Mac vs PC
Ok so not directly photography related but it is linked trust me.
I’m now doing my photo editing via Adobe Lightroom which means I only shoot in RAW, previously I was shooting in both JPG and RAW then editing the RAW files in Photoshop. This proved to be a very time consuming way to edit and having the JPG files often meant I could be lazy and simply use them without doing any editing.
Anyway I digress, the point is I’m running Lightroom on a pc that is around 7 years old and I’m strongly questioning if this is holding me back and making it less efficient. For example the loading times to move from one image to another when in Develop mode takes between 5-20 seconds so when editing say 50 images this can add a considerable extra chunk of time required to do the edit. Which leads me to the main point – will replacing my PC with a Mac speed things up and indeed will getting something shiny, new and a pleasure to use increase my productivity and creativity?
This is a question I have been pondering for a number of days now. The Apple Store website does now and again have Mac Minis (ideally I’d like an iMac or a MacBook Pro but those are waayyyy out of my budget) coming up in the refurbished part of the store (meaning savings of around 10-15% off a new one) but even that would be a struggle to pay for and mean having no real spending money for yet another year. I have had the mouse hovering over the Order button a number of times with the voices of a couple of mates in my head saying “buy, buy, buy” but something has always made me back away – must be the thought of worrying about money each month again for yet another year!
So really there are 2 questions:
- Will getting a Mac to replace my PC really make much of a difference to my post editing?
- Will the difference justify the price and being poor for another year and definitely not being able to replace my kit lenses?