Monday, February 25, 2013

Changing from a PC to Mac

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.

Have any specific questions? Leave them in the comments below!

10 comments:

  1. I am happy that you now have more free time, it is so valuable. I know nothing about computers, I rely on my husband, and now kids, to show me the ropes :)

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  2. I had a PC and my husband had a Mac when we first started dating three and a half years ago. I have since abandoned my PC (it is collecting dust in our "office") and I constantly use my husband's Mac. It's just so user friendly. I love it! I'll never go back! :)

    Congrats on your new purchase! It will be worth every penny!

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  3. I use a mac and i love it. do does it take you a week now to edit a wedding or a family session? forgive my ignorance.

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    1. A one hour session (family, baby, etc) one week. A wedding is at least 4 weeks of editing. A lot of times more like 6 weeks depending on what package they selected and the hours of coverage they had. I also have a partner for weddings, so I have to edit his photos from the day as well.

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    2. I only take on a few weddings a year for that reason. The amount of work is overwhelming.

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  4. Shouldn't be that hard to set up a printer with a Mac... plug it in and go! Anyway, if you're doing photos full-time, you might want to think about saving photos to the computer short-term (like, until you get them to the clients or something) AND on two external hard drives. Never a good idea to only have one digital copy of your photos. I learned the hard way.

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    1. Yes, I did and that worked! Yay! Thank you for the tip. Yes, I have them backed in cloud form through my website and clients receive digital copies as well. This way I can sleep a little better at night ;)

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  5. We are talking about getting a mac for our next computer, whenever this one dies. We just bought this computer about 3 or 4 years ago so it probably has a few years left though.

    I hear Mac is amazing for photo editing. Did you get to keep all of your Lightroom/PS edited photos when transferring over to the mac? That's my biggest fear.

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    1. I choose not to transfer the photos. My photos were all backed on an external and the laptop still worked, so I didn't feel the need to transfer. I think if I tried to transfer it would have been so, so hard.

      It is amazing for photo editing. It was made for it. LR and PS just go with the Mac like bread and butter. Incredible.

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  6. I'm so happy you have more time with your family as a result of the switch! We have both a mac and a PC (I'm the PC person) and I am beginning to realize that macs are just better. Period.

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