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Real Answers to Real Questions asked by Lightroom Users
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10 reasons you’ll want to read this book:

  • It’s written in a conversational style that’s easy to read.
  • It gives you instant answers to frequently asked questions, without wasting hours googling.
  • It saves you time and money by sharing tips and tricks that will make you more efficient.
  • It helps you understand what’s happening behind the scenes.
  • It shows you how to avoid problems – and their resulting stress – before they happen.
  • It teaches you how to solve problems when they do crop up.
  • It guarantees you access to additional author support, in case you get stuck.
  • It helps you develop a workflow that suits you, rather than squeezing yourself into someone else’s workflow.
  • It gives you the confidence to try new things.
  • Understanding what you’re doing makes Lightroom FUN!


About the Book

As the name suggests, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ is primarily designed as an FAQ-style reference book, rather than step-by-step tutorials. It’s a book of questions and answers – questions asked by real Lightroom users on a variety of online forums.

It starts off with a series of Quick Start tutorials designed to help newer users quickly understand the basics and get started, while avoiding the most frequent pitfalls. That Quick Start chapter’s also available as a free download. The book then switches to a conversational question & answer format, going into greater detail for intermediate and advanced users.


Who’s the book written for?

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 my lovely readers agree. The Lightroom 5 book has almost all 5 star reviews on both and – feel free to read their comments. Some of my favorites are copied below. You can also read 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 and other digital formats are the supplement.

You can learn more about the different formats on the Book Formats page.


What’s New in the Lightroom 5 book?

If you own my Lightroom 4 book, you’re probably wonder whether it’s worth upgrading. There’s a list of changes on the Table of Contents page, showing which questions are new, which have been updated for changes of behavior in Lightroom 5, and which ones have been updated with additional information about existing features.

Also new to this release is a brand new Quick Start chapter, which is designed to take new users step-by-step through their first few hours working with Lightroom. If you’re not a beginner, don’t worry, all of the geeky information’s still in the main book too.



As with my previous books, this book has received numerous 5 star reviews on Amazon and also other websites. I really do appreciate every single of them, and here share just a few of my personal favorites:


This book is your “one and only”

I have used LR FAQ since issue 3; it has saved my bacon too frequently to count. Easy to find answers to questions; in searching in some other books, if I don’t know the correct technical word for my problem, I can’t find help. In Victoria’s books, I find the information quickly since she uses common-sense phrasing, not super-geek gobbledegook. And she is spot-on with the solution. If I can’t find an answer — rare — I zip her an email, get a reply immediately and an answer in 24 or 48 hours. If only the rest of the world worked this way.

I have spoken with some folks at Lightroom Labs about Victoria and have heard only high praise: “She deserves her title” is the common response. I don’t know how she manages her workload of worldwide communication, but I am happy I found her. If I could give her 10 stars, I would. This book is your “one and only.”

–      The Boy from Brooklyn “Manuductor” 3 July 2013


This is the book you should get

I own 2 books on LR 5, the other by a very popular author and excellent teacher in his own right. That being said, if you can only purchase one book this is the book you should get. If you plan on getting multiple books, make this the first. I started with LR 3.6 and then upgraded to LR 5, I really wish I had gotten this book with LR 3. She takes what might otherwise be difficult concepts and make them very easy to understand. The writing is very fluid and easy to follow, and even fun to read. Start here and then develop your own style as you gain experience with LR. If you have been using LR for a while, I have no doubt this book will be a great value.

–      T. Anvik 27 November 2013


I’m thrilled with how much I’ve learned from this book

We photographers are visual. Victoria’s book is designed simply and without garish decorations and it makes it much easier to focus upon the screenshots and content. The book focuses on the things that I need to know, and doesn’t waste time getting to the questions you’ll have.

In my experience, books on Lightroom fall into one of two categories: quick start books that get straight to the basics, and fully detailed books that cover EVERY part of Lightroom. Victoria managed to create a book that covers both. Chapter 2 is a quick start guide that you can use if you’re new to Lightroom. The rest of the book is a complete course on how to use the app.

Victoria has penned the book that I will use when I’m searching for the details that I need to deliver high quality images to my clients. Victoria, thanks for this book and the work that you do. As a fellow Lightroom instructor, I’m thrilled with how much I’ve learned from this book.

–      Andrew @ Lightroom Love 1 July 2013


This book hits EVERYTHING

I’ve watched so many online tutorials and webinars and I learned about everything I need from them…almost. Sometimes it seems that there is nothing like a good written guide, that explains everything (and this book hits EVERYTHING). Many of the points made in Ms. Bampton’s book make you want to stop and try it right then and I do. The writing style is comfortable, the teaching accurate and this is simply a great LR 5 book.

Highly recommended; the e-book, hard copy and the website. Try it all! You’ll like it all!!

–      AOBob 3 September 2013


The go-to book for Lightroom

Whenever I have a question about Lightroom, this is the book I use. I have both the paperback for home use and an eBook version for traveling. After using the Lightroom 4 Missing FAQ book, it was great to see that the version 5 book came out close to when Lightroom 5 was released. The author is also very helpful on the site. It pays to register your purchase there and get full access to the knowledgebase and forums, and also information about book updates.

–      Jim Corbin 3 July 2013


If you buy just one book, buy this one

I’ve been using Lightroom for years and have purchased 5 different books. This is by far the best…and the one I use most often. It organized to find answers quickly…faster than any of the other books. The advice is good and the illustrations make it clear.

–      Les R. Diveley 3 August 2013


The Missing FAQ is the most complete reference you will ever need

I have used Lightroom since the first version was announced and just downloaded Lightroom 5. Automatically at the same time, I purchased Victoria Bampton’s book for LR5. Why? Because I continue to find that these books are the best reference book to have when using Lightroom. The book is available in book form or as an ebook which I find very useful, particularly when traveling. My bookshelf also has a few other Lightroom reference books and I no longer use any of them. The Missing FAQ is the most complete reference you will ever need. And to make the purchase of this book even more valuable, Victoria encourages her readers to contact her if they encounter specific problems; her responses are usually received within 24 hours. Anyone who uses Lightroom will find this book an excellent resource.

–      georgehd 2 July 2013


Great for both beginners and Advanced Amateurs

Well, presented well paced for quick understanding. Great for use as a source of reference.

This book is a must for Lightroom 5 users.

–      regott 9 August 2013


The best book I’ve found so far on Lightroom

The author of this book writes in a manner that the average person can understand. I have several books on Lightroom 5 and they are written for people with a photographic/technical background. This one is easy to follow and offers a lot of personal help. I especially like the authors listing of her email address and quick response if you’re having a problem understanding something.

–      G. Bryant 11 November 2013