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By Derrick Story | Tuesday, June 03, 2014

One Library Shared by Both Aperture and Lightroom

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Aperture or Lightroom?

Some photographers just can’t decide. And to be honest, for image editing, they don’t have to.

That’s because both Aperture and Lightroom can be configured to share the same collection of master images. Keep all of your photos in one directory—on your computer or external hard drive—then “point”each application to them.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Sunday, June 01, 2014

3 Ways to Keep Your Images from Being Stolen

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Taking photos is fun—but sharing them over the Internet is what photography is all about these days. Unfortunately some people want to share your photos more than you’d like them to. In addition to registering your photographs with the U.S. Copyright Office, here are three easy steps to take to protect your images online.

By John Derry | Friday, May 23, 2014

Fear Not: Colorized Photos Not Meant to Deceive

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A recent Gizmodo article, “Are Colorized Photos Rewriting History?”, discussed the popularity of colorized historical photos on the web. Author Matt Novak expresses a fear that these photographs distort history and may eventually be perceived as the original image.

I disagree.

By Derrick Story | Friday, May 16, 2014

Spicing Up Aperture with Plugins and Presets

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When will we see Aperture 4?

I get this question all the time.

The implication is that users want new tools for their favorite photo management app. I have no idea when we’ll see Aperture 4. But on my Mac, I’m exploring new image editing techniques all the time thanks to the app’s plugin architecture. Companies like onOne, Google, and Photomatix are supplying me with the ingredients to spice up my existing pictures.

By Tim Grey | Thursday, May 15, 2014

Why You Should Add Keywords and Metadata to Your Photos

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One of the real advantages of digital photography over film photography is metadata. As soon as we capture a photograph digitally, we have a tremendous amount of information available about that photo. This information is generated automatically by the camera, so it relates primarily to the equipment and camera settings used to capture it.

For example, you can easily review which camera and lens were used, as well as the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO setting. These details can be helpful when evaluating images later or searching for a particular photo. They can even help you improve your photography by letting you identify the settings that worked best for a particular situation.

By Derrick Story | Monday, May 12, 2014

The Unlimited Laptop and Aperture

The Unlimited Laptop and Aperture

If only our laptops held more photos. Life would be so much easier if we could combine the speed of today’s solid state drives and the vast storage of spinning platters. So how do you cope with the thousands of photos captured on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation abroad?

I face this situation all the time—not because I’m constantly on vacation to exotic lands, but because I’m an event photographer who spends a lot of time on the road. I travel with a MacBook Pro 15-inchRetina display laptop with a 256 GB SSD drive. I wouldn’t give up the speed of solid state storage for anything. And thanks to Aperture’s versatile library management, I don’t have to.

Here’s how I manage gigabytes of photos annually with just my laptop on the road and external storage at home.

By Derrick Story | Thursday, May 08, 2014

Use the New Flickr to Promote the New You

Use the new Flickr to promote the new You

Flickr’s new “People You Follow” stream does an excellent job of showcasing photographers you like. But don’t forget this is a two-way street—there are also people following the images you post.

Are you leveraging this opportunity to shine in the eyes of thousands? Here are a few tips to improve your Flickr presence.

By Tim Grey | Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Batch Processing in Adobe Camera Raw

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One of the best-kept secrets of Adobe Camera Raw is that you can process multiple photos in batch, synchronizing settings across multiple images, and even fine-tuning the settings for each image individually. This provides a workflow that’s easy and efficient to implement—especially compared to using an action for batch processing multiple images within Photoshop.

I recommend getting started in Adobe Bridge, where you can make use of the Filter panel (available from the Window menu) to filter images, selecting those you want to process. This generally involves images of the same basic subject that were captured at about the same time, with the same overall lighting conditions and exposure settings.

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