Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Mothership & Scout
How to work with photos on location and seamlessly integrate them back into your studio’s system working with Apple Aperture
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
The first step in starting a new job is to create a new Project. Aperture stores photos in Projects, which are self-contained parts of a library into which photos are dumped during import. There are two schools of thought on Projects. One is to create a new Project for each part of a shoot and to put them into a folder for the event. Using this system on something like a wedding shoot, for example, I'd create a folder for the event and a different Project to contain each part of the day: preparation, ceremony, reception, etc. (Fig. 2).
The other way, and my preferred way of working, is to create only one Project per job and to create Albums and/or folders under each project to organize my data.
This is one of the most powerful features of Aperture: the ability to meld one Library into another. When I shoot on the road, the Library I create will quickly become part of my larger, master library when I'm back at my studio. That leaves me with a choice when I'm in the field—managing or referencing my images, which controls the way in which Aperture stores my files.
As a nondestructive image editor, Aperture uses Library files, which are catalogs of the images being managed by Aperture, as well as a list of all the actions taken on those images. Remove red-eye? That's an instruction in the Library's catalog. Add metadata? That's really an instruction in the catalog, too.
When images are stored inside Aperture's Library file, too, the images are Managed. When they're stored outside the Library (with Aperture keeping track of their location), they're called Referenced.
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