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hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
My daughter is a college student and a pretty good photographer... she does lots of wedding/engagement/bridal/family shoots and the laptop I got her when she started school a few years ago doesn't seem to be cutting it for her any more.

She has begun shopping for a better tool for doing her photo editing. Naturally she is the proverbial broke college student so has little money to spare, however has decided that this is an expenditure she "needs" to make. She tells me she uses Adobe software. I have gone to the Adobe website and looked for information on what kind of laptop hardware configuration is suitable to run the Photoshop and Lightroom and Creative Suite programs but all I find there are the minimum requirements. She rented a macbook pro from school for a few months to see if she liked it, and didn't. So she is headed in the pc direction.

Her budget tops out at about $700. What would you guys recommend she look for?

Thanks for the help,
Harvey


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  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    Would she consider keeping her school laptop for class and buying a desktop for photo processing?

    My son went that direction in grad school. Instead of continuing to upgrade the laptop he used what he had for class and went over to Tiger Direct and had them build him a custom PC. Worked well for him. TD is no longer around.
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
    I'm thinking she could sell the older laptop and recoup a buck or two on the new laptop. She hauls it around all day in her backpack. I guess less than about 5 lbs is also on the wishlist.

    I don't think a desktop would be considered... although I'll ask her.


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  • SLSSLS Posts: 181 Deckhand
    What issues is she having that makes her think she needs to upgrade her computer?

    Different issues will indicate where she should put her money.
    Faster processor, more memory, larger drive, etc.
  • GlennGlenn GeorgiaPosts: 1,737 Captain
    Why didn't she like the MacBook?

    My suggestion would be the Macbook Pro with as much processing power and memory as you can afford. College students get a discount on Apple products and she won't have any problem running all the Adobe Creative Suite programs. Mac is pretty much industry standard...
  • hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
    Glenn wrote: »
    Why didn't she like the MacBook?

    My suggestion would be the Macbook Pro with as much processing power and memory as you can afford.
    I'm thinking PC: I-5 Skylake, SSD+HDD, 8 gigs RAM... what about a video card? Necessary or not?
    Glenn wrote: »
    College students get a discount on Apple products and she won't have any problem running all the Adobe Creative Suite programs. Mac is pretty much industry standard...

    she knows that... that's why she rented one, but for some reason, she just didn't like it. What do I know... she's a female.


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  • GlennGlenn GeorgiaPosts: 1,737 Captain
    Gotcha...some people just can't get used to the apple interface...

    I have a two MacBook Pros and run the entire suite on them for professional work.

    Good luck to her!

    hossmoss wrote: »
    I'm thinking PC: I-5 Skylake, SSD+HDD, 8 gigs RAM... what about a video card? Necessary or not?



    she knows that... that's why she rented one, but for some reason, she just didn't like it. What do I know... she's a female.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,398 Captain
    She may need to budget for updated software too if she is using an older version of the Adobe software. The i5 is good, i7 would be better.
  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    Ask her where she is when she is editing and post-processing photos.

    I bet she is not at school, not on the bus, not in Starbucks, or anywhere else other than at home.

    So why a laptop?
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,398 Captain
    Menzies wrote: »
    Ask her where she is when she is editing and post-processing photos.

    I bet she is not at school, not on the bus, not in Starbucks, or anywhere else other than at home.

    So why a laptop?

    I get where you are coming from here and the case for a desktop being a far better platform for editing photos is strong. That said, I think most folks would prefer to have 1 machine for all purposes. Plus, if you go on a trip you might want to edit some photos while there rather than waiting to get home.

    That's why I use a laptop for everything. Thankfully I was able to get an i7 laptop cheap on closeout and it works pretty well for my purposes.
  • hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
    Chuckc wrote: »
    She may need to budget for updated software too if she is using an older version of the Adobe software. The i5 is good, i7 would be better.

    why would an I-7 be better... all I-5s run 4 data threads at a time, right? Caching? Turbo?


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  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,398 Captain
    i7's are the premium line of CPU and are the top performers in the range. Higher clock speed, larger cache, more cores all contribute. You may find an early i7 that is outperformed by a new revision i5 but of those from the same year the i7 should always outperform the i5 offering.

    If you are comparing two machines and want to look into relative CPU power you can use https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to compare performance.
  • hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
    Chuckc wrote: »
    If you are comparing two machines and want to look into relative CPU power you can use https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to compare performance.

    Yeah... and I also like Toms Hardware and there's a few others, too. But nothing I could find that specifically addresses the Adobe software... mostly gaming tests and benchmarks. I don't really know how to cross the gaming benchmark information over to what works well for the Adobe suite. She doesn't need the best, just something satisfactory for her. Which would undoubtedly be lower than my standard, but then again, her pocketbook is also a limiting factor.


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  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,398 Captain
    If she is using a machine now and is somewhat OK with performance I think she would be pleased by most any new mid-range laptop and her budget should be ok. If she was a professional photog who spent much of her day processing raw files she would already know she needs a more powerful platform for her needs.

    A machine deemed a gaming laptop will likely work quite well for her.
  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,906 Admiral
    Screen size and resolution are just as important, if not more, than processing speed.

    I can't stand editing on anything else than my iMac 27

    I dread it when I give a disc of photos to a client and they use a poor PC laptop to look at the photos, really hurts how well my work looks.
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  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,398 Captain
    Tough to drop a 27 inch screen in your laptop bag. I'm planning to buy a 32 inch 4k TV to use as a monitor at some point.
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    I use a Lenovo g-50 when i'm on the road...
    I have all my adobe cc on it and all of my topaz plugins...
    I also have my canon DPP on it as well for quick, down and dirty stuff.
    it has a good screen and graphics card and works quickly and sharp....
    but there is no substitute for a desk top with a 25"+ screen so you can really see what you're doing...

    but that's just me....

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  • hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
    Thanks, I'll send her that link and see what she thinks.


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  • hossmosshossmoss Posts: 1,313 Officer
    I use a Lenovo g-50 when i'm on the road...
    I have all my adobe cc on it and all of my topaz plugins...
    I also have my canon DPP on it as well for quick, down and dirty stuff.
    it has a good screen and graphics card and works quickly and sharp....
    but there is no substitute for a desk top with a 25"+ screen so you can really see what you're doing...

    but that's just me....

    tim

    Yeah... she loves working on the big monitor at my desktop at home, but this is her portable school computer that she will have away at college


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