A month ago I bought a new Macbook Pro to replace both my aging PC desktop and laptop computers. I had been running the Nikon View NX2 editing software and it worked ok for my needs. I have played a bit with the iPhoto software on my Macbook but I am not real thrilled with it, so I would like to see about getting something else. But I do not know much about any of the other photo editing software out there for Mac. I have seen good reviews of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for Mac, but I have no experience of the different softwares. So would you have any advice on the APE10 or any other software for Mac?
I also use and endorse Aperture 3. Here are a couple of great links on the Apple website. The first is about moving from iPhoto to Aperture 3 and the second is a set of video tutorials that show you how to use the various Aperture 3 features.
I went through the different tutorial videos and it looks great! It is so nice to finally have a computer that actually works and I am really loving the Mac. I got all my other programs set up, so the last thing to get figured out is the photo editing software. I will give Aperture a try.
Thanks for the help!
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Just adding my comments to those who like Aperture. The more you use it, the more you get out of it. If you have a new Mac, it should fly. Just make sure you have LOADS of memory - it's a real RAM hogger, especially when you are processing RAW images.
YMMV, but if, like me, you use Flickr, the exporter works well, which is a plus.
The only thing I would add is that it's well worthwhile looking at the tutorials on the Apple site and googling for Web resources. There are a number of good books out there too - I like the one by Dion Scoppettuolo(Aperture 3)
I am contemplating this as well. I have used Aperture for a year or so, doing only very basic adjustments. I just downloaded a trial of Capture NX2, and was quite literally shocked at how much better the NEFs looked straight out of camera, and the higher quality I get with simple adjustments.
A more skilled person than me might be able to get as good results from Aperture, but there is a visible difference in my pictures when doing the same, light adjustments in the two editors.
Sat 19-May-12 12:40 AM | edited Sat 19-May-12 12:41 AM by Hotswimmer
I'm running a Macbook Pro as well. I wrote this response in another thread on this same topic:
---------- I originally did my post-processing in Capture NX2 and indeed still do, mainly because I like its RAW converter best, and frankly, most of the PP I do isn't very sophisticated. However, as it started looking increasingly like NX2 might not have much of a future, I purchased both Lightroom 3 and Aperture 3, as I found specials where I was able to get each of them at a decent price. I also purchased some aftermarket tutorial books, and spent a little bit of time learning the ins and outs of Aperture and Lightroom.
Prior to buying the software, I researched this a LOT, hoping to find a clear winner between Aperture and Lightroom, and true power users who really understand the nuances of these programs can make passionate arguments for why one or the other is better, and the reality is that at that level, each program does certain things slightly better than the other. None of this is likely to matter to the average user. All of them are great programs, and will do pretty much anything you're likely to need to do. I will say that I found Aperture 3 to be the most intuitive and elegant of the three, in spite of the fact, as I said, that I still work mostly in NX2, but everyone's brain works differently, and you may find that you like the look and feel of one of the other programs better. ----------
The only thing I would add is that Aperture's $79.95 price tag in the Apple APP store makes it a terrific value. I also like how easily Aperture lets you integrate photos, video, and sound if you have to prepare a nice presentation.
You might also consider that Apple has tailored Aperture to, in part, appeal specifically to iPhoto users who want more features and better editing options. It might be easier for you to upgrade to Aperture than learn a new program like Lightroom.
Couple of thoughts. I work as a Creative at an Apple store and am certified in Aperture. The application is very similar to Lightroom, but quite different than Adobe Photo Elements. The best part about Aperture is its file management, that was and remains its original purpose. The program has an easy file management structure, comprehensive and flexible metadata panel and quick adjustments. Niceties such as Faces and Places, ranking and labels can also be used to assist you in managing photos (although I recommend Faces or Places in the beginning, especially on a slower Mac). What really makes Aperture wonderful is that it is so very customizable, down to import actions, adjustment presets, metadata views, robust plug-ins, etc. Plus, as mentioned by several others, the application plays very well with other programs on your Mac, meaning very easy to mail a photo, take the photos into iMovie, etc.
The real value in any post editing program is to thoroughly learn it. Like your camera, the investment will pay off.
Another vote for Aperture even altho the latest update & the loss of folder & project colors not to my liking. 2 recommendations to get the best out of it. The Tutorials on ApertureExpert.com & OnOne Software Perfect Effects Free & Perfect Effects Layers.
The Tutorials from AE are $2 each & I was fortunate to start at the beginning with them as webinars so were free. I think the last one was the 20th so even for $40 they are the definitive tutorials on Aperture.
As soon as OnOne released layer I migrated from PSE9 because I only used it for layers. With Cheatsheet installed for keyboard shortcuts ( I can never remember them!) its a difficult post processing program to beat IMO.
Why not stay with View NX & CNX for a few months until the dust settles on the new OSX? I stuck with NX because it meets my needs and I am familiar with everything. I tried the trial downloads but found the unfamiarity unsettling. Who needs to learn a whole new workflow when the current one works? Most importantly, there are always glitches with new operating systems and software catching up so I wouldn't be buying anything new in the next few months.