I've been trying out Aperture for a few days and have tried it with a difficult GRD2/GT-1 ISO 800 photograph shot at 10:00am with the subjects sitting inside in rather dark light with very bright light outside. Here are four versions of this picture:
1. Colour version processed in Aperture 2. As I didn't want to blow out the leaves on the trees outside I used the excellent Aperture Recovery tool to recover the hightlights.
2. B&W version processed in Aperture 2. It seems to me that the lack of a selection tool to allow dodging and burning makes this picture difficult to use.
3. B&W version processed with Lightzone using the colour version output of Aperture (i.e., using picture 1.) I probably have to do some more work on the face of the woman on the left.
4. B&W version processed with Lightzone alone. As the Lightzone Relight tool produced only a dull gray highlights, unlike the much better results from the Aperture 2 Recover tool, I decided to blow out the highlights and go for a higher contrast to express the brightness of the light outside, as well as the heat.
Please let me have your reaction which of these you like better: the colour vs B&W, and of the B&W which do you prefer. (It's certainly very clear that the Aperture 2 Recover facility is much better than the Lightzone Relight tool for recovering highlights.
1. Aperture 2
2. Aperture 2
3. Aperture 2 + Lightzone