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Photo Editing – Mac or PC?


The debate about whether to choose an Apple Mac or a PC running Windows is notoriously heated in many circles, and within the field of photography this is no different. Ultimately, people have success stories using both, but it depends on the user’s experience level and the configuration of your hardware and software at the end of the day. Personal preference can also play a major role!

That said, we want to offer some advice to simplify the issue. If you’re at the point where you need a new computer for working on digital image editing, you may be tempted to switch from one to the other, but can’t decide whether a PC or Mac will be better suited to your needs. Here we cover a few commonly mentioned points and try to shed some light on the debate.

1) Performance

Not all photo editing software is compatible with both OSX and Windows, although in all fairness the vast majority of professional tools are available for both. If you’re using something like Photoshop or Lightroom for most of your work, you might find people claiming that these programs will run better on a Mac. In fact, as long as you’re willing to spend good money on a high quality Windows laptop, it can definitely match the performance of a Mac.

2) Troubleshooting

Windows computers do have more errors, issues, viruses and unexplained lapses in performance than Macs. This is a proven fact, unfortunately. Having said that, Apple computers are not immune from similar issues, and you may have probability on your side but that isn’t a guarantee. You’re probably less likely to get frustrated with major software and hardware hiccups when working on a Mac, but we don’t think this completely balances out the potential benefits of using a PC.
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Choosing a PC for Creative & Visual Work

Choosing a PC for Creative & Visual Work


Creative tasks like photo and video editing are essential in many lines of work, and it’s also a hobby that many advanced laptop users enjoy and take seriously. It’s possible to balance the technical requirements you need for serious creative work with a pretty modest budget, but you do need to be fully aware of what you’re looking for. Features you’ll need for photo editing include:

Screen resolution

You’ll need to choose a 1080p FHD display at an absolute minimum, and preferably go closer to something like 3200×1800 so you can really get a clear view of the finer details. Also consider the actual quality of the screen, and not only the number of pixels, unless you’re planning to do all your work with your laptop connected to an external monitor.

Processor

An Intel Core i5 is the minimum processor level we would recommend for intensive photo or video editing, but i7 is highly recommended, especially if you are working with fairly demanding software. A better processor will allow you to work much faster and more efficiently, especially when you’re multitasking and using large files.
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What is better for photographers – the PC or laptop?


Nowadays digital cameras are more popular than ever. Many photographers are now choosing digital over ‘old school film’ cameras, simply because they are flexible, easy to use and have a wide range of editing options available to them. Photoshop and Lightroom, for example are two of the most popular digital editing resources that are available for photographers. One real issue that many photographers do struggle with though is the choice of computer, in which to edit their photographs. Which is best for the job, a laptop or a PC?

Below we will consider both options; the laptop vs pc for photo editing purposes. Though to be honest, there are pros to using both.

Benefits of the laptop

benefits of using a laptop

Laptops are portable – Meaning that you can edit your photographs straight away. There is no need to go back to your office. This obviously is hugely convenient and can save you much needed time, especially if you have several shoots in one day. It also means that you can do more work.

Uncluttered work space – Laptops have virtually no cables, meaning that you can work without clutter. They also take up minimal space while you work.
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