Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CC Reading Materials

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Aushiker, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Hi

    I am chasing any suggestions on quality reading material (i.e., good old books or iBooks I guess) that would be useful for a complete novice with Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.

    I have plunged the library at work and whilst I can get interlibrary loans on various listed texts to see if they work for me (and access to electronic books - 14 day loans) I wouldn’t mind my own hard copy resources.

    So if you have any suggestions on texts you have found useful please do let me know.

  2. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Lightroom 5: Martin Evening's "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book". Also Jeff Schewe's "The Digital Negative" which basically just covers processing. It's also over a year old and is more Lightroom 4 vintage but Lightroom 5 is basically Lightroom 4 with a few new features like a radial gradient feature. Nothing in "The Digital Negative" is out of date for LR5, there's just some things in LR5 that don't get covered. I find the combination of these 2 books work for me for Lightroom.

    I don't use Photoshop so I can't make any suggestions there for you.

    As well as the above books I've found the Luminous Landscape basic and advanced video sets for Lightroom quite valuable.
  3. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Scott Kelby has some excellent books on LR and PS.
  4. dpaultx

    dpaultx Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 19, 2014
    North TX
    Having also started out as a "novice" in the digital world (but with over 40 years of experience in the world of "film"), one of the better beginners books that I found was;

    Teach Yourself Photoshop: The Complete Guide to CS and CC for Photographers by George Cairns


    Cairns starts out simple, at "the beginning", and then progresses, slowly, trough the entire Photoshop experience. Short of sitting through an actual advanced "class", it's pretty hard to beat.

    I think that there is also a DVD and even an iPhone app that follows along with the book.

  5. YantaYo

    YantaYo Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 18, 2012
    Kelby's The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers, Martin's Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers and Smith's Photoshop CC Digital Classroom training book. I did find a few inaccurate statements in Kelby's book, but to error is to publish.
  6. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    The Missing Lightroom FAQ by Victoria Bampton, aka The Lightroom Queen.

  7. Thanks heaps everyone for the suggestions! Most helpul and lots of options to investigate. I can see a lot of reading ahead of myself :) 

  8. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
  9. Thanks for the link but I cannot read that in the bath so like a mix of media :) 

  10. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    My favorite Photoshop book is Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching by Katrin Eismann.
  11. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Not books, but I also recommend getting a subscription, if even monthly to KelbyOne and take the classes there.
  12. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
  13. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
  14. I suspect work might get a touch upset if I dropped it in the water :) 

  15. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    I use LR as my digital asset manager (DAM) and main nondestructive editor. When it is time to do advanced editing, such as using layers and masks, I head to Perfect Photo Suite, not Photoshop. But the Nik Collection and Perfect Photo Suite are killer plugins from LR and Aperture.
  16. My library has now grown ... probably got one to many Lightroom books and after a quick look last night after they arrived I think Martin Evening's title probably is more than sufficient. Anyway I now have:

    The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 - The Missing FAQ: Real Answers to Real Questions Asked by Lightroom Users by Victoria Bampton

    Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC by Martin Evening

    Thanks everyone for your helpful comments.

  17. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
    Mike Crosa
    Agree, Jardines videos are great!
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