Over The Top Laptop for Photographers

Yesterday I posted about what I felt was the best laptop for photographers. One of the reasons I think it is so good for photographers is due to it’s compact size. Very easy to pop it in the camera bag and take it into the field with you. Today I’m looking at anotother excellent laptop for photographers, the ASUS ROG G751JY-DH72X 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop.

Weighing in at 8.4lbs, you may not be carrying this into the field much. Howevever this powerful behemoth is still highly portable, and lacks nothing in the way of features. First is a beautiful 17.3 inch full HD IPS display, backed by an amazing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M Graphics card. There is simply nothing that this powerful pair can not handle. Watching blu-ray movies, Photoshopping, video rendering, or high-end gaming, the 32gb of ddr3  ram and 4gb of GDDR5 video ram can handle it all. With ease. Dual drive bays come stuffed with a super fast 512GB SSD for your os and apps, and a 1TB drive for storage.Asus ROG

Not only is this bruiser able to go toe-to-toe against the beefiest desktop PCs, it can do so in style. The ROG G751 retains the classic stealthy F-22 Raptor-inspired lines found on previous G Series iterations; only this time it sports an aluminum finish with an illuminated ROG logo. The G751 comes future-ready, supporting 4K2K HDMI output. Now you can connect to high-resolution screens that go far beyond today’s 1080p systems. Just plug in to experience immersive, true-to-life gaming. And with Trinity Display Technology, you can output graphics to three displays simultaneously via HDMI 1.4 or Mini DisplayPort 1.2. Watch a movie, browse the web, or game – all at once.

The service and support are still tops with the one year accidental damage warranty, and the zero bright dot guarantee for the first 30 days.

If you are a traveling photographer, or just don’t want to keep up with a desktop and a laptop, you can  have it all, AND take it with you with the ASUS ROG G751JY-DH72X 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop.




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The Best Laptop For Photographers

As a photographer and a nerd with 35 years in IT under my belt, I’m often asked what my recommendation is for a laptop by my photographer pals. The genre of machines built specifically for gaming may seem like the logical off-the-shelf solution, but that is not always the case. What makes the best gaming platform doesn’t always translate well for the needs of photographers.


While looking into a couple of potential machines for a friend today,  I learned about the ASUS NX500JK-XH72T. This is a monster of an UltraBook in a very sophisticated little .7” thin  aluminum uni-body package. What this beauty lacks in heft, it more than makes up for in must-have features and pure power.


This is a high end UltraBook mobile computer, and I believe it is the best laptop out there for photographers. Featuring the World’s First 4K2K Quantum-Dot Touchscreen Display, it has the highest resolution (3840×2160) of any laptop I have reviewed to date. Photoshoppers and video editors alike will appreciate the IPS display with 4k resolution. The NX500 delivers industry-leading color reproduction, allowing you to work with more than 16 million colors and fully utilize 100% of the RGB, sRGB and NTSC color spectrum. In fact, The color space available exceeds 108% of the larger Adobe RGB gamut!  The screen is factory color calibrated so you’re ready to go right out of the box.


With the Intel Core i7 quad-core 4712HQ processor, 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM memory and a super fast 512GB Solid State Drive, your Zenbook will start up in seconds, open large programs and files in a snap,  and have you happily editing away, right away. As if the processor, memory and solid state hard drive weren’t enough to outperform all but the most over-the-top custom gaming rigs, the NX500 is capable of handling even performing the most demanding tasks with the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics that includes a fast and ample 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Adobe Photoshop, and future versions of Lightroom will take advantage of this graphics engine and offload some of the work to the graphics processor, so large files and intensive operations can be executed with ultimate speed.


The list of impressive features doesn’t end with the marquee hardware innards. If you have ever used a backlit keyboard, you know it’s very hard to live without it. Standard on this model. The premium sound is delivered with quality and precision via audiophile caliber Bang and Olufsen speakers. That screen I mentioned earlier? Yeah, that’s a touchscreen. And not just any ordinary touchscreen. This screen features 10 points of precision. What does that mean you ask? Well, it means that with over 10 million pixels on the screen, you’ll be able to easily touch the individual pixel you need, even with big ‘ol sausage fingers. Even wifi performance has been improved. Marketed as “5G”, the 3 by 3  802.11ac wireless promises Ethernet-like speeds 3 times faster than wireless-N standards. The battery is nothing short of amazing for such a compact design too. Seven hours on a full charge and a 2 week standby time is as good as it gets today. A one year Accidental Damage warranty gives you protection against drops, spills and electrical surges. Asus has long been a favorite of mine, and I have confidence in their free 24/7 technical support line. If you ever need to send it in, they have 2-way free standard shipping for repairs.

Laptops have always been about compromises. For too long, photographers have been forced to choose from an awkward array of ill-fitting solutions. With the NX500, today is a new day. This one is for us.

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Photoshop and Lightroom Classes

Power Processing for Photographers Workshops

Presented by Curt Warwick and Kirk Carter

January 11th and 25th, February 8th, 2014

Auburn High School Computer Lab, Riner, Virginia

Learn how the pros import, organize and process their photographs. This new series of 4-hour workshops covers the entire after-capture workflow in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. Workshops take place in a new, state-of-the-art computer lab.

Class size limited to 23, so sign up now. $40 per session, or attend all 3 for $100.

1. Power Processing Quick Start Jan 11, 8:45AM-1:00PM. Learn how to import your images, manage backups, keyword efficiently, mark and rate your images, and process using the basic controls in Lightroom and Photoshop. Along the way we’ll discuss how and why to shoot raw, exposure techniques and how to get the finished photograph you had in mind.

#2 Power Processing Global and Local Adjustments Jan 25th, 8:45AM-1:00PM. Detailed instruction on the image adjustment controls in Lightroom and Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw, plus the basics of changing one small part of a photograph (local adjustments). We’ll discuss how color management can affect the ultimate impact of your photographs.

#3 Power Processing Advanced Local Adjustments Feb 8th, 8:45AM-1:00PM. Expert techniques for using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom, plus advanced methods using Photoshop’s clone tool and masked adjustment layers. Specific techniques for retouching portraits and landscapes with Photoshop’s amazing new Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Move, and more.

All 3 sessions are taught by Curt Warwick and Kirk Carter. Curt is a Lightroom power user, and Kirk has 16 years experience with Photoshop.

Makes a great gift for the Holidays! Gift Certificates are available.

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Limited to 23 participants per session. $40 per session, or $100 for all 3 (purchased at the same time).

Click the button to go to kirkcarter.com to sign up and pay via PayPal, or if you would rather pay by credit card or cash (in advance), drop us an email at kirk@kirkcarter.com to make arrangements. Questions? Call 540.239.2118

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Auburn High School, Virtual Education Lab, 1650 Auburn School Drive, Riner, VA 24149

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Really Nice Rule #1

“As a general rule, if you disparage something someone else thinks is important, you are marking yourself as a rude, narrow-minded snob. It’s simply not credible to generalize from your own preferences and experience to include everyone or exclude anyone. What one person thinks is important may not be important to everyone, but they have a right to their experiences and opinions. You should be able to express your opinion without belittling someone else’s. I’d say that’s simple Netiquet, but such niceties are honored mostly in the breach these days. Nevertheless, your own credibility can be measured by the respect – or lack thereof – you show to others. If you want to be taken seriously, be serious, not nasty.”

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Very well said!

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First Shot

This is Lucy, blind since birth. She has no idea she’s blind.

Cat Portrait

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Ok Canon, Go Ahead And Announce Your Next Big Thing

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21st Century Steam Train

I was fortunate today to have a friend call me and ask me if I was going to shoot the steam train that would be passing near my house in the next 5 minutes. I really hadn’t planned on it, but I gathered up my stuff and grabbed this shot.


21st Century Steam EngineClick on the picture to see it larger on Flickr

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A Cabin in the woods

I have been going through my Lightroom  Archive Catalog and found some photos I had forgotten about, like this one:

Home On the Range

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Pictures from our Photo Road Trip

Here are a couple more from our road trip:

Nice night for a drive

This one is mine.


Strange Sitings [EXPLORED]


One from Alana, that’s me spinning the orb and Dave driving.  Awesome picture, it got explored on flickr!Zoom zoom

Jaime got a nice one too.20130218-_MG_9678


Jaime’s dad Jim nailed this one.

Dave had a bunch of great pictures on his camera before it decided to take a swim… Dave’s NEW camera will be here soon.

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Golden Pond – Frozen

Spent the President’s Day holiday on a photography roadtrip with some friends.  Had an awesome time and came away with a few good shots too!


Golden Pond - Frozen

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