Getting to know the software we use to produce our photos is just as important as getting to know our camera gear. Besides the many resources available online, a good book can be extremely valuable, as online reading can often make you drift away from what you need to be studying.
I have taken a look at Amazon.com and found the top 10-bestselling Adobe Lightroom books.
1.The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers
Scott Kelby is the author of this book and he was also behind the worlds #1 bestselling lightroom book of all time: “The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers”. In this latest version for Lightroom 3 he attacks the subject in the same manner as his earlier books. In plain English he will guide you trough the usage of Lightroom. Most importantly he goes beyond just showing you how to work the sliders in the software but also shares his own workflow with the readers and answers his #1 most asked Lightroom question: “Exactly what order am I supposed to do things in, and where does Photoshop fit in?”.
$29 on Amazon The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
2.Lightroom 3: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process
The author behind the book Nat Coalson has worked his entire adult life in digital imaging ranging from jobs in the printing business to running a photo studio. This means that he has tried his fair share of the photo editing software on the market and lets just say that he has a love affair with Lightroom. So much so that he has decided to author this book.
With this book he aims to make sure no photographer ends up struggling with file formats, resolution, color management and other technical tasks that can take away the focus from creating great photos. He does this by teaching his workflow that he has taught students for years. As he puts it “My students frequently tell me how liberating this is: to comfortably handle all the files coming off the camera and residing on hard disks, to work methodically through a known sequence of steps and to produce finished pictures that you’re proud to show other people” .
$27 on Amazon Lightroom 3: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process
3. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers
This book is written from a photographer’s perspective and author Martin evening knows what he is talking about. He has a background as a commercial and fashion photographer and he knows the importance of knowing in the ins and outs of an efficient workflow. He was on the initial beta team of Lightroom and helped Adobe with feedback for the application, and as a result he knows every corner and aspect of the application.
You will learn to work with both jpg and raw format within Lightroom. He also gets into how you most efficiently manage that ever growing library of photos before moving on to working with adjustments of images. On top of that he will also teach how to best integrate Lightroom with Photoshop in your workflow. Of course you will also learn more about the new lens corrections feature and noise reduction in Lightroom 3 as well as other innovations.
$34 on Amazon The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers
4. Adobe Lightroom 3 – The Missing FAQ – Real Answers to Real Questions asked by Lightroom Users
The title is pretty much a give away to the content of the book. Victoria Bampton aka. The Lightroom queen will be a familiar name to people frequenting the Lightroom forums. She is a very helpful person with an immense knowledge of Lightroom.
She has used this knowledge and interaction with thousands of photographers from around the world to create the missing manual for Lightroom 3. She uses these real life examples and questions to guide you trough the usage of Lightroom. I like that fact that she is not writing about thought up scenarios but real life problems from real life people.
You can read the book from end to end or just dive in where ever you want to learn something new. The will something in there for all skill levels and the layout of answers/questions is impeccable.
$36 from Amazon Adobe Lightroom 3 – The Missing FAQ – Real Answers to Real Questions asked by Lightroom Users
5. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers
Two books in the top 10? Yes the dear Scott Kelby is a popular man and it is actually no wonder that his book on lightroom 2 is still one of the best selling items. Many users have not upgraded yet and the book keeps selling.
Scott wrote the book while beta testing Lightroom 2 for Adobe and if you are the type of person who learns best from hands on projects, then this is the book for you. The book covers new features new to Lightroom 2 with great depth but not in a textbook way. All corners of the program is broken down into its basics and then reviewed in a progressive style that will benefit novice and professional alike. In true Kelby style it feels like he is talking directly to you throughout the entire process. It’s like having your own personal instructor right at your side.
$29 from Amazon The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers
6. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book
No top 10-list is complete without a book from Adobe. The “classroom in a book” series is a classic and has a traditional take on guiding the readers. With 10 project based lessons and step by step instructions the book shows the key features of the program and guides the user trough creating workflows.
The book covers how to work in the new import interface, add audio to your slideshows, shoot tethered, use the new crop overlay tool, customize a watermark, simulate film grain in your images, utilize more options for publishing your work online, and further customize your print packages.
A good book but lacks some of the humor and personal touches you will get from other authors in the list.$34 from Amazon Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book
7. Photoshop Lightroom 3: Visual QuickStart Guide
If you prefer your tutorial books full of screen shots and step by step instructions then this is the book for you. Apart from standard Lightroom features the book dives into all the new aditions to Lightroom 3 such as: noise control, Lens Correction,
Audio/Video integration, Import and Develop Improvement as well as new printing features. The book can be used for beginners and pros alike.
As one of the reviewers says:” In about a day I learned more than I needed to know or ever thought I would need to know to organize, fine-tune, display and to just plain ‘show off’ my digital photos.”
$19 from Amazon Photoshop Lightroom 3: Visual QuickStart Guide
8. Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer’s Handbook
Although Lightroom is a killer program many will still see a large portion of their work going trough Photoshop as well. Steve Laskevitch is an Adobe certified instructor who has designed workflows for hundreds of companies over the last decade and he shows you how to build a complete workflow between Bridge, Photoshop, Camera raw and Lightroom.
By tying all the applications together you will be able to create a flow aimed at exactly your needs. Without the guidance of Steve this can seem unbearable.
$26 from Amazon Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer’s Handbook
9. Adobe Digital Imaging How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6
This book is actually very similar to the previous one – at least in the subject matter. Dan Moughamian has been teaching Photoshop and other Adobe programs for the last 16 years and sets out to teach you the most exciting new features from the 3 apps such as: streamlined importing, noise reduction, HDR worklows and much more.
The guides are in full color and you can dive straight into the how-tos right away.
$23 from Amazon Adobe Digital Imaging How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6
10. Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)
With this book author David duChemin takes a completely different approach to teaching about Lightroom. What good is it knowing the features of the software if you have no vision for what you are trying to achieve? This is the question he asks you and goes on to explain how you can use identify your visions and the build them using Lightroom.
This is actually a refreshing new approach and don’t think for a second that David doesn’t know what he is talking about. As an assignment photographer specializing in humanitarian projects and world photography he knows what a difference it makes to convey the right vision to your audience.
$29 from Amazon Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)