Book review: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book by Martin Evening

July 26th, 2010 , Comments Off

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!

Highly recommended!

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Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom, 2nd Edition coming soon

July 8th, 2009 , Comments Off

The best book on sharpening will soon be published in a new edition covering all the latest aditions to Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom. Lightroom coverage is very important for me as I use this program as much as possible before moving to Photoshop.

According to the publisher’s website for the book the publication date is August, 14th. I hope to get a copy soon after that and then I will publish a review on this website.

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Release candidate for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.1

September 21st, 2008 , Comments Off

Adobe has published the release candidate for Lightroom 2.1.
A release candidate is not yet a final version. Adobe says it’s well tested but would benefit from additional testing by Lightroom users.

Many bugs have been fixed and the new version has support for some new cameras including the Nikon D90 and Nikon D700.

More information at the Adobe website:
Lightroom 2.1 update.

Book Review: Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop by Jerry Courvoisier

September 13th, 2008 , Comments Off

This book is a little different from other books about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom that I am currently reading (and soon be reviewing here).
First of all, it’s not only about Lightroom 2 but about the whole DSLR workflow from shooting to managing and developing the photos with Lightroom and then fine tuning them with Photoshop.

Of course a single book can not cover everything in complete detail. As the author explains in the introduction, he does not cover the Lightroom moduls Slideshow, Printing and Web. He only covers the Library and Develop Modules.
And of course he doesn’t explain everything Photoshop is capable of. But this is probably impossible to do in a single book.

The book is divided into four parts:

1. Part one covers the digital SLR camera and choosing your computer hardware. The author explains the advantages of a DSLR, how to use memory cards, which image format (RAW or JPEG) and how to calibrate a monitor.

2. Part two covers the configuration of Lightroom 2 and how to import and organize your images.

3. Part three covers the Develop module of Lightroom 2. The Develop module is the most difficult for most newcomers to digital photography and Lightroom. I found the explanations in this book very easy to follow. Sometimes I wished they were more detailed.

4. The last part is all about Photoshop. It’s not a beginners introduction to Photoshop. The author explains some interesting techniques like creating Panoramas, how to make HDR images, using Adjustment Layers, and creating some interesting effects with Photoshop. Black and White images are also covered. As with the Lightroom part, I found the explanations easy to follow, but sometimes I wished they were more detailed.

As I already said, this is not a complete introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop. This wasn’t the intention of the Author when he wrote the book.
If you really want to master Lightroom and Photoshop, you will need other books, too. For Lightroom 2 I highly recommed The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book by Martin Evening, which I reviewed here.

I like the workflow presented in the book and I think it’s a good basis to build your own workflow on if you haven’t already established one or are looking for new ideas how to do it.

I think the books succeeds in explaining how a digital workflow could look like. I recommend this book for beginning and intermediate photographers who wand to build a workflow around Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop. It’s also a good book for people coming from film to digital photography. If you are already an advanced digital photographer with an established workflow or if you want a complete book about Lightroom and Photoshop, this book is probably not for you.

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Scott Kelby’s Lightroom 2 Book available at

September 12th, 2008 , Comments Off

Scott Kelby’s new book, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers is now available at
I really liked Scott’s book about Lightroom 1 and I am sure the new book will also be a great resource for everyone using Lightroom 2.
As soon as I get the book and finish reading it, I will write a detailed review here on my website.

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New Lightroom 2 video about the Adjustment Brush by John Esberg

September 6th, 2008 , Comments Off

Lightroom wizard John Esberg has published more interesting videos about Adobe Lightroom 2 including a brand new one about the adjustment brush, one of the coolest features of the new Adobe Lightroom 2.
I highly recommend watching it. Be sure to also watch John’s other videos on his website.

Book review: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book by Martin Evening

August 31st, 2008 , Comments Off

Adobe Lightroom quickly became a favorite fool among photographers. It’s easy to use interface, it’s features for the management of large amount of photographs and it’s powerful possibilities to work with Raw files from all important cameras (including all DSLRs from Nikon and Canon) dramatically improved the productive of many photographers.

A few weeks ago, Adobe Lightroom 2 was released and several books covering the new version have already been published or will be published soon.

The first one is The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening. And it’s probably all you ever need to fully master Lightroom 2.

The book has about 600 pages full of information about Lightroom 2.

The author explains all the main modules of Lightroom 2 (Library, Develop, Printing, Slideshow and Web). The chapters are very detailed and explain everything you need to know. Many tips and notes on the sidebars contain keyboard shortcuts and other useful information.

After an introduction into Lightroom 2 and a chapter on how to import your pictures, the author explains in great detail how to use the Library module and how you can organize your photos. Martin gives many tips on how to best manage your images and also explains how he does it. But he never tells you that there is only one way and recognizes that every photographer will use it’s own system.

My favorite chapter is the one on the Develop module. In many books about Lightroom (or Adobe Camera Raw) you can either find explanations what all the controls do or how to apply them but rarely do you learn why you use a tool in a certain way. In this book, the author not only explains in detail what a tool does and how to use it but also why you would use the tool in a certain way (for example, the book contains the best explanation on how to set the Blacks in an Raw image that I’ve ever found in a book). All important parts of the Develop module are explained with step by step examples in which the author explains how and why he is applying the tools in the Develop module to improve an image.

A separate chapter covers black and white images and another how to apply sharpening and noise reduction. Again, I found the explanations in those chapters better than in most other books I’ve read.

Although Lightroom 2 is very powerful and you probably won’t need Photoshop as much as when you used to work with Lightroom 1, there are many situations when using Photoshop is still necessary. In a chapter of it’s own, Martin covers all you need to know about how to use Lightroom 2 and Photoshop together. It helps that the author is not only an expert in Lightroom but also in Photoshop.

The chapters on printing and presenting your work are equally good as the other chapters already mentioned.

Two appendixes cover the Lightroom 2 preferences and settings.

Beside all this, Martin also covers a lot of advanced topics like shooting tethered, using GPS or working with audio notes (if your camera supports it).

For those who also use Bridge regularly, the author also explains in detail how to use Bridge and Lightroom 2 together and how those two programs work together.

What’s not to like? The only thing that one could complain about is the fact that some screenshots of the Lightroom 2 dialog boxes or menus are not completely sharp. But this is the case only for a few screenshots and really no problem. Maybe this is just a printing problem in my specific specimen of the book.

This is one of the best technical books I’ve read in a long time (and I’ve read a lot!). The writing is easy to follow and always detailed. I read the book during one weekend and I learned a lot about Lightroom, even after I’ve been using version 1 for quite a while now.

If you want only one book on Lightroom 2 and want to understand what your are doing instead of just doing it, this is your book. This is the bible for every advanced user of Adobe Lightroom 2.

Highly recommended!

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Lightroom 2 shortcuts videos by John Esberg

August 26th, 2008 , Comments Off

I just came across two great videos by John Esberg showing how to work effectively with Lightroom 2 using keyboard shortcuts.

Lightroom 2 has a very good system of easy to use keyboard shortcuts that can drastically improve your speed while working with Lightroom. John shows many of the shortcuts in the following two posts with video tutorials. I highly recommend watching them, especially if you are new to Lightroom:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Shortcuts

Adobe Lightroom 2 Shortcuts – Ranking

Tom Hogarty interview available

August 11th, 2008 , Comments Off

Over at Lightroom News, Martin Evening has published a very interesting interview with Tom Hogarty, the product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Reasons to upgrade to Lightroom 2

August 5th, 2008 , Comments Off

John Esberg has written a great post on his blog with a very interesting list of features that are new in Lightroom Version 2.
For me, the new Adjustment Brush alone is worth the upgrade, but if you are not sure if the upgrade is also worth it for you, check out John’s list. After reading it, you will be able to make an informed decision.
Another great ressource is this post by Scott Kelby.