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Which Lightroom 2.0 book to get?

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Jan 27, 2009 19:33 |  #1

Just got Lightroom 2, and want to pick up a good book on it. Any reccommendations. Or perhaps someone wants to get rid of one.

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Jan 27, 2009 19:39 |  #2

I am working my way thru Scott Kelby's book. It is easy to understand. Now I wish I could remember it all. When I get to the end I will start over to get more out of it.

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Jan 27, 2009 19:40 |  #3

I'm reading Scott Kelby's book right now. Seems very good so far and I have learned a ton just the first few chapters.

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Jan 27, 2009 20:38 |  #4

+1 for Kelby's book - not cheap, but the best IMO after checking several others at Borders


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Jan 27, 2009 22:35 |  #5

I will have to check out this book.

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Jan 27, 2009 23:13 as a reply to  @ RileyLewis's post |  #6

I'd recommend Martin Evening's book.

I find that Scott Kelby doesn't always explain why he's doing something. For instance, in one of his beginner's books, he says something along the lines of "when shooting landscapes, you should use Aperture Priority mode and set your camera to f10 or f13." But then he does not explain why that is the case.

Also, the worst part is the "humor" in his books. It's just annoying.

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Jan 29, 2009 10:35 |  #7

[QUOTE=CronoDL;7202828​]I'd recommend Martin Evening's book.

Agreed, very informative and easy to follow.
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Jan 29, 2009 12:34 |  #8

Evening for the finest details.

Kelby for step by step. I don't find him funny or amusing, though. Sophomoric and self-conscious humor.

Of course, there is always the free Lightroom Manual, downloadable from Adobe …/2.0/lightroom_​2_help.pdf (external link)

Note that Adobe makes updates to this document from time to time. I just downloaded again today and they added 11 pages over the last few months.

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Jan 29, 2009 13:42 |  #9

I like the Kelby book. I've had it for a few months now, and I find I still use it. I like the approach of here is how to do something particular... not just here is how everything works.

For example, yesterday I was doing some printing to my Canon MP980 from lightroom 2. I don't print my own very often, so I was bit fuzzy about setting up the color management. I just reviewed that one section and did what I needed.

I agree that the humor is most of the time lame, but I do like the task based approach to each section.

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Jan 29, 2009 14:18 |  #10

I agree that Kelby gets annoying but info is good.

I used videos--very, very thorough. You can sign up by the month and quit anytime--in a month you can learn A LOT of material and it's much easier for some than using a book. Just another option.

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Jan 31, 2009 13:32 |  #11

Another vote for the Martin Evening book "The Abobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book". I was torn between this and the Kelby book, but ended up getting this one since our local library has the Kelby book. :-) (Although I'm 3rd on the request list, so it will be awhile before I get it.)

I just open the Martin Evening book up and find it so informative no matter what page I land on. My main interest in a book was to learn and understand the whole import and photo management side of things and this book is quite in-depth. Actually, both this and Kelby's book looked the most complete on this topic.

I just recently got Lightroom (for Christmas), being a convert from RawShooter Pro, and am still just learning and experimenting with things. This book has already shown great benefits in both my workflow and editing. And with so many sliders and options there were some (like clarity) I may have left alone for now without the book going over it.

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