Aperture vs. Lightroom – Which One Should You Choose? An in-depth comparison of two photo editing greats

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Are you a professional photographer looking at the best photo editing software to use as your digital lightroom? Things sure have changed in the past couple of years. Do you remember when every photographer needed a dark room to develop their photographs? Those days are far gone and we have moved into an age where we live, shop, do everything but breathe online.

In this post, we give an outline of the differences between Adobe’s Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture, and what the best should be for you. Not to give anything away at the beginning of the post, but essentially this is just a guide to make your decision a little bit easier, we can’t make the decision for you! Let’s get started, shall we?

Workflow and Functionality

Both Aperture and Lightroom offer photographers a streamlined approach to editing photos. Even though Aperture might have a more iOS-like workflow, that is a bit more relaxed and less structured than Lightroom, this software is designed to make workflow a lot easier, for editing on the go.

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Tools

When we talk tools, you are probably imagining a complex system of tools that you should use when editing your photographs. This is however not actually the case. Both Lightroom and Aperture have endeavored to simplify things by only incorporating tools you will need for photo editing. You are however to integrate Photoshop with Lightroom if you need to do some extra tweaking.

Safety and security

If you have made an edit, or let’s say you’ve made multiple edits, and you go back to the original image and think to yourself ‘Oh golly, that actually looks worse’, don’t panic. With either Aperture or Lightroom, you will be able to access your original image after you have made changes – their filing and saving systems are so secure that you can just go back, no matter how many edits you have performed!

So which should you go with? Both software systems are very intuitive and easy to use, and if you should hit a snag, you will easily find resources to help you find your way around, like these here, or here. The key difference between Aperture and Lightroom is functionality. Where Apple has a loose approach to storage and filing, Lightroom has a lot of layers, as is expected from Adobe.

Whichever software you decide on using, we are sure you are going to create amazing snaps. We hope that we could provide some insight and that you will be able to make an informed decision on which software to use for photo editing.

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