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Lightroom vs Aperture vs CameraBag

I’ve decided to wait until WWDC is over with before making a decision on what photo editing software to go with. I’ve been wondering about the pros and cons of going with either Lightroom or Aperture, and neither is an ideal choice at the moment.

Half of the question is answered I suppose: Adobe’s Creative Cloud strikes me as exceptionally ill-willed towards the customer. The more I think about it, the more I am opposed to it.

At first, I was mostly concerned with the lack of freedom that comes with a subscription model.

But, there’s clearly the issue of access reliability, and its close cousins, security and privacy, which should be considered as well. (Thanks to Christopher Butler for the link.)

As long as Creative Cloud is scheduled to be required for using Adobe products in the future, I won’t be using them. I’m sure they won’t miss me.

As for Aperture, I’m holding out for WWDC before I make my decision. The current version of Aperture is quite old. I’ve been talking with people who know more than I do about these things, and no one has had a single good word to say about Aperture, but I’m hoping an excellent update will happen soon.

In the interim, I’m using CameraBag 2.5. I like it enough as a standalone app for photo editing. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement: it’s fun to use, plain and simple.

At my level of understanding of photo editing, CameraBag doesn’t overwhelm me; at the same time it is more than just a simple filter app (although it can do that too).

But having the editor and the library in separate apps (CameraBag and iPhoto) presents workflow inefficiencies that I’m unhappy with. I have to deal with importing and exporting and organizing files every time I edit a photo. Plus it means I can’t preserve my edits with the photo. I understand that this would be a deal-breaker for photo pros. I’m still used to one-time exports for edits on my iPhone, so this doesn’t bother me so much. Yet.

So now I’m trying to figure out how to avoid some repeated file shuffling through automation.