To mourn the passage of Apple's Aperture photography cataloging and editing software, there was a discussion thread where people are posting the first photo they ever imported into the program.
Aperture was released in 2005, but the first photos I imported were those I took after having gone 100% digital in 2000. Up until that point, I always took a film camera with me on my travels because I wanted to make sure I had a reliable fallback in case the digital photos turned out horrible (which they often did back then).
But then the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-D700 camera was released. Suddenly I had an unbelievable 2.8 megapixel sensor that could produce dazzling
And here's the first photo from that batch to be imported into Aperture...
That's a picture of Akihabara Denki Gai ("Akihabara Electric Town") in Tokyo, Japan.
Today I shoot in RAW format and take three bracketed exposures for every image. That eats up a hefty chunk of memory but, with 32GB and 64GB SD cards so common (and getting cheaper every day), it's not a big deal. Back in 2000, however, I was constantly switching between Medium Quality (
As for Aperture?
Now that it's been discontinued, I've resigned myself to the fact that my last import into the program will be my upcoming trip to Salt Lake City. After that I'll be switching to Adobe Lightroom.
If I'm feeling nostalgic, maybe I'll be sure that the first image I import into Lightroom will be the same first image I imported into Aperture.
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I use zoner photo studio. Your mileage may vary, but I do not want to pay adobe each year. Judge for yourself on my flickr, particularly the reprocessed album and pretty much everything after May of this year.
Frankly, I’d hate to see what I would do to my photos with more power (or knowledge)
I’m paying Adobe for Creative Cloud already, so I actually feel better about using Lightroom because it will help justify the $50 a month I’m being billed! It also has tight integration with Photoshop… which is used on every image I take, even if that’s just to crop it… so that’s a big plus over competing programs. But, who knows. Lightroom keeps all your images in regular-old folders, so it will be easy to migrate to another solution if I have to.
I never got into Aperture even though I bought it some time ago in hopes of moving all of my iPhoto pics into it. Now that it’s going away, I have Lightroom to learn and will start moving all of my photos into it. For all of the imported iPhoto pics, I always had it copy to the iPhoto Library so I would have my originals in regular folders, which should make it easy to import into Lightroom.
I absolutely love Lightroom and have been super super happy with it over the years. I think you’ll love it too.