david_gillett 1:03pm, 13 June 2012
Hi folks,

I keep umming and ahhing over whether I really need to plug the software gap between iPhoto and Photoshop.

At the moment I use iPhoto for library management and for quick / dirty edits. Photoshop CS5 I use for anything more than a simple crop or contrast tweak. There's a slightly annoying workflow I take between the two to keep the original files just in case.

I don't tend to devote a huge amount of time on post production as I spent so much of my day job in front of a monitor that it feels slightly painful spending my leisure time there too.

So I guess the question is do you think Aperture or Lightroom bring something extra to post production in terms of speed or workflow that justify splashing out on them?

Is one considered superior to the other?
I'm pretty used to the way Adobe's interfaces work so perhaps there would be a shallower learning curve?

What your thoughts 52'ers?!
Charlotta love... PRO 6 years ago
I just bought the student edition of Lightroom for about 80 Euro and I'm very happy with it. In contrast to iphoto it doesn't create duplicates. I find folder management a lot easier with it and I also like it for post production. I rarely use photoshop since I got Lightroom.
david_gillett 6 years ago
Thanks for the info Charlie, that's one for LR then. I've just seen Lightroom is around £100 and Aperture is £50 ish, that could be enough to swing it.
bart1eby 6 years ago
If you'd asked this a couple of weeks ago I'd have wholeheartedly recommended Lightroom, not just because I much prefer it to Aperture but because it was where I do most of my work.

But in the last couple of weeks though I've been increasingly using PS, not just for the major edits but to do most things that I do in LR. I still prefer the HSL and noise reduction controls in LR and I'll use it much like you use Iphoto by the sounds of things but it no longer feels quite as essential. That said the way it integrates with CS5 is just so smooth that that alone might be reason enough particularly if, like me, you might swap a couple of times between two programs on a single image.

As a final word I much prefer LR3 to the trial version of LR4 i had a play with. Doubtless it's a question of familiarity but if you can still find the older version then for the right price it might be a wise investment...
david_gillett 6 years ago
That's good to know Ben, thanks. I'm lucky enough to get an Educational discount but £60 for LR is quite steep for what sounds like a nice to have rather than an essential tool.

I've just set my external editor on iPhoto to PS5 and found it still keeps an original copy of the photos, so I might just stick to that for now.
bart1eby 6 years ago
That sounds like it should work fine but remember adobe are very generous with trial versions so you can probably download a copy and play with it for a couple of weeks before you need to make your mind up...
@markglomas PRO 6 years ago
David, I switched from iPhoto to Aperture maybe two years ago. I also have PSE but find PSE a bit cumbersome for my regular workflow (if you could call it either regular or a workflow). Aperture is good but with the Nik Software plug-ins is better. My only gripe with Aperture was the Flickr sync which is a much debated feature that I hated. Haven't tried LR.
Larking About 6 years ago
I just use the free and simple picmonkey. PP is so not my thing, I have a copy of photoshop and rarely go near it - it's like an alien language to me. I find you are either a pp person or not - I get my pleasure in taking the shots where as for example my brother could play for hours tweaking them, but a lot of that is to do with the 'Street Photography' mentality where you do as little as possible to the shot to keep it real.
david_gillett 6 years ago
Thanks for input Mark. I do find PS slightly irritating for simple tasks like applying a subtle vignette. That level of irritation hasn't quite reached the £60 mark for LR yet though. Aperture 3.3 seems to be Lion only on closer inspection and I'm clinging on to Snow Leopard for as long as I can as I've heard so many people on Twitter complaining about the new OS.

I'm so impressed you use such little PP on your SP shots. I always seem to end up with a blown out sky on the few occasions I've been brave enough to try Street.
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