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Rob Sylvan , Nat Coalson
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16 Aug 2013
Manage your images with Lightroom and this beautifully illustrated guide Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer′s time, but help is on hand. This complete guides teaches you how to use Adobe Lightroom 5 to import, manage, edit, and showcase large quantities of images with impressive results. The authors, both professional photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through step by step, demonstrating real–world techniques as well as a variety of practical tips, tricks, and shortcuts that save you time. Streamline image management tasks like a pro, and get back to doing what you love — taking photographs. Teaches you digital imaging fundamentals, as well as specific skills you need to master Adobe′s Lightroom 5 digital photography workflow software Explores capturing, importing, editing, processing, and presenting digital photos Explains real–world, professional–level techniques through easy–to–follow instructions and beautiful, full–color examples Frees you to focus on your creative photography abilities by helping you develop strong technical skills Learn not only the "how" of editing and handling photographs with Lightroom 5, but the "why" as well, with Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process .

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (16 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118645219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118645215
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manage your images with Lightroom and get back to taking pictures Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer's time. Lightroom lets you effectively manage, edit, and present large quantities of images, and this book teaches you the skills that make it work. The authors, both photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through Lightroom 5 step by step. Learn to streamline image management tasks and get back to doing what you love — taking photographs. Index your photos with Lightroom catalogs Optimize every photo with powerful, easy image adjustments Design and order photo books Make your own professional prints Use the map to plot locations where your photos were taken Create a professional-looking slideshow Publish your photos to Facebook, burn them to a DVD, or export them for further editing in Photoshop

About the Author

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, and author who has been a Photoshop Lightroom Help Desk Specialist since 2007. Check his blog,, for Lightroom tips, tutorials, and FAQs. Nat Coalson is an instructor, author, and photographer whose work has been extensively exhibited and collected. He′s an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helping with a mamoth task 28 Mar 2014
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I decided to go with Lightroom to organise my 2 TB+ of images rather than the Bridge latch-on that comes with Photoshop 6 or use Elements. As I tinkered with Lightroom 4, Adobe brought out version 5. I upgraded and I then researched a support book for my Kindle Fire to help me. It was great being able to download samples to try from Amazon. These served their purpose but always were the very beginnings of the book which includes (and wastes in a sample) effusive thanks to all who helped but it did clearly show if there were accompanying images to use in learning and experimentation. I even borrowed one of my secondary choices for a couple of weeks and, after perusing that one, I headed straight for Mr Rob Sylvan!
He is a new author to me so this book is new and not a re-hash, re-write of a Lightroom 4 book. I find it clear and extremely helpful. The bookmarking and note system in Kindle books is a great asset as it removes the need for extra notepads and sticky bit of paper indexing important points. The flow is good and the accompanying practice files are a very good asset. It is clear that Rob knows his stuff and a Kindle is easily propped by the side of my computer to act as a continuing reference. I am thoroughly satisfied and believe that I made the best choice and was very grateful for the way Amazon enabled me to browse and choose - hooked on a new system for technical advice, on to Lightroom for making the best of my pictures and on to Rob as a new author to provide insight and guidance.

Chris Baldwin
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4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Lightroom book 7 Mar 2014
By CraigM
This is a great book for balancing understanding how to achieve an outcome with how to use the software. I also have the very popular Scott Kelby book but don't like it much. He is a bit like Marmite and you can guess which camp I'm in. I find his style wearing and the book quite disjointed and I feel like he's trying to show the reader how clever he is all the time. This book flows much better, is more outcome focussed and is an easier read. With this book plus the excellent Digtal Negative and Digital Print books by Jeff Schewe you will be fully equipped to achieve pretty much anything that can be achieved in Lightroom.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Using Lightroom 5 31 Dec 2013
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Very fast delivery, contains all the information to get up and running with Adobe Lightroom 5 and to fully experiment with this software
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intermediate 3 Aug 2013
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on
I seem to remember that the 1.0 version of Lightroom was really simple, with many fewer options than Photoshop. Even though it's still a lot easier to learn and use than Photoshop, the number of sliders, buttons and panels has increased tremendously, although generally that's been to meet the needs of photographers to control the post-processing of digital images.

Besides chapters on the main Lightroom modules of Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web, this book has separate chapters on Getting Started, Import, Export and Catalog. Each chapter begins with a brief look at what's new since the last major version of Lightroom, and a brief overview of the function's workflow. (The "what's new" can prove extremely useful for one familiar with Lightroom, even though it may require flipping back-and forth between the index and the explanation. Lightroom has matured enough that it is time for publishers to consider putting out a short book or pamphlet for new versions dealing with just the new functions.) Next the author tells you what each of the panels, buttons and sliders for a function do. They don't miss a step. This is a great refresher for somebody who may be using Lightroom, but not utilizing every possible function. It can also be a good reference for someone who doesn't remember the in and outs of a particular tool. Unfortunately, the book is less useful for a total beginner.

The images shown in the book can be downloaded from a website. But even with the available images, and even if the reader followed along with the book at the computer, as the authors recommend, the book would still not be very useful to a beginner. Most beginners benefit from being shown a series of steps to use the Lightroom tools necessary to develop an understanding of procedures to transform a file from the camera into an effective photograph, and this book doesn't show you that. Being told that the highlight slider can be used to lighten tones in the upper range of tonality is not much use if a person can't see what this means.

Moreover, the author usually follows the Lightroom order of presentation, without suggesting alternatives. For example, in the basic panel of the Develop module, the highlights and shadows sliders precede the white and black sliders and the authors recommend following this sequence. However, some authorities suggest that if one's object to get the fullest range of light in an image, the white and black sliders should be adjusted first. Many of the books that can serve as a reference will explore the considerations of this kind of issue, but Sylvan and Coalson just continue down the sliders from top to bottom.

The book is well written, and were it not for the availability of other sources that take better aim at a user's skill level, could be extremely useful. This book is a poor choice to learn Lightroom. For experts, there may not be anything new and it may be more useful to consult one of the more specialized books that explain how to adjust images to create one's vision, or how to get the most from the Print function. Intermediate users will probably benefit most from this presentation.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for learning file handling parts of lightroom 3 Oct 2013
By Villaman - Published on
Of the books I have looked at on lightroom 5 this one has the most information on how to use the program to manage a large number of files and how to create a process to get the most out of Lightroom in this use. It covers all the develop aspects as well and the illustrations are good though smaller and harder to read than I would like.

Robert Sylvan has many years as an Adobe Lightroom instructor and it is doubtless why the book is better than the one from Scott Kelby that my wife bought. Scott's book is better for how to process pictures of people but Robert's is better for learning how to use all the functions in Lightroom and how to do imports and use the meta data parts of Lightroom, something that Kelby's book barely covers.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Information 13 Nov 2013
By Gerald B. Keane - Published on
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Although I'm a big fan of Kelby's books, I tried this one on the recommendation of one reviewer who faulted Kelby for giving short shrift to organizing one's files. He was right. Kelby's very good at what he does, and so is Sylvan. They just happen to see two different parts of the elephant. Even though I feel I got a lot about organization as well as all other features of Lightroom from Sylvan, I still intend to read Kelby's book. I fully expect to learn other things I didn't get from Sylvan (or from my three years or so of using Lightroom). Everyone using Lightroom should read this book.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book you can buy for using Lightroom 5 3 Oct 2013
By Winter - Published on
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Lightroom is both a digital asset management tool that uses an underlying database and an image processing or editing tool and this combination of capabilities makes the learning curve steeper than with a single purpose application like Photoshop or InDesign. It is also easier to create a situation where after hours of importing files into libraries and creating collections to find that the result is not at all efficient for finding a particular image when needed.

I first bought Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 5 and after a few days going through it I found so many gaps and such a cursory coverage of the digital asset managment aspects that I went in search for another book. Fortunately I found Robert Sylvan's update of Nat Coalson's book on Lightroom. Is it perfect? Of course not though part of the difficulty in working through the material is that Lightroom itself does not have an intuitive workflow process. Each user needs to develop the process for themselves and Robert provides a great deal of useful information on how to do this.

I would have greatly appreciated having available a work flow chart as it is very difficult to follow the multiple threads (regarding importing and filenaming and adding keywords and meta data - which includes keywords, and loading them into libraries and creating collections. There are some things that are easier to understand in a flow chart or similar graphic than from reading pages of text located at multiple places in the book.

I can work through that though as the information is actually there unlike with Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 5. Scott Kelby is a professional writer and amateur photographer, whereas Robert has a solid background in teaching people how to use Lightroom and it show in the differences between the two books they have created.

Where there are shortcomings that I found notable it was in not providing people with information on an optimum setup for using Lightroom in a home or office environment using current technology. It is now relatively inexpensive to setup a RAID NAS box that is accessible by PC's and Mac's using Ethernet or wireless connections to work on files directly off their external hard drives. To the PC the RAID NAS box looks like another hard drive and Lightroom can use it the same way as the C:drive.

Not appreciated is how much drive fragmentation occurs from the use of Adobe applications like Photoshop and Lightroom and the last thing you want is to have the fragmentation occuring on the drive containing the operating system and applications. Even with a laptop with a single hard drive the drive can be partitioned into two logical drives so all the data is on the D:drive and this drive can be safely defragmented as image files are added and deleted and processed over time.

If you have many thousands of image files or plan to create them over time the use of Lightroom to manage them is worth the effort of learning to use the application and to set it up to optimize your time with an efficient workflow. Robert Sylvan's book is the best that is currently available to use as a guide and reference for doing this.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom book that tells you WHY and HOW the software works 9 Nov 2013
By J. Ellis - Published on
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I am not a new Lightroom user as I have had the product since version 2, but I found this book to be very enlightening. The level of detail is very good as are the explanations of how and why things work in this software. I have actually read it, cover to cover, and noted and underlined the contents ;-).
I think this book may be a better fit for a.) people who want to 'really' understand Lightroom and b.) those who are willing to study a little.The software is billed as easy to use but it can be confusing especially for people with no background or understanding of databases. The chapters on the import and library functions are detailed and provide answers to the 'Why do I need a database? I have folders', kind of questions. Again, this book provides good detail for even such things as handling multiple catalogs! If you are a new user and want to open the box and get going, Scott Kelby's books are quick to read and easy to understand. However, if you need to get more information 'Photoshop Lightroom 5 Streamlining Your Digital Workflow' might be the book for you.
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