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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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Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?

I'm getting busy, which is a good thing. I need to be able to batch process raws, or rather make global edits, to increase efficiency. I've heard that Aperature and Lightroom are both good at this but ...
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Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos?

This is probably an old chestnut, but I'm trying to decide between purchasing Adobe Lightroom or Aperture for Mac, and would appreciate any pointers that would help me decide. I think I've outgrown ...
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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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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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How should I post process images from a cloudy, dark day?

Here in the Netherlands, it's been snowing quite a log the last few days. This is something special here, especially this time of year, so I went out and shot a few pictures. It was a cloudy, ...
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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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What is the difference between Project, Album and Folder in Aperture 3?

I'm sort of confused between the 3.
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Is there any advantage to using Photoshop and Lightroom as a team? (as opposed to PS with other library software)

I currently use Aperture 3.1 for tweaks and library management and I'm happy with it for that purpose, but I am considering buying Photoshop CS5 for more extreme editing. I was wondering if there was ...
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How can I export EXIF metadata from Apple Aperture?

I'm trying to export the EXIF metadata from my photo archives so that I can do some analysis of which focal lengths I use the most. Aperture has a "File --> Export --> Metadata..." option, but that ...
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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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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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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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Is there an Aperture equivalent for Windows, or do I need to use both Picasa and Lightroom?

As much as I'd like to work with Aperture, my main machine runs Windows (I only have a Macbook, no desktop Mac). For now, I have been using jointly Picasa and Lightroom for my photo management and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can Aperture or Lightroom do that Picasa or iPhoto can't?

I just upgraded from a point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera. I was wondering if I should also consider Aperture or Lightroom rather than Picasa, but I don't have a good idea of what ...
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Macbook & Aperture Editing Program

I've recently started my photography course at uni and have now been exposed to the program "Aperture". After finding this program extremely helpful and easy to use I get told its Mac-based only and ...
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RAWs looking massively different in Aperture/Mac OS Preview compared to camera preview and (Canon) PictureStyleEditor

Yesterday, I have been shooting photos at a christmas market -- especially a band that played there. Since everything happened in the evening and it was quite dark, I thought using RAW instead of JPEG ...
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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 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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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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How to adjust high contrast edges in Aperture 3

I am working on this photo in Aperture 3 (this is a partial area of the shot). It's a night shot with a 30s shutter speed, so there are areas, namely above the roof that are blown out. This compared ...
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Does Apple Aperture have a way to change the exposure of many files at once?

I'm just editing a time lapse video I shot and have to change the exposure on about 1000 files. Is there a way in Apple Aperture to batch edit files?
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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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Is it possible to shoot tethered with Aperture using a Canon 5D mark i?

Google is swamped with walkthroughs for the canon 5D mark ii & iii. I am wondering if anyone has managed to get a tethered shoot setup working with the original 5D on a macbook. If so, how was it ...
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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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Which metadata field do I use for the photographer in Aperture?

I have a fair few photos in my Aperture library that have been taken by other photographers. I'd like to mark them with the photographer's name in a way that allows me to search easily, but I can't ...
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Is it possible to manage photos without importing them into libraries in iPhoto or Aperture?

I absolutely love the simple and clean interface and features that iPhoto and Aperture bring and I absolutely hate the "library/import" approach. I like to see my photos as files on a disk and that's ...
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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 feasible workaround for Leica M Monochrom DNG files with Apple aperture?

So far Aperture does not support Leica M Monochrom DNG's and the best way I have found to get the files into Aperture is to open the DNG's up in Adobe DNG, export them as TIFFs and import the TIFFs ...
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How to properly deal with lens distortion in Sony NEX RAW files?

I have a Sony NEX6 camera and when using the 16-50 kit lens the photos shot in RAW has a lot of distortions. You either have to let the camera correct it using jpeg or you are expected to use Sony's ...
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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 combine RAW & JPEG after import in Aperture?

I'm trying out Aperture; I have a hefty collection of photos in iPhoto, and for a few reasons, it's not cutting it for me anymore. I recently started shooting RAW+JPEG on my camera. I see that ...
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How to correct exposure locally with Apple Aperture?

I have a question about using Aperture on OS X. I have taken a RAW picture (made with a K-5) of an arcade machine. While most of its surrounding is fairly well exposed, the lit areas are overexposed ...
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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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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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Family Mac workflow to enable family editing/viewing of images/movies

What is the best software/hardware solution for editing/storage/viewing of a family's digital images/movies on multiple Macs? The family wants to collaborate on editing using Aperture and iMovie. We ...
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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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How to check what White Balance setting was used (on a Mac)?

I've been experimenting with different white balance settings, and I can see what was used while browsing photos on my Nikon preview screen. But when I copy the photos to my laptop where I can ...
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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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Why do photos look blurry in Aperture but sharp in Mac OS X Finder?

I see a strange behaviour in Apple's Aperture (latest version). When I import pictures taken by a Samsung NX1000 into Aperture and open a pic, at first it looks sharp — but after less than a second, ...
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Is it possible to add a curves adjustment to multiple photos in Aperture?

So, I know how to add an adjustment to multiple photos using the photos => add adjustment menu, and it works great for things like auto-enhance, but when I try to do the same thing with curves (I like ...
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Advantages of single vs multiple Aperture libraries?

I have nearly 15 years of digital photos scattered about that come close to 200GB. I bought Aperture last year, but have only now decided to tackle consolidating all these photos. I think I know how ...