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Lightroom vs. Aperture
Derek Montgomery, Photographer
Duluth | MN | USA | Posted: 10:45 AM on 08.05.09
->> I've examined the threads on Sportsshooter for both products and found lots of helpful information, but much of it was old, especially when it came to the Aperture-related stuff. So I was just wondering what all of you preferred and why? I'm starting to do more weddings so managing lots of RAW files, tagging, organizing and doing lots of global adjustments are something I'd be interested in.

I've tried Lightroom and Aperture trial versions and I think I'd give the edge to Lightroom, but learning both at the same time, I'm sure I am missing stuff that you guys might be able to shed some light on.

I'm also on a MacBook Pro with 4 gigs of RAM and a 2.4 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo--basically the last version before the newer MBPro designs came out. So if either of the programs are more resource intensive, please let me know. Thanks!
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Jason Joseph, Photographer
Dublin | OH | USA | Posted: 11:44 AM on 08.05.09
->> Both applications have free 30 day trials. I'd say the best judge out there is yourself and what you like and dislike. Personally, I use Aperture as well as CaptureOne Pro (for portraits, fashion, and photos that I want better quality RAW processing than what Aperture can give)
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Jeff Mills, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 11:48 AM on 08.05.09
->> I agree with Jason, it really comes down a bit to personal taste and your chosen workflow. Both are very good solution, but also like Jason, I've been far more impressed with CaptureOne for things like portraits and weddings over either.

Lightroom though I love for all of the really creative presets and processing options you can do. Lightroom is my tool of choice for creative images such as landscapes.

Hard to beat CaptureOne though for things like skintones so if your mainly doing weddings you might want to check that one out as well.
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Thomas Boyd, Photographer
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 1:40 AM on 08.06.09
->> I use Aperture. I average about 10k images a month and it handles it no problem. I create books, web galleries, upload to PhotoShelter, output to gmail, mail, picassa, manage my iPhone snaps and galleries, and ftp. I use it on deadline and usually beat everyone in the press room uploading.

I manage everything from my long term projects, to weddings, to commercial, to daily assignments, to film scans, to family snaps. Every photo I shoot, ends up in Aperture.

I like the way the files look. I like the all the viewing options. I like the smart folders and search capabilities. I absolutely love creating books. I was hired for my current position from my Aperture book portfolios.

I think of it as the place I go to be in a creative state of mind. A place I can edit, and think about new ways to market myself and use my work.

It interacts perfectly with my other Apple apps I use regularly like iMovie, Keynote, FC Studio, and others.

I also use some really sweet plugins like Maperture Pro, ColorEfx Pro, Noise Ninja, Sharpener Pro, and Viveza.
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N. Scott Trimble, Photographer
Lake Oswego | OR | USA | Posted: 2:49 AM on 08.06.09
->> Like what Thomas said for the most part, only with Lightroom! : P

It really boils down to your workflow. I use more of the Adobe suite, so it works for me that way, and some of my demands Lightroom meets better such as RAW 1:1 Thumbnails for clients and on the road editing. I can leave my master database at home, work on 1:1 thumbnails on my laptop on the road and make whatever tweaks and changes I need to, then come back and add those changes to my master files at home with two button clicks.

Download both and try them out. Also, go to for more help when you download Lightroom.
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Dinno Kovic, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 12:55 PM on 08.07.09
->> I have been an intense user of Aperture from the beginning (the growing pains) and it has come a long way. Both products are amazing and really manages and makes post production efficient and quick. In February I converted to Lightroom, migrating 200k plus of images. Mostly I do weddings and some sports and editorial work. Both have their advantages and it will really be based on your workflow. Here are my observations.

The Loupe: This feature is awesome especially if your shooting weddings and you need to quickly go through a stack of group shots and delete the ones that have folks with their eyes closed. Lightroom doesn't have anything close to this and it does save time when editing down images from a wedding.

File Management: Aperture manages images within the program better, so you can have an assignment/wedding under a project and within it split the project into multiple albums, and folders.

Interface: I like Apertures better (slightly but it does edge out Lightroom, this is definitely subjective so try each first.

Lightroom: Overall editing and plugin integration for other applications including the presets for exposure/white balance and color make a world of difference and this alone is why I wouldn't go back to aperture.

Lightroom: Quicker even after all the improvements in aperture's speed, I find Lightroom peppier and when it comes to editing down 2000+ wedding images, it makes a tremendous difference (even without the Loupe)

Exporting: Lightroom seems to give you more control in how you can export including creating your presets and applets

I'm still getting use to Lightroom but overall I personally like it better.
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