Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I’m a fan of Adobe’s Lightroom product. In fact I’ve even produced a collection of keyword lists you can download for it. If you also use Lightroom (and if you don’t, why not!) whether you’re a beginner with the software or class yourself as an expert then I’ve got a treat for you today.
Craft & Vision have traditionally produced good sized eBooks covering specific techniques, or to help you develop your vision. These have often included tutorials on using software but that hasn’t been the main focus. However they have now released a very large book – “Lightroom 4 Unmasked” by Piet Van den Eynde. At over 310 pages its far larger than any of the previous offerings from Craft & Vision and its also right up to date covering everything in the Lightroom software up to version 4.2.
“Lightroom 4 Unmasked” covers an entire workflow – everything from importing your raw images through library and geo-tagging tasks, developing your shots and final output, whether that’s just exporting final images or creating a book, slideshow or website. It provides a good introduction to what Lightroom is (and isn’t) and comprehensive details on the seven core modules within it.
Alongside this wealth of information, Piet includes 60 “cases” where he provides additional information and background on using Lightroom. This cover things such as what’s new in Lightroom 4.1 and 4.2, Soft proofing and calibration, backup strategies and tips on sharing catalogs between multiple computers, plus many more useful tips and tricks.
I’ve been using Lightroom since it was first released so consider myself well versed in its use. I have a fairly standard workflow that I tend to follow when I return from a trip and process the images I took. However there is something for everyone here and reading the book has highlighted a couple of things I want to look into further along with some export plug-ins that I want to investigate.
I consider the normal Craft & Vision books a steal but as mentioned this is far larger than those. As a result the price is a little higher at $20. However you always know they offer a discount for the first few days and if you use the promotional code LR4FIVE when you check out you can get it for just $15. For a 310+ page book this is exceptional value! The promotional code expires on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 11:59PM PST (check your timezone here).