You have bought a Digital SLR camera and an iMac computer for your professional photography business. Now it’s time to look at computer accessories that is essential to help improve your productivity and make your business work more productively. Your iMac computer will come with a wireless keyboard, magic mouse and power cord to do all the basic tasks for your photography business, but there are other devices available that can help make your image processing even simpler.
You might feel that it is a bit difficult to carry out image editing with your mouse, but with a graphics pad editing can be done easier and more precise. You simply use a digital pen to “draw” changes on an image. Working with a graphics pad would be ideal for fine adjustments and intricate image editing work. With the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet, you’ll enjoy making digital art with the comfort, precision, and feel of working with traditional media. This tablet lets you create expressively and intuitively with your computer, whether you’re sketching or drawing, editing photos, or coloring digitally. The Tablet is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later (with Intel processor). The tablet connects to your computer via USB. A Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit is sold separately.
Edit digital photos, paint and draw with the natural feel of a pen on paper with this tablet. You will also get Free downloadable creative software which includes – Autodesk Sketchbook Express and Art Rage 3 Studio. The tablet has a Multi-touch gestures to scroll, zoom, rotate and a Pressure sensitive pen with an eraser. There are 3 replacement nibs included, located in the middle compartment on the underside of the tablet and 4 application specific Express Keys. The wireless accessory kit is sold separately.
Total cost: $90
You can store up to 15-hour of battery life depending on the size tablet. It has RF wireless technology which offers immediate pairing and avoidance of compatibility issues with an operating distance is up to 10 meters. Recharging through your USB port takes 3.5 hours for an 85% charge and less than 6 hours for a 100% charge.
Total cost: $40
Memory Card Reader
A memory card reader is a device that you can plug into your computer’s USB port to accept memory cards. Using this device would void connecting your camera to your PC. You simply open your memory card wallet and insert them into the device. This would speed up image downloading and will also save battery power on your digital camera. There are many different types of memory card readers from reading only one card to multiple formats. With the ABC Products All in One Multi Memory Card Reader, it is simple as ABC. This memory card reader will read all cards except Smart Media. It also has a USB cable included for connecting to your PC.
This memory card reader has a 1 Year Warranty and I have read a review of guy that have abused this item, dropped it, cracked the case, even bent one of the pins on the inside of the reader and still worked fine!! It works with USB2.0 and Mac OS V9.2 and above. The card reader reads all memory cards except smart media and has a USB cable included. This products is a registered trade mark.
Total cost: $12
External Hard Drives
The best way to increase the storage capacity on your computer is with an external hard drive. You can get hard drives with a storage capacity from 250GB to well over four terabytes. 1TB (one terabyte) is equal to one thousand gigabyte (GB). When you have a large external hard drive, you do not have to use much of your PC hard drive space. You will then mainly use the PC hard drive space to install new software.
Buy the largest drive capacity that your budget can meet as you will be amazed at how fast they will fill up. With the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB External Hard Drive for Mac, you can back up your digital content anytime, anywhere. It is designed for ultimate portability and the sleek metal design allows for the thinnest portable hard drive available with up to 2TB of capacity.
The drive is powered by a USB cable and does not require a power supply. The drive works perfectly with Apple Time Machine software right out of the box to provide easy backups. You can also get a hard drive case protector wherever you go. It’s an internal elastic strap that keeps the hard drive in place during transport, while a semi-rigid shell protects the physical integrity of the hard drive. In addition, an internal mesh pocket allows you to store your necessary cords.
Easy backup for your digital life on your computer, with 1TB storage capacity. It has a slim, metal design that allows you to slide the drive into your pocket, purse or backpack. The drive is formatted for Mac and compatible with Time Machine backup software right out of the box. Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. Simply select files to upload and choose where to post them and even add comments.
Total cost: $85
This Logic case is EVA molded, durable, with a semi-rigid exterior to protect your valuable data. It has a compact case to store or transport smaller portable hard drives. Its slimline design allows the case to easily fit into any backpack or briefcase. With an interior strap and zippered closure, it will secure your portable hard drive in place. It also has an internal mesh pocket that conveniently stores USB cords.
Total cost: $9
USB Port Devices
Having an additional USB port device come in as a very handy tool when you need it. It allows you to connect devices such as digital cameras, phones, external hard drives, flash drives, and printers to your Mac in one convenient place. With this device it is easy to move between systems because of its portability.
The Sabrent Premium 4 Port Aluminum USB Hub adds four additional USB ports that you can use to connect other devices to your Mac It has a sleek aluminum design with a shielded white cable that complements your Mac computer and products. It does not require any software or complicated installation process. With a slim, strip-shape design, it saves you precious desktop space. The nice thing about this product, it comes with a three year warranty.
Sleek Apple-style design ideal for iMac and adds an additional 4 USB 2.0 ports to your computer – Up to 480 Mbps data transfer rate. It is very easy to set up and has a shielded cable that makes it safe and efficient to transfer data for maximum performance and long-time usage.
Total cost: $15
External CD/DVD and Blu-Ray Burner
One thing about the new edition of an iMac is that it does not have a CD/DVD ROM installed. You will have to buy an external burner to what movies and burn discs. A DVD burner is highly recommended in the photography business market so that you can supply digital images on a disc to your clients. It would make it much more attractive if you can do it all on Blu-Ray. In addition to Blu-Ray discs, it also offers a way to back-up huge volumes of image data without using more space on your hard drives.
The Pawtec UltraSlim Blu-Ray Writer comes in a silver, sleek and slim multifunctional drive. It is a must-have accessory for your iMac allowing you to read and write Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD discs. You can also use it to watch the latest Blu-Ray movies or backup important files on a Blu-Ray disc with your iMac. It is the thinnest Blu-Ray writer on the market and is a perfect match for your iMac product line. Its Plug and Play and no drivers are required. Burning software is not included.
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Plug and Play – Works with Mac OS X. Note: Surface Tablet users will need a powered USB Hub with power adapter to supply additional power in order to operate. It has the ability to read and write CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disc. Constructed with industry leading slot loading Blu-Ray writer. Sleek durable silver top plastic finish that does not dent or bend with an aluminium slip resistant bottom.
Total cost: $160
CD and BluRay Burning. With authoring software you can burn Audio, Video and Data to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs and create and record discs quickly and easily on Mac. Popular features include: Ultra fast burning to save you time. Drag and drop files straight into the application. The ISO burner will record ISO images to disc. Burn Blu-ray data and video discs. Burn to recordable and re-recordable discs (CDR, CDRW). Copy and burn DVDs and other discs.
Total cost: $170
These discs have been extensively tested for compatibility with inkjet disc printers. It offers 4.7GB or 120 minutes of DVD-quality storage capacity, these are one-time record discs, ensuring that your movies, video clips or other data will not be erased. Today, most DVD writers and readers use these discs interchangeably, with no noticeable performance differences.
Total cost: $37
Blu-ray Disc is the next-generation optical disc format that was developed to enable recording and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25GB, which can be used to record over 2 hours of HDTV. Blu-ray uses a blue-violet laser to read and write data while current optical disc technologies such as DVD use a red laser.
Total cost: $43
The Double Black DVD Cases are made from Polypropylene Material and are of exceptional quality. The Cases have a clear/transparent cover for labels or graphics covering the front and the back. Will arrive in quantities of a 100 pack. The discs will not fall out from the case due to a strong hinge: would not become white and broken after several opening and closing. These quality cases are ideal for professional use.
Total cost: $22
Replace your double-disc DVD cases with these Blu-Ray Cases. It also has a Blu-Ray Logo, designed to hold one or two discs. Please be aware that there are several different Blu-Ray case designs, so these may not exactly match the cases you already own. They come in a pack of 25 and these quality cases are ideal for professional use.
Total cost: $17