Passing the Torch


One of my favorite Lightroom books over the years has been Nat Coalson's Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process. I was a little disappointed as I started to read Nat's blog post telling us he would not be rewriting the book for Lightroom 5. But that disappointment was quickly dismissed when I read that Rob Sylvan would be doing the Lightroom 5 version. I can't think of more capable hands to pass the torch to.


Rob's excitement about writing the new edition is evident in his post. He also includes downloadable versions of all the illustrations in the book at his dedicated book page to help readers who have issues seeing details in the book. There are natural constraints in reproducing these and this is a thoughtful thing to provide.

First of all, thanks Nat for years of excellent Lightroom knowledge and advice in your previous editions for Lightroom 2, Lightroom 3, and Lightroom 4. I always learned something. For those of you who may not know Nat here is his bio from Amazon:

Nathaniel (Nat) Coalson is a fine artist, travel photographer, instructor and writer based in Leicester, England and Denver, Colorado. Nat specializes in providing custom artwork and services for commercial interior design and has worked in the graphic arts and related industries since 1987. In addition to art and photography, Nat has worked professionally in graphic design, prepress, printing and Web development. Nat's work has been exhibited extensively, received national awards and is held in numerous collections. Nat is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop and an author of many books on photography and imaging. Nat is an experienced instructor and provides training and consulting in photography, printing and digital imaging for private and corporate clients. For more information and to see Nat's work visit

Rob Sylvan brings his own style and knowledge to the new edition. If by chance you don't know Rob here is his Amazon bio:

A freelance photographer, teacher, and author, who is also the Lightroom HelpDesk Specialist for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and Kelby Training, an instructor for the Perfect Picture School of Photography, and on staff at Rob writes the "Under the Loupe" column for Photoshop User Magazine and is the author of Lightroom 2 for Dummies, Lightroom 3 Video QuickStart Guide, Editing on your iPad with PhotoGene, D5100: From Snapshots to Great Shots, D3200: From Snapshots to Great Shots, D600: From Snapshots to Great Shots and Taking Stock.

He blogs about Lightroom over at

Rob's a great teacher and an all around nice guy! He was gracious enough to send me a copy of the book for review. I have to say it remains a valuable reference. The additions Rob has made are thorough and fit very well with Nat's material. I know it isn't an easy task to write a book. I am sure it is more difficult to take an existing book and breathe new life into it. Rob has done an excellent job.

In addition to the text, there are several well done illustrations and a host of screenshots to illustrate what is being discussed. The layout is attractive and makes the book flow well. Here are a few sample pages to illustrate.



I really enjoyed this book very much and am thrilled that it continues with Lightroom 5! There is a lot here for both experienced and new Lightroom users. So go and check it out.

Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process is available in both hard copy and electronic versions. Get your copy today.