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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.
A great new addition to Aperture 3 is Faces and Places, and if you've played with iPhoto '09, then you're already familiar with this. And in a lot of ways, it's a very similar to what we have in iPhoto. So if you've been working in iPhoto, you're already well up the curve. I'm going to dedicate a whole chapter to those, to Faces and Places, but there are a couple of things that I want to let you know about right off the top before we get to Chapter 9 and all those sort of stuff, because it can have an impact on your workflow as you are initially setting up your Aperture Library.
This is especially true if you are moving from Aperture 2 to Aperture 3. Here is why. So when you move a Library from Aperture 2 to Aperture 3, and we'll be talking about this in more detail, the actual moving the library part. Aperture 3 has to do a lot of stuff. To prepare that Library for use in Aperture 3, it does database modifications, it may reprocess your RAWs if you have RAW files in there. And people already comment that it takes quite a while to do all of this.
Another thing that it will do if you have Faces turned on initially is that it's going to go ahead and start doing the automatic face detection and recognition. So that's going to add to your transition time, to the time that it takes you where you can actually start using that old Aperture Library that has been moved into Aperture 3. So if you don't want Aperture to do that right-away, if you would rather get your old Aperture Library into Aperture, or move a bunch of images in, and you don't want to spend cycles face detecting right-away, what I recommend that you do is you go up to Preferences, and you go to the General tab here.
You actually turn off Enable Faces. Just unclick it. Now you'll notice that when you do that, it actually is not in the Library. You haven't loss the capability, but what you're doing is you're saying, look, we're going to do Faces, but we're going to do little bit later. I've got a lot of other stuff that I want to do. First, when you're ready to start working on Faces and using the techniques that we'll talk about later, then just go back to your General tab in Preferences and then you can Enable Faces.
And then of course, Aperture will get to work. Then you'll have a bunch of other stuff taken care of and you'll have the cycles to dedicate to Faces. I also want a few notes about Places. Going to Places here of course, this is your geo-information. So Faces is face recognition and Places is geo-data where the shot was taken. If you have images in your Aperture Library that have geo-tags, and what do I mean by that? Well, we go to Metadata here and it has this information, the latitude and longitude, information embedded in the photo and that could have come from an iPhone or could have come if you are using another geotagging device.
Then when you click on Places in your Library pane, it will show you stuff that has geo-tags and it will show you the location based on that geo-data. It may or may not be right. I noticed in this one library that one image was geo-tagged. It says right here on the image, Lake Tahoe Basin, but this is not a correct geo-tag. Know that that can happen. Of course, you can fix that.
I'm just going to just make this view a little bit smaller here. This is our zooming view here, and then we can just move stuff around. Actually, we need to go up here to Lake Tahoe is where that pin should be. So you can do that. You can just click on the Move Pins. You get this little thing. To change its locations, all you've got to do is drag it. That's what we're going to do. We're just going to take this pin, we're going to go up here, we're going to take it to an approximate area.
I think right about in here where it should be, there we go, let's say maybe we'll move it a little bit more, something like that, not super-precise, but in the general ballpark certainly closer than it was before, and then click the Done key. What's interesting is that it'll actually change the metadata here too. So again, we're going to get more into Places, we're going to get more into Faces. I just want you not to be surprised in the early stages of setting up Aperture 3 by what may or may not happen depending on how you have your preferences set up.
So Faces, if you are moving a bunch of stuff in, you may want to turn it off to begin with. And Places, if you have geo-tagged information and you're telling Aperture in your preferences to add Places information to that as we setup here, when you click on Places, you will see some things. And they can only be as correct as a geo-data that's associated with the image, but you can make that adjustment on your own afterwards, and we'll get into all of that good stuff when we tackle more detailed look at Faces and Places.
But for now there is a little overview for you.
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