The first book written specifically with Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 in mind, this beautifully illustrated and eminently practical book offers a complete tour of Adobe’s integrated digital photography workflow application. Augmented by photos and case studies from a demanding road test in Iceland, award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland explains how Lightroom 1.1 allows you to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images.
Thoughts and Impressions
I don’t know about you but when I get my hands on a new product I tend to quickly find out how it will do what I want it to do, and then I sort of leave it at that and carry on in blissful ignorance of all its other features.
That was certainly the case with Adobe’s Lightroom, so I owe Lightroom Adventure a huge ‘thank you’ for kicking me off the proverbial couch and back into the application to shift my skill set up a level or two.
With any book on photography I think you are bound to ‘judge the book by its cover’ to some extent and if you avoid that then you are going to want to get some enjoyment and inspiration from the actual images used in the book. Lightroom Adventure gets a tick on both accounts from me. I really enjoyed the quality, creativity and thought provoking nature of a lot of the photographs in the book.
Next up on the litmus test as far as I am concerned comes the ‘can I follow the examples clearly?’ Again, tick for that box as well.
Of course it helps if you actually learn something from the book as well, and in my case I certainly did. Now of course if you happen to be an expert Lightroom user already you may not, but I would hazard a guess that there is something in the book for most of us.
For anyone that has used Lightroom you will know that it is based around five sections: Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web, which go a long way to establishing your workflow. Not surprisingly the books starts with these and pretty much goes through them a la a workflow over the course of 12 Chapters:
- The Lightroom Workspace Revealed
- Importing Images into LIghtroom
- Using the Library Module
- The Develop Module
- Develop Great-Looking Photos
- Color-Tuned Photos
- Black and White and Special Effects
- Develop Recipes from Iceland
- Exporting Files
- Lightroom Slideshows
- Power Printing
- Creating a Web Gallery
The photographs and inspiration come from an ‘adventure’ in Iceland and that certainly adds interest to the book as some of the photos are simply stunning.
All in all avery useful and well presented book that is easy to follow yet manages to set some good challenges and help you improve your skills.
This beautifully illustrated and eminently practical book is the first to offer a complete tour of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1, the integrated digital photography workflow application that allows serious photographers to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images. Augmented by photos and case studies from a demanding road test in Iceland, award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland explains how Lightroom 1.1 can improve the way you work.
After watching — and often helping — Adobe create Lightroom entirely from the ground up, Aaland (author of Photoshop CS2 RAW) was ready to see how well it would do in the field. He organized a group of 12 top-notch photographers for a trek to “Nature’s Light Room”, the pristine Icelandic landscape where each summer day is bathed in 22 hours of horizontal light — and where the only studio was Lightroom on a laptop. In Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, Aaland uses hands-on knowledge from the trip to demonstrate how Lightroom 1.1 can help you create the best possible image under any conditions.
This unique tutorial walks you step-by-step through Lightroom’s:
* Library module for uploading, sorting, tagging, ranking and adding keywords to your images
* Develop module with Adobe Camera RAW for complete non-destructive color and tonal adjustments
* Slideshow module, where you select and size images, and export the show to HTML, Flash, or PDF formats
* Print module, which includes several templates for printing contact sheets or full images
* Web module, where you can create Flash or HTML web galleries
With many gorgeous examples shot in the soft natural light of Iceland, this book lets you see the results for yourself. Mikkel Aaland’s trademark ability to teach complicated topics on digital imaging with straightforward, easy-to-follow text makes this book a valuable learning tool for anyone serious about digital photography. This is not an update of previous Lightroom versions, but the first book written specifically with Lightroom 1.1 in mind.
Title: Photoshop Lightroom Adventure
Subtitle: Mastering Adobe’s next-generation tool for digital photographers
First Edition: July 2007
ISBN 10: 0-596-10099-X
ISBN 13: 9780596100995
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