I learned so much from this process, so I wanted to share how I did it. I've gotten to the point where I'm nearly doing photography full time. I no longer post the photos here because I don't have the time and I also do a lot more work than I showcase on my Facebook page. I spend hours editing photos. I needed a computer that could keep up with me and the LARGE files I work with.
iMac really was the only thing that could offer what I needed. I would say going into it know you're going to spend more than the sticker price (which is already outrageous). Apple includes nothing extra.
We decided to go the refurbished route through Apple. We saved a good deal and I wanted a disc drive which the new iMacs no longer have. My iMac (21.5 in) is about a year and a half old. It looks brand new.
It came with the computer, mouse and keyboard (wireless)! I did need to purchase a new external hard drive that was compatible with an iMac. Going into it I knew I wanted to save NOTHING to the computer. I wanted to start off on the right foot and NOT use the small amount of storage space the computer has.
It took 2 weeks to arrive because they come ground mail from CA. Long wait, but I started researching everything I would need to do to get started. I had to set up the computer which was pretty simple, then the real pain: moving my editing programs to the Mac. That took forever! There were many times I wanted to break down from frustration.
Take it one day at a time. The first day all I did was get it out of the box. It took me hours to figure out how to make a homepage. lol! Yesterday, I finally got my printer set up. That was the final thing I had left to do. In all the process took 2 months! It was very worth it though and I've been pleased with the technology. It's cut my editing of each session down to about a week (it was taking 2 weeks or longer). The extra time I have with my family is invaluable.
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