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    Best laptop for a professional photograper

    My son wants to make photography his profession, and he is wanting a Mac to help download his pictures from his camera, is there another laptop that compares to a Mac that is a little cheaper? I am talking about the $1000 range.

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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    In before Apple owners orgasm over their Macs while trying to explain why no other computer exists outside of Apple, and Windows users storm this thread with torches in attempt to lynch the Mac users...


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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    If this is going to be his profession, he needs to take the time to research true color monitors (for editing) before deciding on a computer to buy. (I'd recommend a traditional desktop & monitor before a laptop.)




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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    If this is going to be his profession, he needs to take the time to research true color monitors (for editing) before deciding on a computer to buy. (I'd recommend a traditional desktop & monitor before a laptop.)
    The only reason for having a computer is for post processing, hence a true color monitor and I might add "Calibration equipment" not only to calibrate your monitor, but to calibrate your printer. But, before I'd spend a bunch of dollars on a unique computer, I'd spend the gazillion dollars on good solid Nikon or Canon camera bodies and their matching lenses. I highly recommend using only Nikon or Canon lenses, unless you can afford better. Fixed focal length in the wide angles and telephoto ranges and zooms in the 24 - 200mm ranges, each telephoto should be no more then 3X. The majority of photography is all in the lens. The final lens and camera selections should be based on what type of photography he is planning on specializing in.



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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfreddy View Post
    My son wants to make photography his profession, and he is wanting a Mac to help download his pictures from his camera, is there another laptop that compares to a Mac that is a little cheaper? I am talking about the $1000 range.

    Thank for your suggestions!
    How about sending an email to the Greenlee School of Journalism faculty and ask that the question be sent to the appropriate photography professor for reply



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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    Apple and PC will work fine. I know peers using either and it's all preferences. I started PC and switched to a MBP in 2009 (now have a 27" iMac too) - for me I prefer the Apple products by far. I'd recommend retouching with a tablet. I remember when I started for a few months I used a mouse and then moved to a tablet (started with Wacom Bamboo Fun, now have Intuos Medium) - drastic improvements. Retouching with a mouse is clunky and not precise at all.

    Calibration - recommend the Spyder. We are actually selling a Spyder3 Elite as we have an extra. Calibration is incredibly important and should be calibrated based in the various light conditions and time of day. And when you calibrate - don't sit with the device wearing a colored shirt. :) It's actually best to start the calibration and just walk away. Ensure the brightness is set properly when calibrating. And know your prints will always look slightly darker than on your screen as it's backlit.



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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    Quote Originally Posted by dmthornt View Post
    The only reason for having a computer is for post processing, hence a true color monitor and I might add "Calibration equipment" not only to calibrate your monitor, but to calibrate your printer. But, before I'd spend a bunch of dollars on a unique computer, I'd spend the gazillion dollars on good solid Nikon or Canon camera bodies and their matching lenses. I highly recommend using only Nikon or Canon lenses, unless you can afford better. Fixed focal length in the wide angles and telephoto ranges and zooms in the 24 - 200mm ranges, each telephoto should be no more then 3X. The majority of photography is all in the lens. The final lens and camera selections should be based on what type of photography he is planning on specializing in.
    Camera and printer are taken care of. He will be using a Canon.



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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    just get him a cheap laptop. Chances are its going to be used for internet radio and gaming. Saying you want to be a professional photographer is just saying, you want to put off selling used Ford F-150's a couple more years.


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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    Mac is the clear choice. Also, if he wants a Mac now he'll never stop wanting a Mac.


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    Re: Best laptop for a professional photograper

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Apple and PC will work fine. I know peers using either and it's all preferences. I started PC and switched to a MBP in 2009 (now have a 27" iMac too) - for me I prefer the Apple products by far. I'd recommend retouching with a tablet. I remember when I started for a few months I used a mouse and then moved to a tablet (started with Wacom Bamboo Fun, now have Intuos Medium) - drastic improvements. Retouching with a mouse is clunky and not precise at all.

    Calibration - recommend the Spyder. We are actually selling a Spyder3 Elite as we have an extra. Calibration is incredibly important and should be calibrated based in the various light conditions and time of day. And when you calibrate - don't sit with the device wearing a colored shirt. :) It's actually best to start the calibration and just walk away. Ensure the brightness is set properly when calibrating. And know your prints will always look slightly darker than on your screen as it's backlit.
    ISUFan22 would a Ipad work over a Macpro, or is there not enough memory on a Ipad?



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    Um, no.



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    [QUOTE=ISUFan22;3213744]Um, no.


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