stephaniekscott wrote:Also, had a pro look at a few of my shots, and she took 5 minutes and boosted the color in lightroom, which made me think that my "don't do anything in post, never manipulate shots" attitude might be a little short sighted. Especially in the digital age we are now in.
welcome to the forum. First, the answer to your title question:
Photoshop and Aperture, same as Photoshop and Lightroom are programs designed to do separate tasks. Some are similar but for the most part they accomplish different things, so they are used in "synergy."
For the second part, in the quote... yes, believing that you "never manipulate" (I prefer Post-Process) photo is shortsighted because:
1) if you shoot RAW all you have is raw data without any processing, which means it's useless unless you do something with it.
2) if you shoot JPEG than you allow the processor and software in the camera to make all decision for you, so the idea that the image was never manipulated is wrong.
3) (My favorite rebuttal to people I met who told me they are "purist" of the image), if you don't retouch an image all you did was compose and get, for the most part, correct exposure. But it's really the mechanical thing you are holding in your hands that did all the job. If you take the same photo with the same exact settings on two (or three, four, etc.) cameras you will get different looking photos because the firmware inside the camera is different in each model/brand.
4) and finally, Ansel Adams became famous for applying smart retouch. If he was alive he'd probably be a spokesperson for Adobe.
By the way, people who say that they never needed retouching in the dark room are lying to themselves, just the simple fact of developing a negative is retouching because a negative can be developed in different ways. Also, if we chose a particular film (or digital camera) it's pre-processing, so why not post-processing?
Just remembered: if we print a photo, don't we do more post-processing to make sure colors match the paper we chose?
Hope this helps, look forward to answer more questions.