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