Portfolio update and workflow

We just posted a new portfolio update on our website. Since we like to keep the images fresh and update them often, it is important for our sanity to have a well-organized system.

Aperture is a key part of our workflow. The portfolio, for both print and web, goes through many changes and iterations. Aperture helps visualize how the photos will be arranged for both the online and printed versions.

The first step is to use the “Light Table” feature in Aperture to organize the photos. Light Table allows you to freely drag, drop, crop and re-arrange photos on a gridded table.




Once the order is finalized, we utilize another feature of Aperture and create a “Book” with these images. Book allows us to customize the print size and number of pages. This book is then named with today’s date and becomes our current portfolio live on our website or printed book. As we make edits and additions to the portfolio in the future, we always have the previous versions saved in Aperture which we can reference.




When a printed portfolio is sent to a client the book’s name is added to the client’s name in our contact database. This allows us to track which portfolios a client has seen. We can also go back in Aperture to view all previous versions of the portfolio as needed. It is an easy way to keep a potentially chaotic situation quite manageable.



  • http://www.facebook.com/izhiltsov Ilya Zhiltsov

    Hi Peter, are you still using aperture?

    • http://www.peterbelanger.com/ Peter Belanger

      I still use Aperture everyday and love it.

      • aboutWilfredo

        I love Aperture…I love the integration with Photoshop and the healthy community of third party plug ins that support it…and C1Pro is amazing in itself…but I don’t own a Phase and it currently doesn’t allow a plug in system..so Aperture is 99% of my workflow..and if need be, C1Pro to keep my certification current, lol

  • Tony Roslund

    What about CaptureOne? Do you integrate the MF camera(s) into the Aperture workflow?

    • http://www.peterbelanger.com/ Peter Belanger

      When I shoot with my PhaseOne I use CaptureOne. Aperture doesn’t support PhaseOne backs. When I shoot with my Canon I use Aperture. Regardless of which camera is use all files are archived to a master Aperture database, Canon files as RAW and PhaseOne as .tiff files. I still keep the PhaseOne RAW files as backup.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tonybeam Tony Roslund

        Thanks for responding Peter. This is the crossroads I’m at. CaptureOne will do all the processing for both the PhaseOne and the Nikons we use. Trying to justify keeping Aperture alive. Would love to see a post on your entire workflow someday . . . everything from capture to delivery including naming conventions, backup strategy, etc. This is something I constantly battle with as the client list grows and we scramble to implement scalable solutions that multiple people in the studio can use (photographer, assistant, retoucher, producer, etc).

        • http://www.peterbelanger.com/ Peter Belanger

          Tony that has been on my list of things to blog about, I’ll try and up the priority.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tonybeam Tony Roslund

            In the meantime, perhaps you’d be willing to share a bit regarding the Aperture/Photoshop workflow? Do you typically do your RAW conversion in Aperture, then export the file(s) for editing in PS? Or do you just do a round-trip from Aperture into PS and back into the Aperture catalog (side-by-side with original)?

          • http://www.peterbelanger.com/ Peter Belanger

            For the Canon workflow the RAW conversion is done in Aperture then sent to PS via Aperture doing a round-trip back and saved side-by-side with the original. For Phase One files, the RAW conversion is done with Capture One then edited with PS and archived in Aperture. Hope this helps

          • http://www.facebook.com/tonybeam Tony Roslund

            Yes, thanks a million. I look forward to seeing your more elaborate blog post in the future!