Monthly Archives May 2007


I’ve made some big progress on our search (from yesterday), and I heard from Mike Crum over at Dell, who really helped narrow my search down big time. Here’s what Mike wrote:

“XPS is a great performer for the price conscience Photoshop user, but when it comes to a professional, the M65 gives a higher level of service and support. It also is certified by Adobe for their Production Premium Suite which Photoshop is a part of. The M65 uses the fastest components available to the mobile world for memory, (including ECC, “error correcting” memory), Faster 7200RPM disk drives, and onboard 1394 (Firewire) support.

There are a lot of features the M65 has that a Photoshop user won’t take advantage of like 3D professional graphics, but if a user is using Photoshop in conjunction with other applications like Softimage XSI, Autodesk’s Maya, or 3DStudio Max and professional video editing apps etc.. Then the benefit of certification of those applications and the performance components that go into an M65 really shine.”

Well, that’s pretty much right from “the horse’s mouth,” and that’s good enough for me. So, the M65 it is (here’s the direct link). Thanks to everyone who posted comments, sent me your hands-on experience, emailed me, and help me find "Scott’s Pick for The Ultimate PC Laptop for Photoshop users: The Dell Precision M65".

A photographer buddy of mine dropped me a line asking which PC laptop should he get for his Photoshop and photography work (he’s a working pro, and shoots in studio and on location). I use both Mac and PC laptops, since I train on both platforms, but when it comes to PCs; I’m strictly a Dell guy (I’m snobby that way). I emailed him back a link to the same laptop I use, the Dell Precision M65 (here’s the link), but I chose that one for a specific set of reasons: (1) I like the way it looks, and how it looks really matters to me. (2) I really like that it’s light, and it’s got a smaller form factor (3) I like the crisp sharp screen (I use a Dell 30″ display in my office at NAPP’s HQ), and (4) for running Photoshop, it hauls butt.

But it may not be “the ultimate” Photoshop PC of all the laptops Dell makes, so I have a contact over at Dell, and I’m going to shoot him a line this morning, and find out which he thinks would be “it,” the ultimate no-hold-barred, screaming Photoshop machine. In the meantime, if you’ve got any suggestions or experience with a PC laptop you love, post it here in the comments section, and I’ll let you know what I find out later today.

UPDATE: Greg Lutke posted a comment calling Dell’s XPS M1710 the “Ultimate Photoshop Laptop.” I just checked it out and he may well be right. Here’s the link to it. More info later. :)

UPDATE 2: Renown wildlife photographer Moose Peterson (of Moose’s New Blog), has weighted in via email, saying “Dell’s Latitude D620 blows away the M65.” OK, I’m starting to feel like I might need to upgrade my laptop. Thanks for the advice Moose.


I’m back from a beautiful day off playing golf (Tip: don’t play Matt for money). Here’s what’s goin’ on.

  • You’ve probably heard about our Photoshop TV photography contest, called “The Photoshop TV Shopping Spree at B&H Photo” where we send the grand prize winner to New York City (including round trip airfare and hotel), and give you a $1,000 shopping spree at B&H Photo’s Incredible Manhattan store. Well, Matt, Dave, and I went to B&H to show you just what that $1,000 might buy. Watch the video clip (which starts just like the segment we did on Photoshop TV, but this version has all the individual products listed, including some of our favorite camera gear) by clicking right here.
  • OK, since I mentioned Matt, I might as well lead off with the news that he’s just launched a new 21-day online training course on learning Photoshop CS3. It’s called “The Photoshop CS3 Power Session” and it’s designed for people who were using Photoshop CS2, and they want to learn how to put the new CS3 features to use rigtht away. The great thing about his course is it’s just “five minutes a day,” (that’s a perfect length, because who doesn’t have 5-minutes to get WAY better at Photoshop, right?). Here’s how it works: you go to the site, download the same image Matt works on for that day, you download a detailed outline (along with some extra tips and keyboard shortcuts), then you follow right along with him. It’s really brilliant, and the feedback we’ve gotten from Matt’s courses has been incredible. Of course, NAPP members get a huge discount (only $39.95 for the entire 21-day course). Start Matt’s class today at
  • If you’re a Nikon shooter using Capture NX, you’ll want to check out the new training DVD set (3 DVDs in all) caled “Unleashing the Raw Power of Capture NX” by renown photographer and Photoshop World instructor Vincent Versace. Vinny knows Capture NX on a level few people in the world do, and if you’re using Capture NX, you’ve got to get his collection. You can order yours at
  • Want to see some great photography? It’s the work of photographer Matt Brandon, and his site is called “The Digital Trekker.” Be sure to check out his galleries of people in their natural environment—very cool stuff. Check it out by clicking here.
  • Just a quick word of thanks to everyone who’s purchased my new “Lightroom for Digital Photographers” book. This week for the first time it’s ranked in the Top 100 of ALL books on, and it’s really exciting to see how many photographers are totally embracing Lightroom and “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. If you want to pick up a copy of the book, you can order yours right here.
  • Yesterday our friends at posted a very helpful set of links to some troubleshooting tech docs for Vista users running Photoshop CS3, along with links to Adobe articles on how to optimize CS3 for maximum speed on both Mac OS X and Windows. Click here to go there.
  • The “Digital Landscape Workshop Series” just posted their 2008 dates for their “Shooting Fall Color” photography/digital imaging workshop in Vermont (the official dates are Oct. 5-8, 2008) and since they’re always sold out well in advance, I wanted to post it now so you can snag a spot. Here’s their schedule for the rest of 2007 along with the Vermont date next year. (Note: this is the workshop I attended back in October of last year that I did the live report from. I cannot recommend this workshop enough—you will have so much fun, and laugh so much, and learn so much your head will explode.That’s all for today. Don’t forget to push some pixels around, and we’ll catch you tomorrow! :-)