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Landscape photographers may be disappointed,
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I purchased Lightroom 4 about two months ago and was impressed with the software and its capabilities. Having read the reviews of this book I decided to purchase a copy and eagerly awaited its delivery in order to try and improve my editing skills further. I agree with other comments that it is light and "chatty", but in my mind it is too light and therefore superficial in parts. It gives an extensive overview of libraries and organisation but it lacks detail on the developing, and here it often explains how but not always why. As a landscape photographer (mainly) I was looking forward to guidance on two functions/tools in particular. Firstly, the defringing tool and secondly the graduated filter. I had been playing around with the defringe settings and found I could eliminate or accentuate fringing of certain colours but I wasn't sure how I was doing it. In the book, however, chromatic aberration and defringing is relegated to two small paragraphs on page 261. Moreover, the author has reported erroneous and misleading information and instructions (e.g. there is no "all edges" function under the "manual" panel). Likewise, there is very little information on the graduated filter (p226). The author exemplifies its use with a picture of blue sky and wispy clouds - in landscape photography, you are not likely to graduate a blue sky! I had been learning how to apply multiple grad filters at different angles and at different points on the image, and to use them to selectively remove noise, sharpen, desaturate, enhance detail in shadows... Imagine my disappointment when the author gives one simple and rather inappropriate illustration of graduation. In short, this book is good as a general reference guide but, as a landscape photographer, I was found wanting and wonder whether self-teaching and use of resources on the web may have been a better option.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2012 08:48:11 BDT
I think you're very likely to graduate a blue sky, just as you might put a filter on your lens to even up exposure. Don't forget you can graduate in any colour you wish.
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