My latest book is published today, October 7 – just in time for Christmas (!).
Digital Photo Workflow (Made Easy) is a short book that tries to cover everything and to make it look easy – or at least make it the obvious way to work. That’s quite an ambitious scope and one that may seem beyond 128 pages, but I often find that learning soon grinds to a halt once it’s smothered by how much detail one can offer in a larger volume. Instead this book is more about appreciating the overall tasks, fitting them together, and equipping the reader with guidance about best practice.
While it teaches you a lot about Lightroom, it doesn’t pretend to be a slider-by-slider manual. It’s a short book that tries to cover everything you need to know to get going, and the right way to do things. So instead of having a lengthy chapter on using multiple catalogues, for instance, instead it points the reader directly towards using a single catalogue and not fragmenting one’s workflow. It tells you about folders in Lightroom, but makes clear that you need to avoid the (natural) temptation to use folders to categorize your pictures. Folders store, keywords categorize. For those who won’t start using keywords because it’s too big a job, there’s some pretty brutal advice about the journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step. There’s a lot of best practice in there, but sweetened and expressed in familiar language. So it’s a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Once you know which direction to go, you can figure out the sliders and which buttons to press.