Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book, The: The Complete Guide for Photographers
- By Martin Evening
- Published Jul 29, 2008 by Adobe Press.
- Copyright 2009
- Dimensions: 7-1/2 X 9-1/8
- Pages: 624
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-55561-9
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-55561-8
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-321-59142-9
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-59142-5
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Product Author Bios
Martin Evening is a London-based advertising and fashion photographer
and noted expert in both photography and digital imaging. In addition to
being a bestselling author, Martin is sought after for speaking and lecturing.
He also works with the Photoshop and Lightroom engineering teams,
consulting on new feature development and alpha and beta testing. He is
one of the founding members of PixelGenius, a software design company
producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop.
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Martin Evening shows you how to safely clip the blacks when working with different types of images, as well as how the black clipping point you set in Lightroom relates to the black clipping point of the print output process.
Martin Evening shares his inner thinking on the model selection, lighting, camera angles, along with hair and makeup, and how each played a part in creating the final look for The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book.
While Adobe Photoshop has long been their choice for editing digital photographs, many photographers want a more focused tool. That’s where Adobe Photoshop Lightroom comes in. Designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, Photoshop Lightroom offers powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images. This completely updated and expanded bestseller, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book, was also written with photographers in mind. Author Martin Evening describes features in Photoshop Lightroom 2 in detail from a photographer’s perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, Martin knows first-hand what photographers need for an efficient workflow. He has also been working with Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product’s development and providing feedback on the public beta. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing to image management.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book contains 624 pages of comprehensive and detailed coverage of all aspects of Lightroom. In this book you’ll learn how to:
• Work efficiently with images shot in the raw or JPEG format
• Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
• Create and manage a personal image library
• Apply tonal adjustments to multiple images quickly
• Integrate Photoshop Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
• Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal
The book structure has been organized to match a typical Lightroom workflow. The introductory chapter provides an overview of all the main Lightroom features, showing how Lightroom 2 was used on a studio photo shoot that was specially shot to illustrate the book. The following chapters cover all the essentials, such as importing photos, working with the Library module, and managing the catalog database. The biggest section of the book is devoted to working with the Develop module and provides some unique insights into working with new features such as the localized adjustment tools. There is also a whole chapter devoted to image sharpening and another on integrating Lightroom and Photoshop, where you will learn how to devise the best workflow methods for working between these two programs. This is followed by a chapter on printing and a presentation chapter on the Slideshow and Web modules. Lastly, there are two appendix chapters. One offers a complete overview of the Lightroom 2 preference settings, while the other provides some in-depth explanations and background reading on how the Lightroom program works.
The book is richly illustrated, mostly using the author’s own photographs, and one of the nice features of this book is the way enlarged panel views are used throughout, making it easier for readers to follow the settings used in the various step-by-step examples. There are also lots of tips that will help you take your Lightroom techniques to an advanced level.
If you are looking for the most comprehensive coverage of Lightroom, written by an author who is closely involved with the development of the program, this is the book to get.
About the Author
Martin Evening is a London-based advertising and fashion photographer and noted expert in both photography and digital imaging. In addition to being a bestselling author, Martin is sought after for speaking and lecturing. He also works with the Photoshop and Lightroom engineering teams, consulting on new feature development and alpha and beta testing. He is one of the founding members of PixelGenius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop.
80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
First Across the Finish Line,
This review is from: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (Paperback)Adobe began shipping its new Lightroom 2.0 (LR2) software at the end of July. A week later this book was available. It made me think that Martin Evening is really a team of writers, each working on a chapter of this book, or even some smaller portion, and that the publisher, Peachpit, must have incurred huge overtime costs. (Actually, the software was available in beta form for a long time, and authors had final copies of the software before it was delivered to the public.) There are enough changes in version 2.0 that this early edition is welcome for people who want more details.
After an introduction to the software, Evening goes through each of the modules in LR2, explaining what the sliders, radio buttons and check boxes do, and occasionally discussing his preferences and techniques for using the software.
I suspect that with the large installed base of Lightroom, most of the people anxious for details will be using an upgrade, and might prefer a book... Read more
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books I have seen on digital photography editing,
This review is from: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (Paperback)I have a common complaint about most Photoshop and Lightroom books: they all go over the same basic information. Information that I have already learned by myself simply by experimenting with the software. How many times can people write the same basic-to-intermediate information on how to organize files, set white balance, adjust contrast, etc.? I am already an intermediate Photoshop and Lightroom user, so most books I have found do not offer enough new knowledge to make them worth the investment.
But Martin's book is different. In this book, I have been able to find detailed and advanced information that I have been unable to find in many other books. Everything I can think of in Adobe Lightroom 2 is clearly and deeply explained in sufficient detail to obtain the knowledge necessary to use the application at an advanced level.
Along with having the knowledge, the book does an outstanding job of communicating the knowledge. All information is discussed in... Read more
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Excellent companion book... VERY useful reference,
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This review is from: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (Paperback)Basically, I highly recommend this book as *the* reference for Lightroom 2.
The author's writing style is quite clear, and is obviously based on access to inside sources within Adobe (it's published by Adobe Press!). It's no surprise that the book came out quickly after LR2's release, and that it is so well polished. This early access was also used to help the reader understand how/why various features were implemented as well as how the implementers envisioned the features would be used. This is quite useful, especially for advanced users.
As previously pointed out, this is not a prescriptive book. However, the "Develop" section does an excellent job stepping the reader through a recommended workflow through the basic settings, the tone curves, and then the spot/gradient tools. If you'd like a GREAT prescriptive book, check out... Read more
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Table of Contents
1 Introducing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
2 Importing photos
3 Navigating the Library module
4 Managing photos in the Library module
5 Working with catalogs
6 Develop module image editing
7 The art of black and white
8 Sharpening and noise reduction
9 The Photoshop connection
11 Presenting your work
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