I recently had the pleasure of reading Friend-of-the-Blog Scott Kelby’s third installment in his series of Lightroom books. The Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers is an excellent guide to help you get up to speed with the latest version of the standard in digital darkroom software.
Whether you have been using the program since the beginning or, where the book really shines, if this is your first time sitting down with Lightroom you are treated with Scott’s signature humor and easy to follow teaching style so you can be up and running from the very first page.
If you think that this book might just be for people just starting out with Lightroom, think again. I’ve been using Lightroom since it was in it’s initial Beta when it wasn’t a whole lot more than a combination of features from Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). Each time a new version of the program comes out, it is simply packed with new features and improvements and it takes some time to become familiar with all the new bells and whistles and Scott does a fantastic job of teaching even the oldest of dogs all the new tricks.
Scott’s approach is to take you step by step through every element of the program so you will know not just how each part works but why you would use it and how you can optimize it to streamline your workflow and take your post-processing to the next level.
Other than the always-funny chapter intros, one of my favorite recurring features is Scott’s Killer Tips section at the end of each chapter. Once you’ve gone through all the nuts and bolts of a particular concept, Scott shares some of the extra tips and tricks that could easily be overlooked, from keyboard shortcuts to interface customization to “Here’s what I do…” stuff so you can take things another step forward.
The most popular sections of Scott’s books are always the complete project chapters at the end. After showing you the ins and outs of the program, Scott invites us in to check out his personal workflow in real-world situations to show you not just how it works but how you would actually use it. In this volume, Scott has adapted his 7-Point System to work entirely within the bounds of Lightroom. I’m a big fan of “the system” and was excited to see it included here. What I like about it is that you are given a starting point to jump off from so that you can be sure to get the most out of every pixel in virtually any situation.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to picking up another one of his titles soon. Just like the chapter intros are a mental break from the teaching , when I sit down with one of Scott’s books at lunch, they offer me the mental break and creative recharging that I desperately need in the midst of a busy and draining stretch at my day job.
So, if you’re brand new to Lightroom or if you are upgrading and need to brush up on all the new stuff, The Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers is the perfect place to start to get up to speed fast!
*Disclaimer: While all of my reviews are honest and represent my personal opinions, the product in this review was provided by the author free of charge.