Guys, what in your humble opinions is the best hold-my-hand tutorial book or video for someone who is a technophobe and new to LR? (And I mean the "push this button with an arrow to the button" kind of explanations. It needs to assume you know nothing, that you're the after-school-needs-tutoring type.)
I am of course referring to myself. I downloaded the sample, played for a little while with it but did not find it very self-evident. Now it's gone and I still want to learn it but before I buy the full program I know I need to get the best help available ready to use. (The woman on the Adobe site scares me.)
There are a number of resources, both book and video, for you, and many are freebies on YouTube and Adobe.
For a structured video instruction series, I recommend former Adobe evangelist George Jardine. He has several series: one an overview of Lightroom operation; another specifically on the Develop Module since that's where you will spend most of your Lightroom hours; and a Master Class series.
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I give a thumbs up for the video tutorials at Lynda.com by Chris Orwig. He's a photography instructor at Brooks and does a great job of taking you through the program. For $25 for a month subscription, you can watch all of the Lightroom videos and ANY other title on ANY program as many times as you want. KelbyTranining.com has similar training courses, but for some reason have lagged on LR5 tutorials this go-around.
I just want to second the comments about the George Jardine tutorials. I tried them out after reading the recommendation here and they are excellent. I have been using Lightroom for over 3 years,and watched a lot of tutorials. But George's series are the best that I have seen. Jim
I think the best tutorials for Lightroom can be found at The Luminous Landscape. One of the contract developers, Jeff Schewe, of much of Lightroom plus one of the principal coders, Eric Chan, provide much of the material. Micheal Reichmann creater of The Luminous Landscape web site is an experienced commerical photographer completes the group for a great learning experience.
Sat 20-Jul-13 05:51 PM | edited Sat 20-Jul-13 05:56 PM by esantos
I also recommend the video tutorials on the Luminous Landscape website. You will not find a more knowledgeable instructor that Jeff Schewe as he has been a long time consultant and contributor to the development of Lightroom. You can find the videos here:
And as a companion piece I also recommend his excellent book The Digital Negative. While not a step-by-step "how to" book per se it is an experts view as to a philosophy of sorts on image preparation. I think it is one of the best books on camera raw processing available today.
Sun 21-Jul-13 12:43 AM | edited Sun 21-Jul-13 12:44 AM by Martin Gonn
I know exactly how you feel. I'm new to digital and finding the software the toughest part. I just downloaded the LR trial version last night, played with it a little, but have to work with it more to see is it goes smoothly. I've also tried Nikon View/Capture and Phase One Capture One and have hit major roadblocks with each. If I come across something that I find really helpful I'll be sure to let you know. I'd love to hear how you make out. So for what it's worth. you're not alone.
Thanks Martin and thanks everyone. I'm looking at the options now. I wish Luminous Landscape showed you a peek preview. Has anyone heard of Phil Steele? I've now run across him, as well. Going to have to decide on one and just do it, I think.
I have used Scott Kelby's book on Lightroom 4. It is detailed and provided step by step for ALL of lightroom's capabilities. He also supplies all the photos he uses so you can check if you performed the steps properly . Since I have multiple monitors I use the Kindle version on one screen and Lightroom on the other.
The Kelby videos are also excellent. I recently installed LR4 and was struggling with the whole thing. After watching Scott Kelby's LR video on travel post processing using LR4, I had a revelation about what I was doing wrong, and it's been pretty smooth sailing since then.
I have found Victoria Brampton's Adobe Lightroom 5 the missing FAQ to be an excellent resource. I bought her LR 4 and as soon as she did 5 I ordered it. There are two ways to get this book in pdf or hard copy. If you buy from her web site you can get one or the other or both. Amazon has the book and you can go to her web site and get PDF version.
It is nice to have PDF version with you and it also is in color while book is in B&W.
I too like the Kelby stuff though I like having a PDF version on my lap top when traveling.
Hi Pam, I'm also new to Lightroom, and I have just completed the George Jardine Lightroom Library series of tutorials. I found them very helpful, and I have purchased the Develop series and may get the Catalog Management series too.
Another person to check out would be Tim Grey. I used George Jardine because of recommendations from this forum.