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Apple Aperture 3: Now It’s Cheep, Like a Budgie

By Jack Berglund

Importing, editing, sorting and organizing your photos is time consuming. Everyone develops their own ‘system’ to make it easier but its still a major time drain.  Anything that makes this easier is a good thing in my book.  I use Apple’s Aperture to import and organize my photos and also find I can do 90% of my editing there too.

For those of you not familiar with Aperture (and similar software like Adobe’s Lightroom) it allows you to easily import RAW files, organize them in projects and folders, tag and rate images, make a full range of adjustments (contrast, brightness, curves, levels etc), apply adjustments to the whole image or brush them in selectively and then finally publish to your favorite websites or order prints.   It basically takes care of the end to end process of taking photos of the camera to producing your final selection of nicely tweaked images.

The good news for Mac users is, with the launch of Apple’s App Store this week, Aperture is now only $80 down from $200.  As Guy Richie would say: Its a deal, its a steal, its the  sale of the f#@king century.

Basics: Aperture and Depth of Field

By Jack Berglund

There are numerous books and websites explaining the ins and out of shutter speed and aperture.  I’ll explain them in a simple way that you can actually use and when you need to care about what.  Here we’ll cover aperture, in a follow-up post I’ll include shutter speed.

Depth of Field is Your Friend

One of the best things about upgrading to a Digital SLR from a point and shoot is being able to control your depth of field. Depth of field is how much of photo is in focus from the point your focusing on.To get a portrait with an in focus face and a nice blurry background, you want a shallow depth of field.

Large Aperture, Shallow Depth of Field

The main way to control your depth of field is to alter the size of the aperture (the hole through which the light passes).  Due to something called ‘physics’ a larger aperture means a shallower depth of field.  Aperture is measured in f stops.   There are two important things to know about an f-stop: 1) smaller numbers mean a bigger aperture and 2) I’ll tell you in a moment.

Small f number (e.g. f/2.8) = big aperture = shallow depth of field = blurry background = nice portrait

Maximizing a Blurry Background

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