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2.0 out of 5 stars The wrong approach for me, 30 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (Paperback)
Having bought and enjoyed the Scott Kelby Lightroom 1 book I thought, variety being the spice of life, that for Lightroom 2 I would buy the Martin Evening book.

Having seen the Evening LR1 book in shops I was surprised to see that the pages in the LR2 book are smaller but to compensate the book is about 50% thicker. For me this has a handling disadvantage but more importantly the screen shots have to be smaller. This means that with many examples I struggle to see what the screen shot is trying to convey. Indeed the text on many of the screenshots is unreadable.

There is also a big difference in styles and approaches between the two authors. Evening tells you at length what every module, button and slider is for. Kelby tells you how to use Lightroom.

So If you want a reference book then this is the book for you. If you want a book that tells you when and how to use the controls to improve your photos then buy Kelby's books. My preference is for the latter.

Note: Although the Evening book purports to offer free online access to the electronic version you will find when you sign up to the offer that access is only free for the first 45 days. Not recommended.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2008 16:53:05 BDT
Rob says:
"Although the Evening book purports to offer free online access to the electronic version you will find when you sign up to the offer that access is only free for the first 45 days".
This also applies to Scott Kelby Lightroom 2 book

Posted on 16 Oct 2008 10:51:34 BDT
M. Evening says:
Let me put a couple of things straight here. The book is actually the exact same page layout size as the first edition (not smaller) and is 'roughly' 75% bigger in thickness. I would say one of the main differences is that the screen shot details are actually shown bigger than before because I used a lot of enlarged screen close-ups in the book to make the dialog settings more readable. It would therefore be wrong to assume these are now smaller. Also, as the other reviewer pointed out, the free on-line access deal is the same for all books published by Peachpit and Adobe Press

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2009 11:25:20 BDT
Bob Margolis says:
I think that comparisons between Kelby and Evening books will always depend on your reaction to their writing styles. I like Evening's writing style and dislike Kelby's. That's partly because I'm a UK English speaker with a pedantic streak. I recognise that others will react in exactly the opposite way. I also like the fact that Evening is a professional photographer who uses Adobe products and isn't part of the Adobe team.
The electronic access things is a distraction; we're discussing books here.

Posted on 1 May 2009 11:29:05 BDT
Bob Margolis says:
Some of us want to know what the modules buttons and sliders are for in order to use Lightroom effectively for our work. Sometimes (quite often in my view) canned instructions aren't enough once you are beyond the beginner stage. Knowing what they are for is part of knowing how to use Lightroom (or any software).
In the long run, a reference book is more use than a recipe book.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2010 12:33:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2010 12:35:27 GMT
I. BARRETT says:
I don't believe the electronic access thing is a distraction from the review. The book cover claims that you get electronic access which would be a huge boon to me working from multiple locations. I don't want to lug a library around and have pdfs of my Nikon manuals stored on my PC for example. Online access to reference material would be wonderful. Not supplying what you promise is also in breach of trade description legislation in the UK
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