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Mac vs PC for photo editing

by eelj1974 / December 19, 2012 1:02 AM PST

So I'm not new to computers, but I'm newish to photo editing. In other words I understand some technical jargon. I'm going to be doing more editing and manipulating with my photography. I'm an amateur photographer, but I may try to sell a few photos in the future. I like iPhoto for very basic stuff. But I'm thinking of using Photoshop or Lightroom. So my question is: Are Mac's really better for photo editing than a PC? I've used PC's in the past as I've played around with photo editing for my own use. But before I go and dump the large sum on a Mac I want to make sure it's worth it. Or if I'd be able to find a good PC in the sub $900 range for my use.
My other uses for the computer will be internet surfing, video streaming, emailing, and listening to music. Thanks.

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Let's skip a lot and get down to it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2012 1:06 AM PST

PhotoShop is the same on both but where does the Mac give you some edge?

1. Color consistency among models. Your average PC is rarely the same color on the display.
2. Apple gets to tune the system for smoother (most of the time) use.

You can fix the color issue with a color calibration and getting a nice IPS display.

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Your suggestion?
by eelj1974 / January 2, 2013 7:25 AM PST

So Bob,
Are you suggesting I buck-up and pay the premium for a Mac? If so would I need to pay for the overpriced Retina display or is the regular display good enough? Remembering that I am not a professional photographer. Thanks.


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For many the regular display is good enough.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2013 7:29 AM PST
In reply to: Your suggestion?

I didn't think the price was out of line for leading edge products. It's been this way for decades now. But let's get back to basics.

Even a non-pro photoshop user needs good color control. I've lost count of the bad editing I've seen because the folk never knew about color calibrators, calibration and such.

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Mac vs PC for photo editing
by patrickwilson86 / February 13, 2013 6:44 PM PST

Macs aren't inherently better than PCs. People tend to say that they don't have any problems on Mac while on their PC they ran into all sort of problems. The fact is that people have problems on every operating system, some more, some less. Usually you get more powerful PC with the same money you'd pay for a Mac. But also usually you need to tinker a bit more with the PC while Mac should work fine straight out of the box. And usually you get more powerful desktop than laptop for a given amount of money. If it wasn't clear already the operative word here is usually. Grin

Most software are for both OSX and Windows. But if you're Aperture user (which I highly doubt based on your questions) you'd need to get a Mac since it doesn't exist for Windows.

With that said, get the computer with most RAM and best graphics card you can afford. Of course other factors are important too but Photoshop hogs as much RAM as you let it, and the more it gets the faster it works.

Also you might want to consider if the screen is glossy or matte. Glossy screens are great in dark rooms but in daylight you probably get all sort of reflections.

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