Aperture 3 Books
FYI – check out my full review of the best Aperture 3 book, Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 3.
Books are a great way to get the most out of any piece of software because you can learn at your own pace and have everything broken down for you step by step by step. By their nature, photographic and digital imaging software applications can be pretty darn tough to learn – even a user-friendly program like Aperture 3.
It’s vitally important to get a firm grasp of the fundamentals of any software, and books are great at reinforcing the basics. And if you only pick up a few useful tips for Aperture 3 out of these books, there’s no doubt that they’ll pay for themselves in saved time and aggravation. Besides, it’s always helpful to have some kind of desk reference to counter some of the lousy information available online.
Right now, the only choice is the first book on this list, Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 3. Fortunately, it is a very comprehensive volume and will teach you just about everything you need to know about Aperture 3. READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE.
Apple Aperture 3: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers isn’t available until July, and Aperture3: Portable Genius somehow disappeared from Amazon.
Here is a complete list of book on Aperture 3:
1. Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 3 by Dion Scoppettuolo (best choice you can make)
This Apple-certified guide to Aperture 3 starts with the basics of image management and takes you step by step through Aperture’s powerful editing, retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features. It delivers comprehensive training – the equivalent of a three-day course – in one project-based book. With complete coverage of Aperture’s new features, you’ll learn to organize your photos using Faces, Apple’s face detection and recognition tool, take advantage of Places to find photos by the location where they were shot, and retouch your images precisely with new nondestructive edge-aware brushes. You’ll create advanced slideshows that include HD videos, titles, and layered soundtracks, and with the full-screen Browser you’ll now be able to use every inch of your Mac display to browse and edit. Real-world exercises feature professional photography from a variety of genres, including fashion, sports, wedding, commercial, and landscape photography.
2. Apple Aperture 3: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers by Ken McMahon and Nik Rawlinson (pre-order only)
Aperture is a dedicated end-to-end workflow tool for photographers and this book guides the reader through the complete process from capture to output.
The beauty of Aperture is that – unlike Adobe’s rival workflow software, Lightroom – it doesn’t force a particular structure or workflow on to the user. This more open-ended approach means it is becoming increasingly popular with photographers – but also means that there is a lot to learn for a newcomer to the software.
Whether you are cataloging, organising and adding Metadata to thousands of RAW files; selecting, cropping and correcting an individual image or preparing files for final output to web or print, this book provides a complete reference for producing high-quality results with Aperture.
* Clear, step-by-step explanations simplify the features and uses of this extensive application
* Real-life examples show you a complete digital photography workflow with Aperture at the core
* Fully updated for Aperture 3
3. Aperture3 Portable Genius by Josh Anon and Ellen Anon (note, this link goes to Aperture2 Portable Genius – don’t know why so best to ignore for now)
This handy Portable Genius guide is designed to help you avoid hassle, save time, and quickly learn what you need to know to use Apple’s Aperture digital photography software effectively—and have fun while you’re doing it! In a trim size that fits in your laptop bag, this practical guide gives you tips, tricks, and savvy advice on everything from navigating Aperture’s user interface to advanced RAW image processing, publishing albums on the Web, and how to create your own photo book.