Dynamic range in Lightroom vs Aperture

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jerwin, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    I still use Aperture 3, and am dragging my feet over switching to Lightroom (or gasp, Photos). I have no real plans to upgrade my D7000 any time soon. I'm more likely to get some more "pro" lenses.
    When I try to recover shadows or blown highlights, Aperture seems to limit my options to +/- two stops. When I see videos of people working with lightroom, it looks like they have a much wider range to play with. +/- 5 stops?
    Is this real? Or just a quirk of the interface? I shoot lossless 14 bit NEF.
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Can you get a trial of Lightroom? If so, best to see for yourself if Lightroom has better ability to recover detail in shadows and highlights (as well as handling noise respectively). You may also want to check out (though more costly) Capture One Pro.
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    And in fall, likely late Sept, On1 will release their new product Photo RAW. They have built their own raw converter engine and it renders onto the screen in very near real time. No huge delays such as we have in Lr waiting for preview generation...etc.
  4. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Lightroom's highlight and shadow recovery blows Aperture's out of the water. That was one of the main reasons I switched (before Aperture was even EOL'd).
  5. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    You should switch away from Aperture one way or another since it has been officially end-of-lifed by Apple. Hence, the discussion is somewhat moot.
  6. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    The basic tools to process your images are so much stronger in Lr as compared to Aperture, IMO. I made the complete switch over a year and a half ago and have never looked back. There is another option for you. Keep your Aperture Library but start using some other option (Lr, On1, etc) for all of your new photos going forward and get used to using that app. Aperture still works with the present apple OS (I have no clue if it works well with Windows 10) and keep it active until a future generation of operating system stops recognizing it. With Lr you can play with a trial version as noted already. But with Lr you will eventually need to make a decision whether to buy the latest version of Lr or participate in Adobe's subscription plan (~10/month for Lr + Photoshop). Many people don't like the idea of the subscription model but you do get a constant upgrade of processing adjustments that are not necessarily upgraded in the single purchase option. And the present thinking goes that in the end it will cost about the same as buying the next major upgrade of the purchased model. (i'm not sure about that part but I personally opted for the subscription).

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