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Apeture Vs Photoshop?

 
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Oct 17, 2012 18:19 |  #16

FWIW the latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture share a common library format, so if you are currently using iPhoto it would be a painless transition to Aperture without even needing to "import" your library.


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Oct 17, 2012 19:27 |  #17

Both Aperture and Lightroom are available as free trials, you can try both for 30 days for free.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 20:40 |  #18

I use Aperture and recently tried Lightroom (again...gotta keep an eye on the competition). Each application has it's strengths and weaknesses. Here's a summary of what I found. YMMV:
Library management, cataloging, rating, etc (essentially all the stuff you do with your virtual shoebox of photos): IMO Aperture wins this hands down.

Workflow (this is the bucket for all the stuff you *do* with photos): IMO Aperture wins this, but this is largely due to what comes most naturally to you. Lightroom adopts a more "task based" approach that takes form in the task bar (Library, Develop, etc). Again, IMO, Aperture's modeless approach is more flexible and less intrusive into what you actually want to do.

Photo editing (this is the bucket of all the things you might want to do to a photo; e.g. adjust exposure, sharpen, adjust color, etc): IMO, Lightroom has more capabilities and adopts a geekier approach that results in more "control" over the finished image. However, Aperture's brushes are fantastic and integrated into nearly every adjustment you can make. Missing from Aperture are things like gradient filters (a big omission IMO), fine grain control over sharpening and noise reduction, and split toning (another big omission IMO). However, despite these omissions, you'll be hard pressed to find anything that can't be achieved with Aperture via the use of brushes (a huge advantage IMO) or "hacking" presets (which can replicate the gradient filters Lightroom offers). In addition, Lightroom users get lens correction, input file color profiling, and better integration with Photoshop.

Community (this is the value of the larger ecosystem surrounding each application): Lightroom appears to have more plugins/presets available for it as well. In addition, if you need to find a technique for how to achieve a particular look, the Lightroom community is 10-100 times greater than the Aperture community, and the audience that can offer tips/techniques/and other knowledge is far greater.

Performance: Im on an oldish MacPro with a Radeon 5770 and for whatever reason performance in Aperture blows the doors of that of Lightroom. Interactive performance in Aperture with full size 7D RAW files is fluid; interactive performance in Lightroom is way behind and provides a stutter-stop-stutter experience.

Neat Features: IMO, Aperture wins here with better offerings through Faces and Maps (Lightroom has Maps but feels sluggish and tacked on). Lightroom has better features for exporting images (you can apply export sharpening for example). But Apertures soft proofing and printing feel more integrated.

Lastly, with over 20K tagged, organized, mapped, and Faced images, it would be a tall order for Lightroom to make me switch--because the value I place on all this metadata and the ability to use it to search, display, and interact with my images has enormous value. If you don't have this coming in to the decision, it should be a lot easier to choose your tool.


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Oct 17, 2012 21:15 |  #19

I use Aperture with the Nik Software complete plugin package, and PTLens for correction. Amazing and simple to use for 95% of editing. Photoshop I will consider in the future for the more advanced/creative stuff though. I tried Lightroom. Very similar capability to Aperture, and from what I understand the built in correction tool and noise reduction are big plusses, but that's why I have the Nik plugins. Overall using Aperture is so much more intuitive and smooth to me.


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Oct 17, 2012 22:05 |  #20

ender78 wrote in post #15135898 (external link)
Both Aperture and Lightroom are available as free trials, you can try both for 30 days for free.

Where did you find a free trial of Aperture? I am in the same boat trying to decide which one to go with and it is my understanding that the free trial for Aperture is no longer available.


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Oct 18, 2012 06:23 |  #21

LPMM wrote in post #15136498 (external link)
Where did you find a free trial of Aperture? I am in the same boat trying to decide which one to go with and it is my understanding that the free trial for Aperture is no longer available.

That is correct. When Apple reduced the price of Aperture from $199 to $79 in the App Store, they dropped the free trial program.

That being said, if you plan to ever print photo books, or similar, Aperture's offerings are significantly better than Lightroom's, so there is a reason to own both, even if you use LR for primary processing. Just MHO.

One more thing..... I would wait until at least the 23rd of October before making a final decision. There are some rumblings that it is "Possible" that Apple may announce Aperture 4 at the same time they introduce the new hardware expected at their event on that date. So far, we are expecting announcements of iPad Mini, Mac Mini refresh, iMac refresh, 13' MacBook Pro RETINA. There are reasons to suspect this would be an appropriate time to intro some of their Pro Software at the same time...especially due to Retina introductions in the recent past. Maybe nothing, but there IS a real possibility.

There are pre-orders, and adverts all over bookstores for a Aperture 4 book by John Lewell as well, though the original release date was July, and some sites are stating that it has been delayed to October. Well... here we are in October, and Apple is having a big event on the 23rd, so it's just one more whisper of a possiblity. We'll see.


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Oct 18, 2012 08:06 |  #22

Being an Apple guy, Aperture was the logical choice for me over Lightroom. Both are great products. However the flow of Aperture was more familiar to me. Have been using Aperture since January 2009 with no reasons to change.
It's a Canon-Nikon thing.


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Oct 18, 2012 11:33 |  #23

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15137540 (external link)
One more thing..... I would wait until at least the 23rd of October before making a final decision. There are some rumblings that it is "Possible" that Apple may announce Aperture 4 at the same time they introduce the new hardware expected at their event on that date.

Thanks for the reply, I am on the fence and I would prefer something fairly easy to use and LR sometimes feels overwhelming when I watch the training videos. Anyway, I am currently using a 2007 iMac and I have been waiting for months to upgrade my hardware in anticipation of an Apple refresh, so the 23rd of this month will hopefully be the day.


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Oct 18, 2012 11:37 |  #24

I just switched to Capture One Pro. The color rendition vs ACR is enough to make the switch over.


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