A New Year… time for changes

I’m a self-taught photographer. Many can make the same claim. I’ve written much about my learning. Its now time to get on with sharing my photography, reflecting on the experiences I’ve had in capturing my images and writing about some of the photographers that inspire me.

Two important changes to my workflow are underway as we bring in the New Year. The first and most important relates to my image organizing software.

Mac computers have been part of me for a long time. In fact, I’ve never owned a PC. Choosing ‘Aperture’ as the default program to organize my images and perform basic adjustment was a no brainer. It’s an Apple software program after all. A change would be difficult in my mind.

Aperture performed well. I had very little difficulty with it. But over time I began to see that most photographers we using Lightroom. I’m not one to follow the crowd. However, I began to believe that Apple was not showing a great interest in keeping their program on the cutting edge.

I became frustrated with the interactions between Aperture and the various plugins I use from Nik and Topaz and with the linking to Photoshop Elements 11. It just felt awkward.

In the fall of 2013 I purchased Lightroom 5. Set up was easy especially with the aid from several video courses from Lynda.com. Interactions between my plugins and Elements were smooth. I put all my new images on Lightroom and maintained my old work on Aperture. Alas, nothing was really resolved, as I still needed to work with many of my older images.

So, yesterday I began the process of moving my original images from Aperture to Lightroom. Its slow work, but so far so good. I will have to be careful but in the end I know that I will be much happier with Lightroom and the way that its interface works with other Adobe programs and the plugins I use.

Secondly, I now own an Intuos tablet and pen. I don’t know how I was able to process images without this tool. Certainly, I will be able to perform fine local adjustment more quickly and easily. Overall, I feel that the quality of my work will be enhanced.

In my next post, I will be writing about a project I completed that involved a great deal of work with my Intuos pen and tablet.

Happy New Year!!!!

This entry was posted in My Work.


  1. Michael Breakey January 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    You know where to go if you have a problem.

    • Stu Dale January 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Yes! I do know where to find help. Always very much appreciated.

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