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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers Paperback – 8 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (8 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321680709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321680709
  • ASIN: 0321680707
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, offering powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images. This completely updated bestseller, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book, was also written with photographers in mind. Author Martin Evening describes features in Lightroom 3 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 has also been working with Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product’s development and providing valued feedback to Adobe. 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 or JPEG format
• Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
• Create and manage a personal image library
• Apply tonal adjustments to multiple images quickly
• Integrate Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
• Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal portfolios
• Make the most of new features in Lightroom 3, such as automatic lens correction and improved noise reduction

Photographers will find Lightroom 3—and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book—indispensable tools in their digital darkrooms.

“With Martin’s expert guidance, you’ll soon find that you have precisely the tools you need to turn your concentration back where it belongs—on making better pictures!”
—George Jardine, Lightroom instructor

“As a photographer himself, Martin Evening knows what tools photographers need to realize their creative vision. In this book, he shows not only how Adobe Photoshop Lightroom works but also why it will become an essential part of any photographer’s workflow.”
—Greg Gorman, photographer

This book’s companion site,, offers video tutorials, articles, sample images, and updates from author Martin Evening.

About the Author

Martin Evening is a London-based advertising and fashion photographer and noted expert in both photography and digital imaging. In addition to being a bestselling author, Martin is sought after for speaking and lecturing and in 2008 was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. He also works with the Photoshop and Lightroom engineering teams, consulting on new feature development and alpha and beta testing. He is one of the founding members of PixelGenius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By SgtDave on 19 July 2010
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I bought Martin Evening's Lightroom manuals for versions 1 and 2, so it is testament to their usefulness that version 3 was ordered. It arrived over 2 weeks ago and has been in my hand at every possible opportunity since. One could expect that the latest version would be a repetition of what went before with sections added relating to new functionality, but I am happy to report that the book is virtually a complete re-write. I will not say that every nook and cranny has been revisited, but in the main, there are very few instances where a topic has not been enhanced.This mirrors LR3 itself, as few areas have escaped the quest for improvement.

As usual, Martin Evenings style is relaxed, chatty, clearly written and very informative, with useful examples to supplement the theory. I have to admit that I struggled to detect differences in a few of the before and after images, however this must be down to the printing process (and my ageing eyes). Perhaps more of the examples could be made available for download to assist readers in the identification of differences.

I found that the section on sharpening and noise reduction could have been a little more comprehensive, but note Martin's reference to the Real World Sharpening book by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe. This tome extends to 360 pages, and in fairness, the objective of this manual is to describe LR3 and not provide an exhaustive explanation of every underlying theory.

In a nutshell, in my opinion Martin Evening still wears the crown for the Lightroom manual, and by a considerable distance. It is a great initial read, obviously massively useful for reference purposes, and worth every penny.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Colin Wilks on 7 July 2010
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A practical (and detailed) book on Lightroom3 and how to extract from photographic images the 'picture you saw' when putting the camera to work. Extensive coverage on creating and maintaing with ease of access a library, there are four more modules with tools that, in the main, do not call for additional software. I really like the section on Print. Even so, the real worth of this book is that it opens the mind to the many ways the tools can help one personalise and capture the way things are done and recalled thus simplifying the flow of work next time around. Of course, Photoshop CS5 does give something extra but for the non-professional it is highly expensive and difficult to justify. The Authour excels by giving plenty of photographic examples and snappy, informative side notes. These act as an introduction or as a reference. The text gives the detail. With over 650 pages and readable explanations I find this book (as I did with Lightroom 2) an essential.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Ellis on 21 July 2010
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Firstly, I must admit that this book was a second choice as a result of Scott Kelby's book being unavailable (sold out before its release date). I bought Mr Kelby's LR2 book and thus was investing in the currently unobtainable sequel - but I digress.

Martin Evening seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of LR3 with structured and clear examples of all the processes contained in the software. There are very useful 'tips' and 'notes' within the chapters which add a layer of understanding behind the methods and procedures discussed. LR3 is quite a beast and to the uninitiated could be quite daunting - Mr Evening breaks everything down with clarity removing this issue - well I thought so anyway.

I especially found the BW section useful and I am now using it in conjunction with the approach of Scott Kelby.

As I'm in a unique position of reading both authors on LR I would note that what Mr Evening lacks in humour (in comparison to Mr Kelby) he gains in explaining aspects of LR in more depth. The difference between the two is a matter of taste - as both author's seem to get to the same point but talking a different route. As a result I am in the position of using both author's approaches to develop my photos - which isn't a bad thing.

To conclude I would recommend this book - its very thorough and the author knows his stuff.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tom Iancu on 27 Dec. 2010
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Frankly, until version 3 Lightroom was no match - from my point of view - for Capture NX 2 from Nikon. As Nikon user, I got the best quality for my RAW files out of NX2 and previous LR versions simply were not up to NX2's color accuracy, sharpness and overall IQ. However, NX2 has a very serious flaw, its limited catalog management features that I hope Nikon will address in its future releases. Also, performance-wise in speed dragged behind previous versions of LR.

When Adobe announced the third version of Lightroom 3 software I gave it one more try. Huge difference ! With inclusion of camera profiles and a better RAW engine, differences between NX2 and this software are now minimal. So I bought it and used ever since because of better speed and catalog management features that makes it invaluable IMO. One drawback: a slight magenta cast thrown in shadows, but this is easily corrected via camera profiling (read on).

However, with power comes no-knowledge so I had to get myself some reference reading. Thus I bought this book some months ago and now, after I have finised reading it in detail, I think a proper review is mandatory. This is a perfect companion for your Lightroom steps, so I recommend it within my heart.

The book is dedicated to Bruce Fraser and I was impressed by the quality of the content within the 649 pages (print- and information-wise). The book does not come with a DVD, but is full of valuable examples, workflows, commented processing steps and updated content for Lightroom 3.

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