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Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:45:05 PM »
Hi Everyone,
I'm thinking of purchasing a book on Lightroom 4. Can anyone recommend a book? If so, why?
I'm contemplating one by Scott Kelby, Martin Evening or the official Adobe classroom in a book.

Looking for a book that will guide me from beginner to advanced, lots of pictures, easy to follow, and discusses integration with Photoshop.

thx

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Re: Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 12:58:08 PM »
Martin Evening is one of the highest rated Lightroom Authors, so is Victoria Brampton (AKA The Lightroom Queen).  The two authors take different approaches, but give ennentially the same advice on the best way to organize your files and use the software.
I think that you can look at samples on Amazon, it depends on which method of presentation works best for you.  I have both, and prefer Martin Evening, even though I don't follow all his suggestions for best practices.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 01:17:31 PM »
Hi Everyone,
I'm thinking of purchasing a book on Lightroom 4. Can anyone recommend a book? If so, why?
I'm contemplating one by Scott Kelby, Martin Evening or the official Adobe classroom in a book.

Looking for a book that will guide me from beginner to advanced, lots of pictures, easy to follow, and discusses integration with Photoshop.

thx
I find Scott Kelby's book on lightroom to be the best ... but before you buy the book consider Kelbytraining membership or Photoshop user membership, bcoz you get the lightroom book for free with the membership, plus you get free access to all their tutorial videos ... I subscribe to Lynda.com and Kelbytraining.com and find them to be very useful (i'm sure there are more such useful sites but these two are my favorites).
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 01:20:46 PM »
Depends on your mode of learning but I've had more success with a couple of months of Lynda.com than any book I ever bought.  There are cheaper yearly alternatives but you can get a monthly premium subscription for $40.  you will learn more with 2 4 hour courses that any book out there.  They are really strong with Lightroom 7 Photoshop.  Can't recommend this highly enough.  After teh 2 days it will take you to master lightroom there are tons of general and specific photography courses.
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Re: Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 01:46:27 PM »
I've tried Lynda, George Jardine and Martin Evening. Martin Evening hands down.

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2013, 01:52:00 PM »
Depends on your mode of learning but I've had more success with a couple of months of Lynda.com than any book I ever bought.  There are cheaper yearly alternatives but you can get a monthly premium subscription for $40.  you will learn more with 2 4 hour courses that any book out there.  They are really strong with Lightroom 7 Photoshop.  Can't recommend this highly enough.  After teh 2 days it will take you to master lightroom there are tons of general and specific photography courses.

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2013, 02:14:51 PM »
I've tuned in to many of the X-Rite webinars. Yes, I know it is not a book. They do have great information in them and you can watch the tools in action.

http://xritephoto.com/ph_learning.aspx?action=webinarsarchive
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2013, 02:55:50 PM »
Have you checked out the training videos on the Adobe site? They're well organized, by topic, and last about 20 mins. each.  I have LR 3 and went through the same thing looking for books.  Spent a lot of time and $ before I found the free Adobe training.   I learned so much more from the videos so much faster.

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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2013, 03:09:23 PM »
Kelby and Adobe websites. On occasion Youtube when I want to learn something new and outside the box.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
Absolutely +1 on Scott Kelby.com & Lynda.com training videos! They are very good!!

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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2013, 06:51:16 PM »
Depends on your mode of learning but I've had more success with a couple of months of Lynda.com than any book I ever bought.  There are cheaper yearly alternatives but you can get a monthly premium subscription for $40.  you will learn more with 2 4 hour courses that any book out there.  They are really strong with Lightroom 7 Photoshop.  Can't recommend this highly enough.  After teh 2 days it will take you to master lightroom there are tons of general and specific photography courses.

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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013, 07:11:05 PM »
Have you tried the Adobe lessons?

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013, 07:47:57 PM »
Depends on your mode of learning but I've had more success with a couple of months of Lynda.com than any book I ever bought.  There are cheaper yearly alternatives but you can get a monthly premium subscription for $40.  you will learn more with 2 4 hour courses that any book out there.  They are really strong with Lightroom 7 Photoshop.  Can't recommend this highly enough.  After teh 2 days it will take you to master lightroom there are tons of general and specific photography courses.

Absolutely!  ;)

When I read this I had to think about it.. Lightroom & Photoshop. Made me wonder if there was some super secret version of LR 7 floating around from the future~

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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 02:50:57 AM »
Depends on your mode of learning but I've had more success with a couple of months of Lynda.com than any book I ever bought.  There are cheaper yearly alternatives but you can get a monthly premium subscription for $40.  you will learn more with 2 4 hour courses that any book out there.  They are really strong with Lightroom 7 Photoshop.  Can't recommend this highly enough.  After teh 2 days it will take you to master lightroom there are tons of general and specific photography courses.

Absolutely!  ;)

When I read this I had to think about it.. Lightroom & Photoshop. Made me wonder if there was some super secret version of LR 7 floating around from the future~
LOL ... at first I didn't understand what you were goin on about Lightroom "7" ... until I read the typo in SwampYankee's post. ;D
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Re: Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 08:46:23 AM »
Everyone,
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I will investigate the Martin Evening book and follow it up with some video tutorials for specifics.

thanks again

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Re: Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 08:46:23 AM »