The photographer’s most important tool of the trade is camera, but to actually make something out of the photos he captures, a computer is required. If you are a recreational photographer, chances are you already have a desktop or laptop with which you’ve been successfully working on your images. It is true that almost any computer can do just fine for a shutterbug, yet if you are very serious about your hobby – or you’re a professional – you might want to pay attention to your next desktop purchase. After being a hobbyist photographer and working with image editing for five years, I have compiled this checklist for paparazzi shopping for a new computer.
I get asked by a ton of people, both online and in real life, for recommendations on what to use for their desktop setups. Today, I want to key in on the hard drive setup.
Generally, most people are fine with the standard 500GB-1TB SATA hard drive. However, when I get asked by someone looking to do more than the standard Internet Browsing and Word processing, I often offer a more complex solution. I will recommend that they go with a SSD drive for Windows and a few key programs and then also add in a SATA drive for less intense programs, music, video, and more. Until SSD drives become less expensive, this configuration allows for performance while not breaking the bank. I like this setup so much right now that I even use this in my own primary desktop.