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The tops for getting the best out of Lightroom
on 13 June 2007
Scott Kelby's immensely practical books on image-editing software are a Godsend to end-users struggling to get to grips with what is often very complex software, and this is no exception. As a professional photographer, Scott Kelby understands exactly what people need to know in order to get the results they want. You won't find detailed descriptions of every single one of Lightroom's features in this book; instead, what you get is a step-by-step guide to how to make the software work for you in a simplified, very practical way. He includes all kinds of tips and hints that are seldom mentioned in other books; his books are classic examples of showing rather than just telling. In other words, he helps you to use the software in the way it was intended: as a tool, rather than something that gets you bogged down with the sheer number and diversity of its features. One especially useful part of the book (because this is where so many people get stuck) is the section on workflow, which takes you through a complete process, from taking the photos (in the first example, covering a wedding) right through to the final presentation. The information about colour management is also very good; however, for European readers this needs a little clarification. In the book Scott talks about downloading the necessary ICC profiles for your printer/paper combination. I use the same printer as he does (well, one of the printers he uses, anyway - the Epson R2400) and I couldn't find any of the necessary profiles on Epson's UK site. In order to download them you need to go to the US site and look under drivers/profiles for your particular printer.
Scott's joky style is not to everyone's taste; some people are irritated by his little asides and digressions. However, I find them amusing; they help to give the reader the sensation that the author is addressing them directly, rather than via the impersonal medium of print. Having recently acquired Lightroom, I've found Scott's book so helpful that I can't wait for his Photoshop CS3 book to come out in a few weeks' time...thoroughly recommended.