Sorting and managing: Aperture

The first stage of post processing is weeding out the useless or superfluous shots. Bracketing is an important factor, but there can be multitude of reasons like sometimes shooting multiple shots are made to get the best focus. Once rid of the surplus selecting some of the best shots is the next job. I still do this preliminary work in Aperture. What a pity Apple abandoned it. Aperture loads the pictures quickly and to sort them there are many options; stars, flags, tags and more. I use two Aperture libraries: one called “work” and the other called “all”. The work-library is used for preliminary sorting and sifting as described above. The all-library holds all my pictures. I have them on an external hard disk of 2 TB, of which I also make a second copy. Why Aperture? Well, as far as I know it’s the only program in which you can really classify and search. For instance, if you want to see all the images you have taken with your Canon 7D Aperture will do that. Or with your 15-45mm lens. Perhaps Lightroom can do that too but I try to avoid subscription software.

Tweaking: DxO PhotoLab

The next stage is DxO PhotoLab, which starts out by doing its basic thing, correcting for camera and lens. In addition it can be useful to do some tweaking on vibrancy, sharpening,  clearview and de-noise. Most of the time the horizon has to be straightened, often perspective has to be corrected and then there is cropping. Oh, by the way, everything is shot in RAW, but after doing some tweaking a version copy is made in jpeg. And next the pictures may wind up on this site.

Additional software

I have used Photoshop a lot and still occasionally do, having a very cheap license as a University scholar. But, as said above, subscription software is not my favourite system. A program I really love is Affinity Photo, especially since it can handle all sorts of unusual stuff like focus bracketing, HDR and stitching photos for a panorama. And for the rest it does a lot that Photoshop does.