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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Lightroom and Lightroom Books

Speaking of books, you can currently pre-order any of a number of soon-to-be-released Lightroom books, as well as the Lightroom program itself prior to the official February 20th release.

As you know if you haven't been hiding from the law or on sabbatical on Tahiti, Lightroom is the new photography-only "light-table" photo-organizing and -editing program from the makers of Photoshop that incorporates many features from Bridge and Camera Raw in a slick new interface. Release 1.0 is bound to be pretty well-honed, as it's been out in free beta for a year now. Given its price relative to Photoshop, Lightroom is sure to become the new standard for everyone but prepress and retouching specialists and photo-illustrators.

CLICK HERE to buy Lightroom or Lightroom books in Germany

CLICK HERE to buy Lightroom or Lightroom books in the U.K.

CLICK HERE to buy Lightroom or Lightroom books in Canada

All the links that follow are for the U.S.:

Pre-order Adobe Lightroom (for Win or Mac), guaranteed price, free shipping

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening
Publisher: Adobe Press
Page count: 352
Price: $26.40
Availability: pre-order

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Publisher: New Riders Press
Page count: 200
Price: $26.39
Availability: pre-order

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips by Matt Kloskowski
Publisher: New Riders Press
Page count: 240
Price: $23.09
Availability: pre-order only

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Digital Photographers Only by Rob Sheppard
Publisher: Wiley
Page count: 352
Price: $23.09
Availability: pre-order

Lightroom Workflow: The Digital Photographer's Guide by Tim Grey
Publisher: Sybex
Page count: 336
Price: $26.39
Availability: pre-order

Digital Photographer's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
by John Beardsworth
Publisher: Lark Books
Page count: 144
Price: $19.77
Availability: pre-order

(No cover image available) Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Mastering Adobe's Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographers by Mikkel Aaland
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Page count: 344
Price: $26.39
Availability: pre-order

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with thanks to Yvonne Cunnington and Robert-Paul Sagner


Blogger Adam McAnaney said...

By the way, I find it amusing that all of these books on Lightroom have such unattractive covers. The sole exception seems to be Martin Evening's book.

I'm not even sure what the effect on the cover of "Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips" is supposed to be, but it certainly doesn't look like it was done well. I'm sure Matt Kloskowski is a talented man, but it is hard not to wish that he (or his editor) had reconsidered that one...

4:04 PM  
Blogger Robert-Paul said...

I've been using lightroom for ~6 months now, and really like it. That being said, what is up with that packaging, esp. the subheader? "Simplify Photography From Shoot To Finish" is pretty say the least.

4:22 PM  
Blogger A Glimpse of the World said...

Should we take the mention of these books as plugs, Mike? If so, please tell us more and give us a basis for distinguishing between one and the other. (I've bought several books you've mentioned on this site in the past, but there's always been something to go on. I'll add that I bought the previous edition of Martin Evening's Photoshop book and was sorely disappointed. I think the book is a disaster for anyone who expects to be given thorough explanations of PS techniques or even sound tutorials.

7:05 PM  
Blogger m. said...

I suspect that the authors of at least some of these books had little or no input into the cover art. It'll depend on the publisher in question.

In fact, if you search for "Killer Tips" on Amazon you'll quickly see that the publisher has decided to use that cover design for an entire series of books.

6:56 AM  
Blogger kickstand said...

They say you can't judge a book by its cover ... but I believe I'll be buying Martin Evening's book and not the others.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

If you have an O'Reilly Safari online books subscription, you can preview Martin Evening's book in Roughcuts. Go to to sign up or preview (Hint: the Library account for USD$39.99 a month gets you access to all the Roughcuts, without having to pay for them individually).

I don't buy technical books any more (saves more room for my oversize art and photography books). I used to buy several a month (I'm also a computer geek, with a strong Unix/Linux background). Instead I've had a Safari account for several years, and have used it to get online searchable access to thousands (currently 4368) of titles.

And when a 2nd edition comes out (or Photoshop goes from 7.0 to CS to CS2 to CS3 -- you get the idea), I don't have to throw out a bunch of obsolete books and buy all new ones.

I've freed up about 30 feet of bookshelf space, as my old paper copies of O'Reilly books have been obsoleted by newer ones online.

(And no, I don't get a kickback, and I'm not affiliated -- just a really happy customer).

7:48 PM  

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