JPEG, Aperture, and Lightroom

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
Jim in Hudson Senior Member • Posts: 2,146
Re: JPEG, Aperture, and Lightroom

Identity wrote:

There's been some lively discussion recently about the merits of Lightroom for Fuji RAW conversion. Since I shoot JPEG+RAW, and have recently switched from Aperture to Lightroom, I thought I'd post a set of sample images for people to compare for themselves. Normally I would adjust a few things beyond these default conversions but I wanted to show what you get with basically no effort to use as a starting point.

Personally, my favourite of the bunch is the Lightroom RAW conversion with the Provia profile applied. Aperture does a bad job here, as the coat and inside of the hat are actually pink and not red, and the skin tone is not pleasant. I could not get the colours I wanted out of Aperture at all. Aperture generally has a pretty good reputation around these parts, while Lightroom gets criticized often, but I think Lightroom does a commendable job, especially with the latest release.

As usual, use whatever tool works best for you!

OOC JPEG, Provia, Shadows -1, Highlights -1

Aperture default RAW conversion

Lightroom default RAW conversion

Lightroom default RAW conversion with Provia profile

Thanks for posting. To my eyes, Aperture's rendering is better than Lightroom's default (non-profile) rendering. What would be interesting is whether you could duplicate LR's Provia profile by starting with the LR default and adjusting from there.... then compare to the best you can achieve through Aperture.

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