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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (31 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321555562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321555564
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scott Kelby is the world's #1 bestselling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals
(NAPP). He's the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, and Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Written in concert with Adobe's development of the Photoshop Lightroom 2 Beta, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers - by #1 bestselling computer and technology author, Scott Kelby - is the most complete and concise Lightroom "how-to" book for digital photographers of all skill levels.

In The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, Scott walks readers through the basics of Lightroom use, leading them to a brilliantly devised and super efficient digital photography workflow that dramatically improves productivity and allows photographers to spend less time processing photos and more time shooting them.

Throughout the book Scott shares his personal camera and Lightroom settings, as well as the studio-tested techniques he's developed for his own photography workflow. The book is written in his trademark step-by-step, plain English style, and because he knows what really works and what doesn't, he isn't shy to tell you flat out which tools to use, which to avoid, and why. This allows digital photographers of any skill level to jump right in using Lightroom like a pro from the very start, sidestepping a lot of the frustrations that typically haunt those unfamiliar with new applications…especially those as powerful as Lightroom.

What really sets The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers apart from other Lightroom books on the market are the last two bonus chapters where Scott answers the questions, "In exactly what order am I supposed to do things in Lightoom," and "Where does Photoshop fit in to the mix?" Both chapters start with an on-location photo shoot, including full details on the equipment, camera settings, and lighting techniques. Readers then witness as he takes the photos from each shoot through the entire workflow process, to the final output of the 16"x20" prints. And, because he incorporates Photoshop seamlessly right into this workflow, you'll learn some of the latest Photoshop techniques for portrait and landscape photography as well.

If you're one of those people who learns best by actually doing the projects yourself; who learns best without all the complicated technical explanations and confusing jargon, and if you really want to start using Lightroom today to unlock the productivity secrets of "The new digital photography workflow,"---there is no faster, more "straight-to-the-point" or more fun way to learn than this groundbreaking new book, and you are absolutely going to love it! 

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roger Searle on 8 Nov 2008
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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Excellent book that I have learned more from in a week than I did from Rob Sheppard's Lightroom 1 book in several months. I know that some people find Scott's casual style a bit irritating, but it is not at all intrusive in this book. In fact I think it helps me to remember things. Screen shots linked directly to the "stepped" approach, provide both a readable book and a reference work. The practical "real life" approach suits me and I would think many other photographers - Thoroughly recommended!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. Morgan on 2 Oct 2008
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With the beta release of Lightroom 2, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and try it. Once Adobe released it to manufacturing, I was happy to switch my workflow from CaptureOne + Adobe Bridge + Photoshop to Lightroom 2 + Photoshop. I was up-and-running very quickly, but I knew I was just scratching the surface. Obviously, there's a lot in Lightroom 2 and I wasn't exploiting very much of it.
I was rather pleased, then, to see that Scott Kelby was releasing this new volume and pre-ordering it was a no-brainer. I particularly like Scott's informal, conversational style of writing. I expect some may find it irritating, but for me, it makes his books more pleasant to read. Consequently, it makes it easier to retain the knowledge that he imparts.
I'm reading this one from cover-to-cover, as Scott recommends, and it's certainly working. Within the first few pages, I found useful ways to incorporate Lightroom facilities that I simply hadn't encountered. As I continue to work through, there's more and more that is helping improve my workflow considerably.
I sometimes wonder if Scott's books are a little lightweight. They certainly don't tax your brain too much. I guess that's because most of the books I read tend to be detailed technical references where there's a vast amount of information to impart in a limited space. The way Scott writes, it seems too easy. But then, that's the point, isn't it? When you're working with hundreds or even thousands of photographs at a time, it really does need to be easy. So, thumbs up to Mr Kelby for helping me find new ways to improve the efficiency of my workflow, yet again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Strahan on 11 Dec 2008
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This book falls into the `essentials' category for Lightroom users. It is packed with good advice and tips which are time-saving and which encourage good practice in processing digital photographs. Kelby is quite open about sharing the techniques which he has evolved, probably after much trial and error, thus making life easier for all of us. The sections on working in tandem with Photoshop and on black & white conversion are particularly illuminating. The whole text is enhanced by Kelby's amusing style.
One word of caution: this book can be quite baffling for absolute beginners to Lightroom, as the initial chapter is perhaps not the best introduction to the subject. For example, how many people will ever use Lightroom with the camera tethered to the computer? Yet Kelby addresses this in the first chapter. I would suggest that beginners should first work their way through Lightroom 2 for Dummies and then progress to Kelby's book.
Kelby suggests that the book should be read sequentially, from beginning to end. I would suggest that it should be used as a reference book for the best solution for specific techniques.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roy Webb on 8 Oct 2008
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Mr. Kelby always does a good job with all his books, but this is his best yet.Written in a clear, and concise manner, and the screen captures this time are readable without the aid of a magnifying glass. The book follows a good workflow throughout, and proves what a comprehensive programme Lightroom is. This is not evident at first or even second glance, and yet Mr. Kelby makes it all appear so easy, which few writers manage to attain with so called technical books, this is his big secret.
The book is also a valuable reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Hills on 29 July 2009
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This is a very good book but but you MUST buy it before you buy lightroom. Chapter one can save you hours of grief if you read it before you start using Lightroom! How you set up your library(s) is very important and the suggestions and strategies will save much swearing (and time) later!

Note the introduction to each chapter is an "off the wall" counter point and a muse on almost anything but the the subject at hand... if you watch the associated on line video(s) for the book it explain that this is the comfort/cofffe/smoke break he has on his courses. There are several videos and example pictures on his web site (password is in the book) that help bring the book alive

Also I agree with the author you should read this book in chapter order from end to end I would also suggest with a couple of memory cards of pictures and try out the ideas. Then use Lightroom on your main collection....

The only other comment is the chatty style is the same as his video style go to the web site and see what his videos are like. if you like the style buy the book (then lightroom) otherwise the style will drive you nuts. I like it.

If you already have lightroom the book is still very good though you may want to re-rig your entire library after reading it :( You can also dip into it chapter by chapter after you have read it from end to end and it works but don't do it the other way around.
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