I had a horrible thought today. Like everyone else, I’ve been saying non-destructive editing is fantastic. It’s smart, it’s efficient, and it changes the way we work. It’s the most important innovation in digital imaging this century… But wait a … Continue reading The ticking time-bomb of non-destructive editing
Aperture used to be like iPhoto – all the pictures you added were stored in its internal library, a single file which ring-fenced your shots from the outside world and enabled you to move your library around as a single … Continue reading 8 things you need to know about managed vs referenced files in Aperture
Solarization adds a dramatic and surreal look to regular black and white images. Darker shades of grey and midtones stay unaffected, but brighter tones and highlights are reversed into a negative image. It’s particularly effective on bright skies. You might … Continue reading How to create an Aperture solarization effect
Aperture and Lightroom fans will need an external image-editor for more advanced image enhancement and manipulation – particularly if it involves combining multiple images as layers. But your external editor doesn’t have to be Photoshop, or even Elements. Perfect Photo … Continue reading Who needs Photoshop when you can use Perfect Layers 8 with Aperture and Lightroom?
One of the reasons I prefer Aperture to any other image cataloguing tool is its integration with the Mac OS and Apple’s photo stream feature. I can take a set of pictures on my iPhone, and the next time I … Continue reading A quick guide to photo stream setup for iOS and Aperture
Chromatic aberration is the colour fringing you sometimes see around object outlines near the edges of the picture. With most consumer lenses it’s a fact of life, and as soon as you know what you’re looking for you can see … Continue reading How to use the Aperture chromatic aberration correction tools – and why!
Actually, I can answer this one straight away. I’m running Aperture 3.5.1 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina under Mavericks, and using the latest version of the Google Nik Collection, and whenever I launch any of the Nik plug-ins from … Continue reading Is there an Aperture Google Nik Collection problem?
Most high-end compact cameras and all D-SLRs will let you shoot RAW and JPEG files at the same time, and there are some good reason for doing this. You might want a JPEG straight away for posting online, for example, … Continue reading How to use Aperture RAW+JPEG pairs
You may not have noticed, but you can now use iPhoto effects in Aperture. This happened in version 3.3, when Apple introduced a unified library format that both programs could open. Now iPhoto is hardly the world’s most advanced image-editor, … Continue reading How to use iPhoto effects in Aperture
If you use Aperture or Lightroom, it’s so easy to export pictures at specific sizes for web use or emailing that you probably don’t give the settings a second thought. But in order to reduce your pictures to the required … Continue reading Do you sharpen on export? It makes more difference than you might think!
When I posted my three-way RAW converter comparison yesterday, I pitted Lightroom 5 against DxO Optics Pro 9 and Capture One Pro 7. A few people have pointed out to me since then that I didn’t include Aperture. I thought … Continue reading Aperture vs Lightroom: 4 images compared
The latest version of Apple’s professional image cataloguing application has brought a couple of interesting updates. One is the swap from Google Maps to Apple Maps for the Aperture Places feature, which I’ve covered already. The other is the inclusion … Continue reading Get your photos online with the new Aperture SmugMug plug-in