The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening.
First edition, published May 2015.
Martin Evening is a well-known and respected author of books on the use of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. His works are thorough and user friendly.
This book contains a wealth of information for Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 users and is well structured for program elements and features. Material included is incredibly complete and detailed. Chapters proceed from starting with a basic overview of Lightroom and proceeds through descriptions of importing photos, working within the Library Module, image development including separate chapters on black and white, sharpening and noise reduction, exporting images, printing, presenting work using various media formats within Lightroom, image management, and an appendix that contains information for settings and preferences. Each chapter is highly detailed and thorough, wherein the author describes every feature and capability that Lightroom has. He does an excellent job at covering material in such a way that both beginners and more advanced users can benefit. Material that is beyond what a new user is interested in can just be skipped until later.
Each chapter provides explicit information on Lightroom features and also other relevant discussion as well. This additional discussion is provided to help the user make the most out of the tool or feature by understanding its properties and how to use it effectively. In addition, many pages include boxes in the margins with Tips or Notes.
For users who have experience with previous versions of Lightroom, the author describes how updates of certain Lightroom components differ from older versions. Differences are discussed in terms of what Lightroom is doing behind the scenes and also changes to the interface, such as differences in sliders in the Develop Module. He also shows examples of differences in rendering using images.
Keyboard shortcuts and combinations of keystrokes combined with mouse clicks/movements are described for every area where they are possible within Lightroom. Both PC and Mac are covered. This kind of information is valuable because without it, the user might not even know that certain things are possible within Lightroom.
The book contains numerous “How to” examples and makes liberal use of images of the interface and of the results of particular changes to an image. There are even sections of “How not to” do something to help users avoid pitfalls in their image processing.
While the entire book is excellent, I found the chapter on black and white processing particularly interesting. Different approaches to editing black and white images are described, together with any limitations that may go along with any particular approach.
Where appropriate, material is included on topics that extend outside of Lightroom itself, but are important. In particular, a section is included in the chapter “Develop Module Image Editing” that discusses monitors, calibration, and profiling.
This book provides so much information that it is not possible to cover all aspects of it in a review. The book is thorough, well organized, and user friendly. I also found that it contained quite a bit of technical information, which helps with explanation for more advanced users. In summary, this is a terrific reference to keep handy while working in Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6. If there is a question on how to accomplish something in Lightroom, it is difficult to imagine this book not having the answer.
While this review is for the 2015 edition of Evening’s book, newer versions may become available as the Adobe Creative Cloud software is updated.
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