I’ve already expressed my frustration at crash-prone Aperture 3.0. Since I want to be able to fully test the program I am still working with it, although with a small sample library – not with my actual serious photography. I’ve found a way to stabilize Aperture 3.0 – at least on my system. By deleting […]
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I was one of the early proponents of Aperture. In fact, it would have been safe to call me an Aperture “fanboy.” When it first launched, it was far from perfect, but I immediately saw the potential of the program and decided […]
Apple finally took the wraps off Aperture 3.0. The application appears to have caught up to Lightroom 2X and then some. But until Adobe freezes the LR3 beta, we can’t know how the two programs stack up head-to-head. Some important new features in Aperture 3.0 include: a. Presets (including on import) This is one of […]
This question came in last week from Nicholas Kitto in Hong Kong: “One thing that has tended to hold me back from trying Lightroom is the thought of transferring my numerous projects over to Lightroom. However, I see that you are undertaking this task. Thus, when you have the time, I (and many others no […]
Aperture 2.1.4 is out. It is required for those who want to use Aperture with Apple’s new Snow Leopard. This update, recommended for all users of Aperture 2, addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability and fixes a number of issues involving import, web publishing, and the creation and ordering of books. Import Addresses an issue […]
I often hear from Apple Aperture users who are having trouble opening thier pictures in Photoshop. In 99 out of 100 cases, the problem is a simple one. They can’t access the menu command, “Open with External Editor” and it doesn’t appear in the contextual menus and/or is grayed out in the Images menu. The […]
While it may appear that you cannot change fonts or fonts sizes in Aperture’s book layouts, you can. You can select any font or font size you want for any text in an Aperture book. Here’s how: Simply click COMMAND T to show the fonts dialogue box. In this box you can change the font’s […]
Pressing (Control and the “+” key) or (Control and the “-” key) rates the selected image up or down by one star AND automatically navigates you to the NEXT photo. This is a great way to speed-rate your images, turning what would normally be two keystrokes into one. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital […]
The word “workflow” gets thrown around quite a bit. It’s not one of my favorite words because in practice, it gets treated like a synonym for “recipe.” Unfortunately, there’s no single one correct way to do ANYTHING in photography. That would make it easy. So instead of saying, “Here’s my Aperture plugin workflow,” I’m going […]
If you want to create proofs that are more stylized than the ones that are available in Aperture’s CONTACT SHEET mode, or if you just want to create comps that can easily be printed or saved as a PDF or JPEG, then Aperture’s Light Table is for you. Place some images on the Light Table. […]
If you try to straighten an image by clicking on the straighten tool in the tool bar and then clicking and dragging within your image, it’s easy to go too far or not far enough. Actually getting the image straight often requires some luck done that way. An easier way to straighten an image is […]
It’s one of the first questions photographers ask me when they start investigating Aperture – “What’s a project?” The entire Aperture approach to image organization hinges on the photographer’s ability to understand the project concept. I’ve read through Apple’s documentation on this issue and find it helpful, but there are times when we need simple, […]
WORKING WITH STACKS Stacks are one of Aperture’s coolest features. You can “stack” images together for easier compare and select or just to keep like images together. If you want to use two images from a stack independently of each other, you have several choices: 1) You can extract one of them from the stack […]
Here are three quick Aperture tips for you… MULTIPLE LIBRARIES If you want to have a managed library, Aperture currently requires that all photos in a single library are stored on the same drive. But there is a workaround. You can in fact have multiple libraries that are selectable from within Aperture. You can create […]
We had a great day. We were up at 6:00 am eating breakfast and then everyone spread out to do some photography. I went with winner Bryan Holliday to the Devil’s Slide area near Highway 89. We say lots of Kestrels, Pronghorn and had a real treat when NPS employees moved a small herd of […]
Variable aperture comes into play if you have a zoom lens. If your lens has two numbers, i.e., F/3.5 to F/5.6, you have what’s called a variable aperture lens. This means your widest aperture (lower number) is different at different focal lengths. The variable aperture allows the camera manufacturer to make the lens for less […]
Imagenomic announced today the commercial release of Portraiture 2 for Aperture. Portraiture 2 for Aperture is a newly-engineered version that fits seamlessly into Aperture digital image management, editing and output. Special features include: · Automatic Skin Tones Mask generation and “One-click” skin retouching through a new Preset Manager, which includes image thumbnail previews, bracketing controls, […]
Are you struggling with the “rule of thirds?” If you’re cropping in Aperture and you’re not sure where your subject should be placed relative to the rule of thirds, Apple has a trick up their sleeves in Aperture that just might help you. Select the image you want to crop. Then select the Crop tool […]
Sometimes less complicated is good. A reader sent me this quote and inspired this post.
ECONOMY IN ART IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OF EFFORT AND EFFECT.
I recently purchased a Panasonic LX3 digicam. It shoots in JPEG or RAW mode, but while waiting for the RAW converter in Aperture, I have been shooting JPEGS. As someone who’s spent the last several years shooting exclusively in RAW, this was a shock to my system.
But then, I realized, it was also a bit freeing. It meant images would not have to be decoded by Aperture. It meant that images would pop up on the screen more quickly and be easier to work with. It meant that even if I worked in the highest quality JPEG mode, I’d no longer worry about spending time waiting for complicated changes to take effect. Continue reading
Back when I first tried the service, I was very disappointed. Books made from Aperture were fine for passing around to family, but they simply weren’t good enough quality to even consider selling to clients. That all changed a few weeks ago. The 2.1.2 update specifically improved Apple’s printing service. I only tried the book […]
I went to the 2008 Seattle Auto Show this week and grabbed some images with my Panasonic LX3. I am still shooting JPGs since there is no RAW Aperture converter. That said, the LX3 is so good even in JPG mode that I don’t mind.
I wanted to see if I could download, select, adjust, convert to B&W and upload to a web gallery in 25 minutes. I used these photos as a test case. Let’s see what happened.
I shot about 45 images at the show. I wasn’t shooting everything that moved. I tried to make good images that I knew I’d like to keep.