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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 2021 Release

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 2021 Release Classroom in a Book by RC Concepcion

Almost every year Adobe issues a new version of Lightroom and there is a new Classroom in a Book. Adobe keeps adding features, but improvements in, say, performance or added camera models, don't change the basic software or the explanations. This book is aimed at the new Lightroom Classic user. (It does not cover plain "Lightroom", a cloud based app.) As in the past, this book is as good as any for learning to use the sliders and buttons in Lightroom Classic, and better than most.

The book is a series of tutorials, which one can work through, using images downloaded from the publisher's web site. (You need to rent a copy of Lightroom Classic from Adobe.) The book also allows you access to an on-line version, and over time that's been my preferred way of using the material. You can choose to follow the tutorial instructions, jumping back and forth between the on-line text and your copy of Lightroom, which I find easier than juggling the paper copy. You can also choose to watch the on-line video demonstrations of the same material. For a rank beginner, the tutorial approach may help more but with more experience, a demonstration may be enough. Paper and on-line versions also provide portfolios of selected photographers that are interesting, even if they don't expand one's knowledge of Lightroom Classic. The on-line version also includes multiple-choice quizzes that are relatively basic.

The instruction is clear and easy to understand.

One objection I have with the demonstration videos is that they must be maximized to really see on a monitor what is being illustrated. In some cases, there are several videos in a section, and when you close a video, other than the first one, you are returned to the top of the section and then must find the place you were when you started the later video.

The book covers new features like "enhance details" and color grading wheels. The treatment of these features is cursory. I can understand this short shrift for "enhance details" which seems more of a gimmick than anything else. On the other hand, the color grading wheels seem more substantial. Given the resemblance to similar tools in software like Premiere Pro, it should have been possible to say something other than "experiment" with it.

While Concepcion does a good job of explaining the Lightroom Classic tools from a technical standpoint, the reader will have to look elsewhere for an explanation of how these tools can be used to make "better" images.

This book is aimed at folks new to Lightroom Classic. Experienced users can find a review and a useful reference.