First, a quick “thank you” to everyone who offered suggestions and encouragement to my post last week, Buying a Digital SLR. I was very pleased with the amount of information everyone provided and it really helped me focus my search for a first digital SLR.
So what did I get? (Drum roll please…)
I ended up going with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi paired with a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens. I chose Canon for a number of reasons, but it came down to a few factors: First, I’ve owned other Canon digital cameras and I’ve always been pleased with them. Second, I have several friends and colleagues who shoot Canon, and the ability to borrow lenses is very appealing. And finally, I plan on shooting while traveling and the small size and light weight will really help lighten my load. I chose the wide angle lens because I plan to be shooting in low light and I wanted something high-quality but affordable. The EF 28mm f/1.8 seems the perfect choice.
I’ll continue to share my experiences getting started with the XTi, but this is the Inside Aperture site after all, so how about a couple of Aperture tips?
Two tips today about customizing Aperture’s Browser window. First, many users don’t realize that Aperture features a tabbed-browser very similar to Safari. Try Command-clicking on any project, album, Light Table, etc, in your Project panel. Each collection will open as a separate tab in your Browser.
Try it with the Viewer hidden and visible to get an idea of the possibilities.
Second, a variation on Browser tabs: the Browser split. Try Option-clicking on a project or album in your Project panel: the Browser window splits into two panes.
This is particularly useful if you have a 23” or 30” widescreen display. And to take it one step further, you can combine the tabbed Browser with the split screen view to create a further customized workspace. Now if only Safari supported the split browser…