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Scott Hampton Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
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Dec 12, 2007 1:39 PM
Is it just me, or is Aperture...really, really something?

I do studio and location shooting. I'm a small fry, though. In studio I control the strobes so exposure is dead on. When I get to Aperture there's like nothing to do! I hit the saturation a click, neutralize my whites (my strobes are warm when powered down and give a red cast), and edge sharpen.

Location work: adjust the white balance by the custom target that I shoot. Hit the saturation. Maybe exaggerate the sky or grass through Color. Edge sharpen.

I'm guessing that good technique helps, but I think the RAW conversion is pretty sharp. ACR gave me trouble with its presets and I have to finesse it (turn off the auto correx and stuff). Turning off the noise reduction (I use a 20D at ISO 100. There's no noise!) in ACR gave me grainy-looking skin. I don't have these problems in Aperture!

I think Aperture is doing very well, and it has seriously cut my post time down. Hooray!

(Just a little encouragement for those of us who actually like and use Aperture)
Scott
iMac Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • tidysteve Level 4 Level 4 (2,975 points)
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    Dec 12, 2007 2:35 PM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    thanks for this scott ... we do not see enough praise here only condemnation ...

    i too think it is doing very well, and has helped me improve my post production, and makes for more time shooting ... double hooray !
    PM G5 Dual 2.0 4GB RAM - X800XT w/ 30" and 23" Cinema Displays, Mac OS X (10.5.1), PB G4 12" 1.5 1.25GB RAM - MBP C2D 17" 2.33 3GB RAM
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,670 points)
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    Dec 12, 2007 8:18 PM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    Aperture rocks. IMO every Mac DSLR photog should invest in learning Aperture. Non-Mac photogs should buy a Mac.

    -Allen Wicks
    17" C2D MBP 3 GB RAM; 1.67 GB G4 PB, DP G4 tower, Nikon D2x, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • John Rees Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2007 10:20 AM (in response to SierraDragon)
    I agree! As a one-time ACR and CS 'pixel pusher' it almost seems as though I should be working harder on my images. Ap DOES rock and I just can't wait to see what 2.0 brings!

    Happy Holidays to everyone.....

    John
    Mac Pro 2.66, 6 Gb, XT1900, 30 ACD, iMac G5 20 inch, iBook G4, iPod 60gb, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Changed from PC July 2005 and have never looked back!
  • tidysteve Level 4 Level 4 (2,975 points)
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    Dec 13, 2007 12:51 PM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    Scott Hampton wrote:
    I finish editing and then I'm looking around like "OK, now what. I should be doing something else, right...?"


    yes you should ... more shooting!
    PM G5 Dual 2.0 4GB RAM - X800XT w/ 30" and 23" Cinema Displays, Mac OS X (10.5.1), PB G4 12" 1.5 1.25GB RAM - MBP C2D 17" 2.33 3GB RAM
  • max-pol Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Dec 13, 2007 2:01 PM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    absolutely... I'm also among those whose photography has been deeply impacted by Aperture.
    before then, I was using D-SLRS in jpegs and lamenting the poor color, sharpness where I didn't want any, lack of sharpness where I needed some... and highlights recovery is just awesome, while waiting whether the camera and printer manufacturers realize dynamic range is the next battle to fight...

    long live Aperture, and well rewarded patience/studious apprenticeship...
    MBP15" 2.4GHz. 4GB RAM. Aperture Lib and ref masters on external RAID., Mac OS X (10.4.10), 30" on MBP when at home
  • Dan Donovan Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
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    Dec 14, 2007 12:16 AM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    I honestly can't imagine running my business without Aperture...
    Mac Pro / 2.66mhz, 4gb ram, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Rotlex Calculating status...
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    Dec 14, 2007 5:49 AM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    I would whole heartily agree here. While I'm not a pro by any means, since Aperture, I'm able to import, sort, keyword and adjust hundreds of images from any event I do more quickly and efficiently that EVER before. To me, Aperture is a God send. Love it, and looking forward to the next version with MUCH anticipation!
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5), 2.8Ghz, 4GB Ram
  • Jerdo Calculating status...
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    Dec 14, 2007 6:01 AM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    I have to agree. Aperture has made post time a breeze. Merry Christmas and an Aperture New Year.
    iMac 2.8 4GB MBP 15" 2.4 4GB iphone, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,670 points)
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    Dec 15, 2007 12:08 PM (in response to Jerdo)
    Merry Christmas and an Aperture New Year.

    Nice!

    -Allen Wicks
    17" C2D MBP 3 GB RAM, Nikon D2x, PB G4, DP G4, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Flat Eric Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Dec 15, 2007 12:33 PM (in response to Scott Hampton)
    Interesting thread Scott, I have to agree with you wholeheartedly. I was recently processing a bunch of shots for a competition and naturally did them first in Aperture - took about 5 minutes a shot. They looked fine, but I felt a bit guilty - it shouldn't be this easy right? - so I spent some considerable time tweaking and refining them with Capture NX ( Nikon D2X files) and tried again. I found no discernable difference between the Aperture and the NX results (except obviously ones that I used masks for in NX). Unless there are specific problems in a file that need masking techniques or cloning then Aperture does a wonderful job, quickly and easily.
    If they add a decent clone tool, selective masking and a type tool then for me Photoshop CS3 (the other software I occasionally use) goes straight out the window, followed by Nikon NX. D3 compatibility would be nice too, but that will come in time I'm sure.

    FlatE
    15.4" 2.33 MBP, MacMini 1.5 1GBRAM, 12" PB 1.33, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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