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Post-Processing Software Paralysis!

MyDadsF2

Fairfax, US
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MyDadsF2 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2014
Thu 10-Apr-14 07:36 PM | edited Thu 10-Apr-14 07:39 PM by MyDadsF2

Hi everyone. Being relatively new to digital photography, I'm just starting to grasp how much post-processing is part of the whole practice. Up to now, what PP I've done has been simple tweaking in iPhoto on my Mac. Now I'd like to step up in capability, and find myself in that oft-cited dilemma: Lightroom or Aperture. I know this has been discussed already (my apologies), but I still can't come to any decision.

I'm leaning toward Aperture because all my photos are in iPhoto, I'm familiar with Apple UI, and my brain pretty much has struggled with Adobe interfaces (I have the full CS3 suite, from when I took a college design course). I'm also weak on file management, and I hear that Aperture is a little better on that score. And while Aperture lacks a few key LR features such as lens correction, I understand that that is remedied with plug-ins. Given the lower price, I've almost pulled the trigger and bought Aperture, except...

It seems almost everyone is using Adobe LR ... and I hear there are questions about whether Apple will continue to support Aperture.

Oh I should add: I don't have the option of the 30-day free trial on either product. (Apple doesn't offer it anymore, and my Adobe trial expired before I had a chance to check it out. It's a long story.)

I thought choosing lenses was difficult. This choice could drive me crazy! Please help.

Thank you ... Tom

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