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Real Answers to Real Questions asked by Lightroom Users
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When you have a Lightroom question, where do you look?
  • Do you trawl through thousands of web pages looking for the information you need?
  • Perhaps post on a forum and wait for someone to reply?
  • Maybe try to figure out the Help files?
  • From now on, you look right here!
  • This is the reference book that should have shipped with Lightroom.
How’s the book laid out?

It’s a book of questions and answers – questions asked by real Lightroom users on a variety of online forums. You can read it cover-to-cover, or you skip around and use it as a reference book. As a searchable eBook format, you can use the bookmarks or search facility to easily find the answers to your questions.

Who will want to read this book?

Whether you’re a new user who likes to dive straight into new software and figure it out as you go along, a more experienced user wanting to learn how to get the best out of Lightroom, or you’ve just got a burning question you’d like answered, this book is for you.

There are questions ranging from simple ones like how to import photos, to much more in-depth details about how the previews are used and how to create your own camera profiles.  Check the Table of Contents to see the full list of questions covered in this release.

These are real-world answers to real questions asked by real Lightroom users. It not only covers how to do things, but also why they work the way they do.

Lightroom may have a mind of its own… but now you can learn how it thinks.

Is it worth reading?

Of course I’ll say yes, but readers agree. It has all 5 star reviews on – feel free to read their comments. You can also download free excerpts to help you decide whether it’s the right book for you.

A choice of formats

The Adobe Lightroom – The Missing FAQ books were originally intended to be searchable PDFs, however once they were released to the public, a demand arose for a paperback version too.

While many books have a PDF supplement, this book is the other way round – the color PDF eBook is designed to be the primary book, and the black & white paperback is the supplement.

You can learn more about the PDF & Paperback formats on the Book Formats page.



The book has received numerous great reviews on Amazon and other websites.  I really appreciate every single of them, but there’s not enough space on this page, so here are just a few of my personal favorites:


Photoshop User Magazine Review

Being part of the NAPP Help Desk team, I’m very familiar with the types of questions frequently asked by Lightroom users, and I have to tell you that Victoria has solid answers for all of them. If you’ve ever had a question about some Lightroom quirk, error message, or just how to do something that isn’t as intuitive as it could be, I’d wager it’s explained in a straightforward manner inside this book. The real strength of this book though is the fact that it was originally developed as an eBook (PDF format) to facilitate quick-and-easy searches of its contents right from your workstation. You can purchase the eBook alone (which is cheaper) or purchase the printed version and get the eBook for free. Head over to [...] for the best price and all the answers to your questions.
- Photoshop User Magazine, April 2009


Best Book on Lightroom 2

I own three other lightroom books and when I lost some data because of corrupted files, this was the only book I found the answers in. It was very simply to find the problems and how to fix them with how the book is set up. I think this is the best book on Lightroom 2. Thank you Victoria Bampton
- Jacques Despres, 1 March 2010,


Different from Other Lightroom Books

There are many books on Adobe Lightroom, many of which review each and every button and control of this terrific software program. These other books are very useful. Victoria Bampton has taken a different approach. She has assembled real life solutions to real life problems that users find when they attempt to utilize the full power of Adobe Lightroom.
When I first received the book I was amazed at the Table of Contents (41 pages), I looked at one issue that I had found with Lightroom and I found a solution to my problem. This, even before I completed reading the book!
I highly recommend this book.
- Robert Rickert, 22 December 2008,


Real answers to Real Questions

When I first heard there was an FAQ about Lightroom in the works, I had my doubts. I have seen too many books that claimed to be Frequently Asked Questions that were in fact a collection of tips reverse-engineered into a question format. As a Lightroom author myself I spend a share of my time in the Adobe Lightroom User-to-User forum answering questions all the while trying to get a feel for the kinds of questions people have about Lightroom so I can ensure the topic is covered in my book. I always thought it would be great if someone would distill all of the questions that are posted along with the correct answers and organize them into a book. This is exactly what the author has done. She has managed to collect and organize them into a single document. These real questions that are actually asked frequently (what a concept) are organized in such a way as to be easy to find. I cannot recommend this work highly enough. I just finished a 300+ page book on Lightroom 2 and I still find myself going though my copy of her book to refresh my memory on how something is supposed to work.
- Dave Huss, 19 September 2008,