Photo Editing Platform Advice

Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Yak 11 Fan on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 8:35 pm

Over the years I have taken thousands of photos, however other than storing them away I have done very little with them.

Over recent weeks I have been thinking about doing something with them and wondered what the prefered platform (Mac or PC) is to start editing them a little?
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Lighning Fan on Mon 31 Oct 2016, 8:01 pm

Yak 11 Fan wrote:Over the years I have taken thousands of photos, however other than storing them away I have done very little with them.

Over recent weeks I have been thinking about doing something with them and wondered what the prefered platform (Mac or PC) is to start editing them a little?


The standard answer is Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom although both of these are paid for currently about £10 per month and will require an investment of your time in getting to grips with . For light editing of the two I would recommend Lightroom as this also acts as a cataloguing database if you need this function

Another option is to look at acquiring Photoshop Elements for a one off fee - this is described by some as Photoshop light but for the majority of people is all the editing tool they need.

If you want to try a freebie I believe GIMP is pretty effective but like all editing software there is time you will need to spend learning its capabilities. I would suggest trying out the freebie first to see if it can do everything you need

Alternatively if you have an idea of what sort of things you would like to achieve then it may be possible to advise further.

I'm sure others will be along soon with extra ideas
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby cg_341 on Mon 31 Oct 2016, 8:04 pm

Mac or PC doesn't matter, just get a decent screen! I did a detailed post on FC on that very subject.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby wallace on Tue 01 Nov 2016, 8:31 am

Personally, Macs are way over priced making them elitist pieces of kit but in the end it does not matter which machine you use as they both do the same job and in the end it's your input that really makes the difference.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Vodka on Tue 01 Nov 2016, 4:36 pm

yeah. .buy a pc,and run lightroom and PS SC suite.

My pc cost 45% of what isnt even available on a mac system!

Let me know how much a Quad core Oc'd 4.5ghz 2 x 512SSD 2 x 2TB HD's, ATI GTX 1080 8GB gfx. Liquid cooled system costs.

Apple - the most expensive light up logo (jezza Clarkson voice) in the world! . . . and forget about any upgrades . . .
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby flashman8 on Tue 01 Nov 2016, 4:55 pm

If you take a look here https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ you can configure your own pc to suit your needs.......... :biggrin:

I use paintshop pro X2 to edit my images, does the job at a fraction of the cost of Photoshop
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby TKK 140 on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 7:36 am

wallace wrote:Personally, Macs are way over priced making them elitist pieces of kit but in the end it does not matter which machine you use as they both do the same job and in the end it's your input that really makes the difference.


Contest that point.

Photos on an iMac is free and is very powerful. Has regular updates for RAW files for new cameras. . It works out over time to be quite cheap. An old adage, don't knock it till you have tried it.

Photoshop is £10 a month? £120 a year. Soon adds up.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby cg_341 on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 9:32 am

But Photo Editor for Windows 8.1 and 10 is also free, and also pretty good. And it'll run on a system that doesn't cost four figures.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby TKK 140 on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 12:37 pm

Hampshire Aviation wrote:But Photo Editor for Windows 8.1 and 10 is also free, and also pretty good. And it'll run on a system that doesn't cost four figures.


.....,, but factor in all the other add on purchases for a windows machine and over time they add up.

Anyway at least all the options have been aired.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby cg_341 on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 12:40 pm

What other addon purchases are they, please? I'm genuinely interested, I've specced both custom-built and off the shelf Windows and Linux systems, Apple desktop and laptops, and in some cases ultrabooks and tablets, to people - so looking to see what you think makes Apple a more obvious choice in this respect?
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Brevet Cable on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 1:13 pm

When you say "start editing them a little" , what exactly are you planning on doing ?
Is it just basic 'touch-ups' & keeping the photos for your own perusal , or are you planning on doing major editing & publishing/selling copies ?
If the former , I'd say it's pointless spending hundreds/thousands on software & hardware when there's free software such as GIMP & IrfanView ( http://www.irfanview.com/ ) out there which will run on pretty much any old PC and are easily up to most editing work.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby wallace on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 10:09 am

This post is not about software he was asking about hardware Mac vs. PC.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby cg_341 on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 11:24 am

And as a discussion, it's evolved. Why do so many people have issues with that? :/
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Brevet Cable on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 1:21 pm

And that evolution occurred with the very first reply to the OP.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby nbaker on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 5:11 pm

Hampshire Aviation wrote:Mac or PC doesn't matter, just get a decent screen! I did a detailed post on FC on that very subject.


Spot on answer.

I have recently gone from a 27" Retina iMac to a home built PC. The PC runs Lightroom a bit quicker than the iMac but the Retina screen takes some beating.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby wallace on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 8:34 pm

Hampshire Aviation wrote:And as a discussion, it's evolved. Why do so many people have issues with that? :/


The thread ceases to be of use to the person that asked a valid question and digresses into an irrelevant discussion on the merits of various software packages.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Brevet Cable on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 11:03 pm

It 'ceased to be of use' from the very first reply, then.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Lighning Fan on Sat 05 Nov 2016, 2:09 pm

Brevet Cable wrote:It 'ceased to be of use' from the very first reply, then.



Oops that was me - not reading the post correctly :oops:

Based on the original question I don't think it matters PC or Mac willl both do a job. It's bit like saying I need a car - Ford or Vauxhall (other manufacturers are available) :whistle:
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 05 Nov 2016, 3:04 pm

Technically , though , the two subjects are linked --
If the OP hasn't got any editing software , then the choice of PC or Mac means buying both hardware & software.
If the OP has a PC & already has editing software , this would be unlikely to work on a Mac ... so if they opt to buy a Mac , on top of the purchase of the hardware they'd have to factor in purchasing software & it's possible that the software they currently use won't be available for that platform.

As for the 'Mac Vs PC' debate.....
Time was when they were distinct platforms , aimed at different markets , to serve different functions ( some of you may remember a similar 'PC Vs Atari ST' debate back in the '80s Image )
These days the distinction is considerably less.
As others have said , rather than purchasing a new/different system , the better - and possibly cheaper - option would be a decent monitor
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby TKK 140 on Sat 05 Nov 2016, 6:46 pm

wallace wrote:
Hampshire Aviation wrote:And as a discussion, it's evolved. Why do so many people have issues with that? :/


The thread ceases to be of use to the person that asked a valid question and digresses into an irrelevant discussion on the merits of various software packages.



The question was a little ambiguous. ......."what the prefered platform (Mac or PC) is to start editing them a little?"

Interpretation must include software to "start editing". surely? dunno:

Where did the screen get mentioned in the question? So then, a good screen, but with poor software, graphics card or RAM?

1000's of pictures to process.

Get the best mac or (PC) if you prefer you can afford, with a good screen and a suitable graphics card. Oh and some software (Photos on mac is brilliant) OR splash out on Lightroom. Time machine on a mac will back up your whole system, your processed photos and provides a restore point.

Cad designers use high grade PC's for design packages which contain most of the above. But it needs a specification for a made to measure solution.
They are comparable in cost to Macs.
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Private Custard on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 6:05 pm

Hardware-wise, PC all the way. If you're throwing around thousands of images, and the resulting lightroom catalogue, you'll want something with a bit of grunt. I choose to build my own machines, with overclocked CPUs (well cooled), a fair amount of RAM, a decent graphics card, and a variety of different drives (main SSD for OS and programs, large 3tb SATA 6gb/s drive for all the images, and a matching USB3 3tb external drive for backups).

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Looking on amazon now, and I can see that a less powerful Mac Pro is £3,241.66. I can only imagine what I'd build for three times what my rig could be built for now!!
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby cg_341 on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 7:44 pm

Exactly right Private Custard, my PC was nearly £4k three years ago, and it'd still blow any Mac out of the water!

Granted, it doesn't look as nice, nor is it as polished, but then I'd rather have the grunt!
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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby Private Custard on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 8:07 pm

My case does look like a piece of military-grade hardware! But good looks can be had, especially if you choose to liquid-cool, rather than air, like mine. In fact, there are some downright spectacular cases out there. With hundreds to choose from, you can build a powerhouse of a machine, which also fits with whatever decor you have.

I mean, wow, I'd take this over any Mac!

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Re: Photo Editing Platform Advice

Postby TKK 140 on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 9:10 pm

Looks good but very much at the customised end of computing.
CAD designers throw around very large 3D files without going to quite such extremes. But hey - each to his own.
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