This book uses simple step-by-step instructions, loads of screen shots, and an array of time-saving tips and tricks, serving both as the quickest route to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 mastery for new users, and a handy reference for more experienced digital photographers.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 was designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, offering powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: Visual QuickStart Guide is the definitive task-based tutorial for digital photographers needing a jump-start on the complete range of features available in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3. Master this workflow application quickly and completely by working from beginning to end or just skip to the task you need right now. It's all covered, everything from importing, organizing and processing images, to managing and showcasing your images - whether it's one shot or an entire shoot.
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If you liked Lightroom 2, you're going to love what Adobe's done for Lightroom 3. If you're a digital photographer, but haven't yet embraced Lightroom, my book quickly gets you up to speed on using the program. As a photographer, I use Lightroom 3 every day, so I show you its essential tricks and traps. Tips and more info can be found at the book's companion blog. Greatly expanded from the previous edition, the new book also clearly explains how to get the most Lightroom 3's core features and its cool new tools.
Superb noise control: The new processing engine does a superb job at controlling the digital noise that can mar low-light images. Luminance and color noise reduction are now as good as, or better than, the major third-party plug-ins. The most jaw-dropping results come when you combine Lightroom 3 with images taken with a newer camera that handles ISOs of 3,200 or higher. But even shooters with more ordinary cameras will benefit when capturing images in dim settings.
Automatic Lens Correction: Lightroom 3 can automatically correct a lens's inevitable distortions and color shifts. In effect, it liberates photographers from what had been a lot of time spent adjusting and tweaking images.
Audio/Video integration: At last, Lightroom 3 treats video files as full-fledged citizens. In contrast to the old version, Lightroom 3 sees any video file on your memory card and automatically imports them. While you can't edit videos in Lightroom, the same catalog features that make Lightroom so great for organizing still images--keywords, ratings, and such metadata as date and time--can now be used to keep track of your videos.
Lightroom slideshows can be exported as videos that leave intact the timing intervals for individual slides. In another improvement from Lightroom 2, you can include a soundtrack with the exported video, enabling others to hear your slideshow in all its multi-media glory. Lightroom 3 even gives you the option of syncing the soundtrack length to match the number of photos used in the slideshow.
Weird Name But Great Feature: The Publish Services enables you to track and update images exported from Lightroom. You can export directly to your Flickr account to share photos over the Web. Or export to folders that you use to sync photos to your mobile phone, a screensaver program, or even Web-based storage sites such as Dropbox.
Imports Overall Much Better: For Lightroom 3, the import process has been redone from the ground up, thank goodness. It's now much more intuitive, and it's always clear what you're importing from where. You can save frequently used settings as an import preset. You also can use Loupe view to inspect photos before moving them off the storage card.
Other Develop Improvements: The Develop module has been smoothed and buffed from top to bottom. Collections now appear right in the Develop module, eliminating the constant switching to the Library. The Adjustment Brush can now apply "negative sharpening," which you can use to creatively blur parts of a photo.
Printing: Creating custom photo packages has become as simple as grabbing and rearranging photos on a layout. There's also a rotate-to-fit option to help you build paper-saving layouts. Maximum print resolution has been boosted to 720 pixels per inch from the previous limit of 480 ppi.
There's more. But the best thing about my book and all Peachpit's Visual QuickStart Guides is its visual approach. With full-color screenshots, a clean step-by-step design, lots of tips, and a thorough index, you'll quickly find what you need so you can get back to shooting more photos.
--A note from the author
Nolan Hester has worked as a darkroom technician, ad studio assistant, and photojournalist. His photos have appeared online and in print for a variety of outlets, including ZesterDaily.com, Alaska magazine, and The Los Angeles Times travel section. His landscape, travel, and Web photography have inspired many of the timesaving tips and techniques described in his more than 20 books for Peachpit Press. Like every photographer, Nolan truly believes he’ll eventually find the perfect camera bag. Follow his Lightroom blog at: lightroom.waywest.net.
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