Me & My Mac

MacFor­mat read­ers share their beloved set­ups

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The de­tail and clar­ity of images on a 4K dis­play would be re­ally ben­e­fi­cial for photo edit­ing

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Name Ash­ley Martin Oc­cu­pa­tion Pho­tog­ra­pher Us­ing a Mac for Five years Favourite Hard­ware 27-inch iMac Favourite Soft­ware Adobe Light­room Web­site ash­ley­mart­in­pho­tog­ra­phy.com

Ash Martin uses his Mac for pho­tog­ra­phy and more. “I pri­mar­ily use my Macs for photo edit­ing and busi­ness pur­poses, as well as ev­ery­day things such as keep­ing my iTunes li­brary up to date,” he says. “My MacBook Pro is used when trav­el­ling. It al­lows me to work ef­fi­ciently and keep up to date with my edit­ing, as well as show­ing clients work on the job.”

He also has a desk­top Mac. “I spend most of my time on my iMac. I love the speed of the com­puter, and the large, high-res­o­lu­tion screen is fan­tas­tic for re­touch­ing in Pho­to­shop. I also think having a work area with a desk­top com­puter is great – it elim­i­nates dis­trac­tions.”

His glass-topped desk looks im­pres­sive, but un­for­tu­nately, it’s prone to pick­ing up fin­ger­prints. “It’s a night­mare,” he com­plains. “I’m con­stantly at­tack­ing it with glass cleaner. It’s a great desk, though. Some­times I work on both com­put­ers at the same time, and there’s still plenty of room.”

He’s al­ready a fan of the next gen­er­a­tion of Ap­ple’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem. “I’m cur­rently work­ing off the Yosemite beta on my iMac,” he told us. “I re­ally like the re­design. It feels so much more con­tem­po­rary. How­ever, I will say that there aren’t many ben­e­fits to up­grad­ing yet, since the main fea­tures such as Hand­off and iCloud Drive aren’t of­fered in the cur­rent beta and th­ese are the main fea­tures I’m look­ing for­ward to us­ing.”

But what should Ap­ple do next? “For me, the big­gest fea­ture I’d like to see in­tro­duced to iMacs would be a Retina or 4K dis­play. The cur­rent screen is ex­cel­lent, but the de­tail and clar­ity of images on a Retina or 4K dis­play would be re­ally ben­e­fi­cial for photo edit­ing.”

So why a Mac and not a PC? “I use Macs be­cause I sub­stan­tially pre­fer the user in­ter­face. Macs are much sim­pler and eas­ier to use than a PC. Also, de­vice com­pat­i­bil­ity with your iPhone and iPad works so much bet­ter. I be­lieve they’re more re­li­able than PCs, too. I’ve had my MacBook Pro for nearly five years, and not had a sin­gle is­sue with it.”

And his next Ap­ple pur­chase? “Ei­ther a new MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, or the iPhone 6. My cur­rent MacBook Pro strug­gles with edit­ing tasks now, due to the old Core 2 Duo pro­ces­sor, so this would be a nice up­grade.”

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