I've been a huge fan of Aperture for the last few years. I bought it almost when the version 3 came out and I was very satisfied. The way it organizes the projects is clear and easy, the brushes work well and the whole editing experience is good. Moreover, months ago, I bought VSCO Film 1&2 for Aperture and from that moment my editing experience became even better (here's my VSCO experience).
However... It's time to say goodbye to Aperture, because it won't be longer developed and updated.
"Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture. " - (Jim Dalrymple)
I'm quite sad about the news, because I've been using this app for a while. Maybe for many is not a problem, but the fact is that the switch between Aperture to other programs means losing all the adjustement on each photo. Yes, all my photos will lose the filters, the corrections and so on. It's not a good news.
Despite this, I've decided to switch. Well, I've been thinking at this switch for a long time, looking at more professional (and more updated) apps. Moreover, the newest VSCO Films were not avaible for Aperture because VSCO decided to discontinue the development for a close-to-end app... and this was another big cons against my loved Aperture.
For these reasons I made my choice: welcome to Lightroom.
I've opted for the Creative Cloud Photography Plan. It's a little bit expensive (well, it's 12.29€/mo in Italy!) but it offers both Lightroom and Photoshop, plus various other options like Lightroom mobile, 2GB of space to store stuff like .psd and more.
A huge problem of the transition were the VSCOs presets. I bought Films 1&2 for Aperture and they're not usable with Lightroom (as you could imagine). Thanks to VSCO, they are giving away to users 30$ for each Aperture Film bought (60$ in my case). So, by that, thanks to this opportunity and other fidelity discount I've been able to bought two new Films specifically for Lightroom: VSCO Films 1&4 for Lightroom. My opinion? These Films (that are specifically developed to use the more powerful features of Lightroom) are amazing. They feel more precise and the editing workflow is more enjoyable.
So, I'm excited for this switch. Maybe it's a stupid thing for many of you but it's a big change in my "photography life". I hope I'll take full advantage of these new and powerful apps, and even more important I hope to learn more and improve the quality of my workflow, thanks to this opportunity.
Bye bye Aperture.