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05/22/2012 10:09:16 PM · #1
which one? what you are using? I have Lightroom and don't have any issue and I got aperture from my uncle and was not sure if it is easy as Lightroom.

suggestions/ideas would help!
05/22/2012 10:13:13 PM · #2
I have what is probably a really dumb question but what is Lightroom/Aperture compared to Photoshop? If you have PS are one of these other programs a good supplement to them or is there no reason to have either of those if you have PS?
05/22/2012 10:16:54 PM · #3
Originally posted by chazoe:

I have what is probably a really dumb question but what is Lightroom/Aperture compared to Photoshop? If you have PS are one of these other programs a good supplement to them or is there no reason to have either of those if you have PS?


Kris,

There is no question that is a dumb question! the way I see photoshop is more of advanced photo editor and need to create/apply layers and effects to achieve what Lightroom could do. Lightroom in my opinion has bunch of built-in plugins that helps to automate some of the complexity that photoshop would have. Again Photographs goes to the detail editing where Lightroom is a quick editing!!!
05/22/2012 10:22:59 PM · #4
Originally posted by pgirish007:

Originally posted by chazoe:

I have what is probably a really dumb question but what is Lightroom/Aperture compared to Photoshop? If you have PS are one of these other programs a good supplement to them or is there no reason to have either of those if you have PS?


Kris,

There is no question that is a dumb question! the way I see photoshop is more of advanced photo editor and need to create/apply layers and effects to achieve what Lightroom could do. Lightroom in my opinion has bunch of built-in plugins that helps to automate some of the complexity that photoshop would have. Again Photographs goes to the detail editing where Lightroom is a quick editing!!!


Okay, thanks for the info. Maybe I will look into getting Lightroom then. It's not terribly expensive, so that's a plus. To upgrade PS(I have CS4) I need to get a second mortgage.
05/22/2012 10:23:27 PM · #5
Well, you must own a macintosh computer with Mac OSX software to take advantage of Apple's Aperture. I don't really want to argue the pros and cons of the hardware and operating software decision. If there is a doubt in your mind, then I can't help you.

For Aperture, try the Nik Software plugins which work very well.

Message edited by author 2012-05-22 22:26:34.
05/22/2012 10:41:26 PM · #6
Originally posted by hahn23:

Well, you must own a macintosh computer with Mac OSX software to take advantage of Apple's Aperture. I don't really want to argue the pros and cons of the hardware and operating software decision. If there is a doubt in your mind, then I can't help you.

For Aperture, try the Nik Software plugins which work very well.


Thanks Richard! I have macbook pro so with respect to hardware and software there is no issue.
05/24/2012 01:08:29 AM · #7
I am a die hard Aperture user. I have tried and tried to use Lightroom because everyone tells me it's so much better, but it just does not work for me. That's purely a personal preference, I know Lightroom is a great tool, just not for me.

Aperture misses a couple of really useful tools that are available in Lightroom (eg lens correction), but I haven't found that to be a big issue because PTLens works with Aperture as a plugin.

If you choose to go with Aperture, this is an extremely good resource for all things Aperture related.

www.apertureexpert.com. The video tutorials are particularly useful and detailed as are the FAQ in the forum.

If you have a copy of Aperture and it's not a question of buying it, then give it a whirl, you may like it.

ETA. there is an Aperture users group here on DPC (although somewhat inactive recently!)

DPC Aperture Users Group

Message edited by author 2012-05-24 01:10:28.
05/24/2012 07:17:24 AM · #8
Originally posted by chazoe:

I have what is probably a really dumb question but what is Lightroom/Aperture compared to Photoshop? If you have PS are one of these other programs a good supplement to them or is there no reason to have either of those if you have PS?


Lightoom and aperture are RAW editors and organizational packages. Compared to Photoshop their abilities are more stripped down and streamlined. edits are none destructive, meaning always have your untouched original to fall back to. they are also very good at applying preset develop settings and batchprocessing large amounts of photos. it's also very easy to organize into libraries and export images to a multitude of file formats, sizes, resolutions, again without harming the original. the raw software that came with your camera will be able to produce many of the same types of edits that aperture and lightroom will, without the organizational tools.

photoshop is full blown editing software that is much more powerful than lightroom or aperture in what you can accomplish but the major downside is that is if you have a lot of files to process, its going to take you while to get through it unless you know how to really automate photoshop, which most people, myself included, dont. you also dont have the cataloging ability in Photoshop.

05/24/2012 09:15:26 AM · #9
My software:

Aperture 3.2.3
Plugins: Nik Software:
Color Efex Pro 4
HDR Efex Pro
Silver Efx Pro 2
Viveza 2
Dfine 2.0

PTLens

PSE 10

I capture images in RAW format. I work directly on the RAW images. The software above allows me to do everything I want to do with the photographs.
05/24/2012 03:16:05 PM · #10
Any photos uploaded into Apple Aperture become the property of Apple...
05/24/2012 03:17:22 PM · #11
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Any photos uploaded into Apple Aperture become the property of Apple...


i ask if you are joking because it wouldn't shock me if you weren't
05/24/2012 03:24:48 PM · #12
Have a Mac over here and hate it. Coming from a Linux background it was a compromise I made with my wife when we purchased a new computer. Love Aperture but hate the hardware; no modular upgrades. Refuse to use a Windows box, which leads to the question.

Is anyone out there running Lightroom through Wine?

CS
05/24/2012 03:48:37 PM · #13
Aperture, I've had it since the first release and now I'm way too invested in it to switch. The early versions were particularly slow but it's much better now. Once I developed a system for cataloguing my shoots I find it has really improved my workflow.

I shoot RAW so it's perfect for doing all the global adjustments like exposure, saturation, colour balance etc but I use Photoshop for all my spot editing, I find the spot editing tools in Aperture rubbish in comparison.

Never used Lightroom so can't really offer any comparison.
05/24/2012 04:14:13 PM · #14
I use Lightroom, I tried Aperture for a short while but I think once you are totally used to one it's dificult to make the transition, if I'd started with Aperture I'd probably be using that now, both are good.

05/24/2012 05:37:03 PM · #15
Originally posted by mike_311:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Any photos uploaded into Apple Aperture become the property of Apple...


i ask if you are joking because it wouldn't shock me if you weren't


The joke is exactly that. It's hard to tell if I'm joking or not. Actually it's not true, but I was riffing off the Apple Publisher hub-bub where the EULA talked about owning the rights to works written with their software.
05/24/2012 07:16:29 PM · #16
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Originally posted by mike_311:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Any photos uploaded into Apple Aperture become the property of Apple...


i ask if you are joking because it wouldn't shock me if you weren't


The joke is exactly that. It's hard to tell if I'm joking or not. Actually it's not true, but I was riffing off the Apple Publisher hub-bub where the EULA talked about owning the rights to works written with their software.


ouch! does this mean if I open a my bank account on Safari than account has their ownership ;) if so then I would like to give all my debt ownership to them :)
05/24/2012 08:21:19 PM · #17
I have Lightroom, and absolutely love it. Its super convenient for day to day stuff and its a freaking life saver when you are dealing with large amounts of images! Love it!
05/26/2012 07:11:13 AM · #18
Aperture update out today version 3.2.4

HOPEFULLY IT'S FASTER
05/26/2012 07:14:03 AM · #19
Originally posted by mrchhas:

Aperture update out today version 3.2.4

HOPEFULLY IT'S FASTER

No, just some very minor bug fixes.
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