The guys at Craft and Vision create some very interesting and educational ebooks and while they don’t really touch on car photography techniques, we absolutely had to write about this ebook they’ve produced explaining Adobe Lightroom 5 in a depth I’ve never seen before.
Historically, I’ve been a Capture One person, great software, great results for almost ten years now, but with more and more diverse uses for images and a growing catalog, plus Adobe CC membership, I’ve been looking at Lightroom 5. And to be honest, these days the novelty of discovering new software has little value for me. I just want to get using it, get it working and find ways to automate as much of my computer activity as possible. I’d rather be out shooting.
And that’s where Lightroom 5 Unmasked is a clear winner. Whether you’re new to the application like me, an enthusiast shooter, or a hard core professional user, there is something in this ebook for you. It’s a huge document, a 161Mb download and over 350 pages and it takes a little resolve not to skip though, but to read it. I mean, really read it. Author Piet Van den Eynde has done an extremely good job at keeping the information flowing to you in a structured way. It would be very easy to lose interest, start skipping pages and dip in and out, but he’s done an excellent job to give a really, really thorough understanding of Lightroom that will enable you to get the best from the software.
He covers everything from the basic structure and layout, the different modules, then on to the editing and adjustment tools, far more powerful than I’d previously thought. He gives real life examples of working with images and even in the first three chapters, I found ways that I would be able to automate my workflow and save Terrabytes of hard drive space.
As mentioned at the start, this is a huge book and some may be put off by the size. Don’t be. There’s a lot to cover in Lightroom and it’s all in this book. If you only buy one resource on getting the best from Lightroom, I can recommend this one.
It’s $20, so probably amongst the more pricy ebooks out there, but the amount of information inside, plus the time it saved me made it well worth the price.