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Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure [Paperback]

Mikkel Aaland
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Book Description

25 Oct 2008 0596521014 978-0596521011 1

This beautifully illustrated and eminently practical book offers a complete tour of Lightroom 2, the integrated digital photography workflow application that allows serious photographers to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images. Augmented by photos and case studies from a demanding road test in Tasmania, award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland explains how Lightroom can improve the way you work.

After watching -- and often helping -- Adobe create Lightroom entirely from the ground up, Aaland (author of Photoshop CS3 RAW) decided to try it out in the field. He organized a group of top-notch photographers for a trek to Tasmania, the exotic island south of mainland Australia, where the only studio was Lightroom on a laptop. In Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure, Aaland uses hands-on knowledge from the trip to demonstrate how Lightroom can help you create the best possible image under any conditions.

This unique tutorial walks you step-by-step through Lightroom's:

  • Library module for uploading, sorting, tagging, ranking and adding keywords to your images
  • Develop module with Adobe Camera RAW for complete non-destructive color and tonal adjustments
  • Slideshow module, where you select and size images, and export the show to HTML, Flash, or PDF formats
  • Print module, which includes several templates for printing contact sheets or full images
  • Web module, where you can create Flash or HTML web galleries

With many gorgeous examples shot in the exotic wilds of Tasmania, this book lets you see the results for yourself. Mikkel Aaland's trademark ability to teach complicated topics on digital imaging with straightforward, easy-to-follow text makes this book a valuable learning tool for anyone serious about digital photography.

Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (25 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596521014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596521011
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mikkel Aaland is an award winning photographer and author of 12 books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW (now in its second edition) and the first Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition. Mikkel is a prominent figure in the Lightroom community and with the adventure concept has established a strong place on Adobe's radar for this product. He's presented on Lightroom for Adobe at Photokina and Photo Plus Expo, and he taught the Lightroom 2-day seminar at this year's Macworld.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 2 Adventure 8 Mar 2010
By GillH
Easy to read and pick up hints. Not a comprehensive manual, but more enjoyable and creative.Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 24 Nov 2008
By Pablo Serrano - Published on Amazon.com
I bought Scott Kelby's Lightroom book and I wasn't very happy with it because I think it is not very thorough. Not satisfied with Kelby's book, I bought Lightroom2Adventure and this book is way more thorough and very well organized. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn LR.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn a lot while being inspired! 24 Nov 2008
By Catherine Hall - Published on Amazon.com
This book does what all photography software books should do. It is clear, well organized, concise, easy to comprehend and is loaded with phenomenal imagery. A must have for both new and advanced LR users.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great 25 Oct 2008
By Robert J. Rockefeller - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a recent Lightroom 2.1 convert and have Scott Kelby's Lightroom 2 book. This book was a purchase intended to learn more about the actual use of the program, as opposed to how all the buttons work, and in that I was disappointed. The Lightroom 2 Adventure provides good basic instruction on how the Lightroom features work, but not nearly as much about why you'd use them as I was hoping.

So I'm still looking for a "Lightroom 2 in Practice" sort of book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Overview for an Amazing Program 23 Mar 2009
By W. Sligh - Published on Amazon.com
I recently picked up Lightroom 2 and have been very impressed with Adobe's product and the powerful and largely intuitive tool set that Adobe has given the professional and serious amateur photographer. That said, there is still a lot of room for learning and figuring out how best to get under the hood with Lightroom, and this book does a fine job of showing you how to do just that. I had read another Lightroom book by a well known Adobe evangelist, that I found to be a bit thin on details (and his constant attempts at cute humor quickly grew old) but this book manages a nice balance between brevity and detail, making it quick and easy to pick up what you want to accomplish with enough attention to detail that the correction or adjustment you are working on need not match the example exactly. The problem with many step by step how-to books is that the focus is often too narrow per example, but this book manages to give a thorough overview with enough detail to see your way through the points that don't hit the given example exactly. Enjoyable to read, and still useful, I would definitely recommend this book for beginning to intermediate Lightroom users (or those new to version 2 and looking for the how-to on new features).
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite LR Book 22 July 2009
By Kenneth J. Hornak Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Of the many Lightroom books I've perused, this is my favorite. It's one thing to create a book that efficiently teaches you how to use a complex piece of software and another to produce a book of great photos but this book manages to do both.

I love the concept behind this book (and its predecessor):a group of photographers and software designers (some of the Lightroom team) travel to faraway Tazmania to capture amazing images during the day and then edit those photos in the evening. As a software designer (and amateur photographer) myself I can't think of a more perfect way to develop a product. I can imagine how powerful it was for the Adobe folks to get detailed feedback from their target market and how empowering it was for the photographers to see the software evolve based on their suggestions and use.

I've been using LR now for nearly two years and when I discovered this book and how useful it was I immediately ordered the first version as well simply for its journey to Iceland. How many software books cause that kind of response?

I'll be teaching a Lightroom class this weekend and telling every student to buy a copy of this book if they want to get more out of LR and actually enjoy reading a software how-to guide.

More importantly, I can't wait for version 3 of Lightroom simply because I want to buy Lightroom 3 Adventure and see where they go this time!
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