The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions

Started Oct 5, 2011 | Discussions
woolwich
Forum MemberPosts: 93
Like?
The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
Oct 5, 2011

For those of you who are heavily or professionally into photoshop editing..
What, in your opinion is the best computer and screen setup available. ??
and why ..

Mike Warren
Veteran MemberPosts: 8,487Gear list
Like?
Re: The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
In reply to woolwich, Oct 5, 2011

I prefer a matte screen for photo editing because there is no glare and the contrast is better suited for retouching work. The bigger the better, so you can zoom in and have plenty of room for tool palettes. The old 30" Mac monitor is great for retouching. I also have a Dell 27" with a Matte Screen. My Mac Laptop also has a Matte Screen.

The current computers out all pretty much have 64 bit processing. That is important for the speed of the processing using Photoshop. 8 GB minimum RAM. Dual Core minimum. Quad Core is probably the new minimum now in current computers.

27" iMacs are nice and have everything you'd need except for the matte screen. You can add a matte film over the glossy screen, but I have no direct experience with that.

I don't know much about PCs, so someone else would have to tell you what to buy or the essentials components if you are going to build your own tower.

You also have to consider what else you are going to do with the computer. Watch videos, watch TV, play games, do spread sheet work, graphics with small text? All that matters what monitor and video card you get. If you have lots of money and can afford the best then you don't have to worry about those little things. When you are on a budget then you have to prioritize what you can start with then add-on or upgrade later as you can afford it. You can get a LCD 720 or 1080 HD Display with speakers and HDMI inputs that can also be used for a computer monitor as well as watch videos. You can't always make your monitor do what a TV LCD can do. That is something else to think about.

Monitor calibrators, graphics tablets, high-end, wide ink-jet printers are nice to have too. Then there is software, third party plugins.... expensive hobby/profession.

Mike

woolwich wrote:

For those of you who are heavily or professionally into photoshop editing..
What, in your opinion is the best computer and screen setup available. ??
and why ..

-- hide signature --

Mike

 Mike Warren's gear list:Mike Warren's gear list
Nikon Coolpix P7000 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED +17 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Kinni Kinnik
Regular MemberPosts: 227
Like?
Re: The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
In reply to woolwich, Oct 5, 2011

If you are going to be doing video editing, I recommend three hard drives. One for your programs, one for your files and one to render out to. Two drives will do for photo editing.

Roger

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
pdqgp
pdqgp MOD
Veteran MemberPosts: 9,771
Like?
Re: The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
In reply to Mike Warren, Oct 5, 2011

Mike did a great job outlining things. For me, I use a PC not a Mac. I'd likely go Mac if I started all over, but I would find changing now difficult and am not even sure all the tools I have on my PC would be available. Likely yes, but hey, I can say it now, I'm old and set in my ways. Macs handle memory and speed better on graphics apps though.

Mike Warren wrote:

I prefer a matte screen for photo editing because there is no glare and the contrast is better suited for retouching work. The bigger the better, so you can zoom in and have plenty of room for tool palettes. The old 30" Mac monitor is great for retouching. I also have a Dell 27" with a Matte Screen. My Mac Laptop also has a Matte Screen.

Ditto. I use a 30" Apple Display along with a 24" Samsung and love my set up. Great for editing and keeping images on one side and tools on the other. Think big and think higher end so you can insure what you spend the time editing matches your eyes and printer.

The current computers out all pretty much have 64 bit processing. That is important for the speed of the processing using Photoshop. 8 GB minimum RAM. Dual Core minimum. Quad Core is probably the new minimum now in current computers.

Here too, can't speak of Macs, but my PC was built in Feb and screams. I can process 5-7 21mp images in HDR in seconds while doing 15 other things. It really flies and cost me less than $1,200. http://www.pbase.com/timothylauro/image/132298352 Likely cost you less now of course and with a newer processor. I chose the 950 due to a backorder/recall on the Sandybridge at the time. I also like how it handles memory.

build the PC with as much memory as you can. I went 12gb and again, have zero issues. I'm 64 bit the whole way including CS5. Drives are important as is backup. 99% of what I do on it is photos.

You also have to consider what else you are going to do with the computer. Watch videos, watch TV, play games, do spread sheet work, graphics with small text? All that matters what monitor and video card you get. If you have lots of money and can afford the best then you don't have to worry about those little things. When you are on a budget then you have to prioritize what you can start with then add-on or upgrade later as you can afford it. You can get a LCD 720 or 1080 HD Display with speakers and HDMI inputs that can also be used for a computer monitor as well as watch videos. You can't always make your monitor do what a TV LCD can do. That is something else to think about.

Monitor calibrators, graphics tablets, high-end, wide ink-jet printers are nice to have too. Then there is software, third party plugins.... expensive hobby/profession.

Here too. A whole 'nother side of spending money. Software and peripherals.

Mike

woolwich wrote:

For those of you who are heavily or professionally into photoshop editing..
What, in your opinion is the best computer and screen setup available. ??
and why ..

-- hide signature --

Mike

-- hide signature --

  • tim

--

Note my new Screen Name has changed due to some privacy issues I was having to deal with, but I'm the same old long time member. Email or Message me anytime though.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Sailor Blue
Senior MemberPosts: 5,808Gear list
Like?
Re: The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
In reply to woolwich, Oct 6, 2011

You can get some good advice on monitors & calibration devices that meet professional photographer standards at ShootSmarter.com. I'm sure they will give you information on what computers they use if you ask. Registration is required, but is free.

Nobody has mentioned working space. To set up your ultimate post processing system you want a comfortable dedicated working environment with a neutral colored ceiling and walls, and 90% or greater CRI daylight lighting that is non-glare. The color temperature and brightness level of the lighting should be such that when you view a print next to your monitor the appearance of the print and the screen will match - as much as paper prints and screens can match.

 Sailor Blue's gear list:Sailor Blue's gear list
Canon EOS 7D +10 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
WineO
Veteran MemberPosts: 4,307
Like?
Re: The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
In reply to woolwich, Oct 6, 2011

Your heading - the ultimate editing setup - suggests money no object. One old the Wacom Cintiq models is a must to be included for the ultimate setup. Sadly I can only afford a old Intuos Tablet.
Claude

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Pictus
Veteran MemberPosts: 4,466
Like?
Re: The ultimate photo editing setup... your opinions
In reply to woolwich, Oct 6, 2011

Build a powerful PC for Photoshop and other imaging applications

http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/questions/141/Build+a+powerful+PC+for+Photoshop+and+other+imaging+applications

How to tune photoshop cs5 for peak performance

http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2011/05/how-to-tune-photoshop-cs5-for-peak-performance.html

You mentioned Ultimate , so lets go...

  • Monitor:

Go for a NEC MultiSync PA series and If money is not a problem get an Eizo ColorEdge or QUATO Intelli Proof Excellence series, they all have internal hardware LUT, some Eizo models can auto calibrate and the PA BK- SV series from NEC come with a calibration kit.
You can find some reviews at
http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/reviews.html
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews.htm

  • Video Card: ATI FirePRo or Nvidia Quadro for 10-bit output

Start with ATI FirePRo V4800 or Nvidia Quadro2000(if want video editing with Adobe Premiere) or more expensive models if money is not a concern.
For 10-bit output look
http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/questions/152/10+Bit+Output+Support
OSX still no support http://forums.adobe.com/thread/736938?start=50&tstart=0

  • For CPU if are going to overclock go for i7-2600K if not go for i7-980X or i7-970

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2010/Image-Processing-Adobe-Photoshop-CS-5,2426.html

  • For CPU cooler: EVGA Superclock

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/EVGA-Superclock-CPU-Cooler-Review/1336/6

  • For thermal paste: Arctic Silver Céramique

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound-Roundup-October-2011/1396/5

  • For motherboard: Asus or Gigabyte

The model depends on the CPU type, a good resource for Giga owners
http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte/

  • RAM: 12/16GB or more, Corsair or Kingston 1.5v DDR3 1333MHz or faster

  • SSD: Look for the best sequential writes/reads and reliableness(avoid SandForce)

Samsung 830 or Intel 510 Series
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-830-ssd-toggle-mode,3034-10.html

  • HD:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/3tb-hdd-hard-drive,2982.html

  • Mouse: Any 5000DPI

http://www.overclockersclub.com/category/input_devices/

  • Power: Any 80 Plus Gold certificated

To calculate the PSU power needed http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
The best Power Supply reviews: (Also other interesting stuff too)
http://www.silentpcreview.com/section10.html
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/page/power

  • Operational system

Windows 7 x64 Professional, OSX still do not supports 10-bit output...

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads