I don't really like Lightroom folders and collections, or at least the way they (don't) work together in Lightroom Classic CC. Quite often, you can be browsing photos in a collection and wish you could quickly see the rest of the pictures in the same folder. Or you might be looking at pictures in a folder and wondering which collections you've added them to. Well, they're … [Read more...] about Top tip! Navigating Lightroom folders and collections
Image organisation is a big topic. We all have very different needs, expectations and levels of understanding when it comes to keeping an ever-growing library of images organised.
If you shoot jobs for clients, it's relatively straightforward because you're likely to have a linear shoot-cull-enhance-share-archive workflow. If you keep a large stock of photos which you'll constantly re-visit, re-work and re-use it becomes a lot more complicated and you may need a database-drive tool like Lightroom or Capture One which will offer faster and more advanced image searches.
Aperture users are bound to take a sneaky peek over the garden fence from time to time at its chief rival, Lightroom. Lightroom has some great editing tools and every release brings more. If only Aperture had automatic lens corrections, a Graduated Filter tool, Radial Filter, the perspective-correcting Upright tool and all the rest! By comparison, Aperture can feel like it's … [Read more...] about Aperture users: 3 ways Lightroom could drive you mad!
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 object. You can still do that with the current version. It's simple and secure, but as library sizes grow, increasingly impractical. So Apple soon added the … [Read more...] about 8 things you need to know about managed vs referenced files in Aperture
Yesterday I looked at how Aperture handled RAW+JPEG pairs and today it's the turn of Lightroom (now Lightroom Classic). At first glance it looks as if Lightroom RAW+JPEG pairs work in much the same way, but there is in fact a significant difference: Aperture imports both and lets you choose which one to display; Lightroom only imports the RAW file and simply indicates that … [Read more...] about How to manage Lightroom RAW+JPEG pairs
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, or for sending to other people, then use the RAW version for your proper image-editing work. It's also instructive to compare both in programs like Aperture and … [Read more...] about How to use Aperture RAW+JPEG pairs
Aperture is very good at organising images both quickly and with a great deal of flexiblity. It's also good at displaying them in a way that helps you sort out your best pictures, and that's not just with albums and stacks. I'm talking about Aperture Light Tables, a feature that's often overlooked, possibly because people don't know about it, and possibly because they've found … [Read more...] about How to use Aperture Light Tables
How did we ever manage without stacks? For those who don't know, cataloguing programs like Aperture, Lightroom and others can group related images together and display them as a single thumbnail image or expand the stack so that all the images in the stack are visible. This has many different uses. You can keep bracketed exposures together, for example, group similar images … [Read more...] about Find out how the Aperture auto stack feature can save you hours (almost)
The ability to 'stack' related images is, I think, one of the single most important features of image cataloguing applications. And Aperture's stacking system is the simplest, most effective and most versatile of all. To show how it works, I've set up a project with just a single image. It's going to be a lot easier to see what's happening if the screen isn't cluttered up … [Read more...] about The secrets of stacking in Aperture
This is one of the strengths of an image cataloguing program like Aperture – the ability to quickly find a specific set of images out of a collection of tens, or even hundreds of thousands. It's where the limitations of Photoshop and Bridge become so apparent – they're fine if you want to work on individual images and you know where you've stored them, but no good for managing … [Read more...] about Find your photos fast with Aperture’s Smart Albums
Capture One Pro 7 is a big upgrade on the previous version, and one of the biggest additions is the built-in library function. It now works just like Adobe Lightroom, storing all your images in a searchable database, complete with Lightroom-style Collections and Smart Collections. You can also use it in offline mode. This means that you keep the database on your computer's … [Read more...] about Capture One Pro 7’s offline mode springs a surprise