Lightroom vs Aperture

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by thebrain74, May 7, 2007.


Lightroom vs. Aperture

  1. Adobe Lightroom

    10 vote(s)
  2. Apple Aperture

    16 vote(s)
  1. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    I am going to get one of these two programs to manage my photos. I just don't know which one. I have heard that lightroom runs faster while aperture has more features. Both look good, and I just wanted your guys' reactions/experiences with them. I will be using jpegs, and probably running a low end C2D MBP with 2gig ram
  2. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    There are free 30-day trials available for both.
  3. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Yup, I've tried both and like Lightroom better. :)
  4. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    If you're going to be using jpegs, what's the point in getting either? iPhoto is plenty powerful and fulfilling for that.
  5. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Try them out. But I'll say mainly the only reason I've stuck with Aperture is because of FlickrExport, which I absolutely love.

    Lightroom runs much better and I think if there was a FlickrExport for Lightroom, I might go with that.

    But that being said, Aperture's lack of a dedicated workflow is pretty good as well. :)

    In conclusion....just go try the trials. It's your choice which one you pick, not ours. :D
  6. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I could really use something like this Aperture plugin in Lightroom. I preferred Lightroom when I tried the trials of each, but this plugin has me thinking that I may have to go with Aperture.
  7. -hh macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    Forgive me for not going and looking (I'm not at my home machine), but my recollection was that Lightroom was very FTP-friendly, whereas Aperture was proverbially "hardwired" into .mac? As such (and if my recollections are correct), this would mean that a plugin is a necessity for Aperture to make it equivalent to Lightroom...I'd hardly then claim that to be a 'feature'.

  8. CptnJustc macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2007
    Well, since I haven't posted on any of the other threads.... :D

    Flexible 'workflow'
    Fancy web gallery, book, etc. creation
    Generally better organizer, I find it's easier to sort my incoming photos
    Multiple monitor support -- very nice, and incredibly useful to LR/Aperture's main job of photo management, so I'm sure the next update to LR will have this

    Seems generally better at developing, as you might expect from Adobe
    I love how it provides automatic smart sorting for shots by lens, camera, etc.
    I like the B/W conversion options -- seems much easier and more flexible in LR than Aperture

    Ultimately, I chose Aperture, but it was an agonizing choice. I hope in the next versions they rip off each other's best features and gain the ability to import each other's libraries, at least to an extent. :p I'd also like to see at least Aperture and iPhoto play more nicely together.
  9. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I think you can bank on it. Look at "stacks" for example... ;)

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