4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2008 4:41 PM by Old Toad
Justin J. Rebbert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm pretty new to digital image editing. One of the reasons I actually bought a Mac in the first place was for the ease of getting digital images onto the Internet, with maybe a little bit of editing (cropping, some minor color adjustment mainly). I use the .Mac/MobileMe service for storage after I saw how easy it was to get photos off the camera with iPhoto, tweak them a bit, then upload them to the Internet with iPhoto's Share feature.

Now that I've been doing that for a while, I'm starting to get interested in maybe taking things a bit further. I'd like to be able to do a bit more with some photos than what it seems is possible with iPhoto, such as blemish removal, greater control over color adjustments, etc.

I have been using iWeb to give me better online photo albums than iPhoto's simple Gallery feature, but even iWeb seems very limited with how the templates can be customized.

So I've started to wonder what my other options are. Of course I know the grand-daddy of image editing is Adobe Photoshop, but I'm not ready for the price tag or learning curve, not yet, anyway.

From what I can tell, Adobe Lightroom is basically like iPhoto, being a photo management and minor editing, only with more features and more that it can do compared to iPhoto. Is that assessment correct? Additionally, it also has a publish to web feature, like iPhoto, only even more customizable than what I can do with iWeb, is that also correct?

And from what I also understand, Apple Aperture is basically Apple's version of Lightroom?

Can Lightroom publish photos and albums to the Internet as easily as iPhoto? Including to a .Mac/MobileMe account?

If I were to get Lightroom or Aperture, would I still need to use iPhoto for anything anymore, or would the new program be a complete replacement?

Message was edited by: Justin J. Rebbert

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  • garbageman Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
    This is the iPhoto forum. You would probably get a better response if you posted this in the Aperture forum.

    {quote}And from what I also understand, Apple Aperture is basically Apple's version of Lightroom?{quote}

    Not exactly. Apple created Aperture to fill the needs of photographers. Adobe also seen the need for such application and created a knockoff of Aperture. So, Lightroom is Adobe's version of Aperture.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (62,785 points)
    If I were to get Lightroom or Aperture, would I still need to use iPhoto for anything anymore, or would the new program be a complete replacement?


    I only use iPhoto so can not compare or contrast these products

    Aperture and iPhoto will work together although you probably would use iPhoto little or not at all if you had Aperture - Lightroom and iPhoto can not work together at all - you must use one or the other

    LN
  • Justin J. Rebbert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    garbageman wrote:
    This is the iPhoto forum. You would probably get a better response if you posted this in the Aperture forum.

    {quote}And from what I also understand, Apple Aperture is basically Apple's version of Lightroom?{quote}

    Not exactly. Apple created Aperture to fill the needs of photographers. Adobe also seen the need for such application and created a knockoff of Aperture. So, Lightroom is Adobe's version of Aperture.

    I respectfully disagree that I posted this in the wrong forum. I'm an iPhoto user now, first of all, and secondly, my question is how to other programs compare to iPhoto. My entire question centers around iPhoto. Thus the iPhoto forum.

    I also am not certain that your other statement is correct. Lightroom is a knockoff of Aperture? How can that be? Aperture was announced to the public on Oct. 19, 2005. Developers at Adobe began working on the project that turned into Photoshop Lightroom in 2002. In any event, the point of that question was not to imply which came first. I don't care which came first. What I wanted from that question was for someone to confirm (or deny) that Aperture serves the same overall or general purpose as Lightroom, and that both products serve the same overall or general purpose as iPhoto, only with more features, power, and control.
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (124,225 points)
    To get an idea of the benefits of Aperture and Lightroom you might visit the DAM (digital asset management) forum and see what they say about those applications over there.

    The DAM Forum





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