Join Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke for an in-depth discussion in this video Photo Stream, part of Aperture 3.3/3.4 New Features Overview.
Photo Stream is an exciting new feature that was added in Aperture 3.3, that allows you to easily syncronize images between your IOS devices and either iPhoto and Aperture. To enable Photo Stream, first go to the Preferences, click on Photo Stream and then enable it by clicking on My Photo Stream. As the description here tells you, My Photo Stream will restore the last 30 days of photos on iCloud that were taken on your iOS device. It's actually limited to 1,000 photos. So, if you take more than 1,000 photos in a month, you may find that you don't have exactly 30 days worth of images in your Photo Stream. Once you've enabled that, you have two other options underneath: Automatic Import and Automatic Upload.
By enabling Automatic Import, every time you take a photo on an iOS device, it will not only automatically be shown inside of Aperture, in the photo shoot category, but will also automatically be imported into your Aperture library. What this means is that regardless of how many days of photos you have, or how many photos are in your stream. As long as you launch Aperture once every 30 days or once every 1000 photos, you'll find that your pictures are automatically backed up into Aperture. Anything over 30 days or 1000 pictures old will be removed from your photo stream.
However, even if you haven't launched Aperture or iPhoto, keep in mind that those photos are still on your phone, or other iList device. When they're imported, as you can see over here under the project listing, they're imported into a project by the month and year name, and then followed by Photo Stream. You can actually change this, and we'll come back to that in a moment. The next option is Automatic Upload. This is probably not something that you want to have turned on, but of course, that's entirely up to you. With Automatic Upload enabled, any photos that you import into Aperture will automatically get added to your Photo Stream.
This can be great if you're a casual shooter. Shooting maybe just a couple of hundred photos a month on your regular camera, and you want to have those photos automatically uploaded to your photo stream so that they show up on your IOS devices. However, if you shoot a lot of photos, you may find this to be not such a great idea. Let's just say you import a thousand pictures from a shoot you just did, if you have this enabled, those will suddenly all get pushed up to your Photo Stream, pushing out anything older. So this is not something you may want to have enabled. But of course it's there if you want it and it just depends on your shooting habits.
Let's take a look at the photo stream inside of Aperature itself. To access it, under the Web menu, click on Photo Stream and up in the top left, you'll see one labeled My Photo Stream. These are the photos that are coming off of your iOS device. These are also the photos that are synchronized back to your iOS device. So as you scroll through here, any pictures taken on your camera or saved to your camera roll are going to show up here. Since I have Auto Import turned on, I also had these new projects over here called December 2012 and November 2012. And if I click on those, I'm going to see the photos that were taken and imported automatically into my Photo Stream.
As I said before, you can actually rename these, so that they make more sense to you and you can put them wherever you'd like. What I'd like to do is create a photo for Photo Stream projects and move them into there. Simply go to the New menu and choose New Folder and we'll call this Photostream collection. Notice that since I had this Photostream project selected, the folder is created inside of that, which is actually not what I wanted. But that's okay, because you can simply grab that folder and move it wherever you'd like. Now, I'm going to go ahead and select both of these by Cmd clicking on them, and drag them into the photo stream collection.
Even further to that, I can rename them. December and November are not showing up in the right order. Since this is alphabetical, what's going to happen here is as January, February and so on come in, they'll be sorted by name and not by date. So what I want to do, is go ahead and change the name of one of these. For my own personal library, what I'd like to do is simply remove the text version of the month, start with the year and then type the numerical version afterwards. I'll do the same down here for November. I'll simply delete all of these, and then add in -11. Now, these'll be sorted chronologically when sorting by name. What's particularly cool about this is even though I've renamed these projects, Aperture still knows that these are part of the Photo Stream. So while it is still December of 2012, any photos that I add will automatically go into this project where they belong.
They're not going to go into a brand new December 2012 Photo Stream folder. However, when January rolls around, a new Photo Stream project will be created, labeled January 2012 photo stream. But at any point, either during January or later, I can simply move it into this Photostream collection and rename it. Remember, you can add photos to your Photo Stream from Aperture as well. You can do it automatically, as we saw in the preferences, or you can do it individually. So let's just say that I have this photo here, and I really want this photo to show up on my phone. Simply go to the Share menu and then choose Photo Stream. From here, you can choose your existing My Photo Stream, type OK, and as you can see the image has been moved into the photo stream collection. That picture was taken quite a while ago, so it's probably going to be at the very, very top of the collection here.
Once that photo is synchronized to your Photo Stream, it'll show up not only in the Aperture Photo Stream, but also on any iOS device.
- Touring the Aperture 3.3 and 3.4 interfaces
- Exporting, sharing, and merging libraries
- White balance enhancements
- Improved Highlights & Shadows
- Auto enhance
- Positive and negative vignetting
- Importing, sharing, and organizing enhancements