Highlight Hot & Cold Areas… Command-drag or Toggle?

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January 4, 2012 - 2:07am

A reader in the forum asked a great question today, and I thought I’d post it here as a tip.

Dan asked:

On the training videos you use the hot/cold feature to show blown highlights and blocked shadows. To set the white point and black point in my photos, I press the command key when adjusting Exposure, Recovery and Black Point sliders. Is there a difference between the two methods or are they just different ways to reach the same goal?


iPhone + iOS5 + Aperture + Photo Stream Users = Rejoice! Aperture 3.2.2 Update Released to Address Disappearing “Over 1,000 Photos” Issue

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December 9, 2011 - 6:52am

I can neither confirm nor deny whether the ApertureExpert users who first reported and then confirmed this issue get credit for initially finding the bug, but I’m pleased to report that in near record time, Apple has released an update to the (disastrous serious actually not as bad as it seemed but still scary) issue where photos over the 1,000 Photo Stream limit would dissappear from Aperture — that is, the ones that were already automatically im


Adjustments; Color and B&W

Live Training Session 012

This is the fifth video in a long series about Adjustments in Aperture 3, covering both the Color and the Black & White adjustments.

Duration: 00:37 hr
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10 simple tips for making better photographs, and making YOU a better photographer. From how to hold and carry your camera to tips on composition and exposure, this is one FREE eBook you shouldn't be without!


Why Do My Photos Look Different in Aperture Than They Did on the Camera LCD?

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November 22, 2011 - 10:51am

This question came up in the forum today, and I think it’s a great question that can cause a lot of confusion for people. So, I’m addressing it here as a “Tips” post.

Why do my photos look different in Aperture than they did on the camera LCD?”, and the equally pertinent and confusing “Why do my photos look like they did in the camera for just a few seconds, then change before my eyes in Aperture?”

What you see on the back of the camera is not the RAW file, but is in fact a small JPG file that the camera produces and embeds into the RAW file for this precise viewing purpose. The camera isn’t capable of decoding the RAW file to preview on the back of the LCD (if you think about how quickly you can scroll through hundreds of photos on the LCD, versus how long it takes to do the same thing in Aperture or in the Finder, that will make sense), so instead it shows you the small JPEG photo.


Camera Raw Update 3.9 Released

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November 11, 2011 - 11:37am

Time to run Software Update again, if this hasn’t shown up for you already.

The latest Camera Raw update, clocking in at version 3.9, adds RAW compatibility for a series of new cameras:


New Auto-Curves Behavior & Getting the Old Way Back

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November 10, 2011 - 4:35pm

Many users have noticed that Aperture 3.2 added a new behavior to Auto Curves [Luma], especially since I’d just done a Live Training video on Curves (#011) and what they were seeing on their systems was a little different than what’s on the video.

Auto S-Curves

The engineers did a lovely thing in Aperture 3.2 — now when you hit the Auto Curves [Luma] button (this doesn’t apply to Auto Curves [RGB]), instead of just resetting the black and white points, it now adds an S-curve to the curve. Which is great, since that’s probably what you were going to do with Curves, anyway. The shape of the S is not a constant, either. It’s calculated by some mathemagical formula and applied just-so.

Auto-Curves applied. Notice the points automatically added to make an S-curve.

But I don’t want that!

Of course, progress is sometimes just “progress”, and if all you really wanted was to have a basic black- and white-point set, then you might be pretty upset by this change. I had a user ask in the forum if there was any way to remove this functionality, and I replied that there wasn’t one that I knew of, however, I hadn’t tried any key combinations yet. Some functions in Aperture behave differently if you hold down a key while pressing the button — for example, the Option key.


Great Conversation on Photo Stream in the Forum

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November 1, 2011 - 8:29pm

Hi all,

A reader started a conversation on the use and features of Photo Stream in the Forum, and it contains a lot of great questions and answers on the subject. I could put a big post on it here, but I think this topic is best left in the forum. Check it out if you have any outstanding questions about Photo Stream, and feel free to add your voice to the discussion.

Read the thread here.


Workaround for the Cropping Bug(s) in Aperture 3.2

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October 19, 2011 - 1:15am

There are some well publicized bugs showing up in Aperture 3.2 in regards to cropping, one of which I’ve been trying to come up with a reasonable work-around to. I have something for you; it’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.



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