I plan to run a series of in depth tutorials and reviews of Aperture 3. Today I wanted to jot down my first impressions. To last week I ordered some more RAM, if you read some reviews you’ll notice that Aperture is a bit of a system hog. The RAM arrived this morning and within no time at all I was installing Aperture.
After the installation I found it to have that same sort of simple feeling you get when you boot up iPhoto. Importing photos from both iPhoto and my external HDD which holds all my RAW files from my pro work was easy. Let’s face it there were a ton of photos to import so I thought the process was quite fast.
I’m not one to read manuals until I have too. I find that I learn faster when I work things out myself, so I was quickly navigating my way around the user interface getting acquainted with what was on offer.
Then I found the “Adjustments” panel. This is where Apple have stored all the editing tools. Before I knew it I had opened up a photo that I had taken on a recent baby shoot. The shot itself didn’t make the final cut so the couple never saw it. I thought this is the perfect opportunity to see what Aperture 3 can do. The preset effects have this nice little feature where you can preview the image before actually having to apply the effect. The brushes worked smoothly the only problem that I have come across so far is zooming in. However keep in mind this was all done in the span of about 5 minutes. After doing a bit of editing with the brushes, some sharpening, some burning you get the idea, the photo looked so good I flicked it off to the parents.
All I can say so far is I’m loving it. Stay tuned for those tutorials!
Update: I found out how to zoom using the loupe tool and setting it to follow the cursor. 🙂