Last October we released Sean McCormack’s Essential Development, 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4. It was a meaty book with a tonne of great content and tips. And now that Lightroom 5 is out, Sean’s been working with the elves to update it, and we’re releasing it to the wild today.
Essential Development for Lr5 isn’t a comprehensive look at Lightroom 5, instead it’s a little more like a Greatest Hits album – it looks at some of the more popular, and necessary, skills and techniques that’ll get you more comfortable and capable with Lightroom 5. It’s like sitting down with a buddy who really knows his stuff and crams your brain full of stuff you never knew you could do.
Here’s a run down on the table of contents: Understanding the histogram, Back to Basics, Camera Profiles, Making White White, Beauty Retouching, Dodge and Burn for Beauty, Cross-processing, Achieving a Filmic Look, Image toning, Cropping Inside and Out, Straightening photos, Fixing Skies, Tilt-Shift, Effective Sharpening, Reducing Image Noise, Correcting Lens Issues, Drawing Us In: Vignette, Presets, Fixing More than One Photo, Edit in Photoshop.
And then there’s the presets. Sean’s created a toolbox full of presets – some of which are for style, others of which are to speed the workflow and allow you to see changes at a glance using the preview pane. There’s 100 of them!
Sean’s teaching style is easy-going and accessible, but the man knows his stuff, and if you’re looking to dig under the hood of Lightroom 5 but you’re not ready to sit down and read a manual, this update on Sean’s already great book is an excellent value. Essential Development for Lr5 comes bundled with Sean’s virtual toolbox of 100 presets for USD $7 – but during the launch you can get $1 off (see below).
The retail price of Essential Development for Lightroom 5 is USD $7 but use the promotional code EDLR5 when you check out and pay only USD $6 OR use the code ED20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ products from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59 PM (PST) July 31, 2013.