What’s in the Photo and Video Editing Setup for 2018

Hello right, come with me. As you may
know I’ve been moving house recently it’s been hard work it’s affected the
channel and I was ill this week so there’s no video last week….it’s just been a
bit difficult but now, but now it’s all coming together and the new office is
set up I’ve got a few new bits to show you as well so let’s get the camera set
up on the tripod and we’ll see how things look right let’s go. How’s that
looking? Is it okay? I can’t decide if I need the blind up or
the blind down. Blind up….. Blind down I think I’m gonna blind up today it’s a
nice sunny day so I can also adjust the strip lights behind me to a different
color. Got red there, nice little blue hue, green Philips hue system pretty cool. Right I
think we’re ready so let’s go!! A really important part of a nice photo
and video editing setup is to have a nice space to do it in and I’m not
really talking about size or anything like that but just a place where you can
go you can concentrate and get your work done
I’ve had it where it’s just been a computer in the corner of a room at the
last place I had a full-blown home studio now that I’m here I’ve got this
office which is a bit smaller but the kids needed a bit of extra space so it’s
a compromise that I’ve made but it’s still a nice space, it’s peaceful and it
just allows me to get on with my work and really be creative and productive so
that’s the first thing I’m also got this really quite nice new desk that I’ve
invested in just to really enhance that and get everything I need into the setup
as I’ve mentioned a few times before on top of all of this I’m doing
I was also running a part-time job just to keep a little bit of security for the
family and things but about three weeks ago
I quit that job and I’m now full-time at this what-whatever this is photographer
filmmaker youtuber not quite sure I’m gonna be doing a lot of different things
on and off channel moving forward but they are all
going to include photo and video creation and therefore editing so I
wanted to get the setup just right and I’ve invested a bit of money in to doing
that and the first thing is this brand-new iMac Pro it’s an absolute
beast of a machine it’s the iMac Pro with 10 cores and it’s
just going to be the center of everything I do it’s gonna be the
workhorse it’s gonna be the powerhouse and it’s just gonna drive everything I’m
doing moving forward it’s also frighteningly expensive but I just think it’s gonna be
the right thing to do it’s gonna make me productive I don’t need to worry about
Lightroom and Premiere Pro slowing down like it used to on my laptop and to be
fair I recently sold my old iMac from 2009 for 500 pounds after nine years of
using that machine if the economy of this one proves to be anything like that
then I will definitely get my money’s worth and it will be worthwhile….. it will
definitely be a worthwhile investment I then also have the second monitor
hooked up that is the viewsonic VP2785 4K
it’s a monitor that’s being created specially for photographers it has 99%
coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and it also comes from the factory calibrated
I’m going to now be using this as my main monitor for editing photos and it
also now something I didn’t realize you do is it’s going to act as the main window
for my video editing to see what is actually going on in the main timeline
so it’s really nice you can see how that works there and it’s just gonna again
just make me bit more productive and just make things a bit more easy and
seamless the iMac itself has one terabyte of built-in storage that’s on
an SSD it’s very very fast but obviously one terabyte is not really going to be
big enough for storing all my photos and video files so for that which I
mentioned in the week I’ve got the Drobo 5d 3 that connects via Thunderbolt 3 I
think it is and it’s fast it’s big it’s got 18 terabytes of storage so that will
keep me going at least for the next couple of years
and I can add in extra hard drives as that storage requirement comes up in the
future next thing since my livelihood now depends completely on this setup I
have invested in a battery backup system with the move I had a couple of times
when the power tripped out and the computer and the Drobo died and when I
turned it back on on one occasion the Drobo just wasn’t working
thankfully I managed to get it going again but having that fail and losing
files temporarily and having to restore things from backups takes time I don’t
want that so I’ve now invested in this battery backup system if the power now
dies everything’s plugged in to that and it
will keep everything going for about an hour or so until the power comes back on
and I can get everything saved and shut down the computer safely so I don’t risk
losing any files if I’m out when that happens the Mac has a built-in
management system that will shut everything down as well so it’s a really
nice thing to have and it’s just gonna keep me going and keep everything safe
so I don’t lose out when things go wrong next up we have the printer here this is
the canon pro 10s it’s a really nice printer I’ve had it for a little while
now all the prints that I sell are printed using that machine I’m going to
be making a video about printing coming up pretty soon so we’ll talk about that
a bit more then. So as you know as you’re sitting down you’re editing videos
you’re editing photos it takes time and it can get tiring sitting at the screen
so you need a break from the screen every now and again and for that I’ve
got a little bit of entertainment I have the guitar I also have this external sound box
that’s connected to the computer that lets me plug in speakers and the
all-important headphones for those late night editing sessions I can still
listen to music and edit videos without disturbing the family. Post-processing
wise on the computer I’m using Adobe Lightroom for my photo editing I very
rarely go into Photoshop these days now and again maybe and then for the video
I’m using Adobe Premiere Pro. I really love the Adobe system it keeps
everything seamless across all your devices and just keeps productivity and
creativity right at the front and just keeps everything flowing really really
nicely if you haven’t got a dhobi Lightroom and Photoshop and things or
you have not tried it before I’ll put a link down below for you to get a free
trial and I’ll put links to all the gear that I’ve got down in the description
below so you can check it out at your leisure
as well please do leave a comment down below and I really want to know is there
something that could enhance my photo and video editing that have missed that
you use I’d really love to hear from you also please subscribe to the channel if
you liked the video and I’ll be out and about again very soon doing some
landscape photography anyway I hope you’ve enjoyed this one I’ll see you on
another video very very soon I’m Adam this is first man photography, for
the first time coming at you from the new office bit of a cough still Out!!


  1. Andrew Marr April 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Great video Adam, love the new office mate and the new toys. Perfect for making videos! Exciting times ahead, can't wait to see what's coming up next!

  2. Wayne Robertson Photography April 22, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Nice video Adam. I think a comfortable working space with good hardware makes a big difference for editing images and video, I have used the iMacs for years and really like them. I just wish the screen covered a bit more of the Adobe RGB colour space but you have that covered with your Viewsonic. In terms of anything else that may help, perhaps a graphics tablet. House moves can be stressful so you'll be glad that's over. Nice guitar playing!

  3. Hu Ko April 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Very good vid!

  4. Roger Rawson April 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I see it has been mentioned (Wacom) I havn"t used a mouse for 3 years. Not got round to drobo yet but I do have 3 WD hard drives for now. Best wishes in your new home ,looks very good.Quick question do you have carpet on the floor? I was thinking of laminating mine as the dust builds up.(think it might be the carpet) Just Purchased the printer (from your last video) thanks for the review. Keep up the good work looking forward to the next adventure.

  5. andrew oxley April 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Good to see you are improving your tech, hope all goes well. I enjoy your channel so don’t stop!

  6. Kieran Lehane April 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm


  7. dana blouin April 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Nice Setup Adam! and that beard is looking great!

  8. peterrichardphotography April 22, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Good luck mate. Looking forward to seeing more videos!

  9. Mark Harris April 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Wow! I've no idea where to start wishing you luck. I think the new house first, I wish you all the joy a home can give and you create many happy memories. I definitely wish you luck in your future employment, you have worked blooming hard for it. The kit looks absolutely amazing and the only improvement I can think of is to put it all in a van and bring it round to my home, honestly it will help. It makes my iMac with its 32gb ram tiny, but it’s enough because I only do photography and I believe videography hammers average machines. I hope you’re fully recovered soon Adam and I'm genuinely chuffed for you, very well done indeed!

  10. martin berry April 22, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Good luck to you going full time.

  11. D Orr April 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Great video as always, and lovely set up. You rocked that guitar ? man! Wow!

  12. Martin Smith April 22, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Need to get those guitar solos for the sweeping drone shots ?

  13. Tim Scanlan April 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Adam. What a cracking set up. Really like the idea of the battery back up – great tip thank you. Only advice I can think of is to swap the Strat for a '57 Les Paul if you're going to rock out !!! Good luck in the new home – wish you every success with the channel and all endeavours now that you're full time pro.

  14. Thomas Johansson April 22, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Have you thought about getting something like a wacom pen and tablet for your editing?

  15. Neale Gray April 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Very nice new piece of kit, love the new toys! Have you tried out the Lightroom dedicated hardware thingy, don't know what it's called but it's a proper device for making it all so much easier, according to the video anyway. Thoman Heaton tried it out and if I have a bit of spare cash I might try one.About £150 I think it was. Btw: how much did you pay for the A3 colour printer – do you have to calibrate the inks and paper each time, and the screens as well? Also how much was the APC UPS?

  16. Derek Willson April 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Adam, very cool video, you've obviously thought long and hard about what you needed , really looking forward to all your new projects best of luck, Del.

  17. tonybassplayer April 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Great set up. Looks nice and cosy in there.

  18. scotty4418 April 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    hope the career works out for you Andrew and you enjoy much success. Man cave coming along nicely 🙂

  19. Paul G Johnson April 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Great video Adam. The new office and equipment looks sublime. Peace x

  20. martin waters April 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Blind down I'm afraid!! Looking forward to your future work. Congrats on the house move.

  21. RICK PETERSON April 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Nice setup!! You could have some of your photos on the walls around you for that nice touch. Cheers!

  22. Julian Baird Photography April 22, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Nice one Adam. I'm also lucky enough to have a dedicated room for work and it makes the whole process of editing a lot easier. Perhaps the best thing I bought was a chair. I bought a Herman Miller Mirra 2. It was a serious investment, but it's seriously comfortable and given how important a chair is (as we spend a huge amount of time sitting on one), I thought it was worth it.

  23. Paul Goldberg April 22, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Wishing you the best with your new set up. Would love to see a segment devoted to file organization and backups. Relatively new to Lightroom and often confused about where and how to save my shots–and then find them again. A piece about Lightroom Mobile would also be handy. Best!

  24. Paul Weedon April 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Awesome office. Great video i look forward to watching new content soon

  25. M Hunneybell Photography April 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Another great video and good luck with your future plans.

  26. Neale Gray April 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Adam, one thing I've noticed is that all photogs go on about their gear bag, and rightly so, but nobody seems to talk about the gear they actually wear – clothing – coat, fleece, layers needed, etc; boots, tent, gloves, etc. Maybe you could do a video on that if you haven't already. What you wear is at least as important as the camera gear! You seem to cover the same parts of the world as I do, usually cold wet and windy!

  27. carl newell April 22, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    good to know we are going to see more frequent vids. good luck for the future.

  28. Jørg Terhart April 22, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Interesting to see what other photographers have on the desktop. considering work machine, backup and printer. I wish you good luck as 100% «what ever this is»! Good recovery and regards from Norway.

  29. Clive Miller April 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Good to see you back Adam, looking forward to watching you out and about over the summer…..

  30. Weekend Wanderer April 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! Had to stop this video a few times to wipe the drool from my chin. You’ve given me gear envy!

  31. Peter Good April 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Lots of best wishes in your new home Adam. Office looks great.

  32. Ant Hart April 22, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Very nice setup matey!! There’s a few quid invested there! it’s great to hear you’ve gone full time really wish you the best of luck going forward 🙂
    I thought the Drobos had a small battery backup built in?…was it a pain to rebuild it/get back running? I was looking to buy the 5C (USB-C version) mainly because of that little extra feature.

  33. nigel king April 22, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Nice setup Adam and good luck with the new house and full time whatever you call what you do, lol. Apple imac great system I have 27" and love it despite the critics, panic though at the thought of something happening to it as I really couldn't afford to replace it. Thanks as always for sharing, maybe one day I'll take the time to tidy my desk, it's nothing like yours, lol.

  34. Positive Ageing April 22, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Adam. I'm glad you are back and I hope after all your investment that you can make a decent living to support your family and yourself. Im hoping for great things from your channel and that you receive the rewards needed to produce quality content that expresses your creativity. Best wishes, big man. Thanks

  35. ToastandJam52 April 22, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Adam, the only thing I can think of that is missing from your new spiffy office is a keg of real ale!!! Apart from that, everything is perfect.

  36. James Aston April 23, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Great video Adam, well done on the setup very smart. That cough would be cured with 20 woodbines ?

  37. Gary Clayton Photography April 23, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Great set up Adam, love the new office space.

  38. Mick McKean April 23, 2018 at 1:59 am

    Nice setup Adam, one thing missing though – beer fridge…
    Hope you have great success now you've gone all in – I know you will!

  39. Peter Osborne April 23, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Good news that you're feeling better, the new office ! And gear looks great you have work hard for it well done.

  40. Ian Smith Fotografi April 23, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Good video Adam …metal fan?

  41. CJB JCB April 23, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Looks an imence setup, wishing you and your family all the best for the future. You have worked hard to get to where you are, good luck and keep producing your fantastic work.

  42. Allan Davies April 23, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Hello Adam, Thank you for sharing. My preference would be to have the blind – down the blown highlights at the window was distracting. Eventually, I imagine, you will have your own images hanging on the wall. I wish you well for the future and great success…

  43. Andy McIver April 23, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Looking forward to your printing video that you mentioned!! Will be interesting to see your workflow as printing my own images is something that is becoming more appealing to me!

  44. Craig Skinner photography April 23, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Awesome news that you’ve been able to be fully sustainable doing this whole YouTube/photography malarkey ??
    Love the new studio setup and I’m only a little jealous of the iMac ?

  45. jeff stephenson April 23, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Another great video Adam I'm looking forward to the up and coming content now that your full time . I've been following your channel now for a long time and I wish you and your family all the

    very best for the future in your new home as well as your new photography adventure. Good luck.

  46. Paul Bell April 23, 2018 at 8:30 am

    That's a sweet looking set up mate. Good luck going full time, not that you need it ☺ Anyway, you've always got the guitar to fall back on – nice ??

  47. Rory O'Connell April 23, 2018 at 8:52 am


  48. I Enjoy Creating Videos April 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Nice setup Adam! Thanks for sharing the video.??JP

  49. Justin Mortimer April 23, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Cool new office. Good luck for the future as you are now full time.

  50. Glyn Heskins April 23, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    If you are after a Gibson, try World Guitars at Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, I went there a few weeks ago, fantastic selection of top instruments

  51. Theresa Rice April 23, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Congratulations on the new space! Wishing you the best in the new digs…

  52. Wes Chilton April 24, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Congrats on the new space and computer. I recently bought a 10-core iMac Pro as well, what an awesome machine. It replaced my dying 2009 Macbook Pro. Really happy with it.

  53. Glen Domulevicz April 24, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I wonder how you protect the images you take while you are in the field, before you back them up in your studio. What I do now is set my second in-camera card as a backup while in shoot. This easily gives me some measure of protection. Better than what I had done in the past. Nice studio. Nice second display.

  54. André April 24, 2018 at 7:23 am

    I have the same ups! Mine stop working, had to replace the batteries!

  55. Alan Minshall April 24, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Loving the new office and best wishes for going full time. Love the guitar playing, could be a feature on your channel.

  56. Jani Nendl April 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Congrats on the move, Adam. Really love the workstation. Hope it works out for you really well. Good luck!

  57. Keith Grafton April 24, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    You've been missed …..

  58. Andrew Dawes April 25, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Wicked setup Adam! My current setup is a laptop and an inverter in a van and portable hard drives for daayyyyyysss ?! I love the Phillips lights and I totally agree, you need some entertainment as part of the productive work flow. Can't wait to catch more stuff!

  59. Andy Platt April 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Hi, Could you tell me where you got your desk, Thank you

  60. Tim Blake April 26, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Great video Adam. That setup must be a video and photo editing dream. Looking forward to see what's coming up! Good luck with the business as you are now full time. With your skills I'm sure it will a great success.

  61. Gareth Danks April 26, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Oh wow! That new Mac! Ooooffff! Very nice! Fantastic set up man. Love the ambient lighting too! ??? I need to order a second monitor I’ll give that one a look! Thanks ????

  62. Kenny75 Photography April 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Excellent video, Adam, like your new setup and the guitar bit. Sounded like you were playing a bit of Smashing Pumpkins there. 🙂

  63. Andy Miles May 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Great video Adam. I second the UPS. I bought mine many years ago and it has saved me numerous times. A few years ago I had to replace the battery which was really easy to do and much cheaper than a new UPS. You should have a warning on the vlog that it’s not suitable for children, I viewed it on the TV and my daughter now wants me to swap rooms. ?

  64. Fabiana Roberts May 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Adam, I have a question (hope you can help me) why when I record videos on the canon T6i looks so beautiful and nice BUT when I import the videos from the camera to my laptop (Lenovo), they look different (looks bad, less quality) it does not look like in the camera? ?

  65. Mr. C May 10, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Excellent Video

  66. Koen Bekkering May 10, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Hi Adam, first of all: thanks for the inspiration!

    Now for my tip: you should look into a dedicated video editing controller. ShuffleExpress makes decent (and highly affordable) peripherals, can't live without mine anymore. The same goes for my Wacom, speeds up editing so much.

  67. Jaime Duncan June 2, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Something that could enhance your editing: Move to Final Cut X. It's not just that is faster, much faster that is, but also that it's better suited for single person operation. You will be able to edit more, take on clients projects etc. I know Adobe has this collaborative tools and also if you are already paying CC it's difficult to add a second tool. That's my recomendation and only you can evaluete the intangibles.

  68. Voyager Adventurer June 4, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Just saw this video, congratulations on the new office! Love your channel so just subscribed <3

  69. RMD80 Gaming October 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I had a drobo it was not very reliable i prefer synology.

  70. TDA z October 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I like this workspace, do you think of using wacom graphic tablet for photo editing?

  71. redheli1 July 23, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    This was very helpful information for me. I was thinking it is time to improve my photo editing ( or actually make it functional ) setup. I was getting frustrated on window 7 pro machine 32 bit. Which has been a dog to edit photo on. I was actually losing interest in photography. You have given me fresh new ideas for a new setup. Thanks for sharing.

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