1st Edition

Focus On Apple Aperture Focus on the Fundamentals (Focus On Series)

By Corey Hilz Copyright 2011
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    Are you into photography not photomanipulation?

    Frustrated that you are spending too much time in front of the screen and not enough behind the lens?

    Feel like you are not getting the most out of the powerful processing functions of Apple Aperture? 

    This straightforward, inspiring guide is aimed at photographers whose goal is to use the software to bring out the best in their photographs. Professional photographer and educator Corey Hilz leads you through a highly effective, professional's workflow with Aperture, from importing your photos from your camera and making image adjustments, to labelling each photo with metadata and keywords for effective organization and searching, and finally outputting your images for print or social media. He focuses on the vital aspects for photographers such as correcting tone and color, targeted adjustments, metadata, and managing a fast expanding library. 

    Focus On Apple Aperture is packed with stunning photographs and screenshots to illustrate every tweak the author makes, to effortlessly teach the new or beginning user the fundamentals of the software. Users of all versions of Aperture will benefit from this book.

    Chapter 1: Importing and the Basics of Organizing Files
    Description: This chapter starts with how to download photos from a camera or memory card. It then familiarizes the reader with Aperture's layout and organizational features.

    Chapter 2: Editing and Adjusting
    Description: This chapter first looks at how to make initial decisions about which photos to keep and which to get rid of. Then it explains the various image adjustments and how to use them effectively. This chapter is not intended to cover every image adjustment option in depth, but to give the reader and quick yet effective method of editing and adjusting their photos.

    Chapter 3: Metadata and Keywords
    Description: In this chapter the instruction focuses on adding/changing metadata and keywords. It's then discussed how these efforts make it easier to locate and organize photos.

    Chapter 4: Final Steps
    Description: The last chapter begins by telling the reader how to use an external editor or an Aperture plug-in when they want to go beyond Aperture's capabilities. It also explores Aperture's extensive options for exporting versions of photos. The chapter concludes with a look at how the reader can share their photographs, whether it's by printing a photo, laying out a book (to be printed by Apple) or creating web galleries and web journals (published through Apple's MobileMe service).


    Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. His work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues, as well as in art galleries. Corey finds the diversity in nature offers boundless opportunities for new images. He approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. Corey shares his approach to photography in workshops he teaches in the United States and abroad. Corey has a passion for helping others improve their photography by sharing his knowledge through group and private instruction.

    "Focal Press, well known for great how to books has 3 new offerings that will make you not just a better photographer, but a great photo editor with PhotoShop. They are part of the "Focus on Fundamentals" line called: Focus on Adobe Photoshop; Focus on Apple Aperture; Focus on Photoshop Elements. All of the books are geared with Mac OS in mind. You can in theory learn a little about the PC versions of Photoshop or Photoshop elements, but Apple Aperture is strictly Mac OS. All of the books are clearly well written with several sidebars that explain points that may be more advanced. The books are written with all user levels in mind, from novice to experienced, but even the more experienced areas are easy to understand. All of the books have prime examples including walking you through all menu options. They show examples of before and after changes were made as well. I was very impressed with the hands on style of writing in the books. Between the pictures, the sidebars and step by step guidance's. They are all very well laid out and the Focal Press does well at explaining all aspects of each software package. The books don't just compliment the manuals that come with each package, they down-right put them to shame and can easily replace them."--Examiner.com