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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (13 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415663237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415663236
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This volume is a succinct and well-rounded introduction to CALL that should allow a broad range of readers interested in the role of technology in L2 education to become familiar with both the theoretical background and practical applications of CALL." -- Carsten Wilmes, UP 39.1-2 (Fall 2006)

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Dave Stevenson, UK-based photographer specializing in wildlife and nature photography. He writes standalone articles for magazines such as Digital SLR User, MacUser and websites such as and is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Times travel and technology sections.
Nik Rawlinson, is a UK-based journalist.

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As it said on the tin Fundamentals. Its OK but could go a bit deeper. Ideal if starting off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By COSMIC TRAVELER - Published on
Format: Paperback
Are you a digital photographer? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Dave Stevenson and Nik Rawlinson, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to use Photoshop Lightroom.

Stevenson and Rawlinson, begin by showing you why Lightroom does not work like traditional editing tools. Then, the authors walk you through the process of importing your first batch of photos and adding the necessary metadata that will make them more useful, regardless of how you intend to employ them. They continue by showing you how to organize your images into folders, plot them on a map and build smart collections that will automatically organize your assets according to variables attached to each one. Next, the authors investigate Lightroom's arsenal of editing tools, which cover all of the jobs most photographers need to do. Then, they cover the process of creating a book from end to end. The authors continue by showing you what happens once your images are processed, and are ready for uploading to the Internet, sending to a client, or printing either professionally or at home. Next, they look at what to do if you want to create galleries of your work that live online, rather than in print. The authors continue by examining Lightroom's key video capabilities, and how dealing with video files is similar to working with stills. Finally, they show you how a photographer goes from capturing thousands of images on a shoot through to exporting those images, whether it's to a photo-sharing site such as, or to the FTP server of a photographic agency.

This is the kind of excellent book that shows you how to stay organized by using Lightroom's industry-standard keywording and captioning features. Throughout this great book, the authors also show you how to use Lightroom confidently.
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Easy Introduction to Lightroom 14 Sep 2013
By Talvi - Published on
Format: Paperback
Focus on Photoshop Lightroom is clearly designed to be an entry level introduction to a program that can be very daunting to photographers - whether they have a background in Photoshop or not. As such, it's not a large comprehensive tome and instead distills the program down to the essentials a photographer needs to know in order to begin using the program.

The different modules are covered, there are a few step by step tutorials, but for the most part, the book tackles just the basics in a very light manner. Those who are looking for an easy-to-use reference book to start learning the program will appreciate the approach taken by the authors. Those wanting a more in depth reference can likely find a better reference among the many Lightroom books already published.

The book isn't sexy and there's no fluff in there. Just straightforward text, a few nature type photographs, and screenshots of the program. I rate this four out of 5 stars because I would have liked it to be a bit more friendly in terms of the writing and I'd like to have seen more examples of how the tools work. For a program based upon a visual medium, there's very little in the book showing the tools actually in use. Nor did I find much in the way of interesting tips. There also aren't a lot of graphics - this is very text heavy and then one huge screenshot. I feel the authors could have fleshed this out with some interesting examples of the tools at work on actual photographs rather than screenshots and then a random graphic. And as silly as this sounds, I was disappointed in the 'pretty pictures' that didn't look like they were even processed by Lightroom. e.g., to see several with chromatic aberration still in the image in a book about a program that can easily fix that condition is an odd choice by the authors (sort of like writing a book about auto body work but then showing a car with dents still in the quarterpanels).

I do feel the authors accomplished the task of creating a very fundamental, light, and accessible introduction to Lightroom. But I also feel it reads a lot like a camera manual, lacking friendliness and personality.

Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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