With the demise of Aperture and iPhoto… Is Photoshop my only option? Nope, here’s a list of others for free.


As many of you have heard Apple is replacing Aperture and iPhoto with a less capable photo toolkit.  Read the link from wired below to get a bit more informed and understand the inspiration for this article. Count me as one of those Aperture users that is very disappointed.  Yes, I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for Portrait Photography and the more artistic work but in the end Aperture was faster and much easier interface to work with.  Since most of my recent photography is landscapes and Travel Photography in the European Adventures section,  I was living in Aperture, and honestly living quiet happily.



So now to begin my article on your options.  While the obvious option is to pay the $9.99 per month for the Creative Cloud Photography License, you do have other options.  I will be the first to tell you the Creative Cloud option was my choice in this adventure.  But the transition and the difficulty with the Photoshop Interface made this extremely trying.  Quiet honestly, more than the average user or hobby photographer will be willing to put up with.  So here are some low cost highly capable options you could also look into.

Let s start with “Old Faithful”

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

COST: Free!


For you people who own Canon DSLR’s this one comes free with every Camera on your CD…

Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is a high-performance RAW image processing, viewing and editing software for EOS digital cameras. Using DPP you can easily perform basic and advanced editing and printing of RAW images. An example of the available editing functions are image rotation, white balance adjustment, dynamic-range adjustment, colour adjustment and fine-tuning of tone curve characteristics.

DPP supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, Wide Gamut RGB and Colour Management System (CMS) using the International Colour Consortium (ICC) Profile.

You can download the latest version of DPP or an update for your current version by selecting your product from the EOS camera range page. A helpful user manual for DPP is also available for download.

Digital Photo Professional is included in the initial software setup for your EOS camera.

COST: Free!


I am unsure if Nikon has a similar Software but I have seen their NX-D Software and it seems very robust. It is NOT free like the prior two options.  To find more info here is the link.  http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Imaging-Software/index.page?

COST: $179.95

And now I will post the link to the Creative Cloud page incase like me you just go to the “Dark Side”.  I say that jokingly because for years and years I refused to pay $700 to edit photos.  My business was not consistent enough to justify it.  Lightroom and Essentials were no better than Aperture in my opinion so I went native on my Mac.  But Adobe now offers monthly licensing at $9.95 per month and Aperture is dying.  Here is the link:  https://creative.adobe.com/plans


So what do you use?  What are your plans post Aperture?  I was talking to another photographer today and they use a web service I had never heard of.  Had this discussion with someone today and they used an online system for editing.  Look forward to your comments.




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