Aperture 3 vs Lightroom 3 (beta 2) – Feature Comparison Review
- Metadata changes & image adjustments written to a database file (library vs catalog).
- Non-destructive workflow.
- Support for third-party plugins.
- Brush tools for adjustments.
- Synchronize adjustments between images.
There are simply too many adjustments to do a feature-by-feature breakdown now, so I’ll be writing adjustment specific articles continued here on the blog. Both programs allow for quite a bit of editing, and the nuances of each will favor different users. Note that “Definition” in Aperture equals “Clarity” in Lightroom. Aperture has “RAW Fine Tuning” while Lightroom uses “Camera Calibration”.
Comments – Once again, I prefer the Lightroom UI. I do like the ability to float panels and place them wherever I want in Aperture. I would like to see that ability in Lightroom. However, Lightroom’s adjustments were ready-to-go no matter which image I selected. Aperture required me to turn on adjustments, even if I just used them.
An example of better UI implementation is the White Balance Adjustment. In Lightroom, users can cycle through their camera white balance settings via pulldown, or custom adjust with sliders or eyedropper. In Aperture, the sliders & eyedropper are readily available, but the camera settings are located in a separate Presets dropdown. Lightroom also implements various screen overlays which make adjustments within an image easier to view & apply. I find these particularly useful for exposure & edge sharpening controls.
Syncing adjustments? You can use the Lift/Stamp tool to copy & past adjustments (be sure to uncheck all the metadata setting first) in Aperture. Lightroom allows you to auto-sync adjustments so there’s no copy & paste.
At this point, Lightroom beats Aperture in terms of Noise Reduction. No contest.
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