Efficient Aperture Workflow for High Resolution Images

After I posted an article on Efficient Lightroom Workflow for High Resolution Images, Jason Schultz posted a video tutorial over on his blog on efficient aperture workflow. While I personally do not use Aperture (I don’t own a Mac), I liked Aperture’s ability to first import JPEG images, then only import matching RAW images after all the sorting and deleting is done.

To do this though, you have to set your camera to shoot RAW + JPEG, which will use more space on your memory card. Jason recommends to use JPEG Basic to have smaller images, but he does not mention the image size. You need to make sure that the image size is set to “Large”, or the images will be down-sampled to lower resolution by the camera, which means that you will not be able to view them at 100% zoom. So if the idea is to delete images that have even slight blur or softness at 100%, for example, then you need to make sure that you are looking at the largest image.

This method wastes about 6-8 MB per image for JPEG Basic (on the D800) and your camera will slow down a little when shooting bursts. But given how cheap memory cards are today, it is really not that bad of an argument anymore. And cameras like D800 are not fast anyway in terms of fps. So if you use Apple’s Aperture, check the below video out – this might be a great solution for you!


  1. 1) Alessandro
    November 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I think that the basic jps is a full resolution image at maximum compression, not a resamplet downsized image.

    • November 13, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Alessandro, it depends on how you have “Image size” set in your camera. Anything other than “Large” will down-sample those JPEGs. I changed the article a little to reflect on this.

  2. 2) DavidL
    November 13, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Thanks Nasim,

    I use aperture and it is very hard to get tutorials for it unlike Lightroom, which you only have to go to youtube and everything is there.

    Do you know anyone that uses Aperture. The reason why I ask this is there any possibility on someone doing an article on their workflow process. Aperture comes with their adjustments in an order which they recommend you follow. I would very interested in someone else’s process, so to speak.

    Thanks DL

    • 2.1) Alessandro
      November 13, 2012 at 3:57 am

      there are some good video tutorial from this link: http://maccreate.myshopify.com/collections/videos but you have to buy them (I did. sometime they make some discounts). the one from Jim Richardson is very good for example!
      there are a lot of good pro photographers that use it as Jim R., Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis or Mike Colon and you can find some usefull info in their site.

  3. November 13, 2012 at 6:13 am

    For Nikon users, ViewNX, the free program that was included when I purchased my D300s and D700, can be used to screen and delete images based on the jpeg embedded in the RAW file before importing to Lightroom. It can also be used to examine Metadata that is not available in LR (e.g. AF Fine Tune settings).
    David Sparks

  4. 4) Rafael
    November 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Nasim, very nice of you reproducing his tutorial here, I have seen it before on the comments you mentioned and, indeed, is a great time-saving manner to import only the relevant photos.

    I wish that this way of importing pictures would be available in Lightroom (my tool of choice). Maybe on a LR 4.5 (or even a 5.0)? Is anyone at Adobe aware of this?


  5. 5) Jacqui
    December 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    So very helpful! Thank you very much. Hoping to find a tutorial on exporting high res images from Aperture now . . .

  6. March 25, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome! Thank you! This will be useful this weekend. Renting a D800 for a wedding.

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