Most professional photographers and computer specialists agree that MacBooks and MacBook Pros are the recommended brand of laptops for photo editing.
Ryan O'Hara of Sphinx Technology Solutions says that all new Macs have iPhoto, which is easy to use for both the novice and professional photographer. "With basic photo editing controls, anyone can jump right in and touch up photos," he says. " The organizational features can even sort by facial recognition and geographic location."
The new version (iPhoto '11) brings even better functionality, he says. "Windows has solutions, too, and can get the job done -- but the overwhelming majority of photographers I've met prefer the Mac platform."
"I've used Windows and Macs daily," says photographer Joel Sims. "Windows gets better with each generation, but is not yet the equal of the Mac for efficiency, integration, consistency across programs -- especially in photography and graphic arts."
Apple MacBooks range in price from $999 up to $1,599, while Apple MacBook Pro ranges from $1,199 up to $2,299. Is the high price tag worth it? Sims says yes.
"The apparent price difference between Mac and Windows laptops is offset by the Mac's efficiency, ease of use, inclusion of stuff that is add-on for Windows, and generally higher quality. And definitely less expense on tech support."
Dell, Sony and HP also offer laptops with great photo editing capabilities, and they are priced lower than Macs. Some laptop options for photo editing include:
Laptop screen sizes generally range in size from 12 inches up to 18 inches. The larger the screen, the easier it is to see and edit photos, however the price also increases with size. The "perfect size" is really all about personal preference.
"I think the 15" screen is large enough so that if I want to use it to edit photos, the quality and color is sufficient," says photographer Shannon Stych.
Andrew Darlow, editor of The Imaging Buffet says that regardless of the type of laptop you buy, it should have these basic requirements for photo editing:
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