The Photographers Guide to Lightroom’s Develop Module Book

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Lightroom is powerful and easy to use. But it isn’t always obvious how to achieve the best results. In fact, many of the most powerful features are buried away and easily overlooked. It’s also not obvious in which order to apply your adjustments, which can make a substantial difference to your results.

This comprehensive, yet concise guide to Lightroom’s Develop module, is organised into four sections:

Section 1 – Lays the foundations to help you work quickly and effectively in Lightroom. The features covered here are often ignored, yet they can make it much easier to edit your photographs.

Section 2 – Provides detailed guidance for all the adjustment tools. Use this section to develop your skills, and then later as a reference. It’s also packed with hard earned tips from many thousands of hours using Lightroom.

Section 3 – Explains how to make selective adjustments to your images. Creating selections is one of the most valuable editing techniques you can develop. Despite this, surprising few people can do it well. This section will guide you through creating detailed and complex selection with ease.

Section 4 – Helps you develop your Lightroom workflow. You can then apply this to the three comprehensive examples. You can download the RAW files to accompany the from the Lenscraft website, allowing you to follow along on your own computer.

This book provides everything you need when learning to master the Lightroom Develop Module.

Some of What You Will Learn:

  • How to use a self-organising and expandable folder structure to hold your photography.
  • Create a bespoke workflow to suit your needs, whilst easily organising your photographs.
  • Ways to sort and filter your images so as not to waste time.
  • Tools to find the perfect image amongst thousands.
  • What to do with all the finished images you produce when editing.
  • How and why to use keywords, even if you don’t sell stock photography.
  • Ways to move and reorganise an existing photo library that’s already in a mess.
  • Storing and backing up your photo library so as not to risk losing everything.

Even if you have hundreds of thousands of disorganised images, you can quickly regain control following the simple steps in this book.

If you don’t feel confident using Lightroom, don’t worry. Everything you need to know is explained in the step-by-step instructions in a way that’s easy to follow.

This method works with both the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC, and older pre-CC versions of Lightroom

Regain control of your photography today with this concise, easy to follow guide.

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I have been away from any form of serious photography for a long time and when I decided to take it up again it was very, very, different. Although the techniques I learnt years ago will still (I hope!!!) stand me in good stead there is a whole new ballgame under way.

No more darkroom, no more film tank, no more trays, no more Durst M605, no more chemicals, no more seeing that picture develop right before your eyes!

Now is the time of the digital photograph but there is a plus side – I can take as many photos as I want with no developing costs at all!

Apps, software, programs, call them what you like – these are the new tools and even though I am extremely computer literate the learning curve is bordering on the vertical!

There are a multitude of books out there that claim to help you get the most out of digital photography in the “lab.” In other words Lightroom Classic which apparently is the most used “go to” for today’s digital photographer.

However, if you are not already familiar with this piece of software (I wasn’t) you are going to struggle. By and large they all assume some prior knowledge of the app.

Robin’s book does not make this mistake. It will take you through a familiarization process until you too know what it is you have to do to get the best out of your hobby. It’s the best “How To” guide I’ve come across yet for someone like me taking the plunge into the deep and icy waters of Lightroom Classic.

Paul Hancock

I’ve used LR for some time now but this book has helped streamline my workflow. I’ve started using tools in LR that I didn’t even know were there and the downloadable files are a real bonus.

Rodger Holden

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