Aperature or Lightroom?

Started Mar 22, 2013 | Questions thread
DiploStrat
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Re: Patience, Grasshopper.
In reply to bravozulu, Apr 5, 2013

The short answer is "yes," you only see one image on screen; all the rest is automagic. The longer answer is "yes," as far as I know, Aperture actually invented this workflow.

The advantages to a non destructive workflow are:

  • It is non destructive. Whatever you do, you can always retrieve the master image.
  • You can create as many versions of an image as you want (e.g. B&W, different crops, color, etc.) and you do not have to duplicate the master. As masters grow from 10 MB to over 50 MB, each version is still only about 100 KB. (Previews do take up space, but you can control that as required.
  • You never have to worry about file formats and conversions. The master remains RAW (or JPEG or whatever) and you always work with that. JPEGS for posting on the web or mailing to Aunt Mary are "exports" which you create on the fly and delete.
Most of us believe that Aperture is slightly more powerful in cataloging and since viewing by date is automagic, there is no need to arrange your library by date. (Mine goes by continent, then country, and finally shoot. Cross cutting is easily done if you keyword. You can also simply drag and drop. The trick is, most pros, working in Windows, got into the habit of doing everything in folders by date and then renaming files so they wouldn't get lost. With Aperture and Lightroom, very little of this is necessary. N.B. Aperture offers two ways to manage you library: Hope this is helpful.
  • "Managed" in which case, all of your masters, etc., are neatly placed inside an Apple "package." (Which is simply a kind of folder.)
  • "Referenced" in which case all of your masters are placed (hopefully neatly) wherever you want. Since what you see on screen is controlled by the Aperture database, it doesn't really matter where you put the masters. This approach is used by some speed freaques to allow you to place the Aperture application and catalog on an SSD while placing the masters on a conventional HD. Since the masters are write once, read many, rewrite never, they never fragment. Put them  on a dedicated disk and the reads can be very fast.
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