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Bravozulu Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2012Thu 15-Aug-13 07:17 PM
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"Aperture -- Starting out questions"


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I installed the application last night. It seems like an innovative approach to PP. I can wait to dive into FACES. Wow. There are several questions, and one snag I hit:


a) how does one choose to organize as Project, Folder, Album? (I guess I need more time)

b) when Importing images, is it wise to apply some correction from the Presets? Or to wait?

c) My NIK Collection (Google) Plug Ins are giving me trouble. I created a folder called Plug Ins and dropped it in the Library>Application Assistants>Aperture folder. That didn't work. I did a Google search on the subject, and then created an Edit folder that I tucked into the Plug In folders. When I start up Aperture, and go to Photo>Edit In (drop down menu) the NIK plug ins are there, but they appear grey and won't activate.

i should add I tried this both with RAW (NEF) files and Jpegs. What will fix this?

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DaveSoderlund Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2010Fri 16-Aug-13 03:35 PM
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I'll take a shot at answering your questions:

a) The primary level of organization in Aperture is the Project -- that's where photos live. You can also create albums (dumb or smart) to organize groups of photos for easy access, but the photos still live in Projects. If you delete an album, you don't delete the images. Folders are for organizing projects and albums, but you can't put images directly in Folders.

I use Folders primarily to group my Projects (i.e. Travel 2012, Travel 2013, etc). I use smart albums to quickly access selections (i.e., "best of" whatever).

b) I personally don't apply any corrections on import. I shoot only RAW and let Aperture's RAW conversion engine generate images, which I adjust individually. This is really a matter of taste and preferred workflow.

c) Your Nik Collection problem may be due to the fact that your Nik applications were already installed when you installed Aperture. the Nik installers identify available software that can accept the plug-ins (Aperture, LR, PS). I recommend you uninstall (not just move to Trash) your current Nik package and then reinstall -- you should be able to see during the installation that the Nik elements are being installed to run as plug-ins to Aperture.

Hope this helps,

Dave

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Bravozulu Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2012Fri 16-Aug-13 04:07 PM
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Gotcha. Will I ever get Aperture smart like you?

You were on the nose about the NIK stuff. It was installed prior to AP.

And I am surprised by what you said about albums. Tossing the album doesn't trash the images it contains.

I'm starting to cruise regularly on the Apple Support - Aperture Forum. Today I'll solve the riddle of Smart Albums. Not sure what that means.


Thanks for your response.

Gary

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AMusingFool Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Dec 2012Fri 16-Aug-13 07:34 PM
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Yeah, albums don't actually "contain" images, Projects do. Albums just gather references to them in one place. If you delete the images from a Project, they're really gone (although if they're also referenced from an Album, it'll ask to confirm the deletion).

And the difference between normal albums and smart ones is that you individually specify all the images in a normal album (eg: I want picture one and picture ten and picture...). For a smart one, you specify search criteria, and Aperture finds all the hits when you look at the album. (eg: I triaged all my images, putting star ratings on the ones I liked, so I specify, say, all images with 3+ stars for a smart album, and that'll gather them in one place).

Note, too, for future reference, this is also the difference between web pages and smart web pages.

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DaveSoderlund Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2010Sun 18-Aug-13 05:25 PM
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Joe Linaschke's website (ApertureExpert.com) is a great resource for new Aperture users. Before leaving Apple Joe was involved in the development of Aperture, so he knows what he's talking about.

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kentak Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2010Sun 25-Aug-13 11:43 PM
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Are you a visual learner? I highly recommend the website lynda.com. For a modest monthly subscription you can access tons of instructional video series on a wide range of topics, including several series on Aperture by Derrick Story. You can unsubscribe at any time, so don't worry about being locked into continuing monthly fees once you've finished your desired courses.

Kent

  

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