How to get your pictures out of Aperture
Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:32 AM
Which brings us to the next question. Aperature adjustment data can't be exported as a sidecar file with the original (RAW) file? If not, all your work on a photo is a dead end, since the ratings, crop and adjustments are lost. This would mean migrating your image library to, say, Lightroom, would bust you back to the files just as they came off the camera card, losing what might be, for a serious photographer, many thousands of hours of rating, dust busting, and editing work in the transfer.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:17 AM
TIFFs can be exported in 8 or 16-bit. You can also export as PSD (16-bit).
Metadata can be exported in a sidecar file. It does not appear that you can export adjustments. It kind of makes sense given Aperture's workflow. You are making adjustments to a version, not the original, making it easy to have multiple versions of a photo. If you really needed to move from Aperture to Lightroom, you could export all of your original files with metatdata sidecar first. Then you could export your versions, with metadata and adjustments, as 16-bit TIFFs. You would not lose any work. There might be other ways, but I'll leave that to someone with experience migrating.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:39 AM
This isn't just an Aperture problem, it exists for every non-destructive editing application AFAIK. You can't move from Lightroom to Aperture either! For years I used Nikon Capture with my first DSLR only to hit that same bottleneck when abandoning it. At least I've still got all the RAW files!
Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:34 AM
Hmm, could this be a case of old dogs and new tricks... once you get engrained in doing things one way, it can be tough to switch. I actually face similar challenges when trying to configure things in Windows after being a Mac user for many years (believe it or not, I actually like Windows 7; I think MS did a good job with it, but it still seems "unnatural" times).
Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:33 AM
Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:46 PM
Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:10 PM
Aperture is not intended to compete with Photoshop. And Aperture doesn't have a workflow; people do. It's flexible so that you can use the workflow that you want.
I chose Aperture over Lightroom because of the free form workflow. I found Lightroom's forced steps to be too rigid. Software should conform to me, not the other way around.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:26 PM
Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:52 PM
Afraid I have to disagree with you. I have been a Photoshop user for years: at home and work, and the general workflow and tools of Aperture are vastly better in terms of fast turnover.
Typically I will pull in 400-500 images into Aperture at a time and spend several hours cropping, tweaking and enhancing. Doing the same amount of work would be about 5X slower in Photoshop.
Don't get me wrong, I still use Photoshop when I need to do complex tasks and for total control, there's nothing in Aperture that comes close. But when you're talking about working through large numbers of photos, the Aperture sliders are just way faster.
Plus if I need to do tweaks within the image, the Aperture brushes for contrast, sharpness, saturation, lighten, skin smoothing, etc are superfast. I can generally avoid the PS mask work entirely and that's a huge workflow win.
My guess is that you must not know the Aperture 3 tool set if you think PS is that much faster.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:51 AM
Given that the only way to end up with more would be to comply with exactly the editing tools used in Photoshop ACR and Lightroom (hardly a choice a competing product would care to make) that's a pretty workable solution. It is not documented in this article, however. Which is rather a failing (not of Aperture, but of the author), given the article's title and topic, and the fact that those shooting RAW are not consumers (they use iPhoto) but serious photographers, needing this type of advanced information. My thanks to all those who have assisted.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:11 PM