|May 30, 2006
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Aperture How To
by George Schaub
Apple’s Aperture offers an all-in-one digital photography program that can be used to download, view, edit, organize and output images. I’ve been working with Aperture for a few months now and thought I’d share some of the interesting features it offers. One is the Light Table, a sort of freeform layout screen that can help you group images and consider arrangements and sets in a whole new way.
is a freeform layout tool that lets you play with images and their relationship
to one another. It works right out of the Browser as an Album that you
create. It can be used to create layouts and image combinations for books,
web pages, wedding albums or portfolio presentations. It is designed after
a typical studio light table, where you lay out slides for editing and
perusal. The difference is that Aperture’s Light Table lets you
resize each image as you go and align them for output, right from the
Better Photos, More Sleep, Less Fungus
stumbled on a rather strange website dedicated to a description of “bizarre
May holidays.” And there was National Photo Month, sandwiched in
between Better Sleep Month, National Good Car Care Month, National Barbecue
Month and National Salad Month. It wasn’t clear why the editors
of the site considered photography so “bizarre”—especially
alongside such other notable holidays as Date Your Mate Month, Revise
Your Work Schedule Month, and Fungal Infection Awareness Month.
Passport Portable USB Drives
name to us in this field is Western Digital Corp. We first met them
at this year’s PMA show, where they showed us their new WD Passport
Portable USB Drives, which are now available with 120 GB capacity.
The wallet-size drive is a simple plug and ply device, which means
that all you need do is attach them via USB to your laptop and drag
files and folders for quick copying and backup.
Drives, CD/DVD Burners, And Flash Drives
high-resolution digital cameras eat up lots of memory. High-capacity
memory cards cost as much as a portable hard drive, so why not use
a portable storage device and transfer card memory to that drive?
Portable hard drives are battery-driven and most employ a 2.5”
disk drive, while a few use the more expensive 1.8” drive. As
an alternative there are portable CD and DVD burners—also battery-operated.
While discs provide a readily distributable storage medium, burning
data to a disc is time-consuming. Portable hard drives, on the other
hand, are almost as fast as the drive in your computer. Capacity ranges
from 40GB (less on some) on the most economical 2.5” and 1.8”
drives, reaching 120GB on the newest 2.5”-drive devices.
what I believe many Shutterbug readers think a trip to PMA must be
like, but nothing could be further from the truth. Nikon did show
its previously announced D200 digital SLR at the show but is clearly
saving any big announcements for photokina later this year.
As summer approaches you might be considering taking your digital camera on the road. And, with camera producing ever-larger file sizes, the need for downloading and reformatting your memory card probably becomes greater. Please indicate your backup solutions, if any.
Please briefly describe your “on-the-road” digital solution.
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