Lightroom is not a file manager like Adobe Bridge. It cannot operate on files unless they are imported into its database first, and only in recognized image formats. Update on: Requires Android: Android 4. HAGO 2. PowerDirector 6. Amazon Prime Video 3. Azur Lane 3. MrSpeedy 1. Honkai Impact 3 3. Firefox Messenger Hey, Andrew. Out of the two, which one would you recommend? Hi, Barb. That Desktop will do just fine. Other than that it looks great for an editing PC.
Hi, Shawn great article. I learned a lot. Could you tell me if this CPU and Moniter would work for editing. I use Lightroom mostly but do have Photoshop. Hi, Bin. They can be quite expensive, so if you have a friend that has one, consider borrowing theirs to calibrate them. Any recommendations on how to configure the monitor for the best results while editing pictures? Thank you so much, Shawn!
I was in the market for a new laptop that could handle my photography needs and your thorough breakdown was beyond helpful in helping me make decision. In fact, I used it line by line. Hey Diana. You can make an entire course out of printing alone, there are so many things to consider! Shawn, thank you so much for the recommendation!
However, what are your thoughts on Printers? That desktop the one from best buy would be more than perfect for Photoshop and Lightroom. That specific one has all of the best parts you can currently get on the market, which is quite an overkill for photo editing, but if you can afford it, go for it. They come in a variety of configurations, so make sure you pick the one that has at least an i5 processor and a minimum of 12GB ram. I decided to go on Amazon. I cannot thank you enough for your article and appreciate that you update it as well.
The highest SSD was at Can you kindly provide recommendations on a brand s that fits all the requirements you provided in your article if the above does not cut it? I truly appreciate any help that you can provide. Thank you. Thanks for the article. Hey Alex. What I recommend you do is rather get yourself a GB SSD for your Windows, Lightroom and other software, and then use external hard drives for photos and documents and so on.
Reading files from an external drive will always be slightly slower than from an internal drive, due to it having to read through a USB port, but together with an SSD drive and high-speed USB like 3. Hello, very useful article. I will replace my computer because I have close to 1 TB of photos, the hard drive is almost full and Lightroom performance is extremely slow. Should I go with an external drive for primary storage of my photos?
In that case will Lightroom work fast with the photos? I did not expect to have to spend so much money for a new computer! Hey, Rachel.
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Together with your two external hard drives for your photos and backup, this should work swimmingly as an editing machine. I find. What are your thoughts on this? I do have 2 external hard drives as well. Thank You You have made a daunting task so much easier. But our problem is much different than a Young to Middle aged person.
Where a Young Person has the advantage to learn sitting at a Desk in School or from their peers working with and experimenting with the Tools of today same as they are. And the middle aged well many learn from their children or peers at work or family and friends. Yes there are adult learning centres. We the Grand parents do get to Re-Tire while babysitting. So Professional. And so Easily Understood. I am working on a new work laptop and was wondering if the Intel Quad core i7 processor 1. Is there one vs the other that might work better with my computer?
I am wondering what problems I may run into with the quad processor. Great article, thank you so much! Now I understand much more about pc configuration and I know what I need. Thank you! Mouses are hard to recommend as they are majorly personal preference. Some like them heavy, others like them feather-light. Alternatively, the Razer Lancehead Tournament edition or Razer Deathadder Elite is slightly cheaper, but still beasts. Those would be my personal recommendations, but again you must find the mouse that feels most comfortable to you.
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Hey, Dustin. External hard drives also vary in brand and some are old technology some are new. If the driver controller for the externals differs, they might not be able to be combined or if they do they will most likely behave poorly. Using RAID on older external hard drives will also be quite slow as it would have to access each hard drive individually and also through USB, making it even slower before showing you the contents.
Awesome article. Is there a recommended for monitor and mouse? Is there anything specific I should look for in the mouse specifically aside from it being a gaming mouse? Thank you for the great information Shawn. I have one question though. What do you recommend in terms of RAID for the external hard drive and backup? Do you recommend the external be set up as zero for fast access to photos? Thank you for your lovely comment, Victor.
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The lower price sure is something to take into consideration though. Hi Shawn, this article is really helpful, simple, straightforward and dummy proof. I really appreciate this source of information. What do you think about AMD? They have higher number of cores and threads for lower the price? Maya, I would go for the 2. Thanks for the information!
I want to buy a laptop but I cannot make a decision between two laptops. I will use it for basic tasks and photo and video editing. I am not a professional.
For photo editing, I will use Photoshop and for video editing Pinnacle The second laptop has 2. There could be any number of things causing her Lightroom to slow down. The number of background software or processes running in combination with Lightroom might be stretching it to its limits, causing the performance issues. Adobe themselves recommend 12 GB for optimal performance in Lightroom.
We recommend 16 GB because it gives you enough freedom to use both Lightroom and Photoshop concurrently, as well as not having to worry about any other software or processes that might be hogging ram. I am also thinking about getting a new desktop Mac similar to Elaine — The My primary use is Lightroom apart from the usual Microsoft Office and internet browsing. One of the best articles….
As far as battery life goes, it only applies to laptops. Asus, Lenovo, Dell and MSi are all excellent brands with very good battery life. Hi Shawn.
I am currently looking to buy a desk top for my son as a birthday present. He is a photographer and videographer. I have read the article above and I saw that on battery life you said it depend on the brand. So the more powerful your processor, the faster your iMac will get things done. Both the 7th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors can easily run professional applications like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop, and handle larger-than-normal files like RAW photos and high-resolution video. They feature a dynamic performance technology called Turbo Boost that automatically boosts power when you need it, based on your workload.
The Intel Core i7 processor takes advantage of Hyper-Threading, a technology that kicks in when the processor is handling several big jobs at the same time. The only reason I can think of that the other one would cost so much more, is that it likely comes with different hardware. Take careful note of what exactly changes when choosing between the two processors. As for the hard drive: In general I would recommend pairing an SSD together with an additional external or internal hard drive, but due to the lack of upgradability on the Macs, I would rather opt for the fusion drive which will serve you better in the long run and give you the best of both worlds without compromising performance too much.
I am thinking about getting a new desktop Mac as my current Mac is not upgradeable memory wise — its a I want to get 16GB memory and have a choice between:. Having worked on a retina display I would definitely also want to keep this option. Hi, Thank you for your well informed article. That seems to be a significant difference and makes me hesitate on whether or not this will greatly impact running photoshop and lightroom used to edit my photographs.
Any additional insight would be very helpful and appreciated. Thank you-Claudine. Hi Darlene, I am glad we could help so far. By the way, the is a great card. John, not an easy one to answer! These are both great computers. And might I add, I envy you big time! Both these mammoth computers have their particular strengths. The big question you need to answer for yourself; which OS you prefer? Which system comes more natural for you? A bit of advice from me though; no matter which system you choose, get a second screen.
For photography, I know that 5K screens are an overkill, especially since it makes your images seems way better than they actually are. I would go for dual 4K screens. Shawn, I forgot to ask you a question about the graphics card; when you say that we need a GB dedicated VRAM, does that mean that the computer will have two graphic cards? Sorry if this may sound common sense, but I just want to be sure. Thank you very much, Shawn, for the most excellent informative article. My computer is not what it once was and keeps crashing on me for several reasons. I took the information you gave and am customizing my next computer.
I really appreciate that you not only give the details of what we should have, but the fact that you explain why we should have it….. I think you did a great job with the article. Thanks again. My computer just died on me and looking for a new machine. Thanks for easing some of that stress in knowing what to buy.
I had a great machine. All the good stuff I needed in it, but not enough RAM and now its dead. Anyway, Thanks Shawn! I am a average Photoshop user that needs to learn Lightroom! Hey, James.
Thank you for the question. This is why we recommend at a minimum an i5 6th generation as it has a minimum of 4 physical cores. A newer generation i3 7th or 8th generation will still run Photoshop, but when performing a lot of tasks in Photoshop, you might find that it will start struggling. So you are right that one does not always need the best and fastest hardware.
When Core i3 came out, graphic design reviewers were oohing and aahing at the speed with which you can use photoshop. What am I missing?. Will an older version of Photoshop work with Core i3? I am not a professional, and am only looking to use Photoshop Elements Excellent article. My Windows XP computer is dead. I held on as long as I could. Now searching for a new computer with your article in my hands.
I found your article informative and helpful. Most of your comments were directed, understandably, to users of Adobe software. The most common cause of computer crashes, when working in Lightroom, is a lack of RAM. For example, one of our students recently had lots of trouble with his computer, which consistently crashed. During our tea break, he took his computer to a local shop and upgraded his RAM.
After the upgrade, he was able to keep up with the rest! While a good processor will take you a long way, RAM and storage space is much more crucial when using these applications. I tried to be as neutral as possible. As for the battery life, I will reword it to convey what I meant better. We also opted to leave out Surface devices, because of the lack of availability and upgradeability; especially in the South African context.
You also listed Processors below ram in importance??? Any reason the author listed many of the specs in favor of the Apple macbooks? You listed the battery life as Best, when they are only rated UP TO 10 Hours, whereas all surface products, Dell xps products, Lenovo yoga ,etc are all rated around hours… Any particular reason you did not list any of the surface products at all?
They have better resolution, battery life, performance 8th gen processors and dedicated graphics on 13 and 15 inch , pen to screen tech for video editing and higher color gamut displays……. Luv the article. Looking for a good computer but not to expensive. What are your recommendations. Nice article. I would like to add that you should consider buying a Wacom for retouch.