The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book – Scott Kelby. Thoughts on Chapter One.
As if I were not already completely convinced Lightroom was the future of my digital photography workflow, an hour spent with Scott Kelby’s recently released Lightroom book, has me more enthusiastic than ever. Kelby’s book is excellent, and I am only on Chapter One. I’ll say right up front that my eyes tend to gloss over at the thought of sitting down and going through this book one chapter at a time. I’m much more prone to flipping through and stopping when I see a nice picture. But I’ve committed to doing this book like a course, beginning with the painful, humiliating assumption that I know nothing. Which is not true. I know a great deal. But I don’t yet know which things I do not know, so I’m going in head-first.
A couple impressions. First, as always, Scott makes learning easy and relatively fun. His writing is much easier to absorb than his speaking, which is fine but he tends to camp out on certain jokes (watch Photoshop TV more than a couple episodes and tell me his "Matt Kloskowsky, Rockin’ the Houseki" bit doesn’t get old fast. I digress. I’m sure I’m guilty of similar crimes). Anways.
Kelby spends Chapter One covering the Import function and though I’ve been using Lightroom since Beta1.0, I learned a few things, not the least of which is how to get rid of a metadata preset that you no longer want. If you ask me Adobe could have made this much easier. But now I know, and by a process of deduction I was able to figure out how to move my current custom metadata preset from my desktop machine to my laptop. Nice. Almost worth the price of admission right there.
As always the photos are great, the illustrations match up with the words and I had no problem breezing through the first chapter, and coming out on the other side with a little more savoir-faire than I had going in.
An aside. Several people have emailed asking about Lightroom vs Photoshop/Bridge. Lightroom is not a replacement, for me, for Photoshop and Bridge. But it is now my primary tool for digital photography. I will order the CS3 upgrade for Photoshop, but not until the fall when Leopard is released and I upgrade my current machine. In the past I would have bought it the moment it was out. But most of my time now is spent in Lightroom. For my money there is simply no better way to import, organize, develop, and output my images. Once in a while i take an image to Photoshop for deeper work, and anything graphic, but Lightroom has made such easy work out of the many tasks that make up my workflow that I’m happy to spend less time in Photoshop.