Apple Aperture

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  1. ImageArray

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    I was just wondering if anyone uses Apple Aperture? I was fiddling around with it this morning (trial version) and I determined I really like it, I find it very user friendly. Does anyone use it in conjunction with photoshop? I'm considering buying the full version but wondering if it's worth the $200? I already have Photoshop CS4 - but I really liked the simplicity of Aperture. Opinions??
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just curious, have you tried done a trial period with Adobe Lightroom?
     
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    Lightroom 3 and PS CS5 do everything I need :) never even tried aperture. My LR does tethered shooting too!
     
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    I bought LR3 and I absolutely love it.
     
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    I have both Aperture 3 and LR3. I like them and both are really similar. I like the organizing in Aperture better, but I like how LR3 doesn't get bloated databases. I recently split my Aperture libraries up into three distinct areas: Family, Sports, Landscapes. This has helped immensely.

    I have been using Aperture Longer and will jump over to LR if I want to use the ND Grad filter or have better control over NR. The spot removal in LR3 is terrible, imo. Not very refined and I get they impression that they really expect you to use PS, which I do anyway. Sometimes it's just easier to do the spot removal in your organizing software rather than having to load PS (which creates a new file). I rely on PS for heavy PP and won't need that on every shot (hopefully).
     
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    Aperture does too.
     
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    yeah i just meant i dont need it because LR3 does it :) and i know some people who were like dude im getting aperture it does tethered shooting!
     
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    I use Aperture, haven't tried LM but I already own Aperture and would rather spend my money on lenses than software ;P

    I use it conjunction with PS5, I do all my fine editing (exposure, levels etc) in Aperture, and if I need heavy lifting like removing objects or special effects, I export out and use a separate version for PS5.

    I personally love Aperture. The one downside is, as someone said, bloat. The Aperture database grows very quickly, so while it's great at managing photos + versions (the aperture speak for an edit), it can eat through storage space quickly.
     
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    As has been said: download the trial of Lightroom 3 and play with both before you make a decision. I tried both, and really liked both, but ended up buying LR3 after the trial over Aperture 3. The RAW processing seemed a little better, for my purposes. Both have features I like, and ones I don't. Once I bought LR3, I got an instruction book by Scott Kelby, and that really opened up LR3 for me. I know they have them for A3 as well. Well worth the money in my opinion.
     
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    I have only been using A3 and I like it's ease of use. I'm going to try LR3 and see how they compare.
     
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    Agreed! But since I don't have a SLR and I don't intend on getting Aperture until after I have a SLR, I don't have to worry about buying lenses just yet... LMAO!! :lol:
     
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    I have aperture and lightroom. I very rarely use lightroom. I need to delete it. I use aperture all the time. Love it. Can't imagine taking pictures without it.
     

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