Yes, I know it’s the day before the big event, but I’m not going to prattle on about that.
Neither am I going add any further fuel to the rumour mill fire, which should be hitting it’s peak in the next 36 hours. I’ll do my best to try not to view any leak videos or read any late breaking leak articles – difficult I know but, I’d like to try and keep some element of potential surprise for tomorrows event.
No, this post is all about being in limbo.
When the news of Aperture being discontinued was announced, I was fairly blasé. I used Aperture, but mainly as an application to catalogue my iPhone photos.
As I think I said on several podcasts, although I had a fairly decent point and shoot, I’d long given up on that and mainly (exclusively?) used my iPhone for photos – for my level of interest, the iPhone was good enough.
I felt sorry for the pro and semi-pro photographers who had invested in Aperture, but my take was that they should wait and see what the new Photos app for Mac and iOS was like, and then, if it was OK, stick with that or migrate to LightRoom.
All was hunky-dory as I was happy to wait until the new Photos App appeared and migrate my Aperture libraries to the new app.
Then something changed.
I got a new camera.
Completely unplanned and unexpectedly, I dropped a wad of cash for a new mirror-less micro 4/3rds camera – The Panasonic GH4.
The main reason was due to the fact that the camera takes 4K video and records it to an SSD card internally.
Oh yes, it does take photos as well, but that was secondary.
I’ve been fascinated with 4K and its potential adoption, and thought the Panasonic GH4 would be a good entry level point for me to get some 4K experience.
Apple has already started to embrace 4K with the Mac Pro and Final Cut X.
There are many 4K TVs available and we’re also starting to see 4K monitors become more affordable – until Apple launches its 4K monitor of course.
So my interest was piqued, and the camera duly acquired.
After playing with the video aspects of the camera, I thought I’d check out the photo side of things.
I now get it!
For many years I’d looked at people lugging round their huge DSLR cameras with large and heavy lenses, and wondered why?
Now I understand.
After an initial learning curve (and more expense getting some additional lenses), I’m finding photography to be fascinating and great fun.
Mind you, I’m not lumbered with a large and heavy camera, the Panasonic GH4 is small and portable, one of the advantages of the micro 4/3rd s format, and it’s a joy to use.
You can find a small sample some recent photos here.
It’s still early days, but I’m starting to find my feet and delighting in reading up about many of the technical aspects of my specific camera, lenses and photography in general.
The problem is my workflow, hence why I’m in limbo.
Do I continue with Aperture and migrate to Photos when it appears?
Do I make the jump to Lightroom now?
It’s only now I appreciate the pain that the demise of Aperture is causing for serious Aperture users.
I’ve had a quick look at LightRoom and there are some major differences between that and Aperture.
So do I go through the learning curve now, or bide my time?
In all honesty, I think it may be worth the wait to see what Apple come up with in the new version of Photos. If they’ve taken the time to rewrite a Photo workflow from scratch, one that includes seamless support across iOS, OSX and iCloud, it’s probably worth hanging on for.
But I really do now fully appreciate the full impact of losing Aperture for people who have been using it seriously for the past couple of years.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we are out of limbo.
Oh and by the way, recording video in 4K is amazing, but we’ll leave that for another blog post!