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May 31, 2011 15:29 |  #1

Guys

For the Mac users which do you use Aperture or Lightroom 3 and why?

I am currently a Aperture User and have been for a while... I decide to try out Lightroom 3 the other day and I have found some of the processing and images editing in lightroom great to use the noise reduction for once WORKS in aperture it poor and few other things in Lightroom is great


Just wonder what you guys thinks




  
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May 31, 2011 15:39 |  #2

I use LR3, one of its big selling points was improved noise reduction. I shoot a lot of high-ISO, low-light stuff.

I'm about halfway through the Lynda.com training on LR3, and it amazes me how seamlessly it integrates with Photoshop. So, that's another big bonus.

I never used Aperture so I don't have much to compare against.


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May 31, 2011 15:44 |  #3

Noise control is better in Lightroom for most images. If that is your main concern and would cause you to turn to plugins or third party programs for every image, then you may be better off with Lightroom. I think that modern camera sensors are so good that you don't really need to obsess about noise. I rarely use it for anything below ISO 800, and maybe not even for 1600 if the shot was during daylight hours.

Lightroom also has the awesome targeted adjustment tool and the ability to rotate an image instead of just straighten it. Even so, I still prefer Aperture because of these things:

- Clone brush & Heal tool
- RGB levels & curves
- Highlights & Shadows
- Add multiple instances of levels, curves, colors, etc (similar to layers)
- Brush effects in or out (similar to masking)
- CMD+Click to view multiple projects/folders/album​s in same window
- Option+Click to open multiple projects/folders/album​s in tabs
- Able to switch between metadata & adjustment panels while keeping same view of current image or thumbnails.

I used Lightroom on Windows and when I first switched to Mac. I'd have no problem going back to it if needed. Both are excellent programs.


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May 31, 2011 15:50 |  #4

What you say regarding aperture is right..

I also like clarity in lightroom too I find it good but don't know if it worth getting as can be got cheap at the moment 60% off.

What other option I have that won't break the bank? Aperture I love it just need some better processing tools like noise and clarity

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Noise control is better in Lightroom for most images. If that is your main concern and would cause you to turn to plugins or third party programs for every image, then you may be better off with Lightroom. I think that modern camera sensors are so good that you don't really need to obsess about noise. I rarely use it for anything below ISO 800, and maybe not even for 1600 if the shot was during daylight hours.

Lightroom also has the awesome targeted adjustment tool and the ability to rotate an image instead of just straighten it. Even so, I still prefer Aperture because of these things:

- Clone brush & Heal tool
- RGB levels & curves
- Highlights & Shadows
- Add multiple instances of levels, curves, colors, etc (similar to layers)
- Brush effects in or out (similar to masking)
- CMD+Click to view multiple projects/folders/album​s in same window
- Option+Click to open multiple projects/folders/album​s in tabs
- Able to switch between metadata & adjustment panels while keeping same view of current image or thumbnails.

I used Lightroom on Windows and when I first switched to Mac. I'd have no problem going back to it if needed. Both are excellent programs.




  
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May 31, 2011 16:19 |  #5

Rookies1241 wrote in post #12510985 (external link)
I also like clarity in lightroom too I find it good but don't know if it worth getting as can be got cheap at the moment 60% off.

What other option I have that won't break the bank? Aperture I love it just need some better processing tools like noise and clarity

Aperture has Clarity, but it is called Definition. It is in the Enhance brick between the Contrast and Saturation sliders.


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May 31, 2011 16:22 |  #6

I use Aperture and really prefer it to LR. For noise reduction, I use the Nik DFine plug-in when needed.




  
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May 31, 2011 16:27 |  #7

Mark-B wrote in post #12511120 (external link)
Aperture has Clarity, but it is called Definition. It is in the Enhance brick between the Contrast and Saturation sliders.

True not not negative it all positive.... In LR you can go negative and be creative :D




  
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May 31, 2011 17:09 |  #8
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I used Aperture exclusively until I found out about lightroom 3s graduated filter....

It allows you do adjust the exposure of a portion of the image, aperture has nothing like this. Saved me the trouble of buying and carrying around a Graduated ND filter.

Also, LR3 performs better in fullscreen than aperture did...aperture was a little buggy going from fullscreen to regular sometimes.


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May 31, 2011 19:56 |  #9

I tried lightroom for awhile but returned to Aperture for the same reason I started using it Asset Management. While LR may have a slight edge in the editing department Aperture kills it in the asset management department and seeing as how I do most of my editing in PS, image management is what I really need so Aperture fits the bill also with the lowered price you really can't go wrong. sbattey you can do selective exposure adjustments in Aperture both the levels and curves adjustments can be brushed in on whatever area you want.


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May 31, 2011 20:20 |  #10
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Damian75 wrote in post #12512248 (external link)
I tried lightroom for awhile but returned to Aperture for the same reason I started using it Asset Management. While LR may have a slight edge in the editing department Aperture kills it in the asset management department and seeing as how I do most of my editing in PS, image management is what I really need so Aperture fits the bill also with the lowered price you really can't go wrong. sbattey you can do selective exposure adjustments in Aperture both the levels and curves adjustments can be brushed in on whatever area you want.

Way too difficult, and not as good as graduated filter implementation

Also, if you do most of your editing in PS why didn't you go with iPhoto?


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May 31, 2011 20:44 |  #11

sbattey wrote in post #12511415 (external link)
I used Aperture exclusively until I found out about lightroom 3s graduated filter....

It allows you do adjust the exposure of a portion of the image, aperture has nothing like this. Saved me the trouble of buying and carrying around a Graduated ND filter.

The graduated filter in Lightroom is nice, but it's nothing you can't do in Aperture. It takes more effort to get it done in Aperture, but you also aren't limited to straight lines. Neither program is a substitute for a real Grad ND filter.


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Jun 01, 2011 12:42 |  #12

Lightroom all the way


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Jun 01, 2011 12:57 |  #13

bought Aperture only because it was $79 on the AppStore.


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Jun 01, 2011 18:43 |  #14

sbattey wrote in post #12512388 (external link)
Way too difficult, and not as good as graduated filter implementation

Also, if you do most of your editing in PS why didn't you go with iPhoto?

I haven't tried the graduated filter in LR it was simply the point that similar things can be done in both programs. The asset management tools in aperture far surpass iPhoto in regards to meta data editing, multiple libraries, exporting, syncing and merging libraries, more ingesting options like realtime backup, custom file name on import and custom meta data, use of referenced files and my personal favorite tethered shooting. I am very much a proponent of using what works best for you, Aperture fits my needs better than Lightroom but thats just me. As both pieces of software have free trials I always suggest people try both and see what suites them best.


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Jun 01, 2011 19:03 |  #15
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ckramos wrote in post #12516593 (external link)
bought Aperture only because it was $79 on the AppStore.

Can't beat $79...

I paid 200 for it from a real store :(


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