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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Further Note...

...About the Lightroom books below: Just to be clear, these are titles that are available for pre-order. As far as I know none of them are shipping yet. I assume that most if not all of them will ship on Feb. 20th when Lightroom ships, but I don't know that. Although it's possible that review copies are in the hands of some reviewers already, I haven't seen, read, or reviewed any of these books. The listing below is only a listing of what's available for purchase now, provided for your convenience. I cannot, and therefore do not, explicitly endorse or recommend any of them.

I might also caution potential purchasers to remember that in all likelihood, you're only going to need one of them!



Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

Good points, Mike.

Lightroom seems to be precipitating a micro-economic windfall for a small army of people who have been granted pundit licenses by Adobe.

In truth, however, nobody will really need any of these books, tutorials, crib sheets, or $250 seminars. Save some natural resources and save some personal resources. Just sit your butt down and just work with it for a few hours. Experiment with it. It's not "nucular" physics and there aren't really any secret tricks.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

With the same caveats I have to say that if the Martin Evening book is anywhere near as good as his Photoshop For Photographers books are, then it should be pretty nifty. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Did they even need to issue pundit licences? The beta was available for ages; that's a great way to make sure you have a load of community documentation out there for version 1.0.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Dwight Jones said...

I partly agree with Ken, but I will say that some of the free, online tutorials are helpful and I suspect the books may also be helpful. Lightroom is intuitive enough to use without instruction, but there are neat features that I wouldn't have noticed without someone showing me.

This release is poorly timed. Every guy in America is busy working on our taxes and our Anna Nicole Smith paternity suits.

6:28 AM  
Blogger John Roberts said...

Without any reviews, endorsements, or recommendations to go by, I think I'd take my chances with the Kelby book first.

6:38 AM  
Blogger fernando [ pixelstains ] said...

I ordered the Martin Evening book through the link, and it has an estimated delivery date of 14 March. I also ordered the software through the link here, as I thought that the price was only directly from Adobe (bad assumption).

I had the same reactions about the covers... with Martin's being the best. Lightroom being much simpler than photoshop does question the need for a book, but there is always some nagging way to do something, and I found Evening's book on CS2 to be fantastic, once I made it through Ben Willmore's book. So, I hope it is not for the novice, where I think Kilby really shines with his typical simplicity and by-the-numbers, as opposed to more of the "physics" (not nucular, I agree) of the program.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Big Mac said...

I subscribed to the beta versions of the Martin Evening book and I learned a lot from them. My subscription included the print copy, so I'm looking forward to receiving it.

It's a pity there won't be a Bruce Fraser book ("Real World Lightroom," perhaps?).

8:45 PM  
Blogger John Roberts said...

And that's what I like about Kelby's books - the simplicity. When I want to know how to accomplish a task, he just tells me how to do it. I find that as I follow his "recipes", I learn the program at the same time. Not everyone learns the same way, but that's how it works for me. It's like the old farmer once said, "When I ask you for the correct time, don't start telling me how to build a watch."

4:44 AM  
Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

John makes a keen point regarding Scott Kelby's books; they're problem-oriented. Most computer application manuals and books have a feature-orientated structure, marching the reader through the program's features often with little or no treatment of how or why the feature would be useful.

Kelby's books, especially the Photoshop books that have made him rich and famous, are generally constructed differently. They often have a problem-oriented structure, organizing content by what the reader wants to do with the application. For example, some chapter titles from his "Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers":
- Compensating for Too Much Flash
- Fixing Underexposed Photos
- Resizing and How to Reach Those Hidden Free Transform Handles

This hands-out structure, plus the lively (just this side of silly) writing style and excellent organization of books authored under Kelby's name have made him the #1 computer book author in the world across all categories. Nobody else even comes close.

Granted that, I still say that nobody needs a hand-holding Lightroom book!

10:36 AM  
Blogger Mike Holley said...

Chapter 1 of Martin Evening's book (The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book ) can be downloaded as a pdf here:

I'm looking forward to Mikkel Aarland's book on the Photoshop Lightroom Adventure in Iceland during the summer of 2006. It promises to be a little different to the rank and file Lightroom books...

2:01 PM  

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