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Woud Like Some Tips For A Laptop  
User currently offlineFhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3326 times:

I'm planning to buy a new laptop soon and I would like to know opnions and tips about a nice model to post process my pics in the notebook. I have a desktop computer but I almost do not use it since I'm staying out of my house more often...

Any tips on models, screen sizes, etc??

Thanks for any help

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User currently offlineIlikeflight From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3322 times:

I am an Apple guy so I would have to say go for an Apple I have the 15" MacBook Pro model and have had no problems it has a pretty decent screen on it to for photo editing but you may want to get an external LCD screen for more "in-depth" editing


Think Different
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 1):
I am an Apple guy so I would have to say go for an Apple I have the 15" MacBook Pro model and have had no problems it has a pretty decent screen on it to for photo editing but you may want to get an external LCD screen for more "in-depth" editing

I've never used a PowerBook, or any other Apple platform for editing my photos....can you show us some examples of yours that have been accepted here and tell us what specifically makes this a good editing platform? I seem to be stuck at 868 photos and have been considering a MAC if it will help. Or, just link to your stuff so we can make an informed decision.

v/r


User currently offlineDM From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 2):
I've never used a PowerBook, or any other Apple platform for editing my photos....can you show us some examples of yours that have been accepted here and tell us what specifically makes this a good editing platform? I seem to be stuck at 868 photos and have been considering a MAC if it will help. Or, just link to your stuff so we can make an informed decision.

v/r

 rotfl 

I agree with Jeff, you have no photos whatsoever here and you seem to be making this "fruit" seem like the best screen to edit on...

DM


User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

Quoting DM (Reply 3):
rotfl

I agree with Jeff, you have no photos whatsoever here and you seem to be making this "fruit" seem like the best screen to edit on...

Haha. You have 15 shots here... don't be getting too cocky this early.  Wink And yea, that was pretty funny Jeff.

Not necessarily recommending this, but I bought a 13" Macbook at the beginning of the summer, and was surprised at how much more detail could be seen compared to the CRT I was using - any grain in the photos really seems to stand out as well. I was initially planning on buying the 20" or 23" cinema display sometime in July, but I haven't yet done so as I've had little trouble at all editing on this screen.

-Mike (154 photos. lol)


User currently offlineDM From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 4):
Haha. You have 15 shots here... don't be getting too cocky this early.

I know, I know... I'm getting there! Just got my queue increased to 5 so i should be catchin up.


User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

Fabio,

What I (and some friends) noticed is that the 'new' laptops with big wide screens have a low battery time. After about 1.5- 2 hours working the battery is drained (coming from experience with a Sony Vaio and a Compaq). Earlier experiences with lower resolution or smaller screens showed longer battery time. So if you intend to use a laptop for travel and such, you might want to look for a smaller screen (even though the big screens are nicer). If you just use it indoors, battery life is not really an issue.

My advise: Put some photos on a USB stick (edited and unedited) and bring it to a computer shop to see the pics on different laptops.

Ed

PS, not sure if you like those new 'shiny' screens. I still can't get used to it, I prefer the matte type.


User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Quoting DM (Reply 5):
I know, I know... I'm getting there! Just got my queue increased to 5 so i should be catchin up.

Yea you're doing good. I actually recognized your name and a couple of your shots, which is pretty impressive considering you only have 15 in so far. On a similar note, I just had my queue reduced to 10 cause my acceptance rate slipped down below 50%... guess that ain't sayin much for the new laptop lol =)

Whoa, and back on track, Ed makes a good point. That's one thing I've been pretty impressed with the Macbook is the battery life. Usually gets around 3.5-4 hrs with the brightness all the way up. I was warned against getting a glossy screen, but I don't really mind it.

-Mike

[Edited 2007-08-06 08:52:13]

User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

I recently bought a laptop. It's an Acer Aspire. While it's quite OK for doing most things that you would expect to do on a PC, photo-editing is not one of them.
The screen is way to grainy and it also seems to have trouble showing full color-depth.
I have tried to find ways around these issues, but so far to no avail.


JeffM & DM,

You guys are nasty!  mischievous 



In thrust I trust.
User currently offlineIlikeflight From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 2):
I've never used a PowerBook, or any other Apple platform for editing my photos....can you show us some examples of yours that have been accepted here and tell us what specifically makes this a good editing platform? I seem to be stuck at 868 photos and have been considering a MAC if it will help. Or, just link to your stuff so we can make an informed decision.

Sure I may not have any Aviation photos in the DB yet but i take a dam*n good picture of anything else so if you would like to see some of my wok I would be happy to show it to you and if it would shut your mouth up about me not having pictures in the DB I would be downright giddy to hand deliver them to you



Think Different
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 4):
And yea, that was pretty funny Jeff.

wasn't meant to be funny.... I really am considering a Mac.

Quoting IL76 (Reply 6):
My advise: Put some photos on a USB stick (edited and unedited) and bring it to a computer shop to see the pics on different laptops

good advice, thanks

Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 7):
That's one thing I've been pretty impressed with the Macbook is the battery life. Usually gets around 3.5-4 hrs with the brightness all the way up.

also didn't know that....

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 9):
Sure I may not have any Aviation photos in the DB yet but i take a dam*n good picture of anything else

No thanks, I just wanted to see your accepted photos....seems like you give a lot of advice and critique, which is fine, if you can back it up, this doesn't seem to be the case.

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 9):
and if it would shut your mouth up ...

 cry 


User currently offlineFhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Guys
Thanks for the info so far.
Until 6 month ago I used to have on my desktop computer an old CRT LG Syncmaster 17'' flat screen calibrated. Was easy to edit photos. Then I bought an Acer AL1906 19'' LCD monitor and as a result get a 20 photos batch rejected (never had 100% of photos reject) mostly for BAD CONTRAST and OVERSHARPEN. In the mean time I bought a HP Pavillion DV5200 laptop and sometimes used it to post process my photos. I realize that in the laptop the things were easier instead of the LCD monitor. Since I work in aviation I thought it would be better investing in a good laptop instead of renewing my desktop computer.

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 1):
I am an Apple guy so I would have to say go for an Apple I have the 15" MacBook Pro model and have had no problems it has a pretty decent screen on it to for photo editing but you may want to get an external LCD screen for more "in-depth" editing

After I read your post I search in the net for more tips on iMac... A friend of mine already told me few days ago to pickup a mac instead of a PC... I found a website named "Switching to Mac >> Mac vs PC" and read a lot of interesting stuff. But not related to my main objective, which is image post processing. So that's why I post this topic  Smile

Quoting IL76 (Reply 6):
What I (and some friends) noticed is that the 'new' laptops with big wide screens have a low battery time. After about 1.5- 2 hours working the battery is drained (coming from experience with a Sony Vaio and a Compaq). Earlier experiences with lower resolution or smaller screens showed longer battery time. So if you intend to use a laptop for travel and such, you might want to look for a smaller screen (even though the big screens are nicer). If you just use it indoors, battery life is not really an issue.

Sometimes (not 100% but I'd say 15%) I need battery use. Let's say when I'm at an airport lounge waiting for a flight or inflight for watch DVD or do some work, but most of the time will be indoor A/C powered use. In my laptop (model cited above) in battery, MAX BATT mode, medium bright, 1280x800x32 resolution, with heavy CPU use (photo edition + MSN + Internet Surf with Wireless on I manage to use up to 2:30 hours of battery witch I consider a very good time when counting the computer specs + use.

Quoting IL76 (Reply 6):
My advise: Put some photos on a USB stick (edited and unedited) and bring it to a computer shop to see the pics on different laptops.

in Bestbuy or CircuitCity or any other big store they would allow me do this king of test? never done that....

Quoting JeffM (Reply 2):
can you show us some examples of yours that have been accepted here and tell us what specifically makes this a good editing platform?

I know this request were not for me, but I think it would be nice to put examples on photos edited in each one of the monitors I have (LG Syncmaster and Acer AL1906) as well as in the laptop...

Here are they.
Using the CRT LG Syncmaster 17'' (1280x1024x32)

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Fabio Laranjeira - Contato Radar



Using the LCD Acer AL1906 (1280x1024x32)

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Fabio Laranjeira - Contato Radar



Using HP Pavillion DV5200 (1280x800x32)

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Fabio Laranjeira - Contato Radar


I tought this photo would be reject for overexposed since in the laptop the withe seens to be this way.

Hope this helps with comparation...

Again thanks for the help.


User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

Quoting Fhlaran (Reply 11):
Using the CRT LG Syncmaster 17'' (1280x1024x32)

By far the best.

The Acer seems to lack color, while the HP is quite grainy.

What's wrong with the LG?



"We break, We bend, With hand in hand, When hope is gone, Just hang on." -Guster
User currently offlineFhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 12):
What's wrong with the LG?



A big scratch in the screen  Sad Almost in the center... about 12 cm


User currently offlineFhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

I think I made up my mind and decided for this one:

An Apple Power Book Pro 15''

* 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 1440 x 900 resolution
* 2GB memory
* 120GB hard drive1
* 8x double-layer SuperDrive
* NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 128MB SDRAM

Is it worth to post processing photos??

I'm planning in a second phase buy a better LCD or even a CRT monitor to plug in the Power Book

Any more tips are welcome  Smile


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

I have an apple powerbook that is about 2 years old. It's the 15" model and i really like it. while i dont use it for serious photo editing, i do use it for editing on the road to do rough edits, edit down shoots for color/sharpness/etc.

For serious editing i use a properly calibrated LCD. If you get a MacBookPro then please try and budget in a good external screen for proper editing and a calibration kit. You can pick up a Dell 20" Ultrasharp for about £230 in the UK and it's an awesome screen when hooked up via DVI on the laptop.

Chris



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