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By Derrick Story | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Moving from Aperture to Lightroom

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Every time I pack up and move from one house to another, I say, “I’m never doing this again!” Moving is laborious, tedious, and at times, frustrating.

Switching from Aperture to Lightroom can feel the same.

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How Lightroom Mobile 1.1 May Change Your Mobile Photo Workflow

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Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile app, introduced in April, was notable for two things: it brought many of the editing capabilities of the desktop version of Lightroom to the iPad, and it opened a connection for synchronizing photos between both destinations. You could add photos in your Lightroom library to collections on a Mac or a Windows PC and mark the collections to sync with Lightroom Mobile via Creative Cloud.

Lightroom Mobile 1.1, released this week, adds a few new features but, more importantly, now runs on the iPhone. That development doesn’t just add one more device on which you can view and edit your photos. It could fundamentally change the way you work with the photos you capture using Apple’s camera-that-also-happens-to-be-a-phone.

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 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 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.

By Vincent Versace | Friday, May 02, 2014

Rename Your Photos with Adobe Bridge

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Locating and identifying one of your photos using the default camera file name is an exercise in futility; it just doesn’t work.

Using dedicated photo management software is one solution—but it comes at a price. And depending which software vendor you choose, that price could be an ongoing subscription fee that many photographers dislike.

But if you already have a version of Photoshop, then you have all the tools you need to batch rename your photos and give them more meaningful names.

By Derrick Story | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture

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Your photo library is getting bigger every day—it’s a fact that photographers can’t escape in this age of digital and mobile photography. As your collection grows, it becomes more and more important to have an organization plan so you can find your images when you need them.

By adopting just a few simple practices, you can take advantage of one of Aperture’s strongest features: getting your image library in order.

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