The 7-step edit in Aperture 3.4
Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:46 AM
I too am making the move to Lightroom 4.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:23 AM
Post shot perspective correction is a lousy excuse for using the right lens or camera to begin with. Same holds true for most post fixes. Hard to believe billions are spent on digital cameras and lenses which produce images requiring so much post to be commercially viable.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:34 AM
You would not see such an image, because I would never present such an image to a client. I simply use another application, other than Aperture. Further, pro-level wide angle lens, such as the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, notwithstanding their costs, can produce images requiring perspective correction depending on the angle from which the image is shot. An example of this would be shooting a tall building from the ground level. Correction of such issues should not be dismissed as irrelevant.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:14 AM
Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:17 AM
Derrick, I don't think this amounts to a debate of Lightroom vs Aperture. As a long time Aperture user, I think you are simply seeing a level of frustration that a product on which we have relied has essentially languished for lack of attention. From a general user perspective, your step by step instructions are appreciated.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:39 AM
I didn't cover Auto Enhance here because it uses Curves as one of its corrections. Even though Auto Enhance works very well IMO, part of any auto adjustment is fine tuning the effect that Aperture has just applied. And I think for photographers just getting their feet wet with image editing, which is who this article is written for, Curves is more of an intermediate level adjustment.
So, you could use Auto Enhance a few different ways. One would be to try it, and if you don't like the effect, just undo. Another approach would be to learn a bit more about Curves for the fine tuning. Or, you could edit Auto Enhance to not include Curves.
This is fun stuff!
Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:46 AM
Even though I appreciate your measured perspective, I don't agree that Aperture has "languished for lack of attention." For example, RAW profiles, which require a lot of work, are added on a regular basis. Dot releases of the app might not have the PR sizzle that 4.0 would generate, but they represent an ongoing evolution of an already solid application. If Aperture isn't evolving at the pace that you'd personally prefer, that's fair. But labeling it as an untended garden isn't accurate IMO.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:37 PM
As far as the Aperture vs. Lightroom debate: when Aperture 4 is eventually released everyone will start complaining about how far behind Lightroom is. I'm sticking with Aperture instead of switching back and forth between whichever one is temporarily the best.