Review: Taming Your Photo Library with Adobe Lightroom by Rob Sylvan
Buy this book.
You've got thousands of images on your hard drive, hundreds more on memory cards you just filled, and you just installed Adobe Lightroom. If you're new to LR and don't proceed thoughtfully, disaster can be lurking. Image organization is often a neglected part of post-processing. It's unappealing and for many (me included) organization is not a strong suit. If you're eager to start editing images it's easy to lapse into bad habits for what I call "inflow," getting my images into LR so I can develop them.
When Rob Sylvan's book was announced I signed up for pre-order, and have since recommended it to many. Taming Your Photo Library with Adobe Lightroom is a must-have for new LR users and anyone who has yet to establish their own workflow. (Judging from what I see in the Lightroom Help Group on Facebook, there are plenty of experienced LR users who also struggle with this.) While it is mostly oriented towards new LR users, almost anyone (me, for instance) can benefit from a careful reading. The book begins with an elegant description of the concept and functions of the LR catalog, which new users often find difficult to understand, and then moves on to basic LR setup. Subsequent chapters address the Library module and the import process, file management, using collections, managing metadata (including keywords), catalog maintenance and backups, using presets and templates, workflows, integrating with LR mobile, and troubleshooting.
Having developed a workflow, it is left to the reader is to have the discipline to stick to it, and Rob's book can't teach that. But, it's easier to be disciplined when you know what you're doing and why, and you enjoy the benefits that come with efficiency.