Lightroom or Aperture?

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jj74e Senior Member • Posts: 1,633
Lightroom or Aperture?

Sorry if this has been asked a lot before, but I have done my research but it's hard with all the information out there to pinpoint answers for some concerns I have.

Currently I only have iPhoto as my editing software, and am looking to step up so I can process some RAW files and have more control.

Most of the time, I do shoot in JPEG and then just edit exposure, color, etc. However, I do shoot in RAW frequently enough that I want new software. Mainly, I will be editing to reduce noise better than the in camera JPEG engine, and to edit color/contrast/dynamic range/exposure (mainly concerned about color of those three) more selectively and detailed than iPhoto can.

Which would you suggest to me based on that? What I hear is that Aperture is a great organization tool and is good to a point, while Lightroom is more of a full blown professional's tool that isn't necessarily as intuitive as Aperture for organizing photos.

I am leaning towards Aperture, both because it is cheaper and seems to fit my uses better. But my issue with Aperture is that unlike Lightroom, it is only Mac compatible, and I am also going to buy a new laptop soon that might be a Windows computer rather than a mac.

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