I’ve changed my philosophy about rating images over the last year. When I first started using Aperture, I would try to precisely evaluate each image and try to give it an appropriate star rating. But I’ve discovered that this approach is both time consuming and isn’t even that accurate. I often find myslef “raising the bar” as I work through the shoot, so my earlier ratings aren’t consistent with those later on.
Father and daughter waiting for Cable Car in San Francisco. Photo by Derrick Story.
I now limit my first pass ratings to 4 stars, 3 stars or none. The bulk of my images receive no rating at all. If they are out and out dogs, I get rid of them. Everything else stays in the library because you never know when you’ll need one of those shots. My favorites get 4 stars, and my “almost favorites” get 3.
After I work a shot in the HUD or Photoshop, and decide that I really like it, I might elevate it to 5 stars, but never on the first pass.
I’ve been a much happier man since I switched to this system. I now breeze through my shoots faster and enjoy the rating process more. If you’re not having fun rating your pictures, it might be time to take a second look at your approach.