Adobe's long-anticipated Lightroom has arrived, and it's got almost everything professional photographers need to manage, tweak, and present their images. Only one thing's missing from the box: Scott Kelby's wit, insights, and tips. For that crucial missing link, get Kelby's Adobe Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers.
We've praised Kelby's books before (most recently, Photoshop Elements 5 for Digital Photographers and his excellent tips collection, The Digital Photography Book). As editor-in-chief of Photoshop User and president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he lives and breathes Adobe's tools. As you explore Lightroom, you'll find his enthusiasm contagious and his techniques indispensable.
Kelby focuses on maximizing productivity at every opportunity. You'll learn how to automate file imports using Watched Folders; how to perform one-click sorting with Collections; even how to apply the same edit to hundreds of images. Everything's written from the standpoint of the professional photographer (which is what Kelby is, when you strip away all that "industry-leader-and-world-class-instructor" stuff).
That professional viewpoint is especially helpful in the book's most detailed chapter, where Kelby illuminates the "serious" image adjustments you can do with Lightroom's "Develop" module. (Stuff like: using tone curves to add contrast; split toning; adjusting individual colors; and overcoming the color problems inherent in some cameras.) But it's equally evident in his discussion of branding Lightroom with your own studio's name, and customizing your slide shows and contact sheets.
Lightroom is about handling the organizational "overhead" that comes with being a professional photographer. Kelby is about doing it as efficiently as possible, and having some fun along the way. Bill Camarda, from the April 2007 Read Only