Say Adiós To Aperture.

Apple will cease to develop Aperture and iPhoto when Yosemite drops this Fall.

UPDATED 20140718: A third party software solution to migrate from Aperture to Adobe Lightroom 5 is now available. Fair warning, the software is still in beta so I’d make a backup of all catalogs/libraries before proceeding.

What’s going on?

Apple’s OS X Yosemite is set to be released to the public this fall. One of the update’s big changes: Apple will stop development of Aperture and iPhoto. The writing has been on the wall for a while. Apple hopes current Aperture and iPhoto users will make the transition to Photos, which is a new application that will be launched in 2015.



















For some time compatibility updates will continue for Aperture, so current users will be able to use it when running Yosemite, but all new development of the program will cease. In theory, once Photos starts shipping next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries.

According to Apple the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, will enable users to safely store their images in iCloud and access them from anywhere.

As soon as I saw the announcement, several thoughts crossed my mind:

• Will Photos be as robust as Aperture? My guess is that Photos will be more geared toward hobbyists and prosumers than pro photographers.

• iCloud has never worked well. Not even Apple employees use iCloud internally! Why would someone trust it with his or her most precious memories? There are MUCH better cloud storage offerings available.

• We haven’t seen any major updates or improvements for Aperture or iPhoto in the past several years. Would the company suddenly pay attention to photography?

• Would Apple support RAW images shot with professional cameras or only the ones captured on iPhones?

• Considering Apple’s recent track record, I wonder how long it will be before Photos ends up as neglected as Aperture and iPhoto.

Not a pretty picture.

What now?

The other side of the coin: Adobe Lightroom. This software application has been around since 2007, about 6 months after Aperture was first launched. I have been an avid user and trainer of the program since Version 1; in fact, before its release, and on a few recent versions I have even served as an official Beta Tester for Adobe. I’m not exaggerating in the least when I say that I could not imagine my life as a professional photographer without Lightroom.


I’m definitively NOT a light user of Lightroom. My stills catalog holds over 100k RAW images from 117 cameras and 138 lenses.

I remember when Aperture seemed to have the best goodies, like book publishing, maps, faster processing, and better camera support. That’s no longer true. Adobe has done a good job listening to users needs (and demands) and has improved the software to what we have today. I have written numerous posts on Lightroom, most recently on “Smart Previews” which I’ve called the current version’s awesomest feature.

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While Apple treated Aperture like the proverbial redheaded stepchild, Adobe lavished plenty of attention and resources upon Lightroom in the past seven years. It’s been regularly updated, and a new version is expected to be released this year (more about this on another post).

Over time (and after some criticism and disbelief) I’ve become a big fan of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. We use at least ten different applications almost daily, and constantly receive updates and improvements, all for $21.76 per month (one of the perks of being an educator).

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If you don’t need all these applications, Adobe recently made “permanent” the Creative Cloud Photography plan. It includes Photoshop CC AND Lightroom 5 and some perks for only $9.99 per month.

With Aperture entering the twilight of its relevance, there’s no time like the present to consider how this will impact your current and future workflows. If you’ve been contemplating making the transition to Lightroom, we’re here to help.

At the start of 2014 we launched our Google Lightroom Helpouts, which is an online collaboration service that enhances one-on-one live video training. In our Adobe Lightroom Essential Training we offer one-on-one live video training that suit your specific needs, from capture to output.

These one-on-one sessions cover a wide range of topics like how to organize photos and videos so they’re easy to find; enhancing images from good to great, sharing images via email, blog, or social media platforms; transferring photos from Aperture, iPhoto or another app to Lightroom; and backing up your valuable images.

It easy to see why Lightroom has become the preferred image-management and editing software for photographers and artists the world over. Why wait to improve or switch over?

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UPDATE: The Photography plan will soon be available on Amazon, perhaps for even less !


Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers.

We recently shared a very good deal on Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers ($16.58 per month for ALL the Adobe applications). Since we use Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade, In Design and other apps this solution makes complete financial sense for us. But, what if you are a photographer using only Lightroom and Photoshop?