I mentioned a while ago that I had some big Aperture related news to announce, and now I can finally spill the beans! For the past few months I've been working on a new book about Aperture. It's called “Mastering Aperture” and it is going to be published by Packt Publishing. It's currently in the final stages of production, and the tentative release date is sometime in August. The idea behind the book was simple. I wanted to approach it in a way that solves a problem that I have found with a lot of technical books. You've probably run into this yourself. You know the basics of a piece of software and you want to increase your knowledge, but most training material is written for absolute beginners. You end up going through a book and trying to sieve through the basic stuff that you already know, while searching for the nuggets of information that are not just aimed at beginners. This can be so boring and tedious that I often give up. On the other hand you have books that are written for very advanced users, that, while skipping out on the basics, also miss out much of the intermediate information that a person might want to know.
So, with “Mastering Aperture” I was aiming for the middle ground. It's for people who know the basics, but want to learn more. You know how aperture works but you want to know more details, you want to learn some of the not so obvious tips and tricks and hidden features. This is what the book aims to achieve. It is not a book for absolute beginners, as it was written with the assumption that you already know how to use Aperture a little bit. There is no boring explanations of how to install the software, how to use the menus, what each part of the interface is and so on. For example, there is a chapter on importing, but it’s not about how to import your photos, instead, it shows you tips and tricks for getting the most out of the import dialog box, and shows you some of the hidden features. Wherever possible I've tried to teach the reader how and why something works the way it does rather than just getting you to remember a series of steps, so for example, there's a section on raw theory and a whole chapter dedicated to understanding curves.
I've been writing and blogging for several years, but this was my first time writing a full book. It was an interesting experience, that's for sure. I have a lot more respect for people who regularly write these kind of books having gone (mostly) through the process. It was a lot of hard work but I've learned so much myself from doing it. I was initially skeptical about taking it on when the publisher approached me, but I'm so glad I did it now, and I hope people will get something form it and increase their knowledge of aperture. It's funny, I know that lately, people, myself included, are often critical of Aperture, especially as it hasn’t been updated in a while, but I have increased my admiration for the software having written the book. Doing the research for it I realised that, while Aperture has its flaws, there are many areas of the software that are still light years ahead of anyone else.
The book will be available in e-book and print, and Packt has a page dedicated to it now on their website.