The Indispensable Guide To Lightroom CC
Author: Sean McCormack
Writing a new Lightroom book must be a daunting task. There is an enormous amount of content in the program and many ways to use it plus something will always be out of date because of constant updates to the program before a book can be published. There are a few books that have been updated with each new version of Lightroom for several cycles and have become established references. Sean McCormack tries to break into this group with his new book, The Indispensable Guide to Lightroom CC: Managing, Editing, and Sharing Your Photos. Some of these books lean more toward comprehensive lists of every slider and button in the program; others offer more tutorials. This one favors the comprehensive list approach but includes enough tutorials and examples to keep it interesting. This keeps the work easy to read even with the detailed content.
He starts with installation and setup of the programs and then works through all the modules. Along the way he includes discussions of topics such as color management with monitor calibration and printer profiles as well as shooting tethered. I personally work mainly in the Library, Develop and Print modules and found that he covered the important topics here. I learned that were many options in the Web and Book modules that I did not know about because I usually just skip them.
I think this book is a worthy addition to the basic Lightroom book niche. It can help the beginner learn what is in the program and the intermediate user learn why it works the way it does. My personal approach is to get a different one of the books for each major update rather than always getting the same author’s book. I find that sometimes the content does not change that much between editions, and reading different authors gives me varied approaches to understanding the material.