Understanding Computer Configuration for Photography

If you are taking digital photos, then computer configuration is very important. It's essential that your computer is as fast as possible so that you can edit and touch up the photos without the computer slowing down too much. The following will look at the necessary equipment and configuration that can be used to improve your computer and make it suitable for editing photos.

Modern Digital Photos

When digital photography was first available, it was only ever used as a gimmick; it wasn't possible for it to compete with 35mm film. However, over the years, digital photography has come a very long way. Now a 12 mega pixel sensor isn't an uncommon sight on a top-of-the-range camera. This means that they produce very high quality images.

The problem with high quality images is that they will be very big. This means that you need plenty of space to store them and also plenty of power to edit them without your computer crashing or running slowly. Large image sizes mean that you need to choose a state of the art computer to make it possible to handle all of them. Trying to view and edit photos on an old computer will be taxing if not impossible.


One of the most important considerations will be how you are going to store your photos. Unlike film, the photos will all be in digital files. This means that they will need to be stored on your computer. Most images will be 100MB or more in size. This is much larger than older photos. You can easily add additional hard drives to your computer to provide you with more space.

Choose a large and fast hard drive for your computer. You should also consider backing up your photos to DVD, external hard drive or Internet based backup service.


RAM is the memory in your computer. It's essential that you have enough memory to work with the photos. If there's not enough RAM in your PC, then you will find it very difficult to edit and adjust photos.


You should also ensure that your computer has memory card slots and firewire or USB connections which can be used to connect your camera and download photos.


Processors are rated in Mhz or Ghz depending on the age of your computer. When looking for a PC to use for editing photos, you need to ensure that it is at least 1GHz or faster. This will make it possible to quickly and easily edit all of the photographs.


Photographers tend to do a lot of travelling. If you want to be able to work on your photos while you are away, then you should invest in a high quality laptop. Make sure that you choose a laptop which has a very large hard drive and fast processor. A laptop with a built in DVD writer is also very useful as it will allow you to back your photos up.


There are a number of tweaks that you can use to speed up your computer if you only plan on using it to edit photos. Open the msconfig utility and disable some of the startup applications which are opened on your computer.