Aperature or Lightroom?

Started Mar 22, 2013 | Questions thread
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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.


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