Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is truly an amazing program. As a photographer, it is central to how I import, process, catalog and export all of my image files. The book that allowed me to learn how to do all of this is The Adobe Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers by Kelby. We shoot all of our images in RAW and Lightroom is central to our workflow, however, I was only scratching the surface of what Lightroom 5 could do until I received the Lightroom 5 Kelby book as a birthday gift (Thank you in-laws!).
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is an amazing program, if your brain speaks “Adobe.” My brain doesn’t and Adobe is like a second language to me. However, once I learned Adobe as a Second Language my work flow as a photographer became easier. It truly was like learning to speak German fluently and being able to navigate Munich like a local. The Lightroom 5 Kelby book was the key for me. I could use basic functions in Lightroom, but didn’t truly understand how Adobe designed the workflow.
Lightroom is a product that has so many features in it, that it is easy to miss many of them. The Kelby book helped me to find many of the subtle features that have allowed me to automate many steps in my workflow, which saves time and allows a more consistent output. This is also a book that I refer back to when trying to remember a seldom used feature.
The book is available in either paperback or Kindle. I don’t know how you could use this book in a Kindle version, and 90%+ of my reading is via Kindle these days. The ability to flip between sections and keep a finger or post-it note on a page was key to how I used the book. I had been using Lightroom 5 for a while, so I had a basic understanding of the program, so the first few chapters were review, but they helped me to smooth my workflow.
Kelby’s book saved me hours in the learning and day to day usage of Lightroom!