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Apple Aperture is one of several professional level photo editing and management tools. It is commonly compared to Adobe Lightroom.

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Why are some of my pictures missing from the normally all-inclusive Photos folder in my Apple Aperture library?

In Apple Aperture, there are a few unchangeable locations in your library: Projects Photos Faces Places Etc. And their purpose is pre-defined by the app, so "Photos" should always show all the ...
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How can I export my entire Aperture library into nested folders in the format YYYY/MM/DD?

I'd like to migrate my photo library out of Aperture, but still use it to edit photos (maybe). I'd like to export the masters and the modified versions of all my photos into standard Finder folders ...
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Raw photos in Aperture 3

When Aperture 3 sees the raw photos on the camera for import the photos look good. Then when they are imported and Aperture processes them they then change into black or digital noise and not one is ...
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How do I make Aperture 3 export the master

I've tried many things to get Aperture to export some sort of usable file when I do a "export-> Master" The command seems to work, it creates a file of the proper name. The output is about 4K in ...
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Managing Aperture libraries locally and on external

I feel like I must be making this harder than it is. I have an aperture library on my laptop. I use it to import images from my camera. But I don't have much space left on my hard drive so I want to ...
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Which color settings to chose in Photoshop and Aperture with an Epson SPR2880 printer

My workflow consists of importing photos into Apple Aperture, where I do most of my editing. Sometimes, I edit the photo in Photoshop. Aperture can automatically create a .psd file based on my edited ...
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Can I get noise reduction in Aperture that even gets close to the quality of Lightroom's?

I've been looking for a new Library / Photo Editing software, iPhoto isn't really cutting it any more. I've been using both Aperture and Lightroom a bit now (trial licenses) and I noticed a big ...
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How do I decide between “RAW as Master” and “JPEG as Master” when importing RAW+JPEG into Aperture?

I guess this comes down to an Aperture question and a more general post-processing question. I've been shooting RAW+JPEG and importing both to Aperture with the RAW image set as the master. But I've ...
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What is the best lens correction software which integrates with Aperture 3?

I want to know if there are any good lens correction software (i.e. plugin) for Aperture 3? I am primarily looking for general purpose lens correction software. I have looked at the plugin page for ...
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How to remove duplicate masters in Aperture?

There are many photos in my Aperture library that have two masters, each one jpeg and one raw. I'd like to delete one of both, but I didn't even found a way of splitting them.
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Export options for printing with Aperture 3

I am about to get my pictures published in a magazine. I am going send the pictures to the publisher, thus not printing them myself. Therefore I am curious about how to export the pictures ...
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Why does this Aperture smart album with flags & labels contain more than it should?

I have tried to create a smart album in Aperture 3 that is based on this: 1) It is flagged 2) It has a label I have followed the instructions in provided help documentation in Aperture 3. Searching ...
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Aperture Master files

How do I create master files in Aperture so that I can email from within that application? Most of a photos started in iPhoto originally.
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Why doesn't Aperture show black as black?

Aperture seems to be displaying my images brighter than they actually are -- this makes colors seem washed out and makes it very difficult to accurately adjust the black point and other exposure ...
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Photo sorting software / method / workflow [closed]

Finally went with a DSLR, Nikon D5100 after deliberating for a few years. (Not that I was in a hurry – I don't particularly need a DLSR but really like to take photographs, so time wasn't an issue.) ...
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How do I move Apple Aperture-specific metadata to Adobe Lightroom?

When I drag a folder into Apple Aperture the name of the folder becomes the name of a project that those photos are put in. Specifically, the metadata item is "Project path". This information is ...
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How can I export photo ratings, tags, etc. from Aperture for import into other software?

I am about to transfer all my photos from Aperture to Bibble Pro. I would like to retain all my ratings, tags, colors that I have attached to photos and then import it into Bibble. How would I go ...
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Should I recalculate white balance for all my pictures after moving from iPhoto to Aperture?

I been shooting in RAW since I got my DSLR about a year ago (why not? storage space? that gets bigger and bigger all the time) and I kept storing my pictures in iPhoto, but this week I moved to ...
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Can places be assigned to a whole folder (and subfolders) in aperture 3?

I recently took several thousand pictures in India. As a shot I was placing them in folders by location. When I retured home a started using Aperture 3 (first time with Aperture). I imported the ...
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How can I automatically back up only selected photos from Aperture?

Since some time I started using Aperture as my photo managament software. It offered me a nice workflow - but there's one thing I would like to know how to get working. I want to backup my files. ...
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How do I work with multiple timezones and GPS logging?

I'm embarking on a trip across Europe in a few weeks. I have a QStarz GPS logger that I intend to use to log the trip and I will use the tools built into Aperture to geotag my photos when I return. ...
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How to reupload images to a Facebook album from Aperture?

If I upload some pictures in a new Facebook album and after that I need to adjust them, I select the picture from Facebook's album in aperture but when is the picture reuploaded to Facebook? Does it ...
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How do I display all images missing a given piece of metadata in Apple Aperture?

I'm slowly working on cleaning up the metadata in all my old images that I imported into Aperture from iPhoto. I'd like to get a list of the images that I haven't added a certain metadata field to ...
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Why are my filters lost on import in Aperture?

I've just been experimenting with some of the built-in filters on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10, and after importing them into Aperture 3, the filter is no longer there and I'm seeing the photo exactly ...
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Is there a way to delete RAW files from Aperture?

I currently shoot everything in RAW+JPEG and import into Aperture as pairs. I have a large number of photos that I have not (and will not) make adjustments to and it would be nice to remove the RAW ...
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How do I geotag photos in Apple Aperture?

I have a series of photos I took and a GPS log of my whereabouts for the corresponding time. I would like to geotag the photos with the GPS tracks, matched by timestamp. Using Aperture 3, I can go to ...
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How do I get rid of duplicate projects in Apple Aperture 3?

I've done a lot of searching but haven't been able to find the answer to a problem I'm having. I have several projects in Aperture 3. I just noticed that three of those projects now have duplicates. ...
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Reservations on making the move to Adobe Lightroom or Apple's Aperture

Background I'm a web developer (diploma) and computer scientist (degree), so I know a thing or two about computers and software. I just got into photography in Nov '10, but have been using Photoshop ...
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What are best-practices for personal photo organization in Aperture?

I'm curious about best practices for photo and project organization. I'm starting to have too many projects to just have them listed by date, like iPhoto does. I've recently switched to Aperture, and ...
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iPhoto and Aperture — Good workflow?

I just recently bought Aperture 3 and I already have iPhoto 11. My iPhoto has thousands of pictures. Many are dupes. Many are low quality from a 1MP (yeah, remember those?) camera. However, I have ...
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Am I using Aperture “export versions” wrong?

I'm new to Apple Aperture. I have noticed that when you right click and image and say EXPORT VERSION, sometimes it's nearly instant, other times it takes "minutes" to render. Am I using this feature ...
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Why is Aperture changing the color of my RAW photos?

For some strange reason, Aperture 3 seems to shift the colors of the raw images, after importing them. For example, the reds become washed out and something not red. In the following example, the red ...
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What is the best way to improve Aperture 3 peformance on an iMac?

I've got a 27" 2.8 i7 iMac. I recently moved from iPhoto to Aperture for managing my photos, and am not all that happy with the performance. With a bit of diagnosis, I've seen that 4GB RAM doesn't ...
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How can I tell precisely what is being adjusted with a preset in Apple Aperture?

Take "Auto Enhance" found under "Quick Fixes" for example, I can only see that there's Enhance, Levels, and Edge Sharpen done, and no way to see the specifics, i.e. by Enhance are there any contrast ...
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Aperture metadata preset with location

I like to include location data in my photos, but none of my cameras have GPS built-in. Since I shoot in a lot of the same locations (home, the park, my parent’s house), I was hoping I could create a ...
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Emulating film color profiles (for use in Aperture 3)

Is there a way or place to get the color profile curves from film types and recreate them in Aperture 3 so that I can get a characteristic look from something that was shot with kodachrome. I know ...
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What is the difference between Project, Album and Folder in Aperture 3?

I'm sort of confused between the 3.
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Why pick DPP over Aperture?

My standard workflow is: take pictures in RAW -> import into Aperture -> append metadata info -> go through shots and filter out the bad ones -> do basic adjustments in Aperture -> use Nik plugins or ...
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How do you mark a photo as complete and done with edits in Aperture?

I love Apple Aperture, but it seems to be missing a very important function I strive for. I want to be able to lock a photo, meaning once locked I can no longer make changes to that photo. In ...
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How does Aperture 3 set the default White Balance when developing a RAW file?

I already learned that on raw images no white balance transformation has been applied yet. 1) If Aperture develops the preview images (without manually setting the WB by the user) it has to decide ...
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How should one deal with 'hot' pixels on Canon T1i, either in-camera on in Aperture?

I recently took quite a few pictures at my brothers wedding, and when going through them in Aperture 3, I noticed a pretty apparent red pixel towards the bottom left of my images. I didn't notice this ...
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Can I get my 30D to record to the card when shooting tethered (with Aperture 3)?

I'm trying out tethering for... not quite the first time, but the first time I'm taking it relatively seriously, and I'm noticing something that was not quite to my expectations: When I shoot in the ...
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Batch RAW processing in Aperture 3?

Team, It takes me hours and hours and hours of manual work to do even simple post-processing changes on thousands of RAW photos taken on each vacation trip I take. I generally like to adjust the ...
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Why do I need to use presets?

I've upgraded to the new Aperture 3 and noticed that they've added the ability to save and apply your own presets. I understand roughly that presets are basically a saved set of adjustments meant to ...
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Is the version of Aperture on the Apple Mac App Store identical to boxed version?

I noticed that the Mac App Store offers Aperture at a significantly reduced price - £44.95 or $79.99 (depending on region). Does anyone know if there are any differences between this online version ...
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“Show Focus Points” in Aperture

Apple Aperture has a function "Show Focus Points". When I am using it with raw files from Canon 500D, it displays the pattern of focus points (just like the camera viewfinder) and highlights some of ...
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Is there any method to transfer edits made in Lightroom to Aperture or vice versa?

I am always on the fence between Lightroom and Aperture, but I am also thinking about the future, when new software shows up. Is there any way to export edits made in one of the programs and import it ...
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Does Aperture have any known file management issues?

I recently purchased Aperture 3 and am trying different things in order to find the best way to use it with my existing images. One thing I have noticed as I mess about with different file operations ...
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Reducing chroma noise in Aperture

I have some photos shot in low light with a compact camera which exhibit significant chroma noise, which I’d like to correct as much as possible. My searches turned up a technique called “chroma ...
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Aperture 3 library management: Where can I find a good explanation?

I'm still not quite sure I understand the way Aperture manages the library. I've been telling it to put all the pictures I import into a specific directory in a new project-named folder, but if I ...