Working through the book
This concludes the introduction to working with Lightroom. In the remainder of the book, we will explore each aspect of the program in greater depth. Lightroom has been designed almost exclusively for digital photographers. This makes my task slightly easier, because being a photographer myself, I have a clearer idea of what other photographers will find important and useful to know. To this end, I have structured the book to match a typical workflow, starting with the various ways you can import your photos into Lightroom. At the beginning of this chapter, I described how the philosophy behind Lightroom was to offer “unreasonable simplicity.” If Adobe has been successful in this mission, you should find that much of the Lightroom program is fairly self-explanatory. For example, if you go to the Help menu, you will see a Shortcuts item for whichever module you happen to be using (Figure 1.22 shows the shortcuts for the Library module). In keeping with the spirit of Lightroom, I have tried as much as possible to avoid discussing the technical workings of the program and have focused on discussing what Lightroom does best: managing, editing, and outputting photographs. If you really want to know more about how Lightroom works, I have reserved Appendix B to elaborate on various technical features like the Lightroom native RGB space. I have also included several pages devoted to side topics that relate to working in Lightroom, and you will find lots of quick tips in the page margins of this book. These will also help increase your understanding of the program.
Figure 1.22 It is always worth selecting the Shortcuts item in the Help menu—Cmnd/ (Mac) or Cntrl/ (PC)—to find out more about the shortcuts for each module.