Help, which notebook to buy and when?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kristielou, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. Kristielou macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2016
    i am wanting to purchase a notebook mainly for lots of quality photos and digital scrapbooking. What do you recommend and why? What photo editing software do you recommend? Also, please tell me when to buy or wait because they might be updating it. Thanks so much!!
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Well as you are in macrmours I assume you fancy a Mac over any other make of PC, I would go for the retina MacBook Pro 13 inch, for the best compromise on portability, battery life, ports and performance.

    I would also reccomend you wait for the next update if you can, it should be out sometime in fall.

    As for software try out photos and see what you think it's very simple and has very few tools but it is included with your Mac. Then maybe pixelmator for a cheap simple but fairly useful editing program at $30 it's a bargain.

    After that you'll have to research more professional options based on what you want to spend and how complicated you want it to get.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Do you want a 13" laptop or 15"?

    Currently Apple's line up is rather long in the tooth, and I would highly recommend waiting until Apple updates them - presumably this fall (September/October).

    As for software, there's Photoshop or Pixelmator
  5. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Depending on how much editing you are going to do i would say that lightroom will be enough for a most people out there.
    I would go with something in the rMBP line up.
  6. Kristielou thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2016
    Thank you! Yes I have had iMacs my entire life and wish to continue that.
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    Not sure which size. I want to also able to travel wit it when needed.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Both are portable, but the 15" offers more power and screen real estate, but at a cost of being a bit bulkier to travel with.

    I recommend you check both out at an Apple store (or where ever they're sold) and see if either screen size strikes a chord with you.

    I found the 13" form factor to be a bit tight when using Photoshop and Lightroom, but that's just me.
  8. irontiger82 macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2011
    I say the 15" if you want to work anywhere, but I use a 13" MBPr but 80% of the time I have it hooked up to a 24" monitor. 13" is capable to do some photoshop work but 15" is a more open to work on.
  9. jerryk, Jul 26, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2016

    jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Another vote for Lightroom. It does a nice job of organizing photos and presenting them to you in a light box format. Great to handle the hundreds of shots people take now that there is no additional cost to an additional shot. You can also rate the 20 shots of Aunt Martha you took over the holidays and filter on ratings to make it easy to find your best shots. Finally, all changes are non-destructive. That is, they do not effect the original photo file. There are just "played" on top of the original photo to get your final results.

    I have this installed on my rMBP 15" and it works well. I had it on my previous 13" classic MBP and it worked well there also. But, I find the extra screen real estate is really handy.
  10. asidexo macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2013
    Depending on what kind of photo work you are wanting to do, check out affinity photo. I find it more capable than pixelmator and wayyyyy less expensive than photoshop.
  11. agentsmithone macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Get a 1-2 year old 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro
  12. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I prefer the 13" rMBP because it's more portable than the 15" model.

    What do you want to do besides scrapbooking and photo editing? Most computers can handle those things.

    Pixelmator is great for basic editing, anything beyond that you'll need something like Photoshop.

    If you need a computer now, buy one that meets your needs now. If you can wait then you should wait.
  13. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    15" is quad core. 13 is more portable but comes at a big cost. New MPB's are less than 3 months away. You should wait unless you want a cheaper current one. Apple is handing out Beats headphones or wait til markdowns later.
  14. xb2003 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2016
    If you mainly use your iMac, I'd get the 13. If you are wanting to replace your iMac, get a 15.

    Definitely go to an Apple Store if that's possible. You'll quickly know which one is for you.
  15. Kristielou thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2016

    I can wait 3 months:)
    Looking to use the Mac book more than my large iMac

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