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Apr 29, 2012 08:20 |  #1

I plan to make the jump from PS (CS4) to LR4. Having never used LR, I would appreciate your recommendation on a well-written book covering both the basics, as well as more advanced issues.

Thank you so much.




  
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Apr 29, 2012 09:19 |  #2

Kelby always has great training information. Here is his latest on LR4: http://kelbytraining.c​om …or-digital-photographers/ (external link)

Also, checkout slrlounge.com for all kinds of tutorials.


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Apr 29, 2012 09:46 |  #3

TTuna Eye wrote in post #14347603 (external link)
Kelby always has great training information. Here is his latest on LR4: http://kelbytraining.c​om …or-digital-photographers/ (external link)

Also, checkout slrlounge.com for all kinds of tutorials.

Thank you, TT-E. I am familiar with Kelby's books. I assume this one is up to his usual high standards as well.




  
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Apr 29, 2012 10:29 |  #5

I like the Martin Evening books for reference or the Adobe Creative Team for the manual that should have come with the software.

The Kelby books give good step-by-step how to guides but a bit harder to find details on specific features when you need it.

I have and use LR4 but have not purchased a book. Adobe, Adobe TV, NAPP and other online resources have taken their place.


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Apr 29, 2012 14:39 |  #6

In addition to the book by Kelby:

http://www.amazon.com …otographers/dp/​0321819586 (external link)

Evening:

http://www.amazon.com …otographers/dp/​0321819594 (external link)

Victoria Bampton:

http://www.amazon.com …tions-ebook/dp/B007VSXIFS (external link)

I have three serious suggestions:

First, after ordering one or more of the above books, do yourself a favor and delve into Lightroom 4 Help! It is the only "official" Users Guide, and is very well put together! If you haven't yet installed the LR4 Free Trial, do so and you will have the Help on hand and can get started. Also the Help is available as a pdf that you can download for quick reference:

http://help.adobe.com …sing/lightroom_​4_help.pdf (external link)

Second, there are two sites that have comprehensive tutorials on LR4 for a "subscription", and I'd highly recommend you make the investment of time and a bit of money to learn:

http://www.lynda.com/ (external link)

http://kelbytraining.c​om/ (external link)

Lastly, please do yourself a favor and don't "skip over" the Lightroom organizational features! You may find them boring/uninteresting/u​nneeded, but seriously without those features LR would be, well, just a Raw processor with a few "bells and whistles", and since you already have CS4, upgrading your Photoshop would give you the same Raw processor and a whole lot more.

And, if you initially ignore the organizational features of the LR Library, well, I can pretty much guarantee that it will come back to "bite" you, and you will get frustrated trying to sort things out, and we'll hear about it:)!


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Apr 29, 2012 17:08 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #7

Thanks, Tony. I've already downloaded the trial version of LR4, as well as the pdf help file -- standard operating procedure for me. After working through the help file (as well as other free online sources), I might not need to purchase any print resources. But it certainly is nice to have some recommendations anyway.

Navigating through the raw processor in LR4, virtually everything in the Develop panels are quite familiar since I use ACR.

Trust me, I will not ignore the organizational features of LR4. Frankly, this is one of my primary reasons for possibly deserting the "ACR ship". No slight to ACR, but I just have not been pleasured with my image organization.

Many thanks! :D




  
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