Macbook Tips for Beginner Photographers:
Macbooks are one of the best choices when it comes to computers for photography. Having just your camera is not enough as you will need to edit pictures after taking them or send them to other people. And having a computer makes those tasks simpler.
Why do more and more photographers pick a Mac? Well, its sleek design, lightweight, and durability make it an attractive option. Photographers tend to travel to find the best possible shots, and it helps when you do not have to worry about the extra weight that comes from a laptop.
Of course, if you buy a Macbook for the first time, it will take a while to figure out how it works, particularly when there is nobody around to help you.
The tips below should be of great use to photographers who want to get the most out of their Mac and ensure that the work on the computer goes smoothly.
Tip #1 – Clear Photoshop Scratch Disk
Despite its advantages, Macbooks still have some downsides as well. One thing that stands out is the lack of available storage space.
Software like Photoshop causes full scratch disk errors. And if you have to read this warning message regularly but have no idea what is happening, do not panic.
Photoshop requires space on the hard drive as virtual memory. However, if the drive is cluttered with other files, such as video games or movies, it will not be too long before there is not enough space for temporary Photoshop data. In addition to storage, Photoshop also takes a big chunk of the computer’s memory.
There are two things you can do to solve the issue. The first is to constantly clear the temp files that Photoshop creates. The second is to close background applications that require Macbook memory.
Tip #2 – Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
You should be familiar with keyboard shortcuts if you used Windows. However, Macs are a bit different, and it will take some time to memorize new combinations. The official Apple customer support website has all the keyboard shortcuts, but here are some of the most popular that you should focus on remembering first:
- Command + Shift + A to open the application folder
- Command + Option + D to show or hide the Dock
- Option + Command + Esc to force-quit apps
- Option + Command + Delete to remove files from the computer permanently
Tip #3 – Capture Screenshots
Continuing with the Macbook shortcuts, working as a photographer, you will want to capture screenshots on the computer while editing photos. For example, there is a specific part of a picture you need to send to someone to double-check whether they want to cut that part out or use a particular effect to highlight something.
Knowing how to capture a portion and the whole Macbook screen will save you time. Press Command + Shift + 3 to screenshot the whole screen, and Command + Shift + 4 for a part of the screen.
Tip #4 – Make Use of Available Tools
Aperture was the default photo editing software in macOS, but Apple shut it down in 2015. Now, Apple’s Photos is the built-in editor that is available on every Macbook. With its set of basic editing tools, Photos is a solid alternative to the likes of Photoshop or Lightroom.
In case you are still relatively new to photography and do not want to spend money on professional software before gaining experience, Photos might be the right option.
Tip #5 – Work Using Split Screens
A lack of work efficiency can be the difference-maker between meeting your deadline and failing to deliver a project to a client.
Some people would find it hard to work without double monitors. While you can connect an iPad thanks to the Sidecar feature, not everyone who buys a Mac will invest in an iPad as well.
Split View is another neat Macbook feature. It allows users to fill their screen with two different applications without forcing them to move and resize windows manually.
Click on the full-screen button in the upper-left and select either “Tile Window to Left of Screen” or “Tile WIndow to Right of Screen.”
From there, you can open two different applications and use them side by side. It becomes easier when you do not have to switch tabs to access the necessary work information.
Tip #6 – Take Advantage of Spotlight
Spotlight is an excellent example of how Apple approaches its operating system designs. The tool has multiple features, including a calculator, dictionary, quick look, copying files, and finding anything else that you need. The sooner you start using Spotlight, the sooner your woes of searching for data on the computer will disappear.
Tip #7 – Backup Data via Time Machine
Keeping your photos in a safe location should take priority. You cannot be certain of when something might happen to the computer’s drive.
There are a couple of options to create data backups. You can use cloud services, such as Dropbox and iCloud, or get an external hard drive and back photos using Time Machine.