Photography Gear Reviews

Photo and Video Editing Setup with the iMac Pro

We take a look at what’s in my photography and video editing setup for 2018. It includes the iMac Pro with an amazing 10 cores to take productivity and creativity to the next level.

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A really important part of any photo editing setup is your workspace. This has nothing to do with size but having a place to sit, edit and to be comfortable is going to let you be more creative and productive whatever level you are at. In the past, my spaces have been the corner of a room, I had a full blown home studio in the last place and now that the kids need more space I have this office. I am really happy with it. I have worked hard to get it right, I’ve got a new desk and it feels productive.

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, on top of all this, I had been maintaining a part time job to give the family a bit of security. About 3 weeks ago I quit that part time job so I am now full time at this……whatever this is…….photographer, filmmaker, youtuber. I’m going to be doing lots of different things, both on and off this channel but virtually all of it with be around photo and video production.

So right at the centre of my new setup is a new iMac Pro. The workhorse that is going to be pumping out content on a daily basis. It’s a stunning machine…..frighteningly expensive but I have invested back into all of this so I have a machine that will speed up everything I do. No more waiting for Lightroom and Premiere Pro to catch up. It is expensive but I recently sold my 2009 iMac for £500 after I bought it for £1500 nearly ten years ago. If I get the same kind of value out of this machine then it will have been well worth it.

I’ve then got the iMac driving this second monitor. This is the Viewsonic VP2785. It’s designed for photographers and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and comes colour calibrated straight from the factory. It’s a stunning monitor that will act as my main editing screen for photos and also the play window when editing video.

Next up I have storage. The iMac has a built in 1TB SSD which is very very fast but is by no means big enough to store all my image and video files. So for that I have this Drobo 5D3 that connects via thunderbolt. It’s fast, it currently has an 18TB capacity and it should keep me going for at least the next couple of years as I add in extra drives when required.

Since this is now my livelihood I have invested in a battery backup. Just after moving in we had a few issues with the power repeatedly going off. I thought at one point I had lost everything off the Drobo which would have been annoying restoring everything from backups. I managed to get it going again but it’s not a problem I want to face again. Now if the power goes off the battery kicks in an keeps me going for another hour or so giving me the chance to shut down safely.

Next is the printer. The beautiful Canon Pro 10s. I’ll be doing a video about printing in the next few weeks so we’ll discuss that a bit more then.

Post processing wise I am using Adobe Lightroom. I use this for virtually all my editing these days and am going into Photoshop less and less. I use Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing and I just love the Adobe package. It works seamlessly across all your devices and just keeps you productive.

My Photo Editing Setup

What device are in my photo editing setup?

In a recent video I mentioned that I had invested in a new 4k monitor. I promised to make a video covering my photo editing setup, so here it is.

I have been using a 27 inch iMac for a number of years and have been very happy with it. However it started to feel a little sluggish despite a couple of DIY upgrades over the years. Once i started making videos I invested in the Apple MacBook Pro 15inch with the 2GB graphics card. I quickly realised this was packing more punch than my iMac. Running two machines is also still problematic when working with Abobe Lightroom as there is currently no way to easily sync a catalogue. This for me is a big downside of the Adobe Lightroom workflow.

I decided two things. Firstly I want a seamless workflow where all my current live files and work is in one place and secondly, I need to upgrade to 4K.

Having done some research I was happy to see that my Macbook Pro was capable of driving 4K screen at 60hz. This was perfect but I wanted ease of use where there was no time wasting plugging and unplugging cables.

Enter the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock. The OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock allows me to connect all my different devices to the laptop by plugging in just one Thunderbolt cable. It is the perfect solution to ensure I can be mobile again very quickly and plug back in when I want full workstation functionality.

The monitor I went for in my photo editing setup was a reasonably priced Asus 4k monitor. Specifically the Asus PB279Q 27-Inch 4k. I have been really pleased with the quality of the Asus PB279Q 27-Inch 4k so far although I feel a longer period of testing and is required.

I have written before about how I love music. I honestly do not think I could have been a photographer without music. If I am editing photos then I am listening to music. I am also  bit of an Audiophile so I see value for money in having good audio gear. The Sennheiser HD650 headphones and Graham Slee Solo headphone amp take care of this along with the Bose Soundlink Mini for when I want to go mobile or avoid wearing headphones.

The Mac mini  server setup, with attached HDD’s, gives me all the storage space I need (a lot for videos) and keeps everything organised and in one place.

I am very pleased with how my current setup is working and most importantly the investment has seen a great improvement in my productivity.

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Hardware:

  • Asus PB279Q 27-Inch 4k - UK | US
  • OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock - UK | US
  • Bose Soundlink Mini - UK | US
  • Graham Slee Solo - UK | US
  • Sennheiser HD650 - UK | US
  • Airport Extreme - UK | US

Software:

Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop -  To get a free trial and try them for yourself click here.

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