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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 just want to give you a quick tour of the Histogram, which is up here at the top of our Adjustments pane, because it is helpful when you're working on image editing. Now, you don't want to get tied to the histogram. In other words, you have to remember to look at the picture too, because in the end, that's what other people are going to see. You don't have the histogram traveling with the photo everywhere it goes. However, there are a lot of clues on how to image edit, by looking at the histogram. So, here it is right here. Now, when we look at this particular histogram here, this represents all of the tones that are in this image.
Over here we have the dark tones, and on the right side here we have all the bright tones. And as you may guess, we have the middle tones right here in the middle. Now this histogram represents this image well because you see that we have a lot of dark tones piled up here on the left side, and those are these areas right here and down here, and all of these little dark areas here. So, you can see that we have a lot of dark tones in the shot, and that's why we have a lot of dark tones piled up here on the left side of the histogram.
Now on the right side, where the really bright tones are, you see we don't have very much information, and that's because we don't have a lot of really super highlights. We have got a few right in here, but for the most part, this image is comprised of darker tones and middle tones. And we do have quite a few middle tones represented right here, and they show up right here and right here. These are all middle tones on the scale. So, we have a nice view of our image here in our histogram.
And if you don't care for looking at the RGB version, which we're looking at right now, and you just really want to focus on Luminance, in other words, the bright and dark tones, then go to your Gear menu, go down to Luminance. It will change it, and now you have just a very clear, as we will say, black and white view of your image.
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