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Like many of you, I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom for years. Since I also teach and write about Lightroom, I’m always excited to learn new hidden features of the program that I’ve never used. In order to satisfy my desire to learn new things, I sat down last week to delve into Scott Kelby’s new Lightroom Book titled the Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers, published by New Riders – Voices That Matter.
Next Book in Series
This is the latest in Scott’s long-running series of Lightroom books that began with Lightroom 1 back in 2007. At 16 chapters and 559 pages, this book is hefty in its weight and its coverage of the topic. It isn’t the type of book you’ll sit down with for one evening. Rather, you’ll want to give yourself ample time to fully digest the plethora of tips, techniques, and methods that Kelby outlines in great detail.
Book Layout and Design
Every topic in the book is laid out by an easy-to-follow system of steps. Step 1: do this. Step 2: do that. This approach to writing is very helpful for learning and puts all concepts into bite-sized chunks that are easily digestible. Each page is perfectly laid out with the main steps on one side of the page and the corresponding screen shots on the other side. This format makes it easy to read what you should be doing, while simultaneously seeing what you should be doing. This is a great way to learn Lightroom CC and follows the exact same approach I use when teaching the program.
Each chapter ends with a page or two of Kelby’s famous Lightroom Killer Tips. These are quick tips that highlight some of the features of Lightroom in a rapid-fire way that gets right to the point. Be sure to read all of the Killer Tips for hidden gems that you might otherwise miss.
One very nice touch is how the book is designed with the Lightroom module layout in the header. The purpose of the header is to show the reader what part of the program they are currently studying. This simple, but effective technique is extremely helpful to new users of the program who might otherwise be lost in the program. Scott’s design and layout team is very good and I give them major props for incorporating the module headers into the layout of the book.
Most Useful Chapters
No matter what level of Lightroom user you are, I guarantee you will learn something new in this book. However, I’d like to highlight a couple chapters of the book that I think will be especially useful for readers to fully understand the full capabilities of Lightroom CC/6.
As you know, everything is migrating to mobile technology and Lightroom is no different. Lightroom CC has a fairly robust integration with mobile that allows you to incorporate your smart phone or tablet with the desktop application. Kelby’s section on the new Lightroom mobile app is well written and he clearly illustrates how to successfully use Lightroom with your tablet or phone.
The chapter that I think will be most helpful for people is chapter 16 where Scott summarizes his workflow from start to finish. He uses a real-world example of a portrait session to show how to use the powerful features of Lightroom to maximize the efficiency of your photo session. This chapter is a nice way to end the book and synthesize everything Scott wrote about in the previous 15 chapters into one concisely written chapter.
The Adobe Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers is well written, easy to understand, and elegantly designed to help you learn Lightroom CC/6. This book rocks. Two thumbs up. Nice work Scott Kelby.
Chapter 1: Importing, Getting your photos into Lightroom
Chapter 2: Library, How to organize your photos
Chapter 3: Customizing, How to set things up your way
Chapter 4: Editing Essentials, How to develop your photos
Chapter 5: Local Adjustments, How to edit just part of your images
Chapter 6: Special Effects, Making stuff look … well… special
Chapter 7: Lightroom for Mobile, Using the mobile app
Chapter 8: Problem Photos, Fixing common problems
Chapter 9: Exporting Images, Saving JPEGs, TIFFs, and more
Chapter 10: Jumping to Photoshop, How and when to do it
Chapter 11: Book of Love, Creating photo books
Chapter 12: Slideshow, Creating presentations of your work
Chapter 13: The Big Print, Printing your photos
Chapter 14: The Layout, Creating cool layouts for web & print
Chapter 15: DSLR: The Movie, Working with video shot on your DLSR
Chapter 16: My Portrait Workflow, My step-by-step process from the shoot to the final print
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We just received our first preliminary shipment of The Nikon Creative Lighting System 2nd Edition books and we’ll be sending out signed copies next week to those of you who ordered in advance. As an author, it’s always fun to get your hands on an actual copy of a book after so many months of love, toil, and frustration. To see the book in person brings great joy to my heart!
Our sales rank at Amazon is #2 for both categories of Photography Lighting and Photography Gear. In the photo lighting category, we’re behind some guy named Scott Kelby. That’s tongue-in-cheek by the way … Kelby is one of the icons in the business and a really great guy to boot. We’re honored to have him as #1.
In the Photo Gear category, we’re behind Bryan Peterson’s wonderful book titled Understanding Exposure. I’ve personally recommended his book to hundreds and hundreds of people and think he has created a truly great book on exposure theory. Bryan Peterson is another icon in the photo industry and I’m proud to even be on the same list as him.
I sincerely thank each of you for ordering the book and I hope it helps you learn about your Nikon flashes.
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The March 2012 Out There Images newsletter is posted!
News this month:
– D800 or D4?
– Two openings for Galapagos
– Two New Books Shipping This Month
– Book Giveaway
– Stuff I Like This Month
– February GOAL Assignment: Purposeful Distortion
– March GOAL Assignment: Walking Zoom
– Digital Tidbits: What Camera Settings Affect RAW?
– Book Review: Ten Photo Assignments to develop your photographic skills
– Workshop and Business Updates
Nikon has video recorded some great conversations between photographers who are at the top of their games. The website is called NPS Pro Spotlight and has content on photographers such as Dave Black, Bob Krist, Corey Rich, Scott Kelby, David Tejada, Tom Bol and James Balog. Great stuff.
Lots of people wrote in about participating in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk last week. Sounds like everyone had a blast all around the world. It was fun to participate in the adventure.
Here are some links to the international site as well as some links from our Gig Harbor Tour:
Saturday, Scott Kelby held his worldwide photowalk and I went along on a trip here in Gig Harbor, Washington. We had about 25 people head out and take photographs of the local fishing community. It was a great time and I’ll be back again next year to join another photo walk.
The best part was meeting lots of new photographers from all around the Puget Sound. A few folks were from the Gig, but most were from areas like Seattle, Everett, Tacoma and Olympia. Our leader, Marvin Nauman, had arranged with two fishing boat owners to let us go down to their docks and shoot as long as we wanted. It was neat to have direct access to the net sheds and boats.