What is the best Lightroom 4 book?

Started Mar 18, 2013 | Questions thread
richardplondon
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Re: What is the best Lightroom 4 book?
In reply to ThePalindrome, Mar 19, 2013

If I had to learn LR from a book, I would probably respond best to Martin Evening's style, that I have seen.

However, I find video better for this - step by step on-screen with voiceover I mean, not just some person's head and shoulders talking at you. The free videos by Adobe are quite comprehensive and clear, and you can;t argue with the price. YouTube is quite hit-and-miss in quality, completely scattergun in content, and usually with very little background explanation.

But f you are prepared to consider paying for a video series instead of a book, I will recommend George Jardine's systematic LR tutorials at www.mulita.com first, but also you could look at www.lynda.com, and also  http://www.luminous-landscape.com/videos/lr4_combo.shtml... since Mr Schewe has already put his name forward in the thread (grin - and he has earned that fairly btw)

There are samples to view for each series, to see whether you like the style, or find it grating (e.g. I respect Kelby but cannot enjoy his instructional method). A video makes a lot more sense IMO that a book full of instructional screenshots.

George Jardine is IMO very good on the "why" as well as the "how", and illustrates his points clearly as to how the whole photo is affected pictorially, by following one technical strategy or another.

However, this is all, in its nature, still pure technical instruction.

If you want a book which clarifies more generally what kinds of adjustments and cropping etc make photographs work well VISUALLY - tonal structure, composition, dynamics, proportion, visual tricks and contrasts, all that - I will recommend the less software-specific books of Michael Freeman http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Freeman/e/B001H6O9XA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

and from an older but very canny and wise school, Harald Mante
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Harald%20Mante&search-alias=books-uk&sort=relevancerank

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