Bridging Tech and Creative Photography

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At E3 2021, the Razer Raptor made its debut. E3 is a gaming show, but it doesn’t mean that some of these things can’t be used for photographers at all. Monitors are something that photographers are bound to find finicky. If you’re team Apple, then there’s a lot more color consistency. And on the PC side, that’s not always the case. But the new Razer Raptor is a fascinating hybrid. It doesn’t have the highest display output; and that’s probably fine for Macbook Pro Users.

The new Razer Blade 15 Advanced is showing a whole lot of promise for photographers.

The last Razer Blade 15 laptop we reviewed was back in 2020, and we really liked it! Razer has been known for appealing to gamers, but in recent years they’ve been making moves in the creative space. Today, they’re introducing the new Razer Blade 15 Advanced. It’s important to note that they have keyboards more akin to what we’re used to with Apple computers. They’re also bringing Wifi 6, a UHS-III SD Card Reader, a full HD webcam, two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, and USB-C charging. This sounds positively fantastic and very promising.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i offers a lot of promise for photographers but falls flat in some ways.

When it was announced, I wondered how the Lenovo Yoga 9i would do for photographers. Like many of you, I still own a 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro. That, for us, was the best laptop you could get your hands on for photography. But we’re now six years later. And PCs have come a long way. Unfortunately, they’re not all still appealing to photographers. The Lenovo Yoga 9i is targeted at both gamers and creatives. Lenovo got a whole lot right about this laptop. But they also did some things that made me not want to use it at all.

There’s a chance Apple might bring back the SD Card Port.

All that I’ve wanted as a photographer is an SD card port. More specifically, I’ve wanted one that doesn’t suck. The one on the iMac 2019 doesn’t play well with new SD cards. In fact, having an SD card port is mandatory for me to buy a computer. That’s why I still use the early 2015 MacBook Pro. Couple that with a great keyboard and good specs, of course! And the word on the street is that there’s a glimmer of hope for us photographers in a concept I’d like to call the Apple MacBook Pro Classic.

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Every time I hear about laptops targeting creatives, I get really excited. The new HP ZBook Firefly G8 seems to be targeted Macbook users pretty hard. Specifically, in their press release, they claim the weight of their 14-inch variant to be around that of a MacBook Pro 13″! That’s impressive. As a working journalist, I’ve always preferred 13-inch laptops. But I’m very intrigued if I can get more real estate for the same weight.

There are a few Windows PCs on the market geared towards photographers and creatives that give the Macbook and iMac a run for their money.

For quite some time, Macbooks and iMacs have been favored by photographers and creatives due to their ease of use and excellent product support, but times are changing. Many PC manufacturers are now creating Windows PCs aimed directly at a market Apple has been cultivating for years. We have to say there are now some fantastic Windows laptops and desktops on the market that give iMacs and Macbooks a great run for their money. We have rounded up all of the Windows PCs we have reviewed so that you can see if the time has come for you to make the switch, or if you need to replace your older computer.

Photographers complaining about how awful Apple’s products are probably haven’t thought about these Apple computers for photographers.

A lot of photographers aren’t ready to let go of Apple. Though the company has been maintaining an abusive relationship with professionals for many years, their computers and their systems simply work. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about; things don’t go wrong often. The same can be said for PCs, but they’ll need more work to get there. So, for the photographer looking at a new Apple computer of some sort, we dissected the options currently out there and here’s what we think the best Apple computers for photographers are.

If speed is of the essence in your photography workflow, these Thunderbolt 3 accessories from Glyph may interest you.

We all wish certain things could happen a little faster. After all, time is money. Fortunately, there are companies like Glyph who are trying to push the boundaries when it comes to how fast you can transfer data between devices. Glyph Production Technologies have just announced two new ultra fast Thunderbolt 3 accessories that will speed things up for Mac and PC users. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock is designed to be a main hub for all of your Macbook connections, and the Atom Pro NVMe SSD is an external drive that’s built to withstand abuse. Find out more after the break. Continue reading…

There were some big changes to mobile processors at the end of 2017: make sure your 2018 laptop purchase is one you won’t regret

A laptop, not unlike a camera, is a major investment for a photographer in 2018 and if you are one of the many possibly looking to upgrade their laptop this year then you are going to want to have a look at this post. Towards the end of 2017, there were some major advancements made to the Intel processors used in most modern laptops. These changes saw improvements of up to 40% over comparable laptops sporting the processors being used in laptops throughout 2017. This sort of improvement is not your average year over year performance improvement; this one was major and something you need to pay attention to.

We recently shared our picks for the top laptops for photographers with screens under 14-inches: a very common size for photographers who travel often. In today’s post we are going to take a look at laptops with screens 15-inches and up. These laptops are not limited to dual core processors and integrated graphics like the 14-inch and below models are (the Surface Book being the one exception in the GPU category), which means you can get quite a bit more performance out of these machines.

The catch is, the more processing power you want, the more weight you will have to carry around and the less time you will be able to use your laptop on battery power. So it is all about finding that nice happy medium between performance and portability, render time vs battery time. We have gone through and chosen our top 5 picks for photographers based on criteria we feel is important for image processing including; screen resolution, color accuracy, processor (count/speed), and ram.Continue reading…

We’re very particular about our laptops: and by us, I’m not just talking about the Phoblographer staff. Photographers in general are very particular about what they use and for many great reasons, we tend to steer towards MacBook Pros. But photographers started looking for other options years ago when Apple stopped allowing us to change the RAM and other parts of our computers–but this exodus happened more with those of us who edit and shoot video more frequently.

So when the Asus uX501 was pitched to us for review, we were incredibly careful when it came to figuring out if it’s worth reviewing or not. But with a solid spec sheet for photographers, it seemed like something too good to pass up.

Boasting a display with a 94% sRGB gamut coverage, 3840 x 2160 Native Resolution, Thunderbolt ports, 15.6 inches of real estate space for you to edit (touch enabled), 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, a 2.6 GHz Intel i7-4720HQ processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M Graphics it seems pretty solid, right?

For the photographer on a budget of around $40, what would you expect from a printer? Considering that it costs less than some bottles of liquor, you really can’t expect it to do a whole lot except for printing. That’s pretty much the idea behind the Canon PIXMA iP2820 printer. Depending on what establishment you go to, it can cost you more money to get a print made than to do it yourself in the convenience of your own home and with very little work on your part with the exception of calibration.

While in 2014 we’d personally want more from a printer like this, you have to consider that there are even camera straps made and sold more expensive than the iP2820.

At WWDC 2013, Apple just announced brand new MacBook Air machines as well as the long awaited update to their Mac Pro line. For the photographer with the more mobile setup, you’ll be happy to know that these new MacBooks have an all day battery life–or at least that’s what they’re claiming. But here’s the killer part, you can get them starting at $999.

Toshiba computers have often been hit or miss with many users, but this latest addition will probably have you giving it a second look. The Kirabook is a 13-inch Ultrabook that seems to be a competitor to the MacBook Pro retina 13 inch. You’ll get a 2,560 x 1,440 (221 ppi) panel, a pressed magnesium housing and touchscreen input if you prefer. The screen has a 10-point Corning Concore sheet of glass for extreme multi-touch. And of course, it is a Windows machine and that will be housed on a 256GB SSD, supported by 8GB of 1,600 MHz RAM and third-gen Intel Core processors. There is also 25GB of cloud storage for sharing. When it hits the stores in May, it will launch with three different configurations starting at $1,599, rising to $1,999 if you want all the things that the kool kids that have been drinking Steve Jobs’ Kool Aid have.

Photography aside, many videographers and video editors have been considering a move to the Windows side of the world due to the customizable machines as just one point of complaint. Perhaps this may be a machine for the editor on the go. But we have to admit, when it comes to editing RAW video, 25 GB of storage in the cloud isn’t a whole lot.

The Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Retina has been out for a while and it’s been in use with me since it was announced. Over that time period, I have tested it, pushed it, tweaked it, and travelled with it. Many creative professionals swear by Apple products though some of us have been jumping ship to the PC world due to what we believe is a lack of innovation on part of the company.

But as far as this editor goes, I’ve got no major complaints.

With the Apple Magic Trackpad, finger painting comes to Adobe Photoshop. The Apple Magic Trackpad is an interesting new Apple product that arrived recently with relatively little fanfare. Compared to more press grabbing new toys like the snazzy new iPod Nano or the fascinating iPad, the trackpad flew in under the radar, and it’s too bad, because it’s an innovative and interesting tool for digital photographers, and an affordable one at that. I’ve had one on my desk for a couple weeks and have grown to love it. Continue reading…

The Apple MacBook Air is very hot right now (may actually pick one up myself.) If you’re in the market for a small, sexy, light, and reliable laptop, the new MacBook Air is actually available for Preorder.

11.6 Inch 64 GB = B&H ($998.95) Amazonthunderbolt 3($994)

11.6 Inch 128 GB = B&H ($1,198.95) Amazonthunderbolt 3($1,294)

13.3 Inch 128 GB = B&H ($1,298.95) Amazonthunderbolt 3($1,294)

13.3 Inch 256 GB = B&H ($1,598.95) Amazon($1,594)

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