Carly.. [deleted] 2:54pm, 29 August 2008
Hi All:
My computer monitor has been broken since before I bought by DSLR a few months ago. All my pictures look grainy, fuzzy, squiggly, any which way! I'd love to finally see my pictures how they REALLY are (although of course after they are uploaded on Flickr I can use someone elses comp. but that's a hassle)
Does anyone know what kind of computers are good for photographers? Some are better for gaming, entertainment, internet, etc. and I'm not sure what category "photography" would fit in. I'd appreciate any suggestions!
noisemedia 9 years ago
MAC all the way. if you cant afford one go for something with ALOT of RAM (4gigs), a big harddrive, and really good graphics card/screen.

just my 2 cents.
Lauren Zou 9 years ago
There really ought to be a photography category for computers. Lol. It really depends on your liking. You could either get a Mac or a PC, although Macs are twice as expensive as PCs and less compatible with many softwares. (I'm a PC person.) As a photographer, I would suggest that you get yourself a lightweight laptop so you could bring it places with you for extra storage space or to view photos on the go. Look for a computer with a good screen (I'm not an expert on screens, so I can't help you any further with that) and huge storage/backup. Best wishes!
cuulblu Posted 9 years ago. Edited by cuulblu (member) 9 years ago
You already own a computer which I am assuming is a PC. If you own expensive software such as Photoshop CS3 for windows, it will not run on a Mac. If you buy a Mac you will have to replace a lot of software in addition to the extra cost of a Mac. Macs are also more difficult to up grade. I use both a PC and a Mac. Both machines have similar specifications. I would not turn my hand over for the difference in the two machines. The only real thing you gain from buying a Mac is the prestige of being able to say, "I own a Mac," and an almost invulnerability to viruses. If these two things appeal to you and you can afford the extra $$$ then go for a Mac. If you are looking for the best value for your dollar buy a PC.

I would recomend at least a 2 ghz dual core pentium 4 processor, 2gb of memory( 3 or 4 gb is even better) 120gb internal hard drive and the largest external hard drive you can afford. That is regardless of whether you buy a Mac or PC.
Carly.. [deleted] 9 years ago
Thanks everyone! I think I have been sold on sticking with a PC. I have been very back and forth about the whole Mac issue, but based on the prices I just looked at (tight budget here!) and the amount of memory that has been recommended, then a PC seems to be the way to go. Just learning that a lot of memory space is important has pointed me in the right direction. :)
smcdesign2010 9 years ago
Oooh, hope this doesn't turn into a mac vs PC discussion! :)

You can get some pretty good PC laptops now for a reasonable price. I use a 17" Dell laptop at work with the UltraSharp TrueLife screen and images are sharp and crisp. Not saying you have to get a Dell but look for something similar in the screens in what you go for, a large hard drive for storing photos and a decent amount of memory for using photo editing software (esp if you use Photoshop as version CS3 is quite memory intensive). Hope that helps.
Nick Mitha PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Nick Mitha (member) 9 years ago
Laptops for sure. Makes life easy. I used to have an Acer Ferrari 4005 as it had the brute force to run everything I threw at it.

I am now running an Asus F3SG (the version with T7500 Dual 2.2ghz CPU) The version number in Europe is F3SG-AP049C. Biggest bang for the buck, bar none! And I looked at alot of Laptops. Nvidia 9300MG 256m,
2gb ram,
250gb HD,
Lightscribe and blue ray support DVDRAM,
Fingerprint scanner security,
Webcam and so on... Probably run you around $1000 or less. I am also a gamer and this laptop will run GRID at full res and CS3 without even so much as a hiccup and thats no easy feat... LOL! Wonder what more ram would do? hmmm....

Word to the wise, don't buy any entry level laptops. Especially Dell and HP. I cant tell you how many tech support problems I have to deal with with those for clients.

Good luck with your search. Seriously, look into Asus.
Satyamveshi - the seeker of truth [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Satyamveshi - the seeker of truth (member) 9 years ago
For photography, laptops have a trade-off. They are light, portable agreed, and that's what I use, belive me, my laptop and a few others I have seen, the color/contrast changes in the direction I view. Go to a store and check for yourself, rotate the screen and look from different angles.

I am worried how my photos would look on a CRT screen. (I have never seen them that way!!). unless mobility is your priority I would suggest that you buy a desktop. get a good videocard. get NVIDIA. the new CUDA is optimized for CS3, it'll be fast...

get good RAM and disk space including some for backup.

it'll be more cheap that way and a better system!

besides the monitor won't change angle. whatever you buy (TFT or CRT) caliberate your screen!
Luis Antonio Ponce 9 years ago
I can't stress enough on how important it is to purchase a decent monitor.

you should get one that is able to be color calibrated and that is easy on your eyes. CRT's have better contrast ratios and color gamuts, but LCD's have no distortion and offer 1/1 pixel mapping.

I can't recommend one (don't know your budget or preference), but would be happy to if you dropped me a line.
jasano32 9 years ago
I'm a PC user, but if I was going to get really serious about photography, I would definitely go for a Mac. In fact, whenever I'm done editing my photos on my Dell, I always try to look at them on my girlfriend's Mac (she's a graphic designer).

Actually, my girlfriend was an Art Director for a fairly major magazine and she says that every single pro photographer she worked with was a Mac user and would bring their macbooks to the shoots to look at the photos.

You can do photo editing on a PC, and I'm sure there are successful photographers that use PCs, but I'm certain they're less common. The entire Adobe CS was essentially created with Mac in mind and the work flow is much easier.

I strongly agree with guitargeek about the monitor.
JustaBrat [deleted] 9 years ago
I just switched over to a Mac, and I love it for graphics. What I did to cut down on my cost for replacing all my software was to purchase a program called "Parallels," then installed XP on top of that. Parallels acts as a toggle switch between the two operating systems. There are other programs you can use to perform the same function, but you have to shut down the computer to switch between Mac and windows. The only thing windows gets used for now is any program that won't run on a Mac.
Chris J. Bartle PRO 9 years ago
Mac's are good, costly, but very stable, the Unix based system is outstanding.

However before I point you to an off the shelf cornflakes packet, I would suggest you find a technician, a real one, and have him quote you on building you a computer, this is always cheaper and you get advice from an IT professional not a group of camera experts.

Oh and there are emulators so that Windows programs will run on Macs and Linux boxes.

Personally I like 486 infrastructure on 64B CPU's running Linux.

But speak to a decent tech and you could find your world view is opened right up; most techs I know, especially the ones I have trained, spend four to six hours a week just reading about advancements and another four to six hours playing with new ideas, just staying on top of a fast moving game.

Before you bog yourself into a XP / Vista situation, think that there are better systems than Microsoft has to offer, even better than MacOS
Have a look at this:- Its a terrific OS, powerful and comes with around $1500 worth of software under a Microsoft platform, including Photoshop programs and its all free. You can even try it as a live CD before you trash the Micro$oft programs. Speak to a professional.

Folks who work in shops are sales people, so dodge them, they read box lids, find a real tech.

Chris J. Bartle
Registered systems builder.
Microsoft Business Partner.
Computer Technician.
Chris J. Bartle PRO 9 years ago
justabrat may I recomend that you take a look at WINE, it would enable you to do what you are now doing with 'Parallels' only in a significantly smaller footprint and for free.

Chris ...
cuulblu 9 years ago
Justabrat, you paid way more for a Mac and converted it to run windows so you could run windows based software. You just opened you Mac up to the world of viruses, the only real advantage a Mac has. That doesn't really make sense when you could of bought a pc for half the price.

I tried Ubuntu. It had glitches in that I could not resolve. I read all the info they had on their site and everything I could find on the web about the issue I was having. I tried many different methods to fix it. I ended up uninstalling it. It wasn't worth the effort. I will keep it around for the day they no longer offer support for windows XP. I have a couple of machines that will not upgrade to Vista. If and when that time comes maybe I will have time to work the glitches out of Ubuntu.
JustaBrat [deleted] 9 years ago
I never surf the net with the windows side. That is only used for running my CAD programs that won't run on a Mac. Using a Mac makes perfect sense, and I would rather pay more for something that runs and is reliable. Windows can't make that claim.

With my Mac, I never EVER see the blue screen of death; my Mac never EVER freezes and loses all the info I just put into it; and I never EVER get a virus because I don't use Windows to surf with. Mac also doesn't download a million temp files for everything you do, so nothing slows it down.

I'm more than satisfied with my machine that RUNS, thank-you.
Chris J. Bartle PRO 9 years ago
cuulbu is wrong. Running Micro$oft applications on a Mac will not expose a computer to any additional virus or spyware risks. Try Ubuntu 8.4 it sounds like you used a much older version.
If you have machines that are underpowered for Vista, then they are simply underpowered, with super boxes well under a grand its time to change over to more current hardware. The virus on Microsoft application comments are exactly the reason I said to CEitas that he needs to talk to a PC technician not a photographer about computers, and to talk to photographers not PC technicians about cameras. Personally I avoid commenting about cameras, I believe that to each according to their budget and needs, personally I shoot Canon, but I would be just as happy with anything else. After all photography is an art form. Computers are a science..
cuulblu 9 years ago
Chris J. Bartle
I tried Ubuntu 7.1 which was the latest version available at the time(about 4 months ago). I ordered the CD direct.

I don't beleive in throwing things away simply because they are "obsolete." If it still works and it's useful, use it. I have two machines that are or will run Vista. They are our workhorses. I have two others, one is a backup in case of a hardware failure and one is our son's. They are perfectly fine running older OS.

The Mac I am using is a new machine in a school lab. They warn us to save frequently (which is a good idea on any machine) in case the machine crashes. In 3 semesters I have had a Mac freeze on me once and loose all my work since the last save. Macs will freeze and crash. They do get things that slow them down. I see it on occasion in class. These problems are usually resolved by rebooting the machine just like you would a PC.

My PC at home, which only I use, is as stable as the Mac at school. I DO NOT USE Internet explorer, Outlook express or the windows firewall. I use third party applications for this which greatly reduces my vulnerability to viruses.

Macs and PCs are like Fords and Chevrolets. Some people like one or the other. Some people don't care which.
Gisya 9 years ago
im usinh hp pavilion tx2360au during this time around..and yes its really good that u cant twist the lcd into an a.k.a drawing board..and its fun..the picture so far really satisfied me -_-
Dave Levitt PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Dave Levitt (member) 9 years ago
Nothing technical here just my experience.

I recently replace my aging desk-top with an HP G6000 series laptop. No complaints so far and I'm planning to get a monitor as the 15" screen is a little small for editing etc but saying that the image is crisp and clear and a 100% better than my CRT monitor.

Wasn't sure about going down the the lap-top path but now wouldn't go back, if I want to show somebody my photos I just stick it in the case and take it with me.

As to PC or Mac...don't know but certainly a laptop.
GSCuriousEye 9 years ago
Go with the MacBook Pro.
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