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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 31 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (31 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321555562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321555564
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Written in concert with Adobe's development of the Photoshop Lightroom 2 Beta, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers - by #1 bestselling computer and technology author, Scott Kelby - is the most complete and concise Lightroom "how-to" book for digital photographers of all skill levels.

In The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, Scott walks readers through the basics of Lightroom use, leading them to a brilliantly devised and super efficient digital photography workflow that dramatically improves productivity and allows photographers to spend less time processing photos and more time shooting them.

Throughout the book Scott shares his personal camera and Lightroom settings, as well as the studio-tested techniques he's developed for his own photography workflow. The book is written in his trademark step-by-step, plain English style, and because he knows what really works and what doesn't, he isn't shy to tell you flat out which tools to use, which to avoid, and why. This allows digital photographers of any skill level to jump right in using Lightroom like a pro from the very start, sidestepping a lot of the frustrations that typically haunt those unfamiliar with new applications…especially those as powerful as Lightroom.

What really sets The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers apart from other Lightroom books on the market are the last two bonus chapters where Scott answers the questions, "In exactly what order am I supposed to do things in Lightoom," and "Where does Photoshop fit in to the mix?" Both chapters start with an on-location photo shoot, including full details on the equipment, camera settings, and lighting techniques. Readers then witness as he takes the photos from each shoot through the entire workflow process, to the final output of the 16"x20" prints. And, because he incorporates Photoshop seamlessly right into this workflow, you'll learn some of the latest Photoshop techniques for portrait and landscape photography as well.

If you're one of those people who learns best by actually doing the projects yourself; who learns best without all the complicated technical explanations and confusing jargon, and if you really want to start using Lightroom today to unlock the productivity secrets of "The new digital photography workflow,"---there is no faster, more "straight-to-the-point" or more fun way to learn than this groundbreaking new book, and you are absolutely going to love it! 

About the Author

Scott Kelby is the world s #1 best-selling author of photography technique books, as well as Editor and Publisher of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User magazine. He is co-host of the influential weekly photography talk show The Grid and he teaches digital photography workshops and seminars around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of over 60 books, including The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, The Digital Photography Book series, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers, and Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It. For more on Scott, visit his daily blog at scottkelby.com.

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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.
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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Excellent book that I have learned more from in a week than I did from Rob Sheppard's Lightroom 1 book in several months. I know that some people find Scott's casual style a bit irritating, but it is not at all intrusive in this book. In fact I think it helps me to remember things. Screen shots linked directly to the "stepped" approach, provide both a readable book and a reference work. The practical "real life" approach suits me and I would think many other photographers - Thoroughly recommended!
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As long as you can take Scott's humour then you'll love this book - I like lightroom as I shoot raw and also at odd times use photoshop for touching up. I had got myself around using lightroom a fair bit before getting this book but now I can really maximize the potential and I don't go into photoshop anywhere near as much - there are some many ways to achieve the same end goal and he show you them all so you choose the style best suited to yourself. Love lightroom, well love it allot more now!
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With the beta release of Lightroom 2, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and try it. Once Adobe released it to manufacturing, I was happy to switch my workflow from CaptureOne + Adobe Bridge + Photoshop to Lightroom 2 + Photoshop. I was up-and-running very quickly, but I knew I was just scratching the surface. Obviously, there's a lot in Lightroom 2 and I wasn't exploiting very much of it.
I was rather pleased, then, to see that Scott Kelby was releasing this new volume and pre-ordering it was a no-brainer. I particularly like Scott's informal, conversational style of writing. I expect some may find it irritating, but for me, it makes his books more pleasant to read. Consequently, it makes it easier to retain the knowledge that he imparts.
I'm reading this one from cover-to-cover, as Scott recommends, and it's certainly working. Within the first few pages, I found useful ways to incorporate Lightroom facilities that I simply hadn't encountered. As I continue to work through, there's more and more that is helping improve my workflow considerably.
I sometimes wonder if Scott's books are a little lightweight. They certainly don't tax your brain too much. I guess that's because most of the books I read tend to be detailed technical references where there's a vast amount of information to impart in a limited space. The way Scott writes, it seems too easy. But then, that's the point, isn't it? When you're working with hundreds or even thousands of photographs at a time, it really does need to be easy. So, thumbs up to Mr Kelby for helping me find new ways to improve the efficiency of my workflow, yet again.
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I am a great fan of Scott Kelly's books and I have had many of them over the years, but this book is quite honestly now a waste of money. I purchased it at the same time as Lightroom itself during February 2008 and hoped that it would help me to understand Lightroom. But this book covers Lightroom 1.0 and though the publisher has provided updates for Lightroom 1.1 we are now on Lightroom 1.3 and soon to be Lightroom 1.4.1. Since Lightroom 1.0 there have been vast changes to this software making this book very different to what we have today. I'm not blaming Scott Kelly for this at all, it is just that things have moved along so swiftly since Lightroom's initial release in 2007. So if you are getting involved with Lightroom don't waste your money on this book because you will be very disappointed.
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