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.
–JOSEF ALBERS

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 […]

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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.
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Apple has updated Aperture to 2.1.2. Some sites are reporting that the new version adds some RAW support. Apple says the Aperture 2.1.2 update improves the printing quality of books ordered through the Aperture printing service.

The update is recommended for all customers using Aperture 2. You can read all the details and get the update at Apple.com. Continue reading

Converting Color Images to B&W in Aperture 2.1 from Scott Bourne on Vimeo. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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Ubermind has released a new (free) plug-in for Apple Aperture called Maperture. According to the company, it combines the power of Aperture and Google Maps and makes geotagging your photos a snap. Feature List Add or update global positioning system (GPS) data to your digital photos Scales from a few images to your entire library […]

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Picture Code has released Noise Ninja for Aperture. You can download the plug-in and read more about it on the Apple web site. We’re going to write a review of this product in the next week or so. Stay tuned to the blog for more information.

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Apple updated its professional workflow photography application, Aperture. Apple says the Aperture 2.1.1 “update supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.” The 48MB update can be downloaded from Apple’s Web site. NOTE: Cross posted at http://aperturenatureworkshops.com UPDATE: After installing the update I found out more about the […]

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Nik Software is working hard to create a string of plug-ins for Aperture and Photoshop. Their stable has grown again to include their newest product, Silver Efex Pro. This plug-in will give you complete control over black and white images in a way that neither Aperture or Photoshop can. I tested the product using my […]

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I am and have always been, a big fan of the Nik software. In addition to their products for Aperture, I use Nik Sharpener and Nik Dfine for Photoshop. As an Aperture user I have been counting the days until they release Color Efex Pro as an Aperture Plug-in. And now I can stop counting. […]

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Apple’s new update extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2.0 and iPhoto ’08 for the following cameras: Hasselblad CFV-16 Hasselblad H3D-31 Hasselblad H3D-31II Leaf Aptus 54S Leaf Aptus 65S Nikon D60 Olympus E-3 Pentax *ist DL2 Pentax *ist DS2 Pentax K100D Super Sony DSLR-A200 Sony DSLR-A350

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