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Choosing between power and simplicity isn't an either-or proposition. The latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture now share a common photo library format, which means you can store all your photos in one central library, and then switch between the two apps as needed: use iPhoto for its simplicity and great sharing options, and Aperture for its powerful organization, image editing, and publishing features.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
Importing with Aperture gives you a lot of options and I want to give you an overview of what those options are right now, so that as you are thinking about checklist and which tool you're going to use, you will have some good information. So, I have the Aperture Interface open right now. I'm going to bring in photos that are on my hard drive. This is very similar to bringing photos in from the camera. I want to show you both ways. We brought them in from the camera for iPhoto. We are going to take them off the hard drive right here and these images are in your Exercise Files in the Family Portraits folder.
I'm going to go up to Import, right here and Aperture finds those images. Now, here is the trail right here. So, our Picture's folder, Exercise Files, iPhoto to Aperture Libraries, Family Portrait and right here is where all these images reside and they're presented to us as thumbnails with checkmarks. By default, Aperture checks all of them assuming that you want to bring all of these photos into your Library.
You can uncheck them all, just with a click of a button or check them all or you can just bring in some if you want. Let's uncheck them all and let's just say that you wanted to bring in just a few, it's just a matter of clicking those boxes. We're going to bring them all in because this is a fun bunch of photos. Now, over here on the right side, this is where I think things get really interesting. You have all sorts of great options starting out with "What are you going to name this project?" The project is of course the container that will hold all the information for the shoot.
So, I like to give it a date, and I just used a simple system of month and year in front of the Name. That's all I do for the projects and over time as these projects line up over here in the Inspector, it's handy for me to have those dates. It kind of helps give me a feel for what's going on. Now, you have a few options where you cannot import duplicates. This is for people who don't erase their memory cards.
They keep adding to them and then they put them in their computer. So, if you don't want those previously imported shots to show up on the screen here, you can check that box and just like in iPhoto, you can split projects, everything that was shot on one day, you want it to be separate from everything you shot on another day. That is the project split. By the way, if you want to get into the details of some of these things that I'm mentioning, our Aperture Essential Training covers every one of these functions in very nice detail.
So, where are we going to store these files? We're going to store them in the Aperture Library in that container that we like so much. So, we're going to choose that from the pop up menu. There are other options for those that want to do more advanced techniques. I recommend in the beginning, keep everything in that container so you don't lose it. A few other goodies that you have, you can rename these files on import. So, right now we just have the standard old IMG with the number right here.
That's fine, but some people like to add more information in the filename itself. You have options for that right here. You can even create more options by clicking on the Edit button. So, you can create your own particular style for renaming photos. I think that is very powerful. Metadata are the same thing. You can add your personal information to these photos when you import them and never have to think about it again. So, if I click on this pop-up menu, there's a Basic Info and it gives you these fields and you can fill them up or you can create your own template.
I've created one right here called Derrick Basic. So, already populated in this field is my name, my website, my copyright notice and then all I have to do is just add a few keywords here. I'll add just--probably let's go with three of them,separated by commas--just a few things for Aperture to use for search in case you want to find these photos when you have a billion in your library. We could add a caption also.
Now, all of this information is written to the photos on import and you don't have to worry about adding keywords later on, I think. That is a very nice tool and it's something that you don't get in iPhoto. Let's go down, just a couple of more things I want to show you here. If you like to shoot RAW and JPEGs, at the same time, you have control over which comes in. In this case, we're just going to bring in JPEG Files and this is really nifty.
You're bringing these photos into your Aperture Library right now. That's wonderful. If you want to back them up to a separate hard drive at the same that you're bringing them into your computer, you can do that with this function right here and you just choose that hard drive that is connected to your computer. So, then you have two copies on import. Then you have even more options up here at Import Settings and this is where you get to turn these off and on. If I don't want to take advantage of back up location, I can turn it off just by clicking up here.
So, as an overview here, you see the power that you have importing photos using the Aperture Tool. There's a lot of nice stuff here and it's something to consider if you like having additional information come in with your photos during import.
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