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Book Review: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening

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Adobe Photoshop has been the mainstay of photographers for over a decade and will continue to have its place there for years to come. In creating Lightroom, Adobe has given photographers a more focused tool to fit their specific needs. Now in its fourth version, Lightroom has become more mature and much more refined, giving users many more options than ever before.

The goal of commercial and fashion photographer, and bestselling author Martin Evening is to present, in easy-to-understand terms, how to use The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. In The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers, Evening aims his book at both amateur as well as professional photographers. Adding to the depth of knowledge of this product Evening was one of those “insiders” who helped Adobe develop the product from the ground-up. is 704 pages and laid out into nine chapters and an appendix.

Chapter 1, “Introducing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,” shows you what Lightroom is and how it fits in to the overall Photoshop world. He introduces the user interface in a crisp clear manner. You will see how to install the program and get a quick start to setting up some of the basics. You will learn how to import images and view the library as well as getting a handle on working with the interface. You will also see how to do some quick retouching, synchronizing, rating and reviewing images.

Chapter 2, “Importing Photos,” starts to get into the detail of the book. Here, the author shows the different ways that you can import images as well as videos into Lightroom. He shows you how to organize the images as well as adding information to the images during import. He also gets into all of the details such as file handling, auto importing, importing direct from the camera, and working with the Layout Overlay view.

Chapter 3, “The Library Module,” gets into one of the aspects that make Lightroom such an important product for photographers – its ability to manage photos. It is easy to manage a couple hundred photos but what about when you have a couple thousand or tens of thousands. By starting early, you will be able to manage your images much more effectively. Here he goes into each of the panels and shows you what they do and how to use them. You will learn how to use Loupe View, Grid View as well as Survey View. You will see how to rate images and how to filter images using the filmstrip. You will also see how to work with the various types of collections within Lightroom.

Chapter 4, “Develop Module Image Editing”, deals with processing your images in Lightroom. The author lays out in detail, all of the various panels that are involved in the Develop module. He starts off by exploring the idea of smarter image processing and retouching. You will step through profiling for accurate color. Learn about the quick development controls as well as each of the segments of the Develop module interface. You will learn how to use the histogram panel to manage clipping as well as a detailed explanation of white point, and setting the blacks. You will learn to correct under- overexposed images as well as working with Tone Curve Zones and Tone Curve Adjustments as well as many more techniques.

Chapter 5, “The Art of Black and White,” now works with creating black and white conversions within Lightroom. Here you will work with the black and white controls as well fine-tuning black and white images using split toning and working with the HSL panel.

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