Hey, I’ve been inspired to make an entry in my blog! So here goes…
I’ve spent hours over the last couple days going over the pictures that I’ve taken over the Easter weekend–and there were a lot of pictures–only this time instead of using Aperture, I used Lightroom. I’ve actually been using the demo for the last month, but it didn’t take me that long to warm up to it. Being a longtime Aperture supporter, I really didn’t want to like it as much as I do, but I have to be honest: right now, Lightroom is just the better product.
Lightroom’s speed alone gives it the advantage in my book. For years I have been grumbling over Aperture’s sluggish performance. I knew it was slow, but I didn’t know the competition was that much faster. Lightroom is snappier, and it’s interface and little options here and there actually makes tasks quicker through 1 or 2 less clicks. When I can import, browse, and edit my photos more quickly, over the course of thousands of photos…it all adds up to lots of time saved!
Lightroom also has a superior interface as well, when I used to think the opposite (I guess I should try out the competition before deciding things like that). LR’s philosophy in workflow is different from Aperture’s to be sure, but the panels are more customizable, easily shown and hidden, and I do now think that Adobe’s approach to folders is better.
The tools are better. Sorry Aperture, they just are, as much as I hate to say it. There is actually noise reduction and lens correction built-in. The vignette effect is much more flexible.
I have been an Aperture-user from the very beginning, and Apple even had a head-start on Lightroom, so it’s pretty disappointing to see that Aperture has languished while Lightroom has thrived to the point where, for my money, it is the superior product. Hats off to you, Adobe! While I believe some of your products suffer feature bloat and a UI that still hangs on to the 90’s, Lightroom is in a class all it’s own, and a great tool for photographers!