About two years ago, I reviewed The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book by Martin Evening which I consider to be the best book in Lightroom 2.
Now with Lightroom 3 out, I upgrade my software and absolutely love it. Lightroom 3 rocks!
Of course I also ordered the latest edition of Martin Evening’s Lightroom book which now covers Lightroom 3. And the 3rd edition of the book is as great as the 2 edition. It remains the best book on Lightroom.
I may order one or two other Lightroom books, because you can always learn something new about workflow from a different photographer. But right now I am happy with Martin’s book and I won’t get any other book before I haven’t completely finished this one.
Martin’s book has over 670 pages and contains more detail than any other Lightroom book. But it is still very readable and never boring. If there is something about Lightroom you can’t find in this book, it probably doesn’t exist!
After a very detailed coverage of the Library module, the book devotes more than 250 pages to the Develop module and how to interact with Photoshop. This is one of the best treatments on how to develop raw pictures I’ve found in any book. If you shoot RAW but don’t yet know how to get the best out of your shots, you will learn it here. Martin describes everything in great detail without being to technical or overwhelming the reader (basis photographic knowledge should be available, though).
The other features of Lightroom like printing or sideshows are also covered in great detail.
The whole book is full with Martin’s great pictures. He is not only a skilled writer but also a great photographer.
I read a lot of technical books, both about photography and also about software development (I work as a programmer) but many technical books are so boring that it’s hard to read for more than 10 pages. Others are just crap. But some are really great books and Martin Evening’s Lightroom book is one of them.
If you are a digital photographer, I highly recommend using Lightroom 3. The workflow and the raw processor are fantastic. I don’t need Photoshop that often any more since I started using Lightroom.
And to get the most out of Lightroom 3, I highly recommend this book. It is the best on Lightroom 3. You won’t find anything better!
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