Should a new Imac be used for Pro Photography?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lukester, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. lukester macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    I just came back from the Apple store.
    27" Imac on one side of the isle and the 30" cinema on the other. I was able to compare pictures at the same time on both screens and got some good help from a salesman and serious photographer.
    It's ok for amatuer stuff, but if you are a real pro I would not and I will not buy one for professional work.
    I could see how the glossy screen effects the images, not just reflections, which stinks too.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Oh good, another pointless glossy vs. matte debate.
  3. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    I am a professional graphic designer and photographer.

    I have a 24" iMac 2.8 Extreme with glossy screen!

    I totally disagree with you on your assessment of the iMac. I have never had a photograph that I took or others not print well, or placed on the internet with issues.

    The glossy screen is a NONISSUE also. In the day, us professionals used a
    CRT. The CRT needed a hood, and in most cases, a room that was almost or totally dark.

    While your needs may be different than mine or others, don't lump ALL professional photographers, etc., into what your needs are.
  4. lukester thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    Hey you may be able to get away with it, but not me.. I could clearly see why pros do not use glossy screens.
  5. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK

    The Apple Store, with masses of overhead lighting, is not a fair representation of typical lighting conditions. iMac glossy screens work perfectly well for photography once calibrated.
  6. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Gauging how an iMac screen looks in an Apple store is just not smart in any way shape or form.

    How many overhead florescent lights are their in your prime viewing location?

    How about a 20 foot ceiling?

    Im gonna guess "none" and "8 foot".

    Overhead blue florescent light might be the single worst way to view any screen anywhere.

    And how were those screens calibrated? Im gonna guess "not at all".

    Did you read any of the threads I posted from DPreview?

    Its gonna be 2011 before you finally make your choice... :eek:
  7. lukester thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    I am not talking about the reflections, but those too can be a pain..
    It 's not reflections.. it's the glass enhancer on the screen that does it.
    It amplifies the contrast and saturation.. I compared two Identical images and there is no doubt if I adjusted the image it would not come out like it would on a screen like the 30" cinema..

    I made a unbiased decision..give me some credit, eay..

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