Beginning real estate photographers that are Mac users face a fundamental decision. Do you use Lightroom or do you use Aperture? While talking to such a real estate photographer this week I realized that for Mac user starting out as a photographer this decision is not that easy.
First of all I need to disclose my Apple bias. My first computer was a Apple II Plus and I purchased a one of the first Macintosh's when they first came on the market. I was an Apple Developer for about 5 years from 1985 to 1990 but went over to the dark side in about 1994 when I became frustrated with the lack of Macintosh software development tools. I came back to Apple about a year ago when I was faced with the prospect of having to use Vista. I freely admit I'm an Apple fan-boy. I have and use both Lightroom and Aperture although all of my photographs since 1999 are catalogued in Lightroom, only my photos from 2008 are also cataloged in Aperture.
Why use Lightroom or Aperture at all? Why not just use Photoshop Elements or Photoshop? They both have photo organization features. For me, this is very easy.
Why do I recommend Lightroom over Aperture for Mac real estate photographers?
If you are not interested in either of these then Aperture is a good choice. It's also $100 USD cheaper than Lightroom. For me easily creating professional looking slide shows is a huge deal. I use this feature for almost every shoot I do. I couldn't live with out it. On the other hand, I like the feel of Aperture and how it's tightly integrated with other Apple products. I keep all my iPhone photos in Aperture because Aperture works so smoothly with the iPhone.