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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
I am going to talk a little about color in your photograph. Now, for the most part, your camera does a great job of capturing what we say accurate color, color that looks very much in the picture the way it look to our eyes when we took the shot. There are instances, however, when it gets fooled a little bit, and we're looking at one of those instances right now, shots taken in open shade. Sometimes portraits under a shady tree, for example, can be a little cool, a little bluish, and it's nice to warm those up, because it looks more the way the person looked when we took the photo.
Then there are other instances when we just pushed the wrong button and the color is way off. Regardless of which situation you're dealing with, the White Balance brick here in our Adjustments Pane can correct that for you. And not only can it correct it for you, you can do it easily. Thankfully, in Aperture 3.3 we now have an Auto button, and this button is fantastic. I'm going to show you how it works right now. All you have to do is just check the White Balance box, and then you go to Auto, click on Auto, and just like that, Aperture reads the photo and applies a subtle but important color correction.
Now, I'm going to go up here to Edit. We're going to undo. Look at that, see how it's bullish, it's a little--a little clammy feeling, and then we let Aperture fix it, and now she kind of comes to life, doesn't she? Now, you also notice if you're paying attention here that this pop-up menu, we went from Temperature & Tint which is where we were before to skin tone, that's Aperture doing that automatically. It reads the situation.
There is one more in this pop-up menu, Natural Gray. That's more for landscapes and things like that. For the most part, when you're doing people pictures, skin tone works the best. Now, after Aperture has done its thing, if you want to fine tune it a bit, you can. You can make it even warmer or cool it off a bit just with the slider. But my oh my, what a difference! If you're just in a situation where the camera misreads it a bit, you can fix it here, or if you push the wrong button, you can also fix it in the White Balance brick in your Adjustments panel.
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