I was able to attend the last of Ynzal's Free Mobile Studio Seminar Series: Modern Tools for the Digital Photographer which was held at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging in Makati City last Thursday (31 May 2007). The seminar was conducted by two renowned experts in their field, fasion photographer Dominique James (Apple's Aperture) and Jun Miranda (Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom).
Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom are the two leading all-in-one post production tool designed for professionals and serious amateur photographers. Both are not just raw file converters but these applications boasts intuitive features, non destructive editing, advanced raw processing, seamless integration of IPTC/ Metadata, keyword tagging, and a whole lot more!
While I haven't tried using either of the softwares mentioned, I personally liked Aperture's loupe tool and its feature where you can layout your photos side by side. I maybe an old school but this is especially helpful when you're grouping photos or when you're trying to figure out how your photos will look like on a page - very much like the traditional editing process.
Here are some site's you may visit to know more about these applications:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Learning Center
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
O'Reilly Digital Media: Inside Lightroom
Luminous Landscape Review
Photoshop.com Learning Resource Center
Aperture Users Professional Network (AUPN)
O'Reilly Digital Media: Inside Aperture
Aperture Tricks- All about Apple Aperture
Apple's Review on Luminous Landscape
There's even a Flickr plug-in for Aperture plus an Automator if you want the downloading, naming, backup, importing, and tagging of your latest shots done automatically. The choice is yours.
Thanks to John Mateos Ong & Bong Almonguera of Ynzal Marketing.