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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and has helped me a lot!, 4 Dec. 2009
This review is from: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (Paperback)
I have had some 50 years of 35mm film photography behind me and I just bought a Leica M8 professional digital camera. I took a one day course on how to use the camera properly, but soon realised that the challenge is what you do with the images ...a process called post production, that was previously handled by the film processing lab. I wanted a book that could help me once the images were in the memory chip.
Now that I take 500 images in a day as it costs nothing, I clearly needed to select the best shots and typically correct for colour or "white balance". I invariably wanted or needed to apply corrections for exposure, sharpness, brightness, greyscale etc. I used to do this with a very old version of photoshop and that is time consuming, boring and is not part of the workflow methodology that cuts across several Adobe products (Lightroom, Photoshop CS4, Premier Pro CS4 for video editing, illustrator, Design in etc)...so my challenge was to get to grips with Lightroom and figure out how to use this within the suite of Adobe CS4 software packages. The book fulfilled my needs perfectly.
The book allows the reader to quickly understand the principles of workflow using Lightroom 2. It has encouraged me to now shoot using RAW (highest resolution images) rather than JPEG and then apply any colour corrections to a sequence of images with the same characteristics rather than individually. It has held my hand as I have used the software to very quickly select, or rank the best images after scoring each individual shot using a points based ranking system. The book showed me how to export my selected images to JPEG at a high resolution or at a lower resolution for the web.

Within about one hour using the book I was able to review the results of my colour corrected, and selected work as a slideshow within Lightroom or be ready to upload selected images to Photoshop CS4 for more detailed image correction etc. All of this is very well explained in an easy style within the first chapters that I found very helpful to get started.

Separately in my view the later chapters are very detailed explanations of the Lightroom 2 fuctionality covering advanced tasks such as setting up "presets" for your camera model, or detailed image manipulation to adjust for colour, greyscale, sharpness. I see these later chapters as a superb reference tool should the need arise to go beyond normal colour correction or placing selected images into a library.
I would highly recommend this book and feel it is written by someone who is not just part of the Adobe team, with a huge experience of Adobe software past and present. Martin Evening is an accomplished photographer who explains the issues very well.
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