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Adobe Lightroom 3 - The Missing FAQ - Real Answers to Real Questions Asked by Lightroom Users Paperback – Jul 7 2010

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Lightroom Queen, The (July 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956003044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956003041
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Hi, my name's Victoria Bampton, and I'm the author of the 'Adobe Lightroom- The Missing FAQ' series of books. I'm an Adobe Community Professional and Certified Expert, but more importantly, I'm a real user, just like you. You probably recognize my name from one of the many Lightroom or other photographic forums I frequent. I love spending time helping Lightroom users get the best out of the software! In fact, that's where this book started - certain questions come up repeatedly on the forums, and none of the available books seem to answer them - or if they do, you have to read the entire book to find the answer. I wanted to be able to recommend an easy reference book - one that you can pick up and skip straight to the answer you're looking for - but there wasn't one. Instead, I sat down and compiled a list of questions directly from the forums, and wrote jargon-free answers as if I was answering a user on the forums. This is the information you actually want to know, in an easy reference format. It's as simple as that!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norm Esdon on Jan. 18 2011
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Here's a book where the focus is on You, not on the software. For each 'How do I...' of yours it offers a 'Here's how you ...'. Instead of telling you how each piece of Lightroom functions and leaving you to figure out which function/s you need to use to get done what you want to do, it starts with what you want to do and shows you directly, clearly, and concisely how Lightroom can do it for you. What a great idea! And it works well.
Not only that, you get to download a full colour pdf and two other e-book digital versions of the book, making the book quickly searchable. And all the book's cross references become clickable links.
I have my share of step-by-step manuals for various programs, and they have their place. But this FAQ format is really great for looking up my 'How do I...'s and for troubleshooting particular problems.
If you want to learn Lightroom 3 in a way that has your needs in sharp focus, I highly recommend Victoria Bampton's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WJ Anderson on April 28 2011
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Digital photographers have access to more how-to manuals than you can shake a stick at! Our shelves are full of informative and well written books. Victoria Bampton's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: the missing FAQ stands head and shoulders above the rest. This book is well written by a person who clearly understands both the Lightroom 3 application itself and the reasons a person chooses to use it. The digital version is easily searchable with internal hyperlinks that are logical. While learning a new skill, the mind is always asking, "How do I...?". The author understands this, having no doubt learned by personal experience and by listening to others. The answers to those "How do I...?" questions are addressed in a way that is to the point and pragmatic. This is a must have resource for users of Adobe's Lightroom 3.
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399 of 404 people found the following review helpful
Which is better, this book or the one by Scott Kelby? Feb. 24 2011
By Bob Tobias - Published on
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Q) What's the best Lightroom (LR) book to have if you're stranded on a desert Island?

A) The one with the most pages; if you're stranded on a desert island then you'll want to use those pages for kindling.

Now, if you want to know which is the best book for helping you deal with LR then the answer is... It depends. I'll illustrate that by comparing this book against the well written and extremely popular The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby. The reason for this is that they represent the Best-of-Breed in two different approaches to writing about LR.

Scott Kelby has written a great many books on various flavors of Photoshop and LR. It them he provides explanations of how things work and then gives very clear, extremely detailed examples (recipes) of how *he* uses them. As he is also an accomplished photographer, following his recipes can lead to successful results.

Victoria Bampton has spent a lot of time collecting questions from other photographers. This book is a well organized compendium of those questions along with clear and complete answers.

So, which is approach (and book) is best? It depends. (Weren't't you paying attention a few paragraphs ago?)

If you don't have an established approach to processing your images (work flow) then the Kelby book gives you both the work flow and instructions in one way to implement it. In his LR book that naturally focuses on LR but also includes recipes for Photoshop where appropriate.

If, however, you already have an established work flow and just want to know what all the buttons do, or need specific answers to questions that come up while you're using LR then this book is superior.

In addition, with this book you get the added bonus of being able to download a full electronic copy. That means you can have access to all 480(ish) pages of information wherever you are. That is a real handy feature.

There is, of course, considerable overlap. This book does discuss work flow, albeit in a stepwise fashion. The Kelby book provides answers, albeit without the convenience of seeing the questions.

Bottom Line: If you can, get both. You won't be disappointed. If you've never dealt with managing and developing digital images then get the Kelby book. If you want to know how to efficiently apply methods you already know (or think you can figure out on your own), using LR, then this book is by far your best choice.

BTW, I feel that honest, effective reviews can take the place of first-hand experiences that are lacking in online shopping. I've always appreciated the help I've received from other reviewers and work hard to return the favor as best as I can. I hope you found this review helpful and if there was anything you thought was lacking or unclear leave a comment and I'll do what I can to fix it.
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Attention all Adobe Lightroom users! Aug. 29 2010
By Don JJ Carroll - Published on
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I have been a Lightroom user ever since Beta1 and although Lightroom is a great photo software package, I found that I still had to rely on additional resources to "get me up-to-speed". In the past, I have purchased excellent Lightroom hardcopy books, subscribed to online tutorials and downloaded videos, all with the intention of becoming more informed about Lightroom's capabilities. Recently on one pro photographer's website, I saw a notice and recommendation for Lightroom users to take a look at a product called Adobe Lightroom 3....the missing FAQ by Victoria Bampton, I'm glad I did. Unlike my previous Lightroom resource aid purchases, the missing FAQ was totally different in it's delivery style. Instead of "instructional based, how to do" type of content, Victoria's product, in my opinion, is quite unique. Adobe Lightroom 3....the missing FAQ, a 400+ page document, available in both hardcopy and PDF formats, is written in a style based on Questions and Answers. The questions are specific and the answers are detailed and well explained. I was extremely surprised at what I did not know about Lightroom that I found out in Victoria's new release. I also have to say that I found it quite refreshing to use a Lightroom resource aid that was not following the mainstream presentation modes. I have purchased both the hardcopy book and the PDF documents, the latter a joy to read on my IPad. The PDF product's hyperlinked "Table of Contents" and "Index" are quite useful. For Lightroom 3 users, I highly recommend you check out Adobe Lightroom 3....the missing FAQ by Victoria Bampton. ... Don J J C
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Clear and Concise. A Great Resource Aug. 10 2010
By Thomas Husband - Published on
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I have a couple of Lightroom books but this is the one I continually go back to time and again. I've yet to come across a question that wasn't answered. Real clear and concise and organized in a way that makes locating the question easy.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Essential Lightroom Reference Sept. 16 2010
By Nathaniel Coalson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I first found out about the Lightroom Queen when I was researching Lightroom keyboard shortcuts for my book on Lightroom 2. Victoria Bampton provided the most up-to-date, complete lists of keyboard shortcuts available... and for free! I soon found out she was prepared to go much further. Since then, her two editions of Missing FAQ have provided Lightroom users an invaluable resource for solving problems and finding answers to important questions.

Victoria has a knack for identifying key sticking points in common Lightroom workflows; she knows where people get into trouble and offers expert advice that helps you get back on track. In her books, she addresses real problems and provides practical solutions. The format is easy to read and understand: the book is organized logically, by key topic, so you can quickly find exactly what you're looking for.

This new version for Lightroom 3 is more complete, yet also more concise, more comprehensive yet more polished, and was clearly produced with utmost care and concern for accuracy, timeliness and accessibility. The Missing FAQ is an essential addition to the library for anyone seeking to master Lightroom.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, before I even purchased the book, I had a few questions for the author so I sent an email. I received a response with lightning speed and was very happy with her responsiveness. She was very helpful expediting everything I needed (especially the .pdf) as we are leaving town next week. She is very communicative, which is a big plus!!

I too had previously purchased several Scott Kelby books, so that's (more-or-less) what I was comparing this to. I was a bit tired of wasting my time reading through humor just to get to the meat. I am so pleased that Victoria just delivers the information in a very understandable way and doesn't waste my precious time with nonsense. I was a bit reluctant to pay the high price, but now I can see it's a wealth of information and with both the .pdf and the book it's much easier to find answers quickly.

I have been looking at the .pdf version of the book for starters and so far it's pretty amazing. From the little I've read so far, I think this is going to be the perfect companion for Lightroom. I was especially very excited when I discovered that you can highlight text and click on hyperlinks from the table of contents (and other places). THat makes it so easy to navigate and utilize. I tend to always want the hard copy of any book so I can have it open next to my computer to flip around in, but I see how easy the .pdf is and that's very handy for when I'm traveling or don't want to have to carry the book.

I will be looking for more of her books in the future.

Thanks again to Victoria,