Photo Workshop in Cambodia…Angkor Wat and beyond, the final dates have been announced
Cambodia... Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and beyond...
the final GD PhotoWorkshop Dates.
We have finalized and can confirm the Dates for our GD PhotoWorkshop in Cambodia…
Siem Reap…”Angkor Wat and beyond...” besides Angkor Wat and the other nearby Temples which we are going to visit anyway, this time we travel also beyond; to the amazing Phnum Kulen area north of Siem Reap, the Tonle Sap Lake plus other seldom visited Temples and places.
6 nights and 7 days from the 13th until the 19th of September, please make sure and reserve your space now, final bookings have to be made by latest June 15, 2009.
This Workshop is filling up fast already; you can make a non-committed reservation now and reserve your space prior June 2009. For bookings: http://www.deichmann-photo.com/contact/contact.php
Final Workshop cost and all other details will be announced by latest May 31, 2009.
We have also made some changes on the GD PhotoWorkshop site, there you find some very use full and additional information.
Aperture 2 & Travel Photography preparations prior your Departure “Triple T” Tips, Tricks and Techniques.
I use to do this a long time ago leaving things for later…but since the arrival of Aperture I don’t leave things for later anymore…if I do, it wont get done anyway…
Now I prepare Aperture 2 before I travel and you might ask how can I do this since we have no images yet...
Part of your Import Panel
Don’t leave it blank on import!
It will only take a few moments to fill out and since you’re at the location everything is still fresh in your mind.
Planning Your Import Strategy
A few days before my departure I sit down and clean my MacBook Pro of all those things which I don’t need to bring, in other words cleaning out my Libraries including the iPhoto one and store all this other stuff on my external hard drive I keep at home.
Preparing Aperture 2 prior my Departure
I know where I am going, right.
Have done all my research with the help of Google Maps and other resources, so I know my prime destinations and some specific locations.
I create a Project and name it India for this exercise since it is my next destination very soon.
Then I prepare in advance some Albums or even Smart Albums like;
Cities, People, Culture, Animals etc., plus I always create one for Generic this is for all those images that you don’t have time for or they are difficult to integrate at the time.
Since I have done my research and I know already some places where I am going to be for sure like; India, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jodhpur etc. I add all those Keywords already; of course there will always be more to add during import everyday but this way you spend less time on your computer and more in the field shooting.
Which brings me to another point; don’t put things off, add as much information during Import as possible it is only a few extra minutes, everything is still fresh in your mind, plus you have some locals around you who could assist in the right spelling of local names etc.
Drop down menu in your Preference Panel,
set your Preview size for import.
I work in the field with two identical Lacie 360 Gig Rugged Hard Drives and import all my images as reference files, the second 360 Gig Drive is a back up for the first one lets call them A & B.
It is also a good Idea to set your Preview settings not to large, a good resolution for viewing is “Fit within 1024 X 1024”
During Import and if activated Aperture 2 creates Previews and Thumbnails at a setting you can specify in the Preference Panel under Previews. If the setting is too large, “Don’t limit or 1/2 size” you clog up your Hard drive again.
The Basics on Import
When you import from a camera or card reader, Aperture places the images in a project. If you don’t select an existing project, a new one is created automatically. As Aperture imports images, it generates a version file and an image thumbnail corresponding to each master. You can import masters directly from a camera or card reader and from your hard disk drives. When you import images, you can choose whether to have the masters stored in the Aperture library or on a hard disk outside of the library, where they can be accessed as Referenced images.
As you import images, you can have Aperture automatically name and record information about them. Aperture can assign filenames using custom naming conventions, as well as record metadata such as captions, keywords, dates, copyright and credit information, and IPTC information. You can even set Aperture to stack related images together, keeping bracketed shots or a series of shots taken in quick succession in groups that you can easily select and work with.
Travel Photography…Tips, Tricks and Techniques “Triple T” connecting your Card Reader & Hard Drives to your MacBook Pro, LACIE'S flat Fire Wire Cables…
Above: Flat Fire Wire cables and two 360 Gig Rugged Hard Drives from LACIE... The travel solution!
I am sure some of you get annoyed just like me with those old and stiff Fire wire Cables for your Card Reader or connecting your Computer to your external Hard Drives, this is especially true when on the road.
Now LACIE has come up with a cool solution with their Flat Fire Wire 400 and 800 cables, perfect for traveling daisy chaining your external Hard Drives and connecting your CF Card Readers all at once to your Mac.
Available in the following configurations:
400 to 400 Fire Wire
800 to 800 Fire Wire
800 to 400 Fire Wire
The package even includes enough Labels (already written and prepared) for all your connections marking each cable for its particular purpose.
No more stiff and annoying cables, welcome travel companions with the 360 or 500 Gig LACIE Rugged Hard Drives, the perfect back up solution when on the road.
Available locally at the Power Mac Center in the Philippines, they also stock the 360 and 500 Gig LACIE Rugged Hard Drives.
Photo Workshop in Cambodia...due to popular demand I have posted some more details prior my departure to India.
This workshop will include the Tonle Sap Lake and the Water Village, furthermore we be exploring some ancient Temples/Ruins seldom visited by others except you.
Of course we still visit and shoot at Angkor Wat during Sunrise and Sunset, plus a lot more during this trip.
As you know I am always good for a surprise or two...
Total lengths of the Workshop is from Sunday (exact date to be announced in May) to Saturday (7 nights in a luxury Boutique Hotel) Photography in the field, the workflow and critic after the shoot - class room sessions at the Hotel...but don’t worry we spend more time in the field and get the shot right in the first place.
More details; what to bring, cost per per person, etc., will be available in May, but participants can travel from their Home destination to Siem Reap in Cambodia direct, upon arrival we have made all the necessary arrangements for your transport to the Hotel.
You can contact me @ http://www.deichmann-photo.com/contact/contact.php
Cambodia GDPhotoWorkShop...September 2009 Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and beyond...
I am happy to announce our GDPhotoWorkShop for the month of September ’09 ...with the title
“Siem Reap, Angkor Wat & beyond.”
This is only the initial announcement, all other details will be posted upon my return from India towards the end of May.
If you’re interested you can contact me and reserve your space without any obligation for the time being, final bookings have to be made by latest August 15, 2009. With only 8 to 12 max participants I recommend you make your bookings early, just click this LINK: http://www.deichmann-photo.com/contact/contact.php
Underwater Photography: Spectacular Underwater Video from the House Reef at Club Paradise & other locations in Palawan, Philippines…
The original Video is part of a high end DVD available (order base) at Club Paradise composed of three different sequences. Edited and sound by Gunther Deichmann using GarageBand, Soundtrack Pro and Royalty released tracks from Sounddogs created on a MacPro using iMovie ’06 (yes the good old iMovie 06) with some additional Plug-ins.
All the footage taken in Palawan at different Dive Sites, the majority being at the Club Paradise House Reef, only meters away from your accommodation.
The full Video (DVD) has 20:18 minutes of great Marine Life; “Dancing Cuttle Fish”, Turtles, Dugongs and all the Critters you can imagine captured on this truly great Video by Dirk. Unfortunately YouTube only allows us to run 10 min., the full version 20:18 min. will be uploaded in a few days into the Video Gallery of Dirk’s Website @ http://www.dugongdivecenter.com/
I am sure once you have seen the Underwater World from this exotic destination you pack your Dive gear and book your next trip to Club Paradise and Dive with Dirk at Dugong Dive Center.
Hey, don’t forget your Underwater Housing for your Video Cam or Camera, try to get some of those great underwater images at this truly remarkable place.
Visit YouTube for a preview and the 8:52 min. version @
Broadband DSL recommended.
Contacts us @
Traveler’s Essentials…tips and advise prior your Departure to your next exotic destination... traveling in South East Asia
Visit your doctor and get extra quantities of any medications you are on and make sure you’re vaccinated against endemic diseases (there is a list for every country).
Created with iWork and Pages ‘09
What to have with you.
Of course keep a pen handy for immigration forms etc. you be amazed how many people have ask me and borrowed my Pen, so I always carry two now.
It is also a good Idea to carry a Photo Copy of your Passport and some extra pass port Photos with you.
Get hold of a number of small bills of local currency for tipping purposes, (change some US$ at the airport upon arrival into small bills, it is a lot safer and you have some small change for your Taxi or Tri-Cycle ride) very important in Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar/Burma, Laos and Vietnam (a stack of US$ 1.00 notes are fine) Cambodia is famous for the “One Dollar” everything is “One Dollar.”
Make sure you bring enough cash with you in larger dominations (not so bulky), some places don’t take Credit Cards and you will need cash.
Mosquito repellent. Any long lasting brand either DEET or citronella based will do fine.
Antiseptic cream (available over the counter at any pharmacy) and/ or iodine for cuts and scrapes.
Store- a small first aid kit.
Loperamide (Imodium). This will give relief from diarrhea but doesn’t treat the underlying infection so use it only if you can’t access a toilet and get help immediately if there’s any blood or anything unusual in the movement or you have a fever. Stay hydrated drink a lot of water but make sure it is from a secure source or use bottled.
Sun screen if you’re planning to be outdoors for any length of time. Don’t forget to apply to your ears and bald spot if you have one (or wear a cap)
A good supply of Multi Vitamins like Berocca or other brands are also good to have on-board.
Sun glasses will help protect against cataracts in the long term, Baby wipes (“wet ones”).
And never leave home without a small roll of Toilet paper, you never know when it “hits you.”
Universal plug adapter for your Laptop, iPod, iPhone etc, I even carry a small extension cord with a 3-plug outlet.
It’s amazing that even 5 star hotels almost never put one of these in the amenity kit, a small sewing kit comes in handy also.
These are only the very basics and of course you need to decide what else you like to bring along, for our Photographer friends I highly recommend a small Umbrella, some plastic bags, Raincoat, a small flashlight and spare batteries.
The good old Swiss Army Knife is also a great companion, but make sure you DON’T carry that one in your hand carry, they will take it off you, store it in your check in luggage.
Special thanks to Mik Harris from Pharsight for some of the Pharmaceutical advise.
Note: Gunther Deichmann is not responsible for the content of other external websites.
All information and Views provided is based on his own experience and may not apply or be suitable for other users. These tips and information are solely based on his personal experiences and he can’t be held liable if any problems should arise.
Photography & Aperture 2: Tips, Tricks & Techniques…“Triple T”, Editing and Rating your images in Aperture 2 while on the Road, it doesn’t get any faster.
Below an introduction and Overview of the Aperture Rating System, but first I like to explain how I do my Rating and Editing in Aperture 2 on the road, the very fast and simple way.
Once I have imported my Images, say 1000 or so, I activate Quick Preview and scroll through them, selecting them by hitting the number 5 on the keyboard.
(see my previous related Blog on: Aperture 2: “Triple T” Tips, Tricks & Techniques… how come I cant use some of my Adjustment tools? Quick Preview mode is activated)
Once I am done and have selected my images say 200 from the 1000 I create a Smart Album and call it “ My selected”. Usually I use the Project name and add the word “selected”, I set the parameter to 5 stars and now all my 5 star images are contained within this Smart Album, all 200 of them.
Now I go through them again and the ones I don’t like I demote by hitting the Keys from 1 to 4 leaving me with only the 5 star ones, now I have for example. 85 images left in this Smart Album.
Screenshot - left hand side red rectangle shows the Smart Album click on the very small magnifying Glass far right to activate the Smart Settings pop up window for all your ratings, upper red rectangle 5 Star ratings.
You might ask how come I don’t start at 1 and work my way up? Again this is entirely up to you, but for me it is the first impression of any image that counts, something that turns me on from the first time I see it, besides everything is still fresh in my mind. Of course you can always create other smart Albums later and have your 4,3,2,1 and rejected images shown.
Going through thousands of images has never been easier, thanks to Aperture, hence the reason why I seldom use Photoshop these days, definitely NOT for editing.
What takes literally minutes in Aperture 2 can take days in Photoshop even if you use Bridge.
An Overview of the Aperture Rating System
After finishing a shoot, photographers typically review their images and determine which ones are worth working with. While a “yes or no” judgment of an image can work for a small selection of photos, with a larger collection of similar images that show small variations, photographers need an organized method of noting which images are superior shots, which deserve further review, and which are poor quality or rejects.
A simple and effective rating system can help photographers quickly narrow the focus of the selection process.
Rating is a simple process with powerful results. If you can easily identify 100 out of 500 images that aren’t going to work, removing these images reduces your workload by 20 percent. Rating and thereby reducing your workload can save you a considerable amount of time.
Aperture provides a system for rating images from Select to Reject. The easily
decipherable image ratings appear on the images themselves as overlays. Positive ratings appear as stars; you can rate images from one to five stars, with five being the highest, or Select, rating. A negative, or Reject, rating appears as an X.
The process of rating an image can be as easy as selecting an image and clicking a rating button in the control bar to assign a rating to the image.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts to quickly assign or change ratings.
You can quickly review and rate images one after another with speed and efficiency.
You can also select and rate multiple images at once. You can review and rate images in the Viewer, Browser, and Light Table, as well as in Full Screen view. When you’ve finished rating images, Aperture allows you to sort images according to their ratings.
You can use the Query HUD to hide or show images of a certain rating. For example, after an initial rating pass, you can set the Query HUD to show only those images that
are rated one star. You can then closely inspect and further refine your selection or begin an adjustments pass. Aperture is preset to hide images that are rated Reject, so you may need to change the Query HUD settings to see rejected images.
Aperture provides a set of seven possible image ratings:
Five stars, or Select
Unrated, or neutral
Rejected images appear with a white X overlay. Positive ratings appear with white star overlays. If no overlays are displayed on the image, the image is considered neutral or is not rated. You can rate a single image or apply a rating to several images at once.
Rating Individual Images
You can quickly rate a selected image with the rating buttons.
To rate an individual image:
1 Select an image.
2 To show the control bar, choose Window > Show Control Bar (or press D).
3 Click the rating buttons in the control bar to assign a rating.
To assign the highest rating to the image: Click the Select button.
To assign a rating of Reject: Click the Reject button.
To increase or decrease the image rating: Click the Increase Rating or Decrease
Note: As long as the image is selected, you can change its rating.
4 To select the next image, press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow key, or click the Previous
Image or Next Image button in the control bar.
You can also apply a rating to several images at once.
To apply the same rating to multiple images at once:
1 Select the images you want to rate.
2 Click a rating button, or press the keyboard shortcut for a rating.
For those of you who are using Aperture 2 already check out the PDF manual (part of the Aperture Software) for more options and selecting multi images for ratings.
Aperture 2: “Triple T” Tips, Tricks & Techniques… how come I cant use some of my Adjustment tools? Quick Preview mode is activated…
The adjustment Panel is NOT active; I guess this happen to the best of us from time to time, we might accidentally activated the Quick Preview Button, or forgot to switch it off.
Introduced in Aperture 2 one of the new features is the Quick Preview Button. A great new addition speeding up your editing and working at full speed, it is fast very fast.
The new Quick Preview mode, for example, provides rapid-fire photo browsing, letting you quickly compare, rate, and select images. You can create custom keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work. Or use the significantly improved search tools to conduct fast, pinpoint searches with extended search logic.
Red Square lower right corner, activating and de-activating
the Quick Preview Mode if this button is activated it changes color
Use Quick Preview Mode for; rotating Images during import, Lift and Stamp your Metadata, Star Ratings, Keywords etc. But to provide accurate feedback, image- processing function requires a view of the original pixel data, which you don’t get with Quick Preview. This is the reason why a lot of the adjustments tools are not available to you when Quick Preview is activated.
Experiment with the Quick Preview button, find out how it improves your speed in editing thousands of images without time delay and if you wonder why you cant make certain adjustments then just click and deactivate the Quick Preview button. As for me, one of the best new additions in Aperture 2, much faster editing and not only during import.
Travel Photography: Tips, Tricks & Techniques “Triple T” continues, preparing for the next trip…don’t leave home without DATA RESCUE II
Checking and cleaning my MacBookPro; backing up on Time Machine & moving older files over to another hard drive, keeping it nice and clean with lots of spare hard drive space. Organizing all the Camera equipment plus a few more things to consider like:
Having good recovery software like DATA RESCUE II in case you experiencing some problems with your CF Cards.
I have been using Data Rescue X for a long time and recently upgraded to the newer version Data Rescue II. (Version 1.2.1)
It is not an issue how often and when I use it, I hope never just the peace of mind having it around is worth the price.
I did recover some images for a friend who had deleted all his images from his CF Card plus I fixed an old external hard drive.
Read below some excerpts from the DATA RESCUE II website:
Do you have a corrupt hard drive or one that no longer mounts? Are other tools failing to even recognize your bad drive? Do you need to recover files that have been deleted? Data Rescue II is the best digital data recovery software on the market for recovering files from a problem hard drive or that have been previously deleted. Data Rescue II works when other tools fail. Data Rescue II is also completely safe to use since it does not attempt any risky repairs to the drive it's scanning. This is the safest, most powerful software to recover your hard drive. Data Rescue II is the same software used by many data recovery services!
Will Data Rescue II recover pictures from my digital camera media cards?
Yes, Data Rescue II will recover pictures, movies and music from Mac and PC drives, iPods®, cameras and any type of digital media card.
Stay tuned, in the next few days I post an article on: Health and Travel related matters, which is the right medication to bring along besides your Aspirin.
Experts advise from a specialist working in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Note: Gunther Deichmann is not responsible for the content of other external websites.
All information and Views provided is based on his own experience and may not apply or be suitable for other users. These tips and information are solely based on his personal experiences and he can’t be held liable if any problems should arise.
Aperture 2 the perfect companion in the field and at home, introduction and solution for todays DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER above and below the waves.
Introducing Aperture to the Digital Photographer; underwater or above the waves. The ultimate travel companion... my Road Warrior, and for those who are not yet familiar with Aperture 2 then you might find this article very interesting.
During the month of April my Blog post will be a bit thin, however I try and update them as much as possible, pending on my location and connections in India.
Aperture 2 is a powerful and easy-to-use digital image management system that can track thousands of digital images and provides the advanced photographer with high-quality image management and adjustment tools. Designed for the needs of professional photographers or serious amateurs.
Not only that, Aperture is the perfect companion in the field providing you with all the editing tools you need and by the time you get back home from a trip your work is almost done. There is always some down time in between flights or the weather goes real bad and you have to spend time in your Hotel room. With Aperture 2 editing on the road has become so much easier now. By the time you reach home you have already added the captions on import, done your keywords, ratings and applied some adjustments like straightening and cropping.
1. Advanced RAW workflow: From capture to output, you can work with your images captured as RAW files, without having to first convert them to another format before viewing, adjusting, organizing, or printing them. Aperture supports RAW formats from leading digital camera manufacturers (including Canon and Nikon).
2. Flexible image management: An open library structure lets you store photos anywhere you want. You can have Aperture either store image files in the library or simply link to image files in their current locations. This is very useful if you have excisting images on differnt hard drives and now make the change to Aperture. You can also have Aperture link to your iPhoto Library without copying the images
into the Aperture library. Aperture can work with photos stored on any number of hard disk drives and other storage media. You can catalog and search for images that are stored on multiple hard disks, including offline volumes, CDs, and DVDs.
3.Professional project management: Aperture allows you to manage thousands of projects and provides flexible organizational tools, comprehensive metadata support, and powerful search tools that let you find files instantly.
4. Nondestructive image processing: Designed to protect your images from the moment they’re imported, Aperture identifies your original images as digital “masters” and has built-in safeguards to help ensure that you don’t accidentally overwrite or modify them.
5.Versatile printing and publishing: Working directly with your RAW images, you can create color-accurate prints, custom contact sheets, stunning websites, and unique bound books with tools that are intuitive and powerful.
After you’ve finished working on your images, you can use Aperture to export them as files. You can export these files to another application, send them to a printing service or to your clients via email, or publish them on the web.
You can export your images in several formats:
including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and PSD file formats and during export you can rename, resize, and adjust images and include EXIF information, IPTC information, or other metadata. You can also apply ColorSync profiles and watermarks to files you export.
With Aperture, you can easily create and present slideshows of your images. You can use slideshows to review images with clients, present a series of final select images, or present your images to audiences complete with background music, which you can also create in GarageBand (part of iLife’09)
What better way then finishing the day at the Resort Bar and show of your images with your Dive Buddies or Friends over a glass of Wine or Beer.
Setting Up an Aperture System is easy.
Setting up the hardware for your system can be as simple as connecting your camera or card reader to your computer. You can also set up a system that uses external hard disks and color-calibrated displays.
Download the Aperture 2 trail version and check it out, you want regret it, however if you get stuck Apple provides you with some cool videos (http://www.apple.com/aperture/tutorials/) plus some other useful links below.
Gunther Deichmann: http://www.deichmann-photo.com/blog.html
Aperture User Network: http://www.apertureprofessional.com/
Apple Pro Certified Trainer for Aperture 2
Photography & the Integration of Aperture 2 on a Mac plus iLife '09 Workshop
Join me on March 20 - Photography & the Integration of Aperture 2 on a Mac & on March 21- iLife 09 Workshop with iWork ’09.
All sessions will have computer set-ups for your hands-on guided sessions and training starts at 1pm-3pm
Please make your reservations at the Power Mac Center, limited Computer set-ups available, these are additional and special workshops and not necessary listed on the Training Center announcements.
Go to the registration page @ http://www.powermaccenter.com/training.php
For questions and special requests,
you can call 729-7087 or 88,
or email us at
Aperture 2: BurnToDisc 2... this Plug-in for Aperture is the ideal travel companion, a solution for your clients plus a great additional back.
Triple “T” - Tips, Tricks and Techniques.
In the first week of March 2009 we saw a lot of new Software and updates; Pixelmator from my previous blog, BurnTo Disc (my Blog today), Apple announced a few days ago a new Digital RAW Compatibility Update and yesterday we received an iLife Support update, iPhoto, Airport Client and Airport Utility.
I beginning to wonder when the next Aperture 2 update will surface, at present we are on 2.1.2
But now to my topic of today:
The Commercial or Resort shoot is over, you've edited your images and updated your vaults or external drives, but how do you send copies to your client, or share them with your friends?
Email or uploading them on your FTP, iDisk or Web Gallery are one of many options from within Aperture 2.
You could also export your Version or Masters on to your Desk top, then use Toast or your Burn folder to burn CD’s or DVD’s but that is more complicated, why not go direct to BurnToDisc within Aperture 2.
Here is the scenario; the client needs to have some shots right there and then before you leave your Tropical Paradise. Just before you leave for the airport you present him with a CD or DVD of the selected images from the shoot and you both have a big smile on your face.
Believe me, this happen to me on many occasions and I am sure it will happen again, hence the reason that I always carry some DVD’s or CD’s with me.
BurnToDisc is an Aperture Plug-In that simplifies the process of exporting your images and burning them to DVDs and CDs for sharing, archiving or off-site storage.
Disc names are automatically generated from user-defined elements such as disc number, image number, export date and project name.
For each exported image, you can specify multiple image sizes, multiple image formats and on-disc folder placement for the images.
The cool part is that the Export options which you’re so familiar with in Aperture 2 are also at your fingertips when using BurnToDisc …in other words, a very simple process.
To allow for varying workflow scenarios, any number of named export configurations can be saved, and then later recalled for use. At a price tag of US$ 49.95 it is not the cheapest plug-in but for sure one of the better and more useful ones.
Below are some excerpts from the BurnToDisc PDF Manuel:
(only a few) For more details go to:
BurnToDisc is an Aperture Plug-In that simplifies the task of exporting your images and burning them to recordable media, such as CDs and DVDs. While the default installation will have you burning discs in just a few clicks, complex layouts of differing image formats, sizes and folder hierarchies are also fully supported.
When you select a collection of images from within Aperture and invoke BurnToDisc via the Burn Masters To Disc... or Burn Versions To Disc... menu item, a new Export Session is initiated. Export Sessions are responsible for converting and resizing images, creating the appropriate on-disc folder hierarchies, generating disc and images names, and burning discs.
The configuration of an Export Session takes place in the Export Setup Panel:
Export Configuration Template Examples
Below are some example use cases that showcase the flexibility and power of Export
• Organized By Project: The user wants to archive master images, placing
them into folders with names that correspond to the Aperture Project with
which they are associated.
• Thumbnails: A photographer is required to submit to his client a disc with
both high-resolution TIFFs and 300 x 300 pixel JPEGs of each image. The
large images must be in a folder called images, while the small images
must be in a folder called thumbs.
• One Of Everything: The user wants a JPEG, TIFF and PNG for each
exported image, and place them in folders named jpeg, tiff and png,
Plus a lot more…
Pixelmator the answer to Photoshop? Is it less intimidating for the novice and easier to use for editing after we export the Images from Aperture 2 or iPhoto?
There is a lot of talk about Pixelmator on the web lately…
so I took the time to find out what this fuzz is all about.
Since the arrival of Aperture there was no need (at least for me) to upgrade or for that matter invest in the latest Photoshop CS4 anymore. I am still using Photoshop CS2, more than enough for my requirements. I started many Moons ago in Photoshop, but then there was nothing else around at the time, now we have Aperture 2 and Lightroom to do all our hard editing work.
Pixemator…No, I have not downloaded it yet, however it is very tempting for a prize of US$ 59.00 I have checked some reports and reviews to give me an inside to find out what is going on…
I guess the best thing to do, open the Pixelmator Website and check it out for yourself, but from what I have read, it is not as intimidating as Photoshop and apparently works super fast on Leopard. For someone who’s just starting in Photography using iPhoto or Aperture 2 maybe this is a very good choice.
Apparently the integration with iLife is very good running on Leopard.
If all of those things are true then we might have a real nice go between Aperture 2 and Pixelmator without the heavy use of Photoshop, not to mention the intimidation and heavy prize tag of the later one.
Aperture 2 will do most of your editing and take care of your RAW files and when you do need that little extra for advertising or commercial work maybe then Pixelmator is the answer now.
It might not do your super heavy stuff like Photoshop, but from what I have read will do just about everything else.
Maybe, just maybe we have something now very affordable for those Photographers who would use Photoshop once in a Blue Moon anyway; Pixelmator could fill this gap nicely.
I can’t say much more now until I have test driven Pixelmator or get some feedback from actually users.
A recent article about Pixelmator (Pixelmator updated to 1.4) is also on the Aperture User Network site @
For a lot more info on Pixelmator check out their cool website at:
Aperture 2 Tip: Don’t panic when you see the Consistency and Rebuild window but make sure you have everything backed up on an external drive.
Say you working happily away and all off a sudden this window appears asking you to Rebuild or run a Consistency check.
Since you never seen this window before…panic strikes… oh my what is wrong?
This happen to me a few times, pushing Aperture to the limit…but don’t worry it is an easy fix.
It’s Ok… Close down Aperture, then hold down the Option and Apple Key while restarting Aperture again, now this little window appears asking you either to Rebuild or run a Consistency Check.
I have run both options and not only if I got the warning but also when I noticed that Aperture was running sluggish or behaving a bit erratic.
This works well if you have a lot of projects and images, however you have to have a bit of patience running the Rebuilding or Consistency Check as this could take some time, it all depends on the size of your Library.
Don’t Panic again if after the Consistency Check some of your Projects and files have disappeared, no worries just repeat the step and this time run Rebuild and you find all your Projects are there.
If you’re not comfortable activating the Rebuild or Consistency Check window then just wait until the window appears one day, but then you have almost no choice but to go through this exercise keeping Aperture 2 running nice smoothly.
But isn’t nice that Aperture 2 is given you a warning sign, just like the oil indicator for your Car engine.
Now a final word of advise, make sure you made a back up of all your Images on an external drive, regardless how good your Mac or how big your drive is and how well Aperture 2 performs, back up is rule number one… disaster can strike anytime.
Note: I work exclusively with reference files and keep all my Projects on external drives as well, backing up everything in the field with two identical hard drives. Back home I then transfer all my files and Projects to my Mac Pro storing everything again on my Raid system for back ups, only then I delete the Images on my portable Hard drives.
Aperture 2 release... Raw Support for the Nikon D3X and the Epson R-D1x
Apple today released the latest Digital RAW Compatibility Update, adding the Epson R-D1x and the Nikon D3X to the extensive list of digital camera bodies and backs supported by Aperture 2, iPhoto ’08, and iPhoto ’09. You can obtain the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.5 by selecting Software Update in the Apple menu or from the Apple support site.
iLife '09 and GarageBand: Lets play some Blues... cool Music made easy for your Presentations and Podcast
A very short introduction into the new GarageBand in iLife ’09... a little bit of Blues,
“When I wake up in the morning”
It is the weekend again, so why dont we take some time and compose some cool Music with the new GarageBand.
The new and improved interface of GarageBand is just so very cool with endless possibilities, and once you have added some Jam Packs to it you be amazed what you can create if you’re a musician or not...but it helps if you like or like me love music.
Click on the title: When I wake up in the Morning
Start with Magic GarageBand first, familiarize yourself and later get more adventures and explore all the other possibilities, the trick is to work in the beginning with Magic GarageBand, from the menu choose Magic GarageBand and move the various instruments around until you’re happy with the overall sound. After that click on Open in GarageBand, now you have your instrument tracks in front of you and the real editing and mixing can start.
Add some Voices, Guitars, Effects (there is so much to choose from) or what ever you feel like, split and separate the tracks and move them around until you have a nice and now very different sound track. Send it to iTunes and you’re done, well almost... dont be shy,you do have to spend some time and experiment with GarageBand and if you love Music it is a lot of fun too.
“When I wake up in the morning” was created entirely in GarageBand. I know it is not Tina Turner but not bad for someone who cant even play an instrument or knows anything about musical notes.
Now turn up your speakers...
GarageBand Screen shot, start with Magic GarageBand red square and have some fun.
Please note: I recommend when running Garageband to turn off all other Applications, Garageband does require a bit of processing power, but on a MacBook Pro you should have no problems at all. Also dont run to many tracks once you left Magic GarageBand and you’re in the editing phase. I know it is tempting to keep adding tracks but be careful it my slow down your Machine.