Craft & Vision’s “Big Book”: Lightroom 4 Unmasked

Lightroom 4 UnmaskedEven if you know a program well it helps to have a comprehensive guide, a book that covers everything from A-Z, so you can look up a keyboard shortcut, remember how to do that thing that you only do once a year, or learn some new tricks.

My favorite Lightroom bible has been Martin Evening’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book. I still think that’s a great resource, but I might have a new favorite: Piet Van den Eynde’s new ebook called Lightroom 4 Unmasked.

This is a truly comprehensive guide to Lightroom 4, from setting up and importing, to organizing in the Library Module, processing images, mapping them, exporting them or publishing them to Flickr or Facebook, and printing.

If you’re new to Lightroom there’s a lot of great information here to help you get started. For example, the Lightroom Do’s and Don’ts (page 20) offers some invaluable advice to help you make the most of the program and avoid some common pitfalls.

Even if you know Lightroom well you’ll undoubtedly discover some new tips. One that I’m anxious to try is on page 238 — using Lightroom’s Publish Services to automatically put images on my iPhone and iPad. Cool — I didn’t know you could do that.

This is another ebook by Craft & Vision, the publisher of my two previous ebooks. But this one is different. Craft & Vision is calling this a “big book,” and it is that: a full 312 spreads. Because this is roughly four times the size of their typical ebooks, the price for Lightroom 4 Unmasked is higher than normal — $20. But until midnight on Tuesday, November 27th you can get it for only $15. Just use the code LR4FIVE on checkout.

And one more thing: between now and Friday, November 23 at midnight, Craft & Vision is having a sale. All of their previous ebooks are half price — only $2.50 each! That includes my two Craft & Vision ebooks, Light & Land, and Exposure for Outdoor Photography.

The Obvious Question

Many people have asked me when I’m going to update my Light & Land ebook. Well I’m happy to report that I’ll be publishing a completely new ebook about Lightroom 4 for landscapes soon. It will have a similar format to Light & Land, where I take you step-by-step through processing several images, but it will have more examples than before, and you’ll be able to download DNG Raw files of the images so that you can follow along with me and process them yourself. There will also be an in-depth discussion of the new controls in Lightroom 4, including things that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere else. Stay tuned!

— Michael Frye

Related Posts: Lightroom 4: The New Tone ControlsLightroom 4: Working With the New Process

Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author and photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to YosemiteYosemite Meditations, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters, plus the eBooks Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, and Exposure for Outdoor Photography. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.

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8 Responses to “Craft & Vision’s “Big Book”: Lightroom 4 Unmasked”

  1. Walter George says:

    Michael,
    Thank you for your most recent email recommending the LR4 ebook and also your ebooks. I got both of them incuding Light & Land. Your ebook was fabulous even though it was on LR 2-3. No wonder everyone is asking for the LR4 update. Have you thought of also doing a video to accompany the next ebook edition of Light & Land? I think it would be a big hit. You are to be applauded for explaining so clearly what and why you are making your image changes and emphasizing the importance of letting how you felt and what you experienced when you took the picture be the driving force behind the image changes you make. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Andrew Chan says:

    Michael – thanks for the recommendation to get Piet’s LR e-book. I was going to pass on it since I didn’t know just how good it would be, but with your recommendation, I know it will be useful. Now if I can just find the time to read it, your e-books, YouTube videos, and the LL Michael Reichmann/Jeff Schewe videos, then I will be an expert! :) P.S. I wish that I didn’t miss that recent Yosemite snow. Being only in Santa Cruz, I’ve resolved to try to get over there when it happens again this winter.

  3. Harish says:

    Hi Michael,

    I am curious, the cover picture looks like its a temple from my hometown in southern India, do you know if that is in fact where that picture was taken?

    -Harish

  4. [...] of photography composition. And Piet Van den Eynde, author of the Lightroom 4 Unmasked ebook I reviewed last November, talks about the virtues of getting it right in the camera in his article, “Shoot More, Develop [...]

  5. [...] For an in-depth look at what’s new in Lightroom 5, Craft & Vision just released a new ebook by Piet Van den Eynde called Lightroom 5 Up to Speed. Piet does a good job of explaining all the new features of Lightroom 5 in a clear and comprehensive way, and it delivers on the promise to get you “up to speed.” You can also get Lightroom 5 Up to Speed bundled with Piet’s previous ebook, Lightroom 4 Unmasked, for $20 – a $5 discount. You can read my review of Lightroom 4 Unmasked here. [...]

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