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Apryl D. Deeter
 

Using a Laptop for Photography


I am considering a new laptop to use for my portrait photography business. I will be running Photoshop CS3. I have 2 concerns, that photoshop eats computers alive & that the monitor will not be good enough for viewing images.
I am used to using a PC running windows.

Any experiences or advice?

Thanks guys (and gals!)


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9/15/2007 5:40:12 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  My personal experiences are such...Anything below 2GB of RAM has caused Photoshop to run painfully slow and has sent me running back to my desktop. The max common size, I belive, for a laptop screen is 17" right now. If you can live with that constraint then I find my laptop acceptable. I enjoy not having to be tied down to my desk and am willing to forego the small amount of quality I feel I suffer between a good desktop monitor vs my laptop monitor. Plus I also calibrate my laptop monitor frequently.


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9/16/2007 6:30:00 AM

 
W.    Get a loaded MacBook Pro and you can concentrate on your photography.
http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/


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9/20/2007 6:08:09 PM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Apryl, some thoughts for a laptop PC:

1) WUXGA lcd screen;
2) processor running at least 1.8 GHz
3) at least 2 G of ram
4) Windows Vista Ultimate
5) 120G or bigger hard drive

You shouldn't hav a problem with CS3 and the combination of Vista and the WUXGA screen should be capable of producing sufficiently high rez images to allow for critical editing.

Bill


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10/5/2007 10:20:07 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I would advise against Vista. It is a POWER HOG. I had XP and ran CS2 (when I upgraded to 2 gig of ram) and it was lightning fast. I installed vista and now it's painfully slow. if I open up 4 or 5 images I might as well walk away while they load. stick with XP if you can. as soon as I get home, i'll be "downgrading" so I can get some speed back. vista has nothing that I need that makes the lack of speed worth it.


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10/5/2007 3:15:08 PM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Vista does take a lot of power but alos produces higher quality graphics and color. 2G should have been enough although 4 would certainly be better. Did you have any graphics accelerator card?


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10/6/2007 9:03:09 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Just out of curiosity how does Vista produce higher quality graphics and color?


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10/6/2007 12:59:02 PM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  The easy answer is that it is improved code but I certainly do not know the specifics. Microsoft put a lot of effort into improving graphics and color rendition for multimedia applications. I read somewhere that Microsoft worked with Pantone to improve color rendition.


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10/6/2007 3:28:53 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Apryl, I just bought a Dell XPS with 4gb RAM 120GB HD and the monitor is INSANE. it blows away my friends MAC and I run CS3 with Vista Ultimate. This thing is a beast and super fast, it also has a cool remote with slick looking LED lights that impress my clients. Don't know if you wanna spend that much cash but its definately worth looking into.


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10/6/2007 4:48:14 PM

 
Apryl D. Deeter   Thanks to all of you for your input & ideas! I appreciate the wealth of information - I know I can count on this forum for just about anything!

Apryl


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10/6/2007 5:23:39 PM

 
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