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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book Paperback – Apr 18 2012
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Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book really does treat you as if you are a beginner. That being said, even seasoned users, such as myself, can gain some extra insight into modules we already know and use, plus learn in depth all about the new modules in Lightroom 4.
Each chapter is approached as a "lesson." The first chapter gives you a broad overview of Lightroom 4, with each of the following 10 lessons all detailing general usage of the product as a whole and also detailed usage of each module within Lightroom.
Also included is a CD-ROM with images that you will import and work on during the 11 courses in the book. You start with importing the images, tweaking and reviewing and running them through all of the modules in order.
I've gone through the entire course and while some if it I will never use, such as the Web module, it is still nice to know and helps give a deeper understanding of the product as a whole. The training is very well structured and decently paced.
For those concerned with whether this is a "Mac or Windows" book, the answer is yes. As described in the preface, Lightroom performs pretty much the same on both platforms. Each version has minor cosmetic differences between the two versions because of the OS which is detailed early. The cosmetic differences do not change how the program is utilized. The funny part for me was the switching up of screen shots between versions. I haven't verified it, but it seems one page is Mac screen shots and the next page is Windows.
Despite previous experience with LR3, Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book has provided a good value for the money for me.
While interesting and useful to experienced users, I found the slow pace and treatment of such a large number of non-essential details to be discouraging. I wanted to start using the software with my own photos after a couple of hours of investment! Instead, I hadn't event gotten to the "Importing" tutorial.
What I've found to be far better are the Adobe-produced Lightroom 4 videos on the "Adobe TV" web site and "AdobeLightroom" on YouTube (they seem to have the same videos). I highly recommend these.
I'm 60% through the book and VERY pleased with it so far. It has great hands-on approach.. walking you through everything.
Highly recommended. I feel like a Lightroom Power User already.
If your really want to learn how to make your photos better, espeically if you are shooting RAW, there are better choices on the market.
I have usually had good luck with Adobe Classroom in a Book, but this one was a sad disappointment.
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