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Aperture 1.5: Professionally Manage Digital Photographs

By Terry Johnston

Aperture is Apple’s professional program that creates a workflow for digital images. Think of it as the professional version of iPhoto or, as I like to say, iPhoto on steroids. It's designed to handle RAW images which most professional dSLR cameras shoot.

Aperture has many nondestructive editing features built into it. Aperture is not a substitute an external image editor such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or other photo editing programs if you are interested in more creative editing.

From what I can tell this book is geared towards the intermediate user. The reader needs to have a good understanding of OS X. You also need to use the images provided in conjunction with the enclosed DVD. The book was useful when I followed the exercise instead of just reading the book and I found the book to have that college text book feel. It tended to be dry and uses an exercise type format. Each chapter tends to build on the next chapter so it is not that easy to jump around in the book. In fact that was my only beef with this book: this book is not a reference book, this book is a written college course... if that makes sense!?!

This book was great for understanding and learning how to set up my work environment to use Aperture. It helps explain how Aperture works. This can be a time saver as Aperture is quite different from an image editor like Photoshop. Aperture has certain conventions that seem limiting until you understand how it all fits together.

The book starts with calibrating your display and covers the basics. It has 12 lessons that cover exploring the Aperture workflow: Importing images in Aperture; Organizing and rating images; Image adjustment basics; Creating web output, Evaluating images; Finishing, Delivering, and Archiving images; Advanced organization and rating; Advanced editing; Advanced output; Advanced file structure and archiving; and Aperture automation.

In closing this book is very well written and organized. I'm positive that if you read it all, and did all the exercises , anyone would have a good understanding of Aperture. You just need to stick with it.

Posted: Friday, August 31st, 2007

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