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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.
You can use either application iPhoto or Aperture to bring photos into the unified library. In this case, I have a camera connected and iPhoto has detected the images on it. If you want to follow along, you can connect your camera and have iPhoto detect your images. Not necessary. This is pretty self-explanatory, but some people like to go as I go. So, we're looking at the shots here and you can see in the interface that it's pretty simple. We have thumbnails of the images.
I could select a couple of them and do Import Selected, or I could import them all and give it an event name. That is pretty much it, that is the Import dialogue here in iPhoto. Now, let's take a look at the Aperture. It's a whole different ballgame. This is an area where the two applications are very distinct. Same camera, same files connected, whole deal here and look at this. We have the thumbnails and then we have little check boxes. We can turn them off and on.
But you'll see over here that you have all sorts of options; renaming files, metadata, and automatic backup. Very different! You can use either tool because it's going into unified library. So, one of the first things to think about is, which of these resonate with you for importing into your library and I'm going to drill down into more detail about that in the upcoming movies.
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