Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book Paperback – Jul 7 2010
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In a nutshell Classroom in a Book is clear, concise, easy to follow and has good examples of how everything works laid out in a logical working process. I'm glad I bought it.
The layout and procedure used in Classroom in a Book is a very systematic approach to learning this (or any Adobe product) program. The approach is really pretty simple using a hands on practice type of learning method starting with the very basics and progressing from there. I will admit that some of the lessons seem really basic and like they should really be common sense, especially if you have some previous experience with Adobe programs. However, when they developed this course they had to work from the assumption that whoever is using it doesn't know anything about their program(s). To have used any other assumption would have left a lot of people sitting and wondering what was going on.
The course is a very systematic step-by-step approach that utilizes hands on practice lessons using images supplied by Adobe (included with the book) so that everybody gets the same experience. It is very similar to taking an introductory course at a community college. If you have had some previous experience you will find some of the lessons and exercises tedious and boring but if you actually bear with it and go through the lessons step-by-step, you will find that you will garner a lot of knowledge in working within the program.
I have had a lot of experience with Adobe programs in the past and some of the lessons (at least on the surface) seemed boring and I was tempted to skip over some. But instead I stuck with it and went through each and every exercise regardless of how boring it seemed. The result was that I learned a great deal about Lightroom 3 and how to use all of it's features. The moral of the story is that regardless of your level of experience and knowledge, working through this course is extremely beneficial.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who is starting to use Lightroom 3, stick with it no matter how boring and tedious some exercises seem. Work through it at your own pace, I would work at it for a bit and then take a break and go back to it, this approach helps to get through some of the more tedious exercises (IMHO). I think you will find the experience invaluable if you are going to use Lightroom 3 for organizing, making adjustments, and publishing your photo collection.
I managed to correct this issue by checking another source and by using some common sense: If you have a Vista (or, maybe, Windows 7) system, the LR3CIB folder must be created in your PICTURES folder (username/Pictures). Be aware that there MAY be errors associated with other operating systems about where to create this folder, but using a bit of common sense will quickly resolve the matter.
Other than the above (which I consider to be a major snafu because it will prevent Lightroom 3 from functioning correctly) the book is nothing less than excellent: It comes with a CD that contains approximately ten well-laid-out lessons: During the lessons, readers are led step-by-step through the various processes of Lightroom 3, using beautiful photos that have been provided. These hands-on lessons are an excellent feature. Good job, Adobe!
Classroom in a Book contains 325 pages (excluding the table of contents and the index) of easy-to-understand instructions with accompanying pictures for visual learners. Its ten chapters contain all the information you'll need to create fabulous photos during your post-editing process.
The definite learning curve associated with Lightroom 3 is unquestionably eased by the use of this book (with the exception of the initial error. Yikes!).
Bottom line: If you can get beyond that mistake mentioned above, you will definitely appreciate this book!
All that said, I like this book for SPECIFICS on how Lightroom works, but I don't agree with the way it treats topics: importing images, which would seemingly be covered early on, doesn't show up until page 82, a third of the way through the book. It does have a direct and to-the-point style, though, which I appreciate, thus 4 stars instead of 3.
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