Aperture 2 Essential Training

with Derrick Story
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Aperture 2 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 5h 49m Beginner


Derrick Story refers to Aperture as "a professional photo management application that anyone can use." In Aperture 2 Essential Training, he shows how novice photographers and professionals alike can make their image organization, retouching, and presentation routines more fun and efficient. Derrick demonstrates capturing and importing images from different sources; adding captions, ratings, and keywords; and sharing work in the form of web galleries, prints, and even books. He reveals his best image adjustment tricks, as well as tips on customizing the Aperture workflow to suit each photographer's unique style. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Aperture terms, interface, preferences, and workflow
  • Creating metadata presets and adding keywords on import
  • Importing images from a digital camera, hard drive, or iPhoto library
  • Using tethered shooting
  • Viewing images with previews, slideshows, and metadata overlays
  • Comparing, selecting, and organizing images
  • Correcting white balance, exposure, levels, and color
  • Using Retouch, Straighten, Crop, Vignette, and other image adjustments
  • Applying sharpening and noise reduction adjustments
  • Searching for images and creating Smart Albums
  • Exporting, archiving, and backing up photos
  • Designing books, publishing web galleries, and printing images


Hi, I'm Derrick Story. I'm the digital media evangelist for O'Reilly Media. I'm a photographer, I'm a writer, and I'm a teacher and I'm also a big fan of Aperture. The professional photo management application that anyone can use. Especially after watching this training video. This video here, Aperture 2.1 Essential Training, will take you through all the steps that you need to know from upload to output. I'm also going to show you some workflow. That way you will know what to do and then what to do next and then what to do after that.

What's so cool about the way that we are going to do that is I'm also going to you how to customize the workflow. So once you kind of get your feet wet, then you can make this application yours. You can customize it so that it fits perfectly. Just like a great pair of sneakers. I'll cover importing. I'll cover adding information to your photos, things like captions and ratings and keywords. It's actually fun. It's not like eating vegetables at all. It's enjoyable. I'll show you basically everything you need to know about adjusting your images or maybe not everything but you will be very good at making your pictures look very pretty after you work with those movies.

And then I will show you how to get the pictures out of your application so you can export them. So you can make web pages. You can even create beautiful books. I mean we have so much to do. I'm so excited about this. Get comfortable, get Aperture open and let's get to work.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Aperture 2 Essential Training .

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Q: Are there a way to increase the font size in Aperture?
A: Not in Aperture itself, but you can use the zoom feature built into your operating system. (Aperture is a Mac-only program, by the way.) Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences. Choose Universal Access. Turn on Zoom under the Seeing tab. Then, in any application, you can press Shift+Cmd+Plus to zoom in and Shift+Cmd+Minus to zoom out.

We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.
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