I just love Aperture’s approach to RAW workflow. The interface, the tools, it’s file management and image adjustment all feel just right to me. The “problem” of late is that technologies such as lens correction for distortion and top-notch noise reduction for high ISO images have been lagging behind in Aperture.
Let’s not get into the whole issue of whether or not the numerous “point” upgrades to Aperture this past year are equal to what we’ve all been looking for as version 4. I’ll simply say that the Aperture of today has not kept up with its primary competitor, Adobe Lightroom, in some key (at least to me) technological areas. Lightroom can make excellent images out of RAW files shot at higher ISO from cameras such as my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus zoom lenses.
Those folks shooting the new Fuji X series cameras feel even more left out than I. Aperture can’t even read the x-trans Fuji RAW file format.
But, personally, I just can’t get along with Lightroom’s interface, even though it’s image output is very good. Switching modes (from Library to Develop, for example) feels wrong. Dialog boxes that don’t match the rest of the interface bug me. Not being able to delete files from a collection view makes me crazy. And the list of non-Mac-like interface features goes on.
Before I started using Aperture at it’s $499 release, I was using Capture One LE for RAW processing and basic image adjustments, the Finder for file management, and Photoshop for greater image adjustments. Capture One is well know in the professional image world, particularly for its ability to handle the files from digital camera backs such as those from Phase One and Leaf. It’s current top-of-the-line is Capture One Pro in version 7.1.
So, could a generally happy Aperture user switch to Capture One Pro to gain access to more current technologies? And if so, would he like it?