Mac Setups: Desk of an Electrical Engineer & Amateur Photographer

Mar 10, 2013 - 12 Comments

Amateur Photographers Mac setup

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Bob C., an Electrical Design Engineer and amateur photographer who uses his Mac setup for image editing and management. There’s a fair amount of audio equipment mixed in as well:

  • MacBook Pro 15″ Retina – Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Apple Cinema Display 24″ connected to the MacBook Pro
  • iPad
  • iPhone 5
  • Full-sized Apple Keyboard
  • Apple Magic Trackpad
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Griffin Powermate USB media controller
  • M-Audio BX5a 70 watt Bi-amplified Studio Reference Monitors
  • Mackie  402-VLZ3 4-channel Mixer
  • Audio-Technica Pro49QL condenser microphone with AT8615 Desk Stand
  • Behringer UCA202 USB Audio Interface (not shown)
  • LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 and Thunderbold, for photo storage (with bright orange rubber bumper removed)
  • Segate 1GB USB 3.0 Backup Plus (for Time Machine backup)
  • Satechi 4 port USB3 Hub (not shown)

Though the MacBook Pro is shown in clamshell mode, Bob will often have the display open to function as a second monitor, an especially nice prospect given the gorgeous Retina display.

For those wondering, it looks like the camera used to take this great desk shot and accurately capture the lighting is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (found via EXIF data!), presumably that’s the camera that gets most use for photography as well.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups


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  1. Kevin B. says:

    Bob C,

    I’m curious about having both a Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. Personally, I’ve ditched the mouse altogether (using one feels weird to me now) and just use the Magic Trackpad. So I’m curious as to why you have both? Thank you…

    Kevin B

    • Bob C says:

      The click while dragging thing is hard for me to do on the Trackpad. And gestures are hard for me to do on the Magic Mouse. It’s just my preference.

  2. Jason B says:

    What is that chrome knob, I’m sure it’s for audio, can you post what brand it is?

    • Jason B says:

      Never mind I figured it out :)

    • Bob C says:

      The aluminum knob is a Griffin Powermate USB media controller, it’s in the list of equipment. It’s programmable to be a lot of things but you’re right, I use it for a volume control with push to mute.

  3. Bob C says:

    The desk was actually sold as a dining room table, not a desk. It looks nice, is simple, was pretty cheap (7 years ago) but I had to add some ‘enhancments’ over the years to make it better suited as a computer desk. I have two of them to make an “L” shaped desk.

  4. Lars Alan says:

    It’s a great look but like my setup where is the
    printer/scanner or printers which usually mess up most setups.

  5. MasterHowl says:

    That desk is a real nice size

    • MacFreek says:

      I agree. The desk is beautiful and has great working space. Any information regarding manufacturer or where to purchase this desk would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Cakes says:

    Great shot. By any chance do you have a link to that wallpaper?

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