Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure
Mastering Adobe's Next Generation Tool for Digital Photographers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 384

This beautifully illustrated and eminently practical book offers a complete tour of Lightroom 2, the integrated digital photography workflow application that allows serious photographers to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images. Augmented by photos and case studies from a demanding road test in Tasmania, award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland explains how Lightroom can improve the way you work.

After watching -- and often helping -- Adobe create Lightroom entirely from the ground up, Aaland (author of Photoshop CS3 RAW ) decided to try it out in the field. He organized a group of top-notch photographers for a trek to Tasmania, the exotic island south of mainland Australia, where the only studio was Lightroom on a laptop. In Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure, Aaland uses hands-on knowledge from the trip to demonstrate how Lightroom can help you create the best possible image under any conditions.

This unique tutorial walks you step-by-step through Lightroom's:

  • Library module for uploading, sorting, tagging, ranking and adding keywords to your images
  • Develop module with Adobe Camera RAW for complete non-destructive color and tonal adjustments
  • Slideshow module, where you select and size images, and export the show to HTML, Flash, or PDF formats
  • Print module, which includes several templates for printing contact sheets or full images
  • Web module, where you can create Flash or HTML web galleries

With many gorgeous examples shot in the exotic wilds of Tasmania, this book lets you see the results for yourself. Mikkel Aaland's trademark ability to teach complicated topics on digital imaging with straightforward, easy-to-follow text makes this book a valuable learning tool for anyone serious about digital photography.
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A good book but ..........

By Adelaide Shooter

from Adelaide, South Australia

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    Comments about oreilly Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure:

    It's a pretty good book, but not one that I would recommend.I find that I learn better by "doing", and as a newcomer to Lightroom, it would be great to have the images from the book available on disk, or at least available for download.This is a very expensive book [$] and for that price I feel that they should supply the book examples for you to practice with.There are many cheaper books out there with included disks that I would recommend before this one.


    Easiest to read

    By Lexxie

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    Comments about oreilly Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure:

    This book is MUCH easier to use than the other Lightroom books I have (read). Especially for the beginner going using these kind of Programs. It tells you what you can do, with lots of examples, why you should do it (or not); the library and cataloguing is normally undertreated, here it is very good. In this book you learn more than just doing what the writer wants you to do, but learns you to understand the program.


    a pleasure to read

    By Jeff Kew - Vancouver InDesign User Group

    from Vancouver

    Comments about oreilly Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure:

    Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure: Mastering Adobe's Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographers by Mikkel Aaland.

    This is a different style of book from what you normally find in project based books. While it has it's fair share of screen shots as you would expect, it's also beautifully illustrated with some amazing photography from a wide array of professional photographers.

    The landscape of the photos is from a Tasmanian photo trek. Mikkel Aaland takes you on a fabulous journey through Lightroom as you experience not only his photographic skill but also his Lightroom workflow. This is one of the better Lightroom books available.

    The beginning of the book introduces you to the 18 photographers and 5 Adobe Lightroom Developers that Mikkel on this trip. Everyday for 10 days they would shoot, then every night for those 10 days they would spend their evenings processing the days worth of shots thru Lightroom 2. The end result is this fabulous book.

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