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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers [Paperback]

Martin Evening
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Book Description

5 Mar 2012 0321819594 978-0321819598 1
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 was also written with photographers in mind. Author Martin Evening describes features in Lightroom 4 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 4, such as the Camera Raw Process 2012 Basic panel tone controls

Photographers will find Lightroom 4–and The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book–indispensable tools in their digital darkrooms.

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

“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, digital photography consultant

 “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

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (5 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321819594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321819598
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 20.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indigestion 18 April 2012
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I bought this book because I was determined to move from Photoshop Elements 9 to Lightroom and needed a text to get me going quickly. Well, this book is authoritive, but it is also very repetitive and thus quite slow going. In my opinion it is probably twice as thick (and perhaps proportionally expensive too) as it needs to be. I found the first two or three chapters hard going and it certainly did not give me the flying start I wanted. No one could fault its design and illustration, but it just takes a long time to get to the nitty gritty. Personally I resent reading what he is going to tell me and then a slow trawl through the details of doing it, with every possible combination of setup covered.

I think it needs an early chapter that gets over the business of importing my image files into the catalog (especially from PSE as that is very skimpily covered) and basic "development" methods and then later proceeds to all the embellishments and controls that are possible to customise it for your personal use. So I will be looking for some kind of quick and dirty (but safe) setup, which I can then refine using this book. I would also like to see more on the basic principles of how the program does what it does, especially in the develop module.

Maybe I am the exception, but this book is not giving me what I want and I am beginning to wonder whether Lightroom is going to be as easy to use as the LR adverts suggest. Maybe Photoshop Elements is quite adequate for my photographic needs. However I will persist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 4 by Martin Evening 25 April 2012
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Another excellent book (I have had the three previous versions). He writes clearly and explains not only what the software does but how best to make use of it. I find that the Lightroom Help screens give only the bald facts and I would really have struggled to learn to use it effectively without Martin's books. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars askerr 5 Jan 2014
By alank
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I find this book excellent for Lightroom 4. It covers and explains all the features and lets you know what can be done and what cannot. I am really pleased that I bought it. It is a handy reference book and also readable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 20 April 2012
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Excellent read very useful and informative book very good explanation on every stage of Lightroom works well in the kindle software on the ipad
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is what is says. 2 Oct 2013
By Aog
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If you have read any other of Martin Evening's books you will not be disappointed. It becomes clear from the start that he was involved with the development of this programme and therefore has an in depth knowledge of what the programme is about and what it can do. However, if you require simple explanations then, go for one of the more basic and cheaper books because it may just a bit too technical for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 3 July 2013
By Alex
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I purchased Lightroom 4, and learned my way round the programme to the points that I need. I have been looking for a reference book and purchased this, by using the book I have now increased my knowledge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your patient Lightroom teacher 23 Jun 2013
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A good investment for the serious photographer, but need to be read slowly and thorougly. I see no aspect that is not covered, everything you need, and probably more, is here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed 28 May 2013
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I think the author meant it when he said he had tried to keep it simple, but I don't think he can recall what it's like to be a relative beginner at using photographic software. This book is anything but simple. It is very difficult to find one's way through it, and there is no definition of fundamental terms. Too much is taken for granted with the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The delivery was excellent. This book has been well set out and ...
The delivery was excellent. This book has been well set out and walks you through each process. Great author will be looking at their other books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Johnson
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Published 2 months ago by Ken Crouch
4.0 out of 5 stars LIGHTROOM 4 MARTIN EVENING
I have used Evening's manuals since I got into Adobe products and I'm now used to his style and format, however to some his style may be a little too heavy or complex. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. E. Banks
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR A BEGINNER
Published 18 months ago by Elliemuff
4.0 out of 5 stars The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book
The book is very nice and easy to read and understand. It helped me a lot when I bought the software
Published 18 months ago by Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I recently bought this book as I was bought lightroom 4 as a present, and I found I needed a manual for it, as it is quite daunting software at first glance, so I searched Amazon... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul Breakell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference manual
What is strange is the author's admission that having been involved in the develpment of the software and the need to design it to be intuitive that one then needs a book of this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nick Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This is the one you want! Possible a little thin on the index - 15 pages for a 600 page book.
Published 19 months ago by Muymalestado
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