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Wouldn't exactly call anything from Ikea "quality"

Then again I have a huge love for DWR.
I guess it depends on what you are comparing it to
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Or you can go here for looking for parts to build a workstation...

http://www.overclock.net/full-systems/

You will want to study the parts and dont be afraid to ask questions to the sellers and to this post for the parts...
Best way to save money to get say more lenses and hard drive space
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How about if I give her my 950, and get myself a new 2500k. Would the 950 be alright for any thing she is wanting to do as far as photoshop or lightoom? I actually noticed tonight for the first time, that during BF3 my CPU was in the 90's during usage and my 570s were only in the 60's while I was getting FPS drops. I'm still at stock so either an OC is in order, or maybe giving the 950 to the wife and upgrading myself.
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post #14 of 17
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How about if I give her my 950, and get myself a new 2500k. Would the 950 be alright for any thing she is wanting to do as far as photoshop or lightoom? I actually noticed tonight for the first time, that during BF3 my CPU was in the 90's during usage and my 570s were only in the 60's while I was getting FPS drops. I'm still at stock so either an OC is in order, or maybe giving the 950 to the wife and upgrading myself.
It'll be plenty, no need to overclock it'll just complicate things. I would suggest just trying to make it a quiet machine. Throw in a card reader in the bays.
Put LR, PS, and any other programs onto the SSD. Have one HDD dedicated as a scratch disk and another for storage. Also, an external that can back up all the data or a RAID setup would be optimal.
The monitor will be pretty important. Look into an IPS panel as well as a monitor calibrator.

Don't forget lighting, check out SoLux. They got nice desklamps or tracklights designed to give you best results as far as color accuracy goes.

As for paper, check out Ilford. Memory card for camera I would have to suggest Sandisk Extreme Series, pretty much the fastest and largest one you're willing to pay for, but unless she does a lot of video, I'd recommend just going with multiple smaller cards just in case one of them fails you don't lose all your pics.
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Anyone have any suggestions on a brand of (i think their called) lightbox, or any other kind of lighting for indoor family pictures? It seems like indoor family pictures would be the best place to start trying to take proffesional pictures. You would have much more control over lighting and other issues, then maybe branch out into event and weddings.
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse...1/N/4294551176

That has alot of stuff for studio lighting and such...

I would say to just get some lamps chrome lamps there pertty cheap at home depot and get some white lights that are not blue tint like LED, and have them on constant on the subject (you can use soft boxes to cover teh lights to control the light better....)
but i think there are different ways to go about it
Flashes with some flash diffusers, you can go for Gary Fong stuff...He has a kit collapsable dome with bronze dome and chrome dome along with colored gels for different color effects for backgrounds and subjects...

But this is all up to her...
http://www.garyfongestore.com/

tons of different options...how long has she been shooting so that the others who are more knowledgeable can help you better in finding equipment
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I'm wanting to build my wife a spot that will be nice to do the computer side of her hobby for christmas. Right now she has a very small space in the corner and her printer won't even fit on her computer stand. The imac that sets there is pretty much dead, and really outdated.

here is part of her equipment
canon 60D
canon pixma pro9000 printer
all kinds of lenses

I'm wanting to get her a setup where she has plenty of room and everything she needs. So I would like some suggestions on what all to get. Anything that would make her hobby more enjoyable when it's time to start editing looking through her pictures. She has the camera and a pretty decent printer.
What I need are suggestions for a
desk
some nice quality paper for her type of printer
Quality memory cards for the camera
maybe your go to canon lens
PC build list or MAC
And anything else you can think of that would make her time there more enjoyable.
I would put around a 3000$ budget on it. If you go over, you go over, if you go under great. I would say a 4k max.
The computer will be striclty photo and internet. If you pick PC instead of mac please show me a nice monitor.

You could also point me toward some studio style supplies for doing family photos. Lights, background things etc. I really know nothing about this and am trying to surprise her, so I can't really ask her anything about it.
I think everyone has spoken enough about a computer choice, but before you write off Mac, you should consider what your wife's preference is. If she's used to an iMac, then she might want to stay with Mac (my wife wouldn't have anything else). That being said, you can blow fully half or more of your budget on a Mac machine, or save a ton with a comparable PC build.

About paper, I have a Pixma Pro9000 MkII myself and I use mostly Ilford Pearl paper. Ilford makes the best paper IMO. The Pixma can print up to 13" x 19", so be sure to get that (if she wants to print that large). You should also get her some more ink cartidges, because that printer goes through them in no time.

As for a desk, you can either blow your wad on an all hardwood desk or bite the bullet and go for something made from wood and engineered wood. I prefer a traditional writing desk myself and loathe these "computer desks" with their uselessly complex design. So a writing desk plus a nice printer stand is a nice setup.
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