What editing hardware/software do you use ???? MAc or PC ? What's you...

What editing hardware/software do you use ???? MAc or PC ? What's your work flow ?

23 posts
27 Sep 2014
jonathantennant
Photographer
jonathantenn..
Just wondered what everyone else uses and what spec you PC / Mac is.
I spent 10 years editing on a PC then went over to Apple four years ago and haven't looked back. I wasn't really into computers so had no idea what to go for so went for a 'low spec' iMac with 4g bit RAM ….. Been happy but realised it was becoming quite slow so went to PC world and asked if the iMac could be upgraded to improve it's speed…. 'No' was the answer ! Yea I'm still not into computers but thought I'd investigate and found out that I could increase the Ram easily and cheaply. So my iMac now has 12g bit of Ram and it seems a lot quicker.
I've also discovered Photomechanic ….. It's not an editing software but if you have many hundreds of images that require captioning ( key wording, model release data, etc ) it's great.

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Posted 27 Sep 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
iMacs are a bit funny when it comes to upgradeability. With the current iMac line I think only the 27" models have user upgradeable RAM. The same goes for macbook airs and I think the Mac book pros where they've soldered the RAM onto the motherboard, so its hard to upgrade. Hopefully you bought your extra RAM from somewhere like crucial.com rather than PC world or Apple direct.

PCs are much more upgradeable.

Posted 27 Sep 2014
CSD_Images
Photographer
CSD_Images
Without getting into the Mac Vs PC debate I use a PC as it's quicker and easier to upgrade your computers. Currently I'm in the process of rebuilding my IT kit and this is what's being planned over the next 4 months:

Primary workstation is going to be built around this:

Intel Core i7-5930K / Corsair Hydro Series H105
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 / 32GB DDR4

This is mostly an upgrade to enable faster batch processing and editing as I tend to build a new workstation every 4-5 years. Long term it'll go up to 64Gb RAM when prices are more reasonable. Storage will be 2 x SSD (One primary and one cache) and a 4Tb storage drive. Back up and version control will be to a NAS. Which will be a Synology DS415+ with 4 x 3Tb RED drives. This will mean I'll be able to rebuild a machine in about 20min or so from a failed drive or restore individual files by mounting the OS VHD images when appropriate or pull data from the standard shares.

LAN is full 1Gb/e with a managed switch to allow for link aggregation and PoE.

Software will remain Adobe, mainly because I use the full suite of applications such as Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat to complement Bridge/Photoshop.

Operating system will likely be Windows 8 and will allow me to sync my Surface settings to the main workstation. Plus Windows 8 is more multi-core/memory/power efficient than Win 7.

Posted 27 Sep 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
If I won the lottery I'm having one of these, take particular note to the amount of RAM it can have (labelled as 'key feature' #2 to the right-hand side of the small photo of the motherboard) surprisecheeky 

(although for compatibility reasons I'd only have half of the maximum in due to Windows' memory limits)

Posted 27 Sep 2014
Edited by RedChecker 27 Sep 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
MacPro with 16GB memory, 500GB HDD for MacOS, and 2 x 3TB disks for data storage/backup of data. Eizo 22" monitor (although saw some very nice 27" Eizo at Photokina)

Software is Lightroom 5

Dave

Posted 27 Sep 2014
CSD_Images
Photographer
CSD_Images
RedChecker

(although for compatibility reasons I'd only have half of the maximum in due to Windows' memory limits)


Just use Server 2012, that's got a max limit of 4Tb  

Photoshop seems to run happily on it, other programs sometimes have a hissy fit.

Posted 27 Sep 2014
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
RedChecker
If I won the lottery I'm having one of these, take particular note to the amount of RAM it can have (labelled as 'key feature' #2 to the right-hand side of the small photo of the motherboard)   (although for compatibility reasons I'd only have half of the maximum in due to Windows' memory limits)
The poster ask "what editing hardware/software do you use?" not what you want to get if you won the lottery. If I won a lottery I wouldn't waste valuable time messing about with computers, I get someone to do all the work while I walk around my mansion in a pyjama with dozens of girlfriends like a certain Mr Hefner
Posted 27 Sep 2014
Edited by Chandos 27 Sep 2014
thestarglider
Photographer
thestarglide..
Just to be pedantic, a Mac is also a PC. You are comparing operating systems, not hardware.

If you want to know hardware, then operating systems like Windows Vs. Mac is irrelevant as both can do the same thing.

Nevertheless, my hardware spec is:

Intel i5 3.5ghz Haswell core.
8Gb DDR3 RAM
Geforce 760GTX OC 2GB graphics card.
Crucial 512Gb SSD
22" LED Acer monitor.
Windows 7.

My machine goes like the clappers, I was very careful when building it to make sure that all the parts worked well together, the speed of the RAM is lightning fast, the SSD is probably the best 'new thing' for speed boosting and even for my gaming the PC doesn't even cough even slightly.

Posted 28 Sep 2014
Edited by thestarglider 28 Sep 2014
thestarglider
Photographer
thestarglide..
RedChecker
If I won the lottery I'm having one of these, take particular note to the amount of RAM it can have (labelled as 'key feature' #2 to the right-hand side of the small photo of the motherboard)   (although for compatibility reasons I'd only have half of the maximum in due to Windows' memory limits)
Won't be problem if you use Windows Server 2012!
Posted 28 Sep 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
thestarglider

Won't be problem if you use Windows Server 2012!


As CSD says though... there's software that'll throw hissy fits using Windows Server, plus I couldn't be bothered with all of the administration overheads of it.  Windows Pro would do fine.
Posted 28 Sep 2014
w4pictures
Photographer
w4pictures
Chandos

... around my mansion in a pyjama...


How singular!
Posted 28 Sep 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Anyway, back to the original question (I deviated earlier simply because effectively CSD posted a non-existent machine).... seriously, here's what I use (note the date of the review).  It's had a few modifications such as second & third hard drives, better video card & extra USB ports but the CPU/RAM are the same.  I use Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 5, Vegas Pro 12.  Photoshop is becoming painful to use simply because of lack of memory (if the motherboard could have taken more it would have been upgraded long ago), especially as I tend to have typically ~15-20 layers on each photo I edit and the scratch disk works overtime as a result. 

Why use such a crap machine you ask?  I simply cannot afford what I want just yet (it'll cost ~£2000+) and I still get by with it, plus any upgrade would likely end up with my having to buy Photoshop CC which I'm really reluctant to do.
Posted 29 Sep 2014
Edited by RedChecker 29 Sep 2014
thestarglider
Photographer
thestarglide..
My build I mentioned early cost me £800 - I already had a case, keyboard/mouse and DVD writer drive. So it doesn't have to cost the earth to build a new machine that runs bloody well.

Posted 29 Sep 2014
mph
Photographer
mph
RedChecker

Anyway, back to the original question (I deviated earlier simply because effectively CSD posted a non-existent machine).... seriously, here's what I use (note the date of the review).



Does it use coal or smokeless fuel?
Posted 29 Sep 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Your idea of running bloody well is obviously different to mine, I'm of the opinion that if I build another (haven't for years) then it'll be no compromise. I'll have two separate SSDs for booting & scratch (the boot drive will be at least 500GB+, and the scratch 250GB), striped mechanical drives on a cached controller for data (RAID level 3 if I can get it), 32GB+ of RAM (preferably 64). I simply want to eliminate any bottleneck possible for the software I use, anything less would be a compromise and I've been using PCs long enough to know what works & what doesn't.

Plus... this is a long-term investment.  If I build this, there's a good chance it could easily last me at least 4/5 years (accounting for higher pixels on upcoming cameras).
Posted 29 Sep 2014
Edited by RedChecker 29 Sep 2014
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