Aperature 2

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by bfowler, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. bfowler macrumors newbie

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    I would like some input re Aperature 2 vs some of the other photo processing tools that are available. Just getting started with digital photography and find the possibilities are pretty much endless
     
  2. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    I just started to use Aperture 2 and I find the interface to be very user friendly. I am a beginner also with it so I really don't know much about it.
     
  3. Macmonter macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat as you as to wanting to learn more about the different photo handling programs! I got my new Mac with Photoshop Elements and I find it cumbersome to perform "open" and "save to" between it and iPhoto because I have to use Bridges as an intermediator. On my old PC with PS Elements, I could easily move between it and my folders with archived images. Aperture and Lightroom appear to simplify retrieving/editing/saving images - I think!
     
  4. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it does make it easier to retrieve/edit/saving images specially with the vault function. I have not really tried it but I would give the Aperture tutorials on the apple site a look.
     
  5. H2Ockey macrumors regular

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    Goto the manufacurer's website and DL a trial version. Most of the good software out there has a FULL FUNCTION trial for some limited time. Use the ones you're interested in try out the same functions on the same photo with all of them. Figure out which ones can do what the others can't.
    Personally i've just started this process. I have a 60 day trial of Nikon Capture NX2 and a 30 day trial of Aperture 2. I didn't much like the Photoshop elements i had for my PC so not sure i'm going to look into photoshop for my Mac.

    Right now it looks like i'm going to be doing what it appears many do and that is using several different programs. For me that means purchasing both Capture and Aperture though as they have individual strengths and I will be using them for different reasons.

    Oh, and although they seem very straight forward and for simple things intuitive the tutorials are a great resource to help judge what you can/want to do with the different programs.
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    With iPhoto and Elements it's easy. Go into iPhoto's "preferences" and select "Adobe elements" as your "image editor". After this whenever you double click a photo in iPhoto it will come up inside Elements. When you are done making edits do a "Save" (Not "Save As..") and the edited image will appear back inside iPhoto.

    Aperture works the same way.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Aperture is good for cataloging and organizing your photos and for making overall adjustments to them. It works a lot like iPhoto but is a lot more flexible and has more features. Aperture (and iPhoto) is not a true image editor. For that look at either Adobe Photoshop Elements or the full up Adobe Photoshop CS3. (Elements has most of what's needed at 1/5 the price) Photoshop is needed is you want to go inside the image and change stuff, for example remove a utility pole from a landscape shot or clean up skin problems in a portrait or composite multiple photos together.
     
  8. bfowler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the update

    ChrisA - good inputs and makes Elements a workable tool now - Bridge wasn't doing what I wanted and your input re the capabilities of Aperature confirmed my suspicions
    Thanks
     
  9. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Aperture 2 has quite a sophisticated range of editing tools. OK, not as comprehensive as Photoshop, but, IMO, Aperture is perfectly adequate to 'tweak' 99% of my pix. There's also a simple, one-click route to take an image into the external editor of your choice, and saving the resulting version back in Aperture (and linked to the master image).
     
  10. Macmonter macrumors regular

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    ChrisA, you have helped me again! Yes, selecting Photoshop Elements as the editing application in iPhoto Preferences makes "open" and "save" images between the 2 much easier and faster. I should have realized that :apple: would not have allowed Windows to have an edge in image handling. Now if :apple: would only make the "Grab" as easy as"Print Screen"!

    I've had my Mac 3 weeks now, and I feel I've only scratched the surface of knowing how it works. This forum is a tutortial in itself!
     

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