Friday, February 22, 2013

What I learned from from MacWorld's short Aperture tutorial

I got this ref from Clark, one of my favorite tech bloggers. MacWorld's 7-step edit in Aperture 3.4 is the best short Aperture tutorial I've seen.

The article is by Derrick Story; I used to read him religiously but I lost touch with him. He's got quite a few MacWorld articles - but there's no feed. There doesn't appear to be a feed on his personal business site either. [1]

(Pause while we weep silently into our keyboard.)

Maybe I lost touch with him because he developed an allergy to RSS?

In any case, here's a short list of what I learned from his tutorial - despite many months of Aperture use:

  • The control units are called 'bricks'.
  • The White Balance Brick has a drop down for different kinds of white balance (skin tone, temperature, etc). I never $#@ noticed.[2]
  • The relationship between the histogram and the Exposure brick sliders: "Exposure (highlights, right side of the histogram), Black Point (dark tones, left side of the histogram), and Brightness (middle tones). ... Once I set the Exposure and Black Point, I use the Brightness slider to adjust for taste.... always adjust Brightness after Exposure and Black Point.
  • Post brightness move highlights slider to right to recover details. (This never seems to work for me though.)
  • Color tweaking. This has always been a mystery to me. He picks a green 'swatch' then uses eye dropper to pick a green item and adjusts Hue, then tweaks with Saturation and Luminance. (Ok, it's still a mystery.)
  • Definition over Saturation and Vibrancy. I don't know what the differences really are, but I also like Definition most. Nobody seems to use the Contrast slider.
  • When he sharpens Edges he pushes Falloff and Intensity, not Edges. (I'd been doing Edges. Again, no clue.)
  • To see original image push M key (I kind of knew that).

[1] Update: O'Reilly has a feed, but it doesn't include is MacWorld articles.
[2] It was new in 3.3

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