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Scott Hampton Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
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)
    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 !
  • Scott Hampton Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    YEs, of course. It's my pleasure.

    I received a lot of help on these boards and I feel it necessary to say something nice. Aperture is really saving me a lot of time and I'm scratching my head wondering how I got along without it. I spent so much time struggling with other RAW converters and now I'm on easy street.

    Hey, if anyone else would like to pipe in about how Aperture has made their life easier please do!
    Scott
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)
    Aperture rocks. IMO every Mac DSLR photog should invest in learning Aperture. Non-Mac photogs should buy a Mac.

    -Allen Wicks
  • John Rees Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    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
  • Scott Hampton Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    That's what I'm talking about! I finish editing and then I'm looking around like "OK, now what. I should be doing something else, right...?"

    I think the RAW finetuning is really helping, too.
    Scott
  • tidysteve Level 4 Level 4 (2,975 points)
    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!
  • Scott Hampton Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    "Amen!" lol

    Yep, I have a shoot tomorrow, and hopefully this NYC rain and snow will let up so I can go shoot outside. And then come back and spend--what, 5 minutes--in post with Aperture. lol
  • max-pol Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    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...
  • Dan Donovan Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
    I honestly can't imagine running my business without Aperture...
  • Rotlex Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    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!
  • Scott Hampton Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    Exactly.

    I'm finding that some of the dyed-in-the-wool methods of post-production from the past are not necessary anymore.

    I was looking at a shot that I spent a good amount of time adjusting in Adobe Camera RAW. It looked pretty good. Then I took it to Aperture. One click white balance, one click of Saturation, and it surpassed what I did in ACR. I really think the RAW Fine Tuning is excellent.

    I'm so eagerly awaiting 2.0!
    Scott
  • Jerdo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have to agree. Aperture has made post time a breeze. Merry Christmas and an Aperture New Year.
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)
    Merry Christmas and an Aperture New Year.

    Nice!

    -Allen Wicks
  • Flat Eric Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
    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
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