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Do you use iPhoto?

Do you use iPhoto?


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Used to use it but then moved to Aperture but now I'm using Lightroom.

The biggest plus iPhoto and Aperture have is that they store all your photos into their own library file. No need to decide on a folder structure because it's done for you.

Really wish Lightroom had that feature.
 
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I use Aperture too and totally agree about Lightroom. It's absolutely abysmal at file organisation with it's folders all over the place in seemingly random order. Typical Adobe lol. Great tool with lots of powerful features, but it's poorly designed (at several levels).
 
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Well I use iPhoto but only on my MBP and store the images in albums etc, which makes things easier to look up, but I would not mind to have a second index or keywords etc. For instances you could have an 'event' called Carshow, but you may want to also categorise the pictures into 'red cars' or 'convertibles' or whatever. So this is a bit of a drawback in iPhoto for me but for the snapshots made everyday I use it.

Now, when it comes down to get the last bit out of the data, you will find you need to not only start shooting in RAW files instead of (already processed) JPEGs, but also need to get a better piece of software to process the raw image data (basically the data in raw format for RGB red green blue)....

I started with checking out Photoshop but as Lore already said earlier, it's not a simple package (not talking about the 'elements' versions here, but the full blown package). And to me things were made absolutely difficult to follow and understand so I kinda ran into a wall there.

Picasa: just doesn't offer enough (it's been a while I have to admit) for any serious color editing, brightness, blacks, etc... just ain't cutting it.

My tool at the moment is Lightroom 3.4 .I have to say it takes time to get used to the processing flow etc. And I probably still don't use half of the possibilities. But if I want I can recuperate a pretty awful picture that's completely too bright, and adjust the sliders in LR and deepen reds, or blacks, lighten areas, you name it, it is there. Lens correction for most of my lenses are present and 'unbarrel' pictures, and it makes it all a very very powerful package. And yes, I know, it takes time to get good at it.

However LR still lacks a few features but that's nothing Adobe Photoshop Elements can't do. If you're anywhere near serious about some really good editing, you need something like LR. I have not used or tried Aperture. But in all serious editing cases... it also takes a ton of time normally.
 
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NO ... As a commercial photographer I use Lightroom.... yes it takes a bit of geting used to but it works well with other editing software like Photoshop, Perfect Photo, Nik software. I used to use Aperture and it is quite good but like most things Apple has their finger in I can not rely on it because of the way they handle raw files. iphoto is problematic and avoid it like the plague.
 

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Yes, I use iPhoto to get photos off my cameras and into a database, either on an external drive or internally, swapping as needed.

For more serious work I do have Aperture BUT I was so surprised by how Adobe Lightroom has romped ahead of it in the features stakes recently.

Obviously we now know that Aperture and iPhoto are doomed and will be replaced next year by the Photos app. However we don't yet know how far it will go to help the keen amateur or pro.

Aperture is still a great app but I discovered how good Lightroom had become only a couple of weeks ago when I tried v5.x.

I'd taken some Canon RAW files and they suffered from Chromatic Aberration away from the centre. I tried Aperture and although it could remove the effect on one side, this just left the opposite side of the frame more colourful. Adjusting the other side see-sawed the effect to the original side. There may be clever tricks to vary the CA adjustment BUT when loaded into Lightroom I just ticked the remove Chromatic Aberration check-box and all CA was gone across the whole frame automatically. Quite honestly I found this marvellous and juggled back and forth between apps to make sure I wasn't imagining it.
 
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