
  • Create and manage a personal image library
  • Apply tonal corrections to multiple images quickly
  • Integrate Photoshop Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
  • Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal portfolios
Photographers will find Adobe Photoshop Lightroom—and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book—indispensable tools in their digital darkroom.

A free Lightroom 1.1 PDF supplement update is now available at www.peachpit.com/register.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (13 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321385438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321385437
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Adobe Photoshop has long been their choice for editing digital photographs, many photographers want a more focused tool. That’s where Adobe Photoshop Lightroom comes in. Designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, Photoshop Lightroom offers powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images.The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book was also written with photographers in mind. Best-selling author Martin Evening describes Photoshop Lightroom’s features in detail from a photographer’s perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, martin knows firsthand what photographers need for  an efficient workflow. He’s also been working with Photoshop Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product’s development and providing feedback on the public beta. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing to image management. In this book you’ll learn how to:
  • Work efficiently with images shot in the raw formatn  import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
  • Create and manage a personal image library
  • Apply tonal corrections to multiple images quickly
  • Integrate Photoshop Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
  • Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal portfolios
Photographers will find Adobe Photoshop Lightroom—and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book—indispensable tools in their digital darkroom.

A free Lightroom 1.1 PDF supplement update is now available at www.peachpit.com/register.

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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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The manual that didn't come with Lightroom! 31 Mar 2007
By Ed
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Martin Evening is one of the most respected writers for digital photography. I haven't read any of his books before, though have one of Scott Kelby's books.

I must say I prefer Martin's style to Scott's. Scott tells you in easy steps how to accomplish different tasks, though doesn't explain the whys. Martin also explains how to complete various tasks, though explains why you carry out the various steps, to enable you to understand how to change the steps to achieve other results.

This book is the reference that should come with Lighroom. I've been using Lightroom since the PC beta came out, and over time have learnt to use much of the tools, but this book fills in a lot of the gaps, and extends my knowledge and speed using the application.

If you do not process many images, and got Lightroom to catalogue your images, then you will learn from the book, but you will gain so much more if you process large numbers of images (especially RAW) and want to refine your workflow, learn how to make the most of the cataloguing offered by Lightroom.

In short, if you want to spend less time behind your monitor, and more time behind the camera, buy this book. It's in depth, and yet beautifully clear, and laid out.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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As Martin Evening states in the book Lightroom on of the goals for lightroom was simplicity. I participated in the beta-test of Lightroom but was still on the fence when vesion 1 was released. However, the 30 day trial with Martin's book in my hand has turned me into a convert.I am now good way through the task I had been putting off for some time, oganising my massive archive of digital photographs properly. Martin has perfected his talent for making complicated things accessible in his excellent photoshop books and has used this talent again here. I read the book from cover to cover over a weekend and his tips avaoided me making time consuming mistakes as I embarked on 'implementing' Lightroom. Thoroughly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Lightroom users 3 April 2007
Format:Paperback
Martin Evening is a reknowned Photoshop expert here in the UK. His books are very much looked upon as the ultimate reference for those who want to get the best from their software. Martin has produced this book on Lightroom, Adobe's latest offering for the digital photographer. It is a compact volume full of valuable information on this software and is a must-read for anyone seeking to use the software to best effect. The text is clear and concise, backed up by lots of colour illustrations and additional notes.

It is well worth the investment.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for beginners and advanced users 27 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I don't usually write reviews for my own books. But in this instance I felt it only fair to point out that the spcific comment made by the reviewer G. E. Bignardi about 'highlight clipping' is actually not true. A quick glance at the index would have revealed that there is a whole page in the book that explains what highlight clipping means and uses image examples to help illustrate this. I think the same can be said for other jargon that is used in the book. For example, I use the term 'white point' quite a bit. Again, there is a whole page devoted to explaining to the beginner what this term means.

Lastly, I would like to let readers know that there is also available a free Lightroom 1.1 PDF update available for this edition of the book. It is 177 pages long and contains everything you need to know about what is new in Lightroom 1.1. Just go to the Peachpit.com website and register your book using the ISBN number to access the free download.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but in need of a print update 2 April 2008
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The content that's in the book isn't bad, doesn't waffle too much, and goes about things in a very practical and informative manner and would be an essential purchase were it not for the fact that it hasn't kept up with the software. There are some sections that only tell half the story (or less), particularly those on noise reduction, sharpening, exporting and keyword management.

The publishers provide a pdf update, but it's a supplement rather than the whole book and that makes it awkward because it means there's no single definitive resource.

My recommendation would be to try and make do with the help available from the Adobe WEB site and buy this book when it's been updated to reflect the current software version. This is particularly so, given that the first beta of version 2.0 is available, and that's sufficiently different to 1.* that it'll render the book irrelevant.

The publishers stuck a label to the front of the book mentioning the update. Fine except that it's next to impossible to remove without either leaving a sticky patch or damaging the cover...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the book for the 'Lightroom virgin'! 10 April 2007
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I had used the PC beta version of Lightroom and had 'stumbled' my way around this truly Brilliant programme.

As another reviewer says - this is the book that should come with the software!

Martin Evening goes into great detail - almost too much detail when one is trying to come to terms initially with the software - as it is so different to Photoshop.

I personally would have liked a simplified step by step introductory chapter before being thrown into the detail. I know I will be referring back to this book for a long time to come - I think then I will really reap the benifit of the author's amazing detailed knowledge of Lightroom.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff inside
Good book, now of course completely outdated with respect to the current version of the software. Goes a long way explaining all the basic and advanced stuff about LR.
Published 8 months ago by Ollivier Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for lightroom users
a compact guide for beginners to experienced (for photoshop users) Lightroom is a must for photographers whoo shoot in RAW - offers step by step guide
Published 16 months ago by bernie - brighton uk
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning this book only covers Adobe Lightroom 1 - now superceeded by...
It is not mentioned in the advertisements for this book anywhere on this site that this book only covers Lightroom version 1. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2009 by M. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Well structured and well paced informative book
This book and Andy Rouse's book on Understanding Raw Photography are all you need to grasp far more than the basics and to be able to use RAW photos in Lightroom competently and... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2008 by Marc Gander
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
For anyone who has bought the original Lightroom v.1.0 and upgraded to v.1.1, then this book can be frustrating. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by B. Bolden.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is excellent if you want to get the best from Lightroom.

Yes Lightroom has changed since the book was released, and you can download 180 pages from the... Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2008 by Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb book from Evening
As a fan of Martin Evenings 'Photoshop CSx for photographers' I had huge expectations to his Lightroom book. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2007 by T. HusebÝ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doyen of Lightroom Manuals
A little research reveals that the author has been involved with Adobe Photoshop for many years, and also as a beta tester of Lightroom since its inception, so the reader could... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2007 by SgtDave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We all really like this book and the way the author writes.. by we I mean the Revenue and Customs Photographic Unit. We had Aperture but hated it and ran Lightroom as a beta. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2007 by G. A. Heiss
2.0 out of 5 stars not a book for absolute beginners
I did not find this book very useful. On one side it does not have that much more info than [..]online help, though there are more before/after examples of image manipulations. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2007 by Giuseppe E. Bignardi
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