It was reported some time ago that many Aperture users were seeing strange lines on their images after exporting to JPG. While it seemed that this problem was solved in v1.5.1 it seems that some people (including myself) are still having the problem from time to time.
The fix seems to be to download the Apple Digital Camera RAW Support Update 1.0.1 (Universal) which can be found HERE.
I downloaded the update, installed it and then did a test batch export and I did not see any nasty lines in my images. If you are having this issue, downloading the update seems like the thing to do.
I've been dreaming of a new camera that has a few more megapixels than my 30D and the capability to capture more frames per second.
It looks like Canon heard my prayers and is soon to release the Canon EOS-1D Mark III.
The Mark III is a 10.1MP camera that takes 10 frames per second with an AMAZING burst rate of 110 shots in JPG mode and 30 shots in RAW mode. This seems like the perfect sports camera. I can't wait to get my hands on this camera ... I'm not sure where I'll find the $4000, but I'm saving my pennies starting at this moment!!!!
A whole lot more info is available here:
Links mentioned in tonight's podcast.
My podcast schedule has been pretty wacky lately, primarily due to my workload at my "real" job.
I will be recording and posting a new podcast tonight and it will be a nice long one ... I promise.
I recently posted this to the Inside Aperture blog at O'Reilly Media's website and got quite a response so I thought I'd throw it up here as well.
"It's the photographer that takes the picture, not the camera"
This is a very popular saying, and a lot of people agree with it ..... but I'm going to play devil's advocate and take the opposite opinion tonight.
Some people take the saying one step further and say that you can hand a cheap camera to a good photographer and he or she will come back with beautiful shots ... but you cannot hand an amateur $10,000 of camera equipment and expect the same results. There is certainly some logic to that statement but I don't agree 100% with it.
Yes, it's true that the photographer is the one that sees the image before him or her and recognizes it's artistic value and decides to take the photo, how to compose it, what angle to shoot at, etc. ... but I think the camera and all it's accessories do make a huge difference.
I've been a photography hobbyist since my childhood ... but when I got very serious about digital photography many years ago I decided to look at my budget and get the best equipment that I could afford and work with it and develop my skills until I was making the most of the equipment. I think this approach has worked well for me .. it's made me more serious about my photography and made me more eager to learn and get the most out of my equipment. I'm not sure I'd be where I am today in my photography education if I'd bought a point-and-shoot camera instead of the fairly high-end (at the time, for my budget) Olympus DSLR. Since then I switched to Canon cameras and every upgrade brings me better and better images. Sure, I'm learning more and becoming a better photographer, but with every upgrade in hardware (especially quality glass) I'm seeing big improvements in image quality.
A lot of this argument also has to do with the type of photos you take. If you want to take sports photos you need a good quality DSLR that can take at least 5 frames per second and keep that rate up for a while and you need some really good long glass. A nature photographer on a hike in the local nature preserve will probably come back with some great photos even if he or she uses a pocket sized point-and-shoot, but take a look at the sidelines of the next football game or car race you watch and you'll see a whole bunch of high-dollar, long white lenses.
So ... is it the photographer or the camera that takes the picture? I think both.