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Super Scott does it again!
on 21 May 2012
I've been using Lightroom ever since it first came out, and have upgraded to every new version. With each new incarnation of Lightroom Scott Kelby produces a new version of the Adobe Lightroom book for Digital Photographers, so of course, I buy each one as it comes out. Why? Because each new version has something the previous one didn't have, and each of Scott's books covers the new and/or improved features. However, there's much, much more to each book than simply a run-down of new features. Scott Kelby is one of those writers who is able to approach familiar subjects and give them a new spin. So although there is a considerable overlap with his previous Lightroom books (after all, it's basically the same program with improvements), he takes a fresh look at every module in Lightroom. I read it from cover to cover as soon as I received it, and realised that I hadn't been getting as much out of Lightroom as I could have done.
As usual, Scott doesn't go into the whys and wherefores of every feature; he sensibly leaves that to authors like Martin Evening, whose Lightroom and Photoshop books are packed full of technical info,which is very useful once you've mastered the basics, but daunting for the beginner and even for more experienced Lightroom/Photoshop users. Instead, Scott's approach is the same in his other books (I don't know how the guy finds time to write all those books and do all the other things he does): he talks to his readers as if he were giving them a lesson in person. He never makes assumptions about his readers' levels of knowledge, but he doesn't talk down to them either. Some readers are put off by his jokey intros to each chapter, but I enjoy them (as Scott says, they are a bit of light relief which enables the reader to clear the brain for the chapter to come) and, after all, if you don't like the intros, don't read them!
If you've used Lightroom before, you can dip into this book wherever you like, but for beginners I'd really recommend starting at the beginning - as I say, I'd used Lightroom for years and still found I learned a lot even from the chapters that cover the initial basics of Lightroom. I'd recommend it to anyone using Lightroom 4, whether beginner, intermediate, or experienced.
Oh, and by the way - Lightroom 4 itself rocks!