Since upgrading my camera from the Canon Digital Rebel to a Nikon d5100, I have also been working to upgrade my workflow and image processing. And that upgrade was in the form of software.
For years I have relied on consumer software to manage and process my photos. The 2 largest players have been iPhoto and Google’s Picasa. Both completely capable for managing, processing and sharing photos, but not quite capable enough. Something that I discovered when editing my camera’s RAW files in Photoshop and Acorn.
Trying to be a proper fan boy, and not being a huge fan of Adobe, I decided to go with Aperture. It has taken me a few months, but I think I am finally getting the hang of it. I keep playing with features and am slowly building up a pretty effective workflow that is producing some nice photos.
(ignore the screen shot that was doubled up in the gallery. I’m still working on that).
I’m far from being an expert. I am able to use it for organizing, processing and even triaging my photos, which is nice that I can do that all in a single app. One thing that I haven’t figured out how to do properly is any automated batch processing. It requires the use of Apple Script, which I have not even used. So far, I’ve been able to handle batches using the app and I’m getting away from doing anything automated.
One thing that I have been forced to include in my workflow, which I haven’t before, is backup. Since I only have aperture installed on my Macbook Air, and since my Air only has a 128GB drive, space is at a premium. After each set is processed, it gets exported to either Dropbox or a networked drive and then deleted, sadly. Work-arounds for deleting are being formulated for 2013.
Any Aperture tips? Leave them in the comments to share with everyone!