Aperture 101

Introduction to Aperture 3

This two-day course starts with the basics of image management and takes you step by step through Aperture’s powerful photo-editing, image-retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features.  Students learn time-saving techniques for sorting, ranking, and organizing images for use in different jobs.  Also covered are effective ways to display images for client review, apply metadata, update online portfolios automatically, color-manage workflow from input to final print, and much more.  Real-world exercises feature professional photography from a variety of genres, including: sports, wedding, commercial, fine-art, and portraiture.

Who Should Attend?

This class is for anyone looking to learn the fundamental functionality of Aperture, Apple’s groundbreaking photo editing and management software.  Aperture 3 delivers more than 100 new features that make it dramatically faster and easier to use and even more powerful.

Prerequisites:

Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Basic knowledge of Mac OS X or equivalent to Mavericks 100
  • Knowledge of basic photography terminology

Itinerary:

Day 1

AM

Importing Images into the Aperture Workflow
  • Using the Aperture Workflow and Layouts
  • Importing Images from a Memory Card
  • Choosing the Source Folder and Destination Project
  • Importing Images
  • Understanding Camera RAW
  • Using the Background Task List
  • Understanding Masters and Versions
  • Rating
  • Editing and Outputting Images
  • Backing up and Quitting
Evaluating Images: Compare and Select
  • Importing Images from a Disk
  • Navigating the Browser
  • Using Quick Preview
  • Grouping Images into Stacks, Rotating Images
  • Evaluating Images in Full Screen Mode
  • Using Zoom
  • Using the Centered Loupe
  • Assigning Ratings
  • Evaluating Images on the Light Table
Organizing Your Project
  • Auto-stacking on Import
  • Filtering your Project by Rating
  • Using the Query HUD
  • Using Keywords
  • Editing Metadata Using the Metadata Inspector
  • Using Batch Change to Copy Metadata
  • Organizing Multiple Projects
  • Sorting Images Dynamically
  • Search Queries

Day 1

PM

Basic Edits
  • Importing an iPhoto Library / iPhoto Browser
  • Basic Editing Workflow
  • Cropping
  • Straightening
  • White Balancing
  • Sensor Dust and Red-eye Removal
Working with RAW Files
  • Using Multiple Monitors
  • Choosing a RAW Converter
  • RAW Fine-tuning
  • White Balance Adjustment
  • Highlight Recovery Using the Recovery Slider
  • Highlight Recovery Using the Exposure Slider
Correcting Tone
  • Correcting Time Zone on Import
  • Adjusting Tone before Color
  • Reading a Histogram
  • Working with the Exposure Brick
  • Working with the Enhance Brick
  • Setting Levels
  • Adjusting Highlights and Shadows
  • Editing in Full Screen

Day 2

AM

Correcting Color
  • White Balance Revisited
  • Adjusting White Balance with the Eyedropper
  • Using the Enhance Brick
  • Using the Color Brick
  • Copying Edits from One Image to Another
  • Lift and Stamp
  • Specifying an External Editor and Launching an Editing Round Trip
Enhancing Images
  • Using the Retouch Brush
  • Spot and Patch
  • Vignette and Devignette
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sharpening
  • Sepia Tone
Delivering for Client Review
  • Working with Web Galleries
  • Creating Books for Client Review
  • Creating a Contact Sheet
  • Working with Slide Shows
  • Email and OS Media Browser

Day 2

PM

Delivering Final Images
  • Delivering Electronic Images
  • Exporting Masters
  • Exporting Versions
  • Exporting Metadata
  • Exporting Projects
  • Using Export Plug-ins
  • Creating Books
  • Delivering Printed Images
Showcasing and Promoting Your Work
  • Creating a Web Journal
  • Using iWeb
  • Creating Dynamic Slideshows
  • Using the Light Table
  • Pages Promotional Cards
  • Creating a Leave-behind Custom Flip Book
  • Creating an iPhone and iPod Portfolio