- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (30 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321934407
- ISBN-13: 978-0321934406
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.4 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers Paperback – 30 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Martin Evening is a UK-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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As to there being no point to this book because lightroom is a simple application, that just show a lack of understanding of lightroom which has evolved over the years into a complex piece of software capable of myriad effects. I have both LR and PS and back in the days of LR1 and 2 I used to find I would make a least some edits in PS on about 90% of images but as LR has evolved that number has steadily fallen and now I probably open less than 10% of images in PS. Is LR as complex as photoshop? Of course not but that doesn't mean there is no need for the book. If you want to exploit the full potential of LR rather than just slavishly follow effects created by others like Kelby or Kost then this book is what you want.
Only reason I have given it a 4* rating and not a 5 is because of the cost. That said, it would cost me a lot more to have a personal trainer at my side whenever I needed him.
Unfortunately, I don't think that it is Hamberg (one of the lead people in the development of Lightroom) that has failed.
The trouble is twofold: Evening is (1) a completist, and (2) he doesn't know how to prioritise the things that are important vs. the things that are peripheral. So you end up with a big book that goes through absolutely everything in fine detail, but actually tells you very little about real workflows. Put another way, Evening is more concerned about describing Lightroom than telling you how to actually use it.
If you want to learn Lightroom, steer well clear as this book will simply confuse you. It will make you believe that Lightroom is a complex application. My advice: Google 'learn lightroom adobe tv', and stick to learning only the library and develop module to start off with. They are the only two you will use 90% of the time. (NB - Adobe haven't updated the videos for Lightroom 5 as of this writing, but the lightroom 4 videos are fine for learning).
If you know Lightroom well and want a reference book, then you are probably confusing Lightroom with Photoshop. I have it on good authority that Lightroom is designed to be unreasonably simple and you don't need a reference book for it. What you might need is a concise book of common techniques (which this book isn't), and the Lightroom help pages for when you get stuck, but I have a feeling that Googling 'Julieanne Kost lightroom 5' will get you closer to what you want, and it is free and far quicker.Read more ›
the hang of it eventually!
Of course there is the accompanying web site with lots of additional content as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Martin Evenings guides to Lightroom and Photoshop are probably the best available, written in a clear concise style and with plenty of illustrations to emphasize the topics -... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony Ireland
Hard to digest and remember. Treat it as a reference book PerseverePublished 8 months ago by John Edwards
Now this is graduate level stuff - thick and heavy tomb, if you have the strength to read it in bed, it can help you to get off to sleep. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brian Shackleton
Very informative and easy to understand I learnt a lot straight away. However, I have a long way to go with it yet because there is so much to learn and as I am very old I find it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by George F Bourne
very informative, you really need to concentrate but a great book and a good help, cant wait for lightroom 5 for dummiesPublished 10 months ago by derek
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