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Mimicking your Photo Mechanic 5 Workflow in Aperture 3

PhotoJoseph's picture
April 14, 2014 - 9:00pm
After the previous two posts, if you’re a Photo Mechanic user, you may be considering switching by now. This post is all about how to make that happen—how to match your familiar Photo Mechanic rating system, keyboard shortcuts, and much more in Aperture. Before diving in and trying to figure it all out on your own, read this post and see just how familiar Aperture can feel to seasoned Photo Mechanic users.

How to Import Multiple Cards Simultaneously and Bypass Thumbnail Generation on Import in Aperture 3

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April 11, 2014 - 5:30am
Recently I met with Jeff Cable, Olympic photographer and Lexar Marketing Director, to put Aperture head-to-head with Photo Mechanic for his (and every other Olympic photographer’s) extremely time constrained workflow. The end result was nothing short of epic, cutting the import, select, edit and export time by one third. With this new super-fast import method, and Aperture’s built-in editing tools, allowing Photo Mechanic loyalists to bypassing the Camera RAW –> Photoshop –> Photo Mechanic roundtrip delay, there’s no reason any shooter on deadline shouldn’t be switching to Aperture immediately.

ShutterSnitch: Eye-Fi to iOS to OS X

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November 26, 2013 - 7:47pm

ShutterSnitch is a fantastic tool for moving photos from an Eye-Fi card to your iOS device, and then to your Mac. If you’ve only been using the Eye-Fi software, check out what you’ve been missing.


LightZone for Aperture 3 Users

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September 28, 2013 - 4:00am
Guest writer Tim Kennedy returns to give us a look at LIghtZone — an application that’s been around longer than Aperture, and is no longer commercially available — but instead is free, through the open source LightZone Project. See why this powerful tool may be the next addition to your Aperture workflow.

Sandboxed Preferences for Aperture

PhotoJoseph's picture
December 14, 2012 - 2:22am

I was looking to trash my preferences this morning and I know I’d looked before, and hadn’t found them. The file used to be and located in ~/Library/Preferences/ however that file no longer exists (and if it does, it’s just a holdover from a previous OS). Finally today I found a discussion online that explained because is a “sandboxed” app, that the preferences have moved to a new location. And what else did I find in this new location?


Import & Browse Test: Aperture vs Lightroom vs Photo Mechanic

Thomas Boyd's picture
June 20, 2012 - 10:00am
Thomas and I discussed this post at length, before he even ran the tests. Should we do it, or shouldn’t we? This site is not in the business of proving Aperture is better or worse than anything else; it’s here to teach Aperture users how to get the most from Aperture, and that’s it. However given what a critical piece of the workflow this is for professional photographers (fast imports), and that this is a significant feature improvement in Aperture 3.3 (even if Apple isn’t marketing it as such), we decided to do it. And once you’re comparing Aperture 3.2 to 3.3, you have to compare to Photo Mechanic as well, which has long been regarded as the gold standard for speedy imports and selects. And once you add Photo Mechanic, you can’t ignore the 300 pound gorilla in the room, Lightroom. So, we decided to compare them all. And as you’ll see, we even gave Lightroom a more than fair shake, trying to improve its result based off feedback from former Lightroom users.


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