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Lightroom for Aperture Users: Import

Live Training Session 201

Lightroom for Aperture Users: Import

Live Training Session 201

Duration: 00:51 hr
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And it begins! The first new Live Training video in the “Lightroom for Aperture Users” series is on Importing.

The first step in editing your photos is of course to import them, and getting off on the right foot is definitely something you want to do. Learn the ins and outs of the import panel in Lightroom, and how it compares to Aperture. We go panel by panel in Aperture, looking for the same feature in Lightroom. Some things work the same, some are quite different. Some are missing, and some features are only in Lightroom. In this video, we hit 'em all.

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Lightroom for Aperture Users: Import

Live Training Session 201

Duration: 00:51 hr
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Joseph,

First, I am so happy you are doing this series. I have followed your recommendations for transferring the way I worked in Aperture (your way) to Lightroom successfully.  I am now listening again to refine my process and tie up a couple of loose ends. Specifically, I have two issues:

1.  How to integrate iPhone photos into the process. In Aperture I just sorted my monthly stream into dates using Applescripts that I got from your websites. And then I would move those photos into appropriate projects.  It worked like a charm. Guess I could do a similar process using the metadata date sorter.  Any other ideas?  Right now I’m plugging in my iPhone and dumping the photos into one LR folder.  I also have an iPad which has photos I’ve edited on it but have not uploaded those edited images to LR.

2.  Best way to move just one photo or one project from Aperture to Lightroom. If I export an original from Aperture I’m not sure how to deal with the sidecar info.  I really can’t edit on Aperture anymore - too confusing. My brain can’t go back and forth without lots of frustration. 

I hope this is the location you want me to post this question.  They are Import questions so I’m posting here.

Thanks again for doing this series.  I like the LIVE aspect. So much more like a real live teacher even if they can be a bit longer. You are right, there are plenty of the more precise videos out there but seeing your process of figuring out a problem has its own benefits.

Susan 

 

Susan

I have been following Aperture Expert for a number of years and delighted Joseph has decided to run some tutorials on moving to Lightroom.

Like a number of Aperture users this is a huge step due to the fear of the unknown.

My only comment was the tutorial was a little too long and jumped around too much. Too many comments on peripheral items which i found distracting for an introduction video.

A simpler, shorter and more structured approach would really help going forward.  

macgeth

Geth,

Thank you for your feedback. You may not be familiar with the “Live Training” format, however this is precisely how these are designed to be. I don't follow a structure and they are unedited — this is literally a live presentation, and I'm taking the audience through the app even as, to some degree, I'm learning it myself. Unlike with Aperture, which I knew inside and out (as I was part of the original launch team at Apple, I kind of knew it pretty well!), Lightroom is still new to me as well.

There are hundreds of structured tutorial videos out there on Lightroom. Consider the Live Training as more of an adventure that we're all on together. The format isn't for everyone, and I can appreciate that. But it's been popular enough that I continue to do it ;-) And yes it's even less structured than the Aperture ones, for the reasons noted above.

I hope you can still enjoy them and benefit from what comes down to a very low cost training. And please do participate live sometime — that really does add a fun element to things.

@PhotoJoseph
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I love this first training! I have some follow up questions:

 

1. I have a large aperture library with RAW and JPEG files that is managed. I use your file management system for organization and naming. How do you suggest I transfer my files to LR and keep the file naming & structure? When I tried the LR plug-in, it indicates that I do not have enough room. Do I need to reference my files first? Do I I have seen apps for this but they do not have good reviews. 

2. Is there a way to convert RAW to JPEG in LR? Right now I am using Rawhide for Aperture. I do this to save space once I have made final edits in RAW. Is there a benefit to converting to DNG

3. I have not watched 202 yet so this may be answered there…is there a way to set the crop aspect ratio in a preset?

Thanks for all of your work!

Bettina

Sorry Bettina, I somehow missed this one.

1. As I don't recommend transferring from Aperture to Lightroom, I don't have a solid answer for you. But if you're running out of space, definitely starting managed is going to be an issue, since Lightroom will NEED to have the images outside of the Aperture library to view them. So yes, switching to referenced will probably be the solution. That said, I do not know if the files will need to be copied anyway.

2. Not that I'm aware of, but what I would do is create an export preset that puts the JPEG in the same folder as the original, then “adds to this catalog”. That will reimport the image once exported. This does not remove the original RAW file, but it does bring your new JPEG into the library. You'd need to manually delete the original RAW at that point.

3. I haven't covered presets yet, and won't for a while. But I just tested it and it appears that cropping is NOT included in a preset. You would need to sync files to copy the crop from one to another. I will mention this in Session 206.

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Joseph, Great first training session.  This is a must watch those still using Aperture but thinking about moving over to Lightroom or who have already made the move. I watched the training session straight through when I downloaded it and will watch it again and jot down any additional comments.  BTW, I was screaming at my screen “Photo Mechanic!” but somehow you didn’t hear me :-).  I missed the notice of the live session so I missed it.  I am traveling on the 21st so I may not be able to make 202 live but I’ll try.  It all depends upon the time.  Anyway, it might be good to briefly go over the COPY, MOVE and convert to DNG briefly during the initial import process on your next training session.  As you probably already know MOVE is used to physically move a folder of pix from one source into the main Folder site that houses all of your pix.  Most Lr user blogs I’ve researched and reference sources (like Scott Kelby’s book) strongly recommend keeping all of your photos in one giant master folder and use only one catalog (“library”).  But I’ve read where some people create a different catalog for different shoots or purposes: type of shoot (wedding, e.g.), personal, etc. And will sometimes, at a shoot, place all of the photos on on device , external HD or laptop, and then attach it to their main computer or server at home/work and then move those photos into their main folder, letting Lr know where they are.  Others will upload their photos to their main folder first and then import them into Lr by ADDing them.  Similar to what you showed at the end of the session when discussing Photo Mechanic.  The ADD process is MUCH faster than the COPY process during import but if you are looking to rename the photos you will need to do this through a program like Photo Mechanic, On1 or Lightroom. I really can not think of anything else at the moment.  BTW, in the Lr Library or Grid mode, the picture resolution size does show up in the metadata section on my computer but I’m not sure if that was something I set up or if Lr does that automatically.  If I see anything else on the second look, I’ll let you know.  This was a great start.  I’m looking forward for what will follow.

Cheers,

Florian

Florian Cortese
www.fotosbyflorian.com

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