Aperture features: 02 Organising

Aperture organises your images into ‘projects’. Initially, these may reflect the folders the original pictures are stored in, but you can change this later. Projects are the primary container in Aperture. A photograph can only be in one project at a time.
You can also create albums either within or outside projects. A single photo can be in many different albums – for example, a ski-ing shot could be in albums called ‘Winter sports’, ‘Action’, ‘Travel’ or ‘Snow scenes’, for example.
Aperture also offers smart albums. These are albums created using search criteria such as keywords, camera shooting information and more. For example, you could create a smart album for all the pictures taken with a specific camera and lens between certain dates. Aperture allows you to create ‘folders’. These are ‘virtual’ folders within the Aperture library, not real folders on your computer. You can use folders to organise projects, albums and smart albums into a more logical structure for your own needs.

Aperture projects, albums, smart albums and folders

The primary container for photos in your Aperture library is projects (1). You can also add your photos to any number of albums (2), create folders (3) to organise albums and projects and use smart albums (4) to gather related images automatically.

Aperture also has Faces and Places tools. Face recognition is used to identify faces and individuals in your photos, and you can tag images with geographical locations so that their position can be shown on a map. If you shoot with a GPS-enabled device, Aperture can display photo locations on a map directly.

Aperture Places

The Aperture Places feature displays pins on a map to show where pictures have been taken.