The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 2012
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Bref, complet mais quasi inutilisable car ILLISIBLE.
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The Lightroom 4 book follows just about the sequence that one would follow in using Lightroom, starting with importing images and organizing them in the Library Module. Editing has been expanded to three chapters and explains how to use the revised basic sliders in Lightroom 4. There are chapters on exporting, jumping to Photoshop and the output functions including printing, slideshow and the new book module. (The web module chapter has been dropped but is available on line.) The book finishes with some downloadable layouts and a step-by-step walk through the processing of a portrait.
The teaching technique is excellent for beginners. The various functions are broken down into simple steps of 2, 4 or more pages. There is a narrative of the steps to follow down the outside of each page with screen captures on the inside. The captures are necessarily small but large enough to read easily. You can download images from the book's website to follow along on your computer and I'd recommend doing so if you are just a beginner. I've followed along with several of these tutorials and they all seem to be accurately constructed with all the steps clearly spelled out.
The book is designed for beginners and not aimed at experienced users. Still, if an old hand knows what the new features are in Lightroom 4, it's easy enough to find just the chapter or section you want and follow along with the author.
The book certainly has benefited from its various iterations. Where tools have been carried over from older versions, everything is crystal clear. For a new module, like the book module, the instructions are still good, but they lack the complete clarity and smoothness of the other lessons. (If you've never done a book before, you may also want to go to the Blurb website which has a lot of good information. I continue to use Blurb's software because I can't figure out how to soft proof for Blurb in Lightroom.)
This book is mainly about how the sliders work, and contains little about what changes to make for artistic effect. For that you will have to look elsewhere like "Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)" by David DuChemin.
While experienced hands will probably benefit more from a book like "Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers, The" by Martin Evening, this is an ideal book for the new Lightroom user.
I teach dozens of photography workshops every year to hundreds of people and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the program I recommend. I tell them when they buy the software, buy this book and you will be off to a great start. Kelby does a great job of explaining Lightroom in a very orderly and logical approach. The book addresses how to setup your interface and catalog preferences. Pay attention to the discussion on the importance of establishing a good organization strategy from the beginning. Most computer books are a chore to read, which is not the case with this book. If you need to learn Lightroom this book will get you down the path faster than any other I have seen.
If you own Lightroom and have questions, the answers will be in this book. If you are contemplating Lightroom and wonder if it is for you, this book will show you the true power of the program.
Buy the current version of this book and the software. Lightroom 3 is history and there is no point in investing in an outmoded program, the same goes for this book. Lightroom 4 is substantially different than version 3, and if you are using Lightroom 4 you want the book that matches your program.
To me a review is more meaningful when you know a little something about the person writing the review. I became a full-time professional photographer in 2008, but have been an avid amateur photographer since the late 1970's and have been selling my work since 2004. I currently do my database and global image adjustment work in Adobe Lightroom and all specialized post-production is done in Adobe Photoshop
I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and make extensive use of the abundant educational materials available on the member website. I have read well over three-dozen Photoshop training guides with one overriding goal in mind; producing the best images possible.
This book is somewhat inconsistent with LR4 if you are a new-be and follow all suggestions. The chapter on 'Develop' teaches about sliders and methods that if you dl his linked slides use LR3 panels. Is it possible it should NOT have given that link to the photos used in the book. For those it seems to use LR3 panels. I wonder about the 5 star reviews. If you read, are new and follow the 'Develop' chapter. say from p158 on, the photos of the sliders, using the recommended photos, do not match what LR4 has. When one tries to sort of do what is being discussed, guessing at the correct slider, you get different results. I really wanted to learn how to avoid PShop and just improve my photos with this. but when using the same pictures Mr Kelby uses, this is extremely confusing. I am trying to use my own pictures. I get the correct sliders, but can't always follow the suggestions. HERE IS WHAT I THINK IS THE ERROR. The file of excellent photos he suggests downloading so you can follow his instructions, were made in LR3 and carry the PNG info of LR3. If you hit the ! next to one of them you can change them all to the new sliders.
I received this book thru pre-order(Amazon). I will go through the writing in a second. The book is a large paperback and the pages are not flat. Almost as if it was wet before they printed it. The font is quite small and hard for me to read easily. If the author left out the jokes, maybe there would have been enough space for a larger font. The pages are rather glossy, making it hard to read through the glare. After so many books you would think the physical parts would be perfect. I am going out to buy a book stand. It helps immensely. but it cost more than the book.
The book so far does include exactly what I ultimately need. But it does not fully account for "never used Adobe before" people . There are places where the first screen is not what I get until I already have named, or selected or know something I don't. It is close though and maybe the extra work I have to do is more learning for me. The jokes aside, the knowledge is there and presented nicely. Mr. Kelby is an excellent educator. This does ultimately get a beginner what s/he needs for cataloging. The jury is out on 'Develop'. It is also written so it will be a great reference after I am done. I have had to use some of the Adobe videos to fully understand.
I do like the fact that you can skip a section without missing a point. I don't do video but there are no pearls in there about something other than videos, so I can skip what I do not do without missing something else. I have tried every competing company's videos, talked to friends, started several online courses with no learning. This is easy and is put together so I understand what others always said was obvious to them.
Wait two months for the next printing, then buy this book.