Mac vs PC for Photographer

Mac vs PC for Photographer


– Bonjour mesdames and messieurs, in this video I wanna talk to you Mac verus PC for photographing. (dramatic music) All right, so I’ve been
wanting to do this video for awhile, so just to give you a little, my viewpoint on whether it’s
better to get, buy a Mac or a PC as a photographer. I’ve been teaching workshops
for the last seven years, and I often have the situation
where I have 10 students, five of them are on Windows and
five are with their own Mac. And I thought that was an
interesting teacher experience to share with you. Although I was, I have used
Windows computers for many, many years, I been working
on Mac for the last 15 years that I’ve been a photographer. And I, you know I do some
Windows stuff here and there. Recently, because I’m
passionate about 3D and Blender and I wanted a really
powerful graphics card and unfortunately the
graphics card even in the most expensive MacBook Pro
is not as good as in PC and for the software I’m
using, which is Blender, I have to buy a PC. So I’ve been using this PC,
which is kind of the one of the most powerful PC
on the planet right now. There’s more powerful,
but this one is really, but this is, it’s called
the GS75 from MSI, it’s got the latest Intel processor, I9, 32 gigs of RAM, one gigahertz of SSD. I’m not a specialist of
review and it’s awesome. It’s 17 inch screen
compared to 15 inch screen, this is also the latest MacBook Pro, so I use this one mostly for 3D stuff and I use this one mostly
for photographing stuff. So, here is my viewpoint. The problem that I had as
a teacher is that often, when I would go over the shoulder of one of my Windows students, I would say, oh the photo is too dark. And then I would move like this, oh no, sorry, it’s not too dark. Or it’s too saturated. I would move like this, and
I would get different values because the screen was bad. The main reason why I am
on a Mac is whether I look at my photo on my iPad,
my iPhone, on the web, or on my iMac or on my MacBook Pro, they all look the same and I love that. I find the colors in Mac way better. Now, I did not wanna have the issue, and again I’m not a super
technical geek about PCs, and I found out that if you buy a laptop which has an IPS screen, I’ll now give you the link of this one, and this is a 4K screen, which is really rare on
a laptop in the PC world, but it’s very common on the Macs, but on a PC you are good. This screen is as good as the MacBook Pro. But this was, I bought this
one for $2,800 dollars, and this was $3,400, I think. Something around that. The links will be below. So, the thing is, I honestly
like more the Mac OS because small things. For example, the Finder,
the fact that on the Mac OS you can get really easy
access to the latest directory of folders you opened, I
find that’s really cool, that’s kind of amazing for me. I haven’t out how to do that on Windows, the fact that on a Mac
you just click one time on a ZIP file, it unzip it, on the Windows you have to do two clicks. I find Windows Explorer to be
really, very confusing to me. It’s got a lot of small symbols, I find the Mac OS much more clear. However, this computer is
more powerful than this one because it’s got a
GeForce RTX 1070, 1070-Ti, one of the best graphics card. When I edit on this, it’s much faster than on the MacBook Pro. So, I find the MacBook
Pro kind of easier to use, small things like when
I close my MacBook Pro it goes in sleep mode, when I do it with this
computer it doesn’t do it so sometimes it wakes up,
which is kind of annoying. I find that, and I’ve looked,
before I bought this PC I have looked at about 20
laptops because I knew nothing about Windows and this was
rewarded as one of the best laptops last year, and
honestly, I find the weight, the finishes, it looks like a toy to me compared to the MacBook
Pro and the unique body, the way Mac is. So, the morale of this story
if you wanna stay on Windows you can, but you have
to get the best screen. You have to make sure your
screen has a full vision, that it’s IPS, if you can,
it was a lot more expensive to get a 4K screen, get
that, then it’s totally okay to go Windows. I’m not used to Windows, however
there are thing in Windows I like more than on the Mac, for example, I love on the
Windows you have the ability to copy several things in
the clipboard and just keep your clipboard and just paste
to different applications. I find that’s awesome. I found an app that can do it on a Mac, but it’s not as cool as on a Windows. So there is plus and there
is minus, more power, less easy to use, less well constructed, most of my PCs that I bought,
I used to buy Sony VAOIs back in the day on laptop,
I used to keep them about two years and then they
would sort of break and the keys would fly off. The average of the Mac,
that when I buy a Mac, I have it between five to seven years. Windows, two to three years. So it’s definitely not
as well built as Mac, I think that they have a
love for the engineering that you don’t find in
the world of Windows, but, so there is some plus and minus. Just make sure if you go
Windows that you do get an IPS screen, that it has, that doesn’t, the vision is not gonna move when you move around. You have to look at reviews,
because this is the main issue I had as a teacher. A lot of students after the
workshop gave up the laptop and bought a Mac because of that issue. Voila! So just as a quick video, I’m not for, yes, I’m a little more
for Mac, I’ll be honest, but I love that PC, I
think it’s really powerful, and but you know I’m going on travel, I’m going to Barcelona to do a book, I’m only gonna be using the Mac, I’m not gonna use a PC,
this is more for the, all the 3D stuff that I do
because I’m passionate about 3D. Okay. I hope that helps in your
decision to go Windows or Mac, find the links below, and
I’ll see you in another video. By the way guys, I did a
video on film versus digital last week, check it out.

32 thoughts on “Mac vs PC for Photographer

  • September 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Hi🙂

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    PC every time.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Sums it up nicely. More power with PC but much clunkier, breaks down more easily and doesn’t last as long. As it always has been, some things never change.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    Interesting. I dropped mac for PC about 2 years ago. And switched to Ryzen machines. With a SSD and a beefy 3D you can edit your huge Sony Raws all day long. Time is money. Sadly I find software like Aurora hdr crash all the times on windows. And software is much less optimized.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    I do nothing with 3D; I’ve been using Macs almost continuously since the Apple Classic and I love them. I agree 100% about the screens versus so many PCs. I also love the longevity; my previous iMac lasted seven years and it replaced a PowerBook G4, which lasted four years and travelled with me all over the world.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    I've been a Windows user for many years (I'm a programmer) and a Mac user for the last… 15 years (more or less). I think it's not about the hardware, but the software. Mac OS is more stable that any Windows OS (even Windows 10). After years using a Windows vs using a Mac, in Windows you will have a lot of garbage after install and uninstall soft. With a Mac this not happen. And, don't forget the virus and, of course, the antivirus software. No comparison at all in this case. That is the kind of things that people don't see at the first time. They just see the price and the power of both machines. But when the years goes by …. ahhh…. my friend… You will wish you had bought a Mac. 😉

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    For the same price PC kills Mac, but most people buy cheap PCs and then say that PCs are lower quality. VAIOs are a joke, go for Dell or HP Workstations.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    The MSI is designed for gaming so the monitor will be darker. You can calibrate the screen with a small gadget.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    You lost me as soon as you said "Mac and PC". There are many other options, and Macs nowadays use the same or similar hardware as computers made for Windows. .

    Try Blender on a good Linux box, you'll destroy both Windows and Mac.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    If you had bought a dell xps, i think your thoughts were different. Apple has only the macbook as laptop, the windows side is huge, you can choose from the crap chinese ones, to the most premium like surface book or dell xps or razor blade. All different stuff with a good looking feeling and quality

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    I have a Toshiba Qosmio from December 2012 and running multiple softwares on it which includes photo, video and audio editing. The reason I bought this over the Mac is of its Blu-ray burner and I'm able to watch movie in 3D. I'm very please with it and it's still running well.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    It is just what you are used to. I find the mac finder wildly unlogical and rather confusing.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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    Very timely as I am looking for a replacement. Been searching and going back and forth between mac and pc. Also trying to look at Linux or other more privacy respecting options but not really techie enough to do that effectively.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Serge, with this video you opened a very delicate topic and started an everlasting conflict between scelerated windows fans and Mac users 😄😄

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    I'm a PC guy. I also use blender! What do you use it for?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    I had a couple of PCs (desktops as well as laptops). The biggest problem I had was bugs and viruses. It was a never ending stream of constant updates by the so called virus protection program. Since switching to Apple in 2010 I can preform work rather than fix the computer. I’ve never even used a virus program on the Apple. Even today with a new PC at my job it’s constantly asking to update this or that and then restart after which I’ve got to rebuild everything on my desktop. PCs may be more powerful, depending on the model, but they’re a pain in the ass to live with.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    You are missing a few points.
    1. The windows laptop with RTX card, will not allow viewing 10bit in most editing programs. Reason is that nvidia and the editing companies go hand in hand to force editors to use quadro cards, which are more expensive. With apple, you don't have that problem, because apple forces them to allow it.
    2. To get stronger, you also go heavier. If you get a laptop as powerful as you have in a smaller frame to save weight, it cost just as much as a mac. The MacBook pro is not meant as a full on workstation like the windows laptop you have.
    3. Windows updates. That alone should make you not want to buy a windows laptop as your main work laptop.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    I have both pc and Mac. The colors on the Mac look really good. But the importing process is ridiculous. Why does it always try to convert my RAW files to jpeg? That’s so annoying

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Just bought Ipad Pro 12.9 for my travels. Pics look stunning on the Ipad. Understand full Photoshop is coming to IOS. Cannot wait.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    Thanks for the nice review.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    On Windows, you can set the laptop to just turn off the screen when you close it. Also I see people complaining about anti-virus: it's probably that you got an anti-virus like Avast or Kapersky with your laptop; just unistal it as Windows already have it's own anti-virus that it not annoying at all. (If a message pop-up when you instal a new program, you can disactivate it in the "detail"). For the screen quality, it's obvious that if you buy a 1000$ PC vs a 3000$ Macbook, the screen will be crap on the PC … at the end, it's just a question of taste: if you like to have control on your laptopand cheaper, buy a Windows. But if you like simplicity, Mac.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:43 am
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    I'm a PC guy and always will be. Screw Apple

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    Yes, 4k IPS screen and spyder to calibrate. Done.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    It’s funny how individual we all are. I have both systems floating around the house. The build of the MacBooks and Ipads is way better and the screens are awesome, but that is it for me. I do most of my editing on a 17” MSI like the one you had there, it is my go-to computer. When on the move I use a Surface Pro. I like to view images on the Mac most of all. Probably just me, but personally I need sedatives and a bottle of red before I am calm enough to tackle the finder and Mac OS It drives me nuts. Bottom line no one has built the perfect allrounder to date. This is probably deliberate so like me you end up buying one of everything LOL.

    BTW, check your power configuration my MSI will sleep, turn off etc, with a lid close. Just choose what you want in the settings.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    is this really still a debate :3 PC all the way~

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:11 am
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    Gigabyte aero 15 is 100x better then my MacBook Pro, it’s a Gaming Laptop,if you Laptop could handle Gaming it will handle photo and video editing like nothing , the screen also comes calibrated

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:38 am
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    you must be a rough user

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    ok so your an Apple guy – good for you lol 🙄 Seriously its what you get used to at the end of the day, and sorry for the prices Apple charges nup and I dont think you really know PCs either

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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    I use an external monitor elevated to eye level and a full size wireless keyboard with a PC laptop as I can never get used to the laptop keyboard or looking down at the smaller screen. However, I still have the laptop for travel and presentations but I still stumble through using the little finger pad and left right buttons LOL. I had to use MACs at work and my brain just did not function that way, not bad, I just felt I was stumbling through it. There is no right or wrong but what works best for you – I find it interesting that people get so upset when you prefer something other than what they prefer. Just relax people – that is why there are different items on a restaurant menu!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Very good comparison. I think you captured the benefits and disadvantages very well. I use both, and they definitely have their individual strengths for specific purposes.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    i would love an imac/macbook pro. I love apple, but Im also a PC gamer, and have a beast of a desktop PC. My titan X GPU was £900 on its own, spent about £4000 all in all. so I cant justify spending out on a mac just because i like them. they will never come close to the power of my pc. I do however need to invest in a top quality screen. I have one, but its a TN panel not ips as it was designed for gaming, not photography. Have heard the BenQ screens are good. My pics, once edited on pc and exported, look so much better on my ipad. This alone is the only thing keeping me interested in mac as a possibility one day.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    I switched to the Mac about 15 years ago because of photo and graphic design.

    I also own a very powerful gaming PC. The PC is much stronger because of the new graphics support in Lightroom and because of the more powerful graphics card.

    Overall, I prefer to work on the Mac in Photoshop or Lightroom. I also create Cinema4D renderings which I edit and render on the PC and of course do the resulting Photoshop work on it as well.

    I think, it doesn´t make a big difference – it´s like, do you better prefer Nikon or Canon (or Sony most recently).

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