Robert Boyer via ApertureExpert Hits the Photos Nail Right on the Head
Robert Boyer via ApertureExpert hits the Photos nail right on the head. He explains his take on the death of Aperture and does it with aplomb. The dust is beginning to settle from last weeks announcement from Apple that they were discontinuing the development of my preferred photo workflow program, Aperture. In its place will be the new program simply titled Photos. After my initial shock at the announcement I’ve started rethinking the whole situation and it’s looking much more positive.
One of my favorite websites devoted to all things Aperture is run by a gentleman named Joseph Linaschke. It’s called ApertureExpert and Joseph recently requested one of his longtime visitors to the site, Robert Boyer, to put together his thoughts on what happened to Aperture and where we might be headed with Photos. It’s a terrific timeline and compilation of not just Aperture but Apple’s method of operation for taking products that have run their course, killed them off, and then completely reinvented them.
Robert suggests that Apple is right on target with the idea that most pro photographers and amateurs have very close to the same needs when it comes to keeping track of and working with their images. And though many will disagree, I don’t. He’s dead on with his belief that a good program that does the basics, where you don’t have to understand curves, layers, etc., is sorely needed. Not just for the average user, but for professionals as well. Many of you who know me and read this blog know that I don’t use Photoshop and never have. I have only a basic idea of how to create a layer. My Curve skills are nonexistent. I have no interest in adding elements that are not there or removing things I don’t like. I do my best to get it right in the camera and then do minor tweaking such as exposure, white balance, dust spotting, etc. I shoot like a journalist, not like a graphic designer. For me something like Photos may be all I’ll need, just like many millions of other soccer moms and camera toting tourists. For those that need more tools that are more targeted to the design community, there will always be Photoshop or better yet, Pixelmator. As I’ve said before, Photoshop should have been called Designershop from the get go. You can read more of this great article by visiting the ApertureExpert website and the article titled, Aperture, I Come Not To Praise Thee… For more information on where I think Photos is headed you may want to check out my last blog post titled, Apple’s New Photos May Be Much Better Than I First Thought.
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