Mac Setups: Photographer’s Workstation

Jan 26, 2013 - 7 Comments

Mac photographers desk setup

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Ivo P., a wedding and lifestyle photographer who uses the following hardware to handle the images and process his work:

  • MacBook Pro 15″ (2011) – 2.2Ghz Intel i7 – 8GB DDR 1333 DDR3 – Matte Screen at 1680×1050
  • Dell U2412M 24″ 1920×1080 (connected to the MBP)
  • iPad Mini 16GB – black Wi-Fi
  • iPhone 4S 16GB – black
  • 2 x 2TB WD External HDD as a working drives + backup
  • 1 x 1TB Samsung USB HDD for Time Maschine backup 
  • 1 x 1TB Samsung USB HDD as a portable backup
  • 5 x 1.5TB WD Green 64MB 5.25″ SATA HDD as a backup drives used with Thermaltake Black X double HDD adapter case
  • Apple wired keyboard
  • Logitech M-U0007 mouse
  • 7 port USB Active Hub
  • Datacolor Spyder4Pro monitor calibrator
  • Cambridge Soundworks “Megaworks THX250D” speakers
  • Griffin laptop stand for MacBook

That’s a serious amount of disk space, and the Thermaltake BlacX USB docking station is a really great way to be be able to juggle multiple SATA drives as if they were standard externals. PS: you’ll be forgiven if you initially thought the MacBook Pro was a MacBook Air too, but the matte screen option removes the black bezel in addition to the gloss.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups


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  1. JeffY says:

    2 comments of discontinuity:

    Easy one: no one makes 5.25″ HDD’s; those are optical drives. The physically largest HDD’s nowadays are 3.5″ (desktop drives).

    ToughER one: I’m confused about, in the same section, saying there’s 5 x 1.5TB drives. I see two of them plugged into the 1 mentioned dual docking station, but I don’t see the other three…

    The missing 3 HDD’s could totally be somewhere else in the picture, but the mistake with the 5.25″ vs 3.5″ drives is definitely wrong. Sorry, (kinda) nitpicking ;)

    • Ivo Popov says:

      Hi JeffY,

      You are right! The HDD are indeed 3.5″, I made a mistake. The other three are not in the image, since they contain old backups and i don’t use them a lot.

  2. Ivo Popov says:

    Hi all, the wallpaper image has been shot by me. You could find it along with other here:

    If you want to be notified for all my new wallpapers please like my Facebook page here:


  3. Alberto says:

    Same Mac, Same monitor, same work :D

    • Peter says:

      Pretty similar setup here too, hard to argue against what works best!

      I second @dfs request for the wallpaper if anyone has it…

  4. dfs says:

    Where is this awesome wallpaper of Dubai and Burj Khalifa at sun set?

  5. Dawdi says:

    The drive caddy is great, I have one of those too. Really nice setup.

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