"5 Reasons Why You Need Photo Management Software" - Photography Podcast 287

There comes a point when photo management software, such as Aperture or Lightroom, just makes sense. In this week's podcast, I share my top 5 reasons for adopting one of these two great applications. I also talk a bit about how they work their magic. In other news, I provide a preview to the upcoming August Sonoma Coast Photography Workshop that 8 lucky members of our community will be participating in. Can you image have your photography workstation in a beautiful library with doors open directly to the beach? That's what we're in store for.

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TDS Nov. Aperture Workshop

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Hi Derrick, great podcast as always.

While nigh on identical results are possible with both packages, user interface wise I have always greatly preferred Aperture. However I am concerned about Apple's long term commitment to pro level applications and hardware, which only account for relatively small percentage of their revenue.

Given that edits cannot be transferred between Aperture and Lightroom, I'm seriously considering switching across before I become any more heavily invested in Aperture.

When Apple decide on a brave new direction, they seem to go for it with little consideration of existing users - as we saw with FCPX.

Do you have any thoughts about this at all? Am I worrying about nothing; if not, what would you do in the circumstance that Apple decide to EOL Aperture?

It's interesting that this concern has surfaced since the Final Cut X release.

I don't think the issue is whether or not Apple will continue to support Aperture. Software is vital to Apple's overall strategy to sell hardware. As we've seen both on the Mac and with iOS devices, software helps propel the platform.

I'm confident that Aperture is here to stay.


I have an HP B9180 and am planning to move on. I know you had some experience with the HPs also. I have quite a bit of stock of HP Smooth Fine Art and Advanced Photo Glossy left. ARe you familiar with them? Any sense if any of these papers work well with the Epson R2000, or maybe the R3000?