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.