Ken is getting a new camera and computer. He also wants to know about the future of Apple's Aperture. Leo says that Aperture has been killed off by Apple. Adobe Lightroom is a good alternative, but Apple's new Photos app is pretty powerful. It's certainly worth giving it a try before putting down $10 a month to run Lightroom. He could also just keep using Aperture since he already has it. It won't be updated, but that's not necessarily a big deal. It won't stop working.
Adobe Lightroom has de-duping features, as does Picasa. But Leo is nervous about deleting images automatically. It's far better to just have a huge hard drive and then use Lightroom to organize his files by date. Then he can de-dupe down the road, and keep all of his RAW files. He can convert to Adobe's DNG format because it's a universal format that will always be readable.
Bill is looking for a new laptop that he can use for his business. He has an older MacBook Pro with Aperture, but he doesn't like it. Leo says the good news is that Apple has killed Aperture and most photographers actually use Adobe Lightroom. He can buy it outright or use the Adobe Photographers CC package for $10 a month. Most serious photographers use both. And at $10 a month, he can't really beat it.
Scott says he wants to see the Northern Lights and photograph it. Chris says that it's very difficult to take pictures of the Northern Lights because you need long exposure and it can be tricky. But if you do it right, you get very interesting shapes and colors. Chris also wants to talk about Apple killing Aperture Software Development. Chris says that these days, Photographers like to use MetaData and Aperture was really good in helping to organize photos by that MetaData. Now that it's gone, the only real professional option is Adobe Lightroom.
Chris uses Lightroom and he has ever since the first beta. He also teaches Lightroom and has created a video workshop at DiscoverLightroom.com. He also has different price levels depending on which kind of photographer you see yourself as. There's 6 1/2 hours of instruction and Chris is even working on a new app which will cover it. Leo says that to do something more advanced than just organizing your photos, what can you use? Chris says that LIghtroom does far more than just organizing your photos.
George's wife is into photography and has 700 GBs of pictures and it's growing. Leo says it's very hard to "cull" photographs, but Leo's made a practice of going through all of his good shots the evening after he takes them. What can George do to back these all up? He also needs a larger drive for his MacBook Pro.