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Up-to-date coverage of this important software
on 11 August 2012
Part of the fast growing Peachpit series which all include 'From Snapshots to Great Shots' in their titles. Most are camera guides but several (and there may be more) cover themed subjects about weddings, landscapes, composition, and exposure. This is not quite the odd-man-out in dealing primarily with software (there is another for Photoshop Elements). Most of the titles are reasonably current in that they were all published either in 2011 or 2012.
This covers Photoshop Lightroom, concentrating on the current and recently released Version 4. That does not mean that it is unusable should you be using an older version - you may have been given one free with your camera - just that some things may be done a little differently. The differences are explained. The purpose of Lightroom is to create a 'workflow' - making changes in a controlled and logical manner for the best possible results.
Intended for the less experienced photographer, probably up to and just beyond Intermediate level, it guides the reader through installing and configuring the software and then to using it. The various chapters gently guide the reader through the various processes and procedures and is extensively illustrated with screen captures of the various screens that the software will offer at different stages. Sometimes, it will show an image before and after a certain change so that you might then understand the effect of that change. However, whatever changes you may make - and they could be many or drastic - the actual image is not itself changed. The changes are reflected in a file of instructions that it can use every time you access that image. However, there is no reason why you could not then derive a different set of changes at some future date. All is explained in the book.
Its approach is thorough and the language not overly technical so the book could be used by someone of almost any age. The author may have been slightly governed by those who wrote similar titles for earlier versions of the software, which is no bad thing. Good value and from a seasoned publisher. The author has also written several other titles in the series, mostly camera guides, so should know how to write and also the subject.