4 Handy Items a Professional Photographer’s Computer Can Use

Being a professional photographer isn’t really all that simple. You need a lot of stuff. As if the business side of the job wasn’t enough, there’s a lot of essentials beyond cameras that are necessary. What’s more, the world of photography keeps evolving, and the needs keep changing. Lucky for you, we’ve tested lots of the gear you need. So we dove into the reviews index to look at everything you could possibly ask for. Here’s what we recommend for a photographer’s computer.

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Wow Speed, Great Durability, ’Meh’ Design: HP ZBook Power G8 Review

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For photographers, choosing a laptop is often a balance between power and price. The HP ZBook Power G8 is designed to fit in that balance. The Power line isn’t as robust a performer as HP’s Fury line, but it’s a step up from the more portable Firefly and Studio lines. With the base model starting at $1,899, it is $500 less than a MacBook Pro with the same storage. Heading all the way up to $3,149 for the most memory, the Power G8 isn’t a cheap laptop. But, it offers a lot of high-end performance without the highest price tag.

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The Razer Raptor Offers Great Features for Budget Loving Photographers

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At E3 2021, the Razer Raptor made its debut. E3 is a gaming show, but it doesn’t mean that some of these things can’t be used for photographers at all. Monitors are something that photographers are bound to find finicky. If you’re team Apple, then there’s a lot more color consistency. And on the PC side, that’s not always the case. But the new Razer Raptor is a fascinating hybrid. It doesn’t have the highest display output; and that’s probably fine for Macbook Pro Users.

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3 Tools to Help Photographers Deliver Their Best Images

These tools are great for the photographer who isn’t stuck in the Mac ecosystem.

Many photographers have felt a little burned by Apple in the past few years. So, we experimented with various computers, printers, and monitors to cater to this. Many photographers end up never jumping ship because they don’t even know where to start. They care about a few things: ergonomics, the performance of their favorite programs, and ease of use. For the past few years, we dove into exploring some of the best computers for creatives. But we didn’t stop there: we look at printers and monitors too. Here are some of the best tools we’ve used in the past year. We’ve used these to deliver the best images to clients and also for our coverage.

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A Photographer Needs to Spend $3,298.99 to Justify 13 Inch MacBook Pro

Apple announced its new 13 inch Macbook Pro and got rid of the 15 inch variant.

In some ways, the new 13 inch Macbook Pro doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all for a photographer. When you consider the long term investment, Mac products last a long time for many of us, and they’re able to run lots of software better unless you fully customize a PC. Today, Apple announced their new 13 inch MacBook Pro computer and effectively got rid of the 15 inch variant–giving us only the 13 inch and the 16 inch options. If you want the base model, you’re going to be pretty out of luck if you’re a photographer. Lots of us need higher-end performance not only for photo editing but also because we shoot video or cinemagraphs. The base model is still the 8th generation i5, and to get any 10th gen processor, you need to spend at least $1,800 extra above the $1,299 initial pricing.

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Laptop Review: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition (Photographers Rejoice!)

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition deserves serious consideration from photographers and creatives in search of a MacBook Pro alternative.

From a cursory glance, it’s easy to mistake the mercury white Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop for a MacBook Pro. The only real giveaway is the lack of a glowing apple on the Razer’s lid. Apple’s line of MacBook Pro laptops has been the go-to option for photographers and creatives for quite some time. But an increasing amount of this user base has been jumping ship to Windows alternatives in recent years. Apple’s general lack of innovation, disappointing price to performance ratio, as well as the company’s heavy-handed walled garden approach to hardware and software development are just some of the reasons cited by those making the exodus from Macs to Windows.

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Before You Edit Your Photos, You Should Check This Out

From December 16th to the 29th, the Datacolor Spyder is being discounted and can help you get better-looking photos.

If you’re one of those photographers who makes more magic happen in post-production than in-camera, then the Datacolor Spyder is the perfect accessory for you. Before you take what that new YouTube tutorial taught you and put it to work, consider whether everyone is seeing your image the same. Have you warmed up your monitor? What about the light around you? And where are people viewing your images? The Datacolor Spyder can help you get consistent colors in your photos every time. And right now, you can save up to $100 on color management!

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These Are the Best Apple Computers for Photographers Right Now

Photographers complaining about how awful Apple’s products are probably haven’t thought about these Apple computers for photographers.

A lot of photographers aren’t ready to let go of Apple. Though the company has been maintaining an abusive relationship with professionals for many years, their computers and their systems simply work. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about; things don’t go wrong often. The same can be said for PCs, but they’ll need more work to get there. So, for the photographer looking at a new Apple computer of some sort, we dissected the options currently out there and here’s what we think the best Apple computers for photographers are.

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Posting To Instagram from Your Computer! A Look at Your Current Options

Instagram is THE social network photographers should be utilizing

Instagram – if you are not using it often to share your photography with the world then you are missing out. But if we had to guess one reason why you are unable or unwilling to make the commitment, we would say it is possibly because you don’t like the hassle of getting the images you want to share onto your phone in order to post them to Instagram.

This has long been the struggle for professionals looking to get quality images onto Instagram, but it is 2018, and there are actually ways now to post to Instagram from your computer. In this post we will be looking at a couple of ways that you can do this; hopefully saving you time and frustration with whatever your current Instagram workflow is. Continue reading…

First Impressions: HP ZBook x2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP ZBook x2 seems to be a very big Apple competitor for creative professionals

When HP called me into a meeting, I didn’t at all think that they’d be announcing the HP ZBook x2. Instead, I thought that they’d be getting back into photo printing in a big way; but this was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the HP ZBook x2 seems to be almost everything that I wish Apple would do but continuously refuses to. The HP ZBook x2 sports, first and foremost, a gorgeous 14 inch matte display with a surface and texture that is designed to look and feel like actual paper. It does a pretty good job at it too. Then it boasts things like SD card slots, Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 ports, and a bunch of quick buttons that can integrate into any program that you wish. However, they’re primarily designed for and being marketed specifically with Adobe Cloud product integration. So all the quick actions that you do in PhotoShop and Lightroom are all available at the touch of a button on the side.

In fact, HP is calling the HP ZBook x2 a detachable workstation; and they’ve pumped it full of some awesome stuff on the inside.

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The Top 6 Professional Printers for Photographers With Not a Lot of Space

What’s old is new, and similarly to how film photography has started to become more popular again among photography enthusiasts, the idea of printing photographs is a thing finding new life with the younger generation of photographers. This means that as a photographer you will need to consider the choice between printing on your own and sending out to a lab – the latter of which is obviously the more common approach these days.

That said, there is a really good case to be made these days for taking on the printing of your images on your own – the ability to really fine tune your prints to look perfect and choosing your own paper to name a few. But should you decide that printing your images in-house is something you want to consider, what printers should you be looking at?

We aren’t talking about multi-purpose fax/scanner/copier printers here, and the semi-professional and professional level printer industry, despite shrinking, has come a long way. So in this post we will be sharing with you our top picks for those of you looking into high quality photo printing at your home or business. Continue reading…

How I’m Learning to Avoid Editing Photos on My Computer

It seems like Apple and the entire web are trying to move photographers towards editing and working off of tablets. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; but we all know that RAW files are how you can get the most out of the images that you shoot. For what it’s worth though, editing a JPEG is also a very viable option that many photographers do when trying to quickly promote something or get the news out there about something specific.

In the past two years in fact, Iv’e found myself wanting to sit and edit less and less–instead opting to work on the files on my phone or tablet.

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How to Buy the Right Computer For Your Photography

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Photographer Bill Wadman and one of the hosts of On Taking Pictures has created a website for photographers based on a question that keeps getting asked. Lots of his listeners inquire about what type of computer they should buy for their editing and workflow. To help his listeners, Bill created a new website called Photo Computer Guide. It’s his attempt to point you to the best purchases that a photographer can make–WireCutter style. He not only recommends computers, but also tablets, monitors, SD cards, display calibration, etc.

Bill pledges to try to keep it up to date as new peripherals and devices come out to keep folks in the know about the latest and greatest products to buy. What you’ll notice is that the systems are very Mac and Apple heavy/oriented which makes lots of sense as Adobe products tend to work better on Apple computers and devices.

If you’re one of those folks that never knows what to buy or is due for an upgrade, take a look at the site.

The Acer Aspire 7’s Screen Will Make The On The Road Photographer’s Life Easier

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When you’re travelling, sometimes it is nice to be able to switch out between various devices for different needs. Acer’s new technology involving the versatility of its screen may probably be making it one step closer for a travelling photographer–providing that they want to give up their MacBook or split the hard drive and boot Lion onto the machine. The screen of the Acer Aspire  7 operates as a normal front view screen, then it can be turned around for presentations, or it can collapse and work in a tablet like interface (perfect for Photoshop if a stylus is designed!) or it can work in a more ergonomically comfortable position of slanted and facing up if the laptop in, well, in your lap!

The Acer Aspire 7 also comes preloaded with Windows 8 to take advantage of the touchscreen monitor, 15 inch screen that comes with a “full HD” resolution, the latest generation of Intel Core chips, and more.

Gizmodo’s hands on review states that it is targeted at people that will be at a desk all day, but we can see it being a very mobile workstation.

Thief Steals Photographer’s Computer, Makes Images Artistically Better

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The Huffington Post is running an interesting story right now on photographer Melanie Willhide. Willhide had her computer stolen along with the backup drive. After reporting the theft, police found her machine in the back of a car they pulled over. It was then returned to Willhide and she began the process of trying to recover the images after the thief did some minor work to wipe the hard drive.

Amazingly, Willhide’s images were actually made artistically better and similar to things (Like Andy Warhol’s Eight Elvises) that one would see in a MoMA exhibit. And now, Willhide wishes she had him as a student.

So how did this happen? When one tries to recover images sometimes, the files can be corrupted and not totally in their original state. Plus it depends on how the software you were using went about trying to recover and piece the data back together. My feeling (after recovering data cards for years) is that the images are also nowhere near full resolution. And Willhide is simply just embracing a technical glitch as art. Go figure.