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    A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Hi guys,
    Which author would you recommend me for buying a book for learning Lightroom 5? Scott Kelby or Martin Evening?
    Best regards,
    Antonio.

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    I am not familiar with Martin Evening; however from personal experience Scott Kelby's books are pretty informative.
    One way to learn the basics of LR5 is Julianne Kost's (www.jkost.com/lightroom.html) videos. She is one of Adobe's gurus.


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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Panama Hat & Camera View Post
    Hi guys,
    Which author would you recommend me for buying a book for learning Lightroom 5? Scott Kelby or Martin Evening?
    Best regards,
    Antonio.
    I have both books; Scott Kelby is easier to follow, but I feel that Martin Evening's is more comprehensive.

    Philip

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Bruce,
    Thank you very much for your answer.
    I prefer to buy a book because my comprehension of written English is much better than spoken English.
    Cheers,
    Antonio.

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Philip,
    I'm a newbie and I think is better for me a book that be easier to understand.
    I will buy the book written by Scott Kelby.
    Thank you very much for your opinion.
    All the best,
    Antonio.

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Skip the book and watch the Julianne Kost videos, which are excellent and free.

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    The Kost videos are good, but don't/can't get into the same detail as a book. And you can read the book anywhere.

    Comment about Evening and Kelby (personal view):

    Kelby tells you how; Evening tells you how and why.

    Kelby is funny, but after I've read the jokes twice, they get a bit thin.

    The short answer is that I have all the books by Martin Evening starting from LR1.

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    +1 on Martin Evening.

    Another good one (although he hasn't done a LR 5 version yet) is D-65's Lightroom Workbook, by Seth Resnick. Very practical, less detailed than Evening, but not as slick and jokey as Kelby.

    Cheers

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Martin Evening... Kelby is always selling Kelby. I've read Evening's LR4 and bought his Lr5 book.
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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    In place of any book on Lightroom, I have found the online course by Phil Steele is an excellent way of learning. He is an excellent teacher and takes the student from the very basics to a high level of proficiency.

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    Re: A book for learning Lightroom 5

    Hi Antonio,

    Personally, I find more than one source useful.

    I found Kelby's book a good introduction (I have the LR4 book, but I'm sure LR5 is very similar). It's easy to use and got me well started.

    If you shoot in RAW, then I also recommend Jeff Schewe's The Digital Negative. It goes into great depth, and uses Lightroom (as well as PS and ACR) to illustrate all the techniques.

    I find the problem with "how to" books like these, though, is that I can't always find what I want to refer to - I know it's there somewhere, but where? So I also have the PDF "Lightroom Hidden FAQ's by Victoria Bampton and think it a very good reference for LR5. As a bonus, once you buy one of her books, you become a member of Victoria's site, and she is very responsive in helping resolve issues.

    It all depends on funds of course. I have also found that if you have a tablet of some kind, buying the e-book version of books works very well for me, as it it is easy to read alongside my computer.

    Good luck!

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