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Nov 11, 2009 09:51 |  #1

i just upgraded my lightroom to 2.5 and i was wondering if someone could recommend a book that explains the use of some of the new features.

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Nov 11, 2009 09:58 |  #2

Ed, there was a thread a couple days ago that mentioned several books both on LR, ACR and Raw processing in general:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=779179


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Nov 11, 2009 10:15 |  #3

Upgraded from what?

If it was an earlier version of Lightroom 2 I don't think there are any titles that address differences between the current version and earlier versions of LR2. In any event those differences are mostly related to performance improvements and not features.

I strongly recommend reading the Lightroom 2 User Guide (external link). Adobe does not make it easy to find on their website but its an excellent manual; well-written and certainly not jargon-laden.

It is also updated fairly regularly and covers everything you'd need to know about Lightroom 2.


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Nov 11, 2009 10:25 |  #4

Ed,

Pickup a copy of "the Abode Photoshop Lightroom2 book for digital photographer" by Scott Kelby.

I'd be lost without it.....


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Nov 11, 2009 10:26 |  #5

PixelMagic wrote in post #8996055 (external link)
I strongly recommend reading the Lightroom 2 User Guide (external link).

Just downloaded it, looks good. Thanks for recommending it!

I cannot recommend any LR books myself as I have not purchased any. For people who already know that they will upgrade to LR3 when it is released the download might be enough until the updated books for version 3 are published.


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Nov 11, 2009 10:32 |  #6

I have a fairly extensive list of Lightroom books and frankly the User Guide is all one needs to get up to speed. It is extremely well written - unlike most manuals - and easy to read. When I look at my books, most of them simply rehash the User Guide and add photos. The one exception would be The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (external link) by Martin Evening.

When I started with Lightroom I got a copy of the User Guide printed and bound at Fedex/Kinko's for about $12. I kept it by my workstation and after going through the portions that interested me a few times I was fully up to speed.

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Just downloaded it, looks good. Thanks for recommending it!

I cannot recommend any LR books myself as I have not purchased any. For people who already know that they will upgrade to LR3 when it is released the download might be enough until the updated books for version 3 are published.


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Nov 11, 2009 11:23 |  #7

I'm glad the User Guide link got posted -- I got stuck on LR 1.4 but downloaded Beta LR 3 Beta and there is no help at this point, but almost all of LR 3 is in LR 2 as far as useage goes, so thanks!


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Nov 11, 2009 18:14 |  #8

TheMissouriShooter wrote in post #8996129 (external link)
Ed,

Pickup a copy of "the Abode Photoshop Lightroom2 book for digital photographer" by Scott Kelby.

I'd be lost without it.....

i have several books on LR2, which i have used for a couple of years now. i particularly wanted to read about using some of the new features like the GND filter.

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Nov 11, 2009 18:19 |  #9

PixelMagic wrote in post #8996055 (external link)
Upgraded from what?

If it was an earlier version of Lightroom 2 I don't think there are any titles that address differences between the current version and earlier versions of LR2. In any event those differences are mostly related to performance improvements and not features.

I strongly recommend reading the Lightroom 2 User Guide (external link). Adobe does not make it easy to find on their website but its an excellent manual; well-written and certainly not jargon-laden.

It is also updated fairly regularly and covers everything you'd need to know about Lightroom 2.

i've used LR 1 and 2 for the past couple of years and i have several books including the one by tim grey, which i recommend.

i was just hoping there was something more current out that discussed use of newer features like the GND filter.

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Nov 11, 2009 20:10 |  #10

Ed, have you read the actual LR2 help on those tools? There's a pretty decent amount of discussion on the Local Adjustment Tools in the Retouching and Correcting Photos section of Chapter 8.

I didn't realize that these things weren't covered in the LR2 retail books. Those books are generally written during the Beta period, but I thought the local adjust tools were available then.

If they aren't, besides the Help (which should have an Updated date of Sept. 3 '09) I'd imagine the best resource would be the Adobe tutorials and the Kelby website tutorials, such as found at LightroomKillerTips.co​m.


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Nov 11, 2009 20:57 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #11

Ed,

Scott Kelby's LR2 book, mentioned above by Missouri Shooter, discusses use of the GND filter, along with many other features. I haven't seen Martin Evening's book, but Kelby's has been a great help to me.


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Nov 11, 2009 21:28 |  #12

tonylong wrote in post #8999401 (external link)
Ed, have you read the actual LR2 help on those tools? There's a pretty decent amount of discussion on the Local Adjustment Tools in the Retouching and Correcting Photos section of Chapter 8.

I didn't realize that these things weren't covered in the LR2 retail books. Those books are generally written during the Beta period, but I thought the local adjust tools were available then.

If they aren't, besides the Help (which should have an Updated date of Sept. 3 '09) I'd imagine the best resource would be the Adobe tutorials and the Kelby website tutorials, such as found at LightroomKillerTips.co​m.

maybe Tony. i never got past the original LR books. i just upgraded to LR 2.5 and i assumed that i just got the new features but maybe i've had them since i upgraded to LR 2 (earlier this year when i got the 1ds mark III) :D?

you see, i really need a book........

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Nov 11, 2009 21:30 |  #13

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Ed,

Scott Kelby's LR2 book, mentioned above by Missouri Shooter, discusses use of the GND filter, along with many other features. I haven't seen Martin Evening's book, but Kelby's has been a great help to me.

Veemac thanx. that's what i wanted to know. i'll order the book tonight.

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Nov 11, 2009 23:52 |  #14

Well, Ed, check out LR Help, I've always found them really good, and I'd imagine that if you did pick up even an LR 2.0 book it would have the basics -- that's pretty much how they are designed so they will work with 2.0 and the updates.


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Nov 12, 2009 00:09 |  #15

I agree Martin Evening has the best book .The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book 2 .
Very very detailed in all aspects.
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