Apple Aperature

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  1. Bad Andy

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    I am new to digital photography and have been using the 30 day trial of Apple Aperature (I have a Mac laptop) for the RAW and simple post processing of my files.

    It seams that most people prefer other software programs. I know down the road I will probably want Photoshop, but I am intimidated by it right now. It seams to be too much.

    After my trial period is up, I plan on trying Adobe Photoshop Elements.

    My question is if there is anything wrong with Aperature for adjusting contrast, white balance, color, saturation, etc. I am just starting to understand and play with these, and the program appears to be very good for these type of adjustments.

    I look forward to your thoughts.

    Thank you in advance.

    -Andy
     
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    I don't have any experience with Aperture, but I have been using Lightroom 2 lately and it is a very powerful tool for doing basic photo processing and it is far less than the full version of PS CS4. I don't have any experience with Elements either, but I know they designed Lightroom for photographers where Elements was just made as a basic version of photoshop. Adobe has free trials available at there site to try it out. I and many other members of this group would highly recommend it.
     
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    Well, if you don't have a Mac you can't use it.

    ...stupid Apple people think we want Aperture... well, Lightroom's better! :grumpy:

    :drool:

    I'm just kidding. It's great. But also consider Lightroom. Whichever feels better, go for it. They're both the top two leading raw converter's, so...

    Even JPG retouching works.
     
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    Aperture, Lightroom, it doesn't matter which you use. But you should probably use one. Both are amazing ways to process lots of images quickly.
     
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    Thank you all very much. I will check out Lightroom as well.
     
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    I have both Aperture and Lightroom - and for what I need, which is nothing elaborate at all - I love working with Lightroom. I found Aperture to be a bit cumbersome, or maybe I didn't have the patience to read through all of the instructions/materials et al...I love Lightroom 2, it's very easy to use, and I like easy.

    Good Luck!
     
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    I used Aperture and Lightroom, Aperture is a good program unless your laptop is a 2.4+ intel core 2 duo with min 4Gb memory, otherwise Lightroom is better for you and it is more user friendly.
     

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