Not long ago, in an earlier post, I debated whether to use Aperture or Lightroom for Business Model Scalability to manage my digital iphoneography photos. I really wanted to get away from that feeling of only being as good as my last photo….just because that’s the only one I could find! There are some other good ones in there even if I couldn’t find them.
Well, I decided, but not before some extra learning. Originally, my criteria were:
- Do I need the tool to edit? No
- Do I need it to find photos? Yes
These criteria don’t help distinguish between Lightroom and Aperture at all.
In the earlier post, I also said I wanted to track where I published the photo, whether in a book or on the web. I also wanted to know how far along in the cooking process it was from just shot to published. It turned out that these were mostly designations about…..workflow!
The mere mention of the word brings to mind the series of posts I just completed on the alimentary journey of managing a 3 device workflow. See Related Posts below:)
When I looked at Lightroom vs Aperture, the LR modules are organized around, drum roll please….work flow! You first import the photo into the “Library” module for inventory. Then you move it into the “Develop” module where it becomes Work in Process. You do your computer edits in this module. The next modules “Book”, “Slideshow”, “Print” and “Web” are all output related and show where the photo will be published. Seems simple enough.
A tweeted Adobe coupon finally pushed me over the cliff edge and I bought…..Lightroom!
I have miles to go before I sleep in terms of getting the catalogue built. Catalogue is KEY in LR land. The catalogue is an index in that it keeps the address of all your photos but not the photos themselves. It is also like a recipe holder. LR keeps the steps you took in the “Develop” module and the address of the original image, but not the edited image. Anytime you want the edited image again, it cooks the recipe and there you have it. If you want a more permanent manifestation, just export the result and it’s fixed! The great thing about this is that it saves storage space.
Storage space is cheap so why bother? It’s the storage space in my head I’m worried about. This method reduces the number of places you have to look for something.
There are many fantastic tutorials on LR out there. As I go through the startup process I will share with you what I find as well as my own experiences. My goal for 2013 is to be able to adeptly manage an inventory of 10 years of digital photographs from a variety of cameras in a scalable way.
Where are you in your Aperture vs Lightroom decision? What’s important to you? What other options are out there?
More soon! Jennifer
All writing by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013
- Aperture vs Lightroom and Business Model Scalability (jenniferhartnetthenderson.wordpress.com)
- iPhoneography Workflow Part 2: Device to Computer Transfer (jenniferhartnetthenderson.wordpress.com)
- iPhoneography Workflow Part 1: Device to Device Transfer (jenniferhartnetthenderson.wordpress.com)
- What Does Your Workflow Look Like? (jenniferhartnetthenderson.wordpress.com)
- Tips: Workflow & asset management in Lightroom (blogs.adobe.com)
- 7 Steps to Switching from Aperture to Lightroom (technologyformedia.com)
- Lightroom 4 and ACR vs. Aperture 3 for Photo Editing; 3 Reasons to Choose Lightroom and Why I Didn’t (technologyformedia.com)