A quick look at the Canon MP-E65 specialist macro lens
Tiffen Dfx 3 - Plugin filters for still and video images.
Business advantage - keeping the passion in your business
The photographer in the Orange hat
Photographing tiny things
Are there too many Pro photographers?
Pro photography - I can do that
Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mk II review A3+ 10 ink printer from Canon.
Nik Viveza V2 Updated plug-in for selective enhancement and adjustment of tone and colour in images. Simplifies complex masking of effects
Short review articles about aspects of using the Canon 7D.
Which side of inkjet paper to print on - Not always as obvious as it seems.
Pinnacle Art papers - A look at a range of fine art papers. Includes equivalents to well known paper brands.
Nik Color Efex Pro V3 PS/LR Plugin filter set.
Epson Stylus Photo R2880 review - A3+ SP R2880 printer from Epson.
Olmec photo papers - A range of papers from Innova. Gloss/satin/matt - tested on the Epson 2880
DxO update new cameras inc. EOS 7D
DSLRRemotePro - Camera remote control software for a range of Canon EOS cameras. New version now runs on Apple Macs too.
7D ISO noise test - 1/3 or whole stops?
Experiments with an iPhone - Some blog entries on what to do with one that Keith won in a competition.
Short travel blog
A few days travelling in the UK - laptop issues led to this being a bit shorter than intended ;-)
New version of the X-rite ColorChecker card that includes software to create Adobe DNG profiles and additional targets for grey balance.
Basic display calibrator from Datacolor - emphasizes ease of use.
Canon iPF6100 - Detailed review
Canon's 12 ink, 24" wide format printer.
Full review of the latest printer profiling system from Datacolor.
Physical Limits in Digital Photography
Updated full length Article - How does the physics of light limit camera design?
Mamiya M645 lenses used as shift lenses on a 1Ds3
Using an adapter, we've tried out some of our old M645 Sekor lenses as 35/55/80/210mm shift lenses on a Canon 1Ds3.
Why are my prints too dark?
One of the more common printing problems we get asked about. Addresses some of the steps you can take to produce more consistent prints.
Preserving Mountain Art - Photographic and art archives - the challenges of the digital world. An article by guest writer Tony Riley
Physical Limits in Digital Photography How does the physics of light limit camera design? A guest article by David B. Goldstein. Updated longer version
Jane Fonda and Me... Making a large (42" x 28") print from previously unseen photographs taken on the set of Barbarella in 1967
Using tilt lenses - A guide to what happens when you tilt a lens, and the techniques Keith uses to place the plane of focus where it's needed. Includes sets of tables covering lens settings.
Canon TS-E 17mm tilt/shift lens - our first tests of this rather good new lens.
Producing a black and white print - Article describing the full process Keith went through in producing a black and white landscape print. From taking photographs, through editing the image and final printing. Includes a downloadable version of the original colour image as an example to work on.
Old lenses on a DSLR following on from our look at the Flektogon 20/2.8, Keith has tried the small but very nicely formed Zuiko 24/2.8, on a 1Ds Mk3
Innova Smooth Cotton Natural/High White - Two versions of Innova's cotton based art papers. IFA-11 and IFA-14. Tested on the HP Z3200 and Epson 9600.
Zeiss Flektogon 20/2.8 on a 1Ds Mk3 - Using an old manual focus M42 screw fit lens on a modern digital SLR. Works well, even if a bit soft at f/2.8. Having a go with manual focus lenses is (IMHO) a good way to help think differently about some aspects of your photography.
HP DesignJet Z3200ps - Review of the 12 ink, 24" wide format printer from HP. Built in spectrophotometer provides paper profiling functionality directly from the printer.
Nik Viveza - Plug-in for selective enhancement and adjustment of tone and colour in images. Selection techniques allow some effects previously only obtainable with complex masking techniques.
SpyderCube - A lighting cube with white/grey/black faces to help with exposure and white balance, also has a built in light trap and chrome ball for checking specular reflections and absolute black points.
Epson black ink swap - we've been sent a new unofficial method for the 7800/9800 and 7880 and 9880. We also have a 4880 ink swap page Use with care, at your own risk.
ImageNest RIP - Review of a printing package that provides layout and printer control for printers of any size. Particularly useful for making better use of large format printers and roll paper. Uses existing printer drivers, including 3rd party ones such as QuadToneRIP.
Choosing a working space - There are a number of popular choices for working colour space when editing images. Keith shows examples and discusses his personal choices for different applications. One size definitely does not fit all.
Desktop Print Viewer - PDV-3e - A review of the GTI print viewer, showing why having a well defined print viewing solution helps with print evaluation and soft proofing. Good lighting is a key factor in print consistency and prints looking more like you see on your monitor.
i1iSis OBA compensation - Optical brighteners can cause problems in profiling some papers. Article shows why, and reviews X-rite's approach to building corrected profiles for different lighting conditions with the iSis.
Nik Sharpener Pro V3 Effective sharpening of an image before printing is an important factor in giving your prints the level of detail and 'look' you are after. It varies by subject, print size and even printer type. Nik Sharpener Pro V3 includes new ways of helping produce consistent image sharpening.
How to install Canon EOS software without the original CD - A collection of tips
Epson Stylus Pro 7880 - Review of the 24" SP7880 large format printer from Epson.
DxO Optics Pro Version 5.3 The latest version of DxO Optics Pro. RAW camera file conversion and correction of lens distortions for selected cameras and lenses.
How to become a Professional Photographer Keith regularly gets mail asking about how to become a professional photographer. This article represents some of his personal views and opinions on just what it needs to become a 'Pro' photographer.
Nik Silver Efex Pro Provides a wide range of colour to black and white conversion options and effects. Includes accurate film emulsion and grain simulations, and selective tools for enhancing different aspects of the resulting images.
Camera Profiling for ACR with the DNG Profile Editor Using a ColorChecker card, Keith creates custom camera profiles (the Ricoh GX200 is used as an example). Used for processing RAW camera files with Adobe Camera Raw. Applicable to any camera producing RAW files that can be opened in ACR.
The main Print Gallery
has been expanded to reflect a lot of the prints we've been supplying commercially over the last couple of years. Over 150 new images in BW and colour.
At the moment it doesn't include any from the latest - PhotoBlog - driving round Colorado
Review - Ricoh GX200 Keith recently took the new GX200 on his trip to Colorado. With a new 12MP sensor and a range of other improvements, it gets a lot closer to the ideal pocket camera for photographers who don't want the camera to try and do everything for them.
basICColor CaliCube and Gray Card - A spectrally neutral 25% grey card for optimum camera white balance, and a lighting cube that as well as black, grey and white faces, has a built in light trap and chrome ball for checking specular reflections and absolute black points.
Pinnacle Photo Oyster paper- A review of a new Lustre finish paper from a local supplier, tested while we were looking for a good economic paper for our commercial decorative prints, rather than some of the Fine Art papers we normally use. Inc. notes on finding local equivalents.
Innova Ultra Glossy Canvas - A review of two canvases from Innova (IFA 35, 36). One of which prints just like their Fibaprint papers and comes out with a glossy finish, with greater colour depth and deeper blacks than you get even after varnishing more traditional canvases.
Innova Fibaprint Glazed review - A review of two 285gsm Innova papers (IFA 58, 59) with a Glazed and Semi-Glazed finish.
Epson Traditional Photo Paper review - tried out with the 4880 (paper known as Exhibition Fiber in the US)
Epson Stylus pro 4880 Review - A detailed look at Epson's SP4880 17 inch width (A2+) printer. With roll feed, sheet feed and a sheet paper tray, it's the most versatile of Epson's large format printers.
ColorMunki Printer profiling - A detailed review looking at the ColorMunki ICC printer profiling system from X-Rite. This expands on this particular aspect of our initial review of the ColorMunki. Covers making and optimising printer profiles, with notes on profile evaluation.
Printer Test Images - We've updated our collection of test and evaluation images and how to use them
Spyder3 Print V3.5 review The latest ICC printer profiling system from Datacolor (aka ColorVision) is reviewed. Featuring faster operation and a wide range of profile generation options, it can be used for building printer profiles for colour and (with additional measurements) Black and White printing. For more experienced users it offers multiple version profile building (from the same set of measurements) and profile editing.
Using the X-Rite ColorMunki for improved Black and White printing - How to use a revised version of our B/W test image that incorporates a randomised 21 step greyscale strip with QuadToneRIP. For generating B/W icc profiles for improving prints using print techniques such as Epson's ABW black and white printing mode.
GrafiLite Review - The Grafilite is based on the Ott Lite task lamp and is aimed at improving the consistency and quality of your printed work, without going to the expense of getting a full print viewing stand or cabinet.
ColorMunki Photo review - The latest 'All in One' Spectrophotometer from X-Rite that supports monitor, projector and printer profiling. It's particularly aimed at people who might have avoided colour management in the past as just too much trouble, or too difficult. Our initial review is an overview based on our testing the device with pre-release software, and will be followed by a detailed coverage of all the features when full software is available.
Downloadable media test images - to help with media settings selection for printer profiling.
i1 Beamer - A software upgrade and hardware attachment device for using the X-rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer for digital projector profiling
Autofocus accuracy check - A test pattern we use for setting up AF microadjustment.
Spyder 3 Pro - Datacolor's Spyder monitor calibration package offering a set menu of profiling choices, ambient light measurement and supporting profiling of multiple monitor systems.
Spyder 3 Elite review - An all new version of the Spyder monitor profiling and calibration hardware and software. Supports multiple monitor systems and calibration of projectors. Includes ambient light sensor for monitoring room lighting and aiding choices in initial calibtration parameters.
Intellihance Pro 4.2 review. An overview of this Photoshop plug-in that wraps up a whole load of basic image corrections in one easy to use interface. Ideal if you have occasional users of an installed copy of Photoshop, or just having difficulty learning the basics :-)
Keith now uses a Canon 1Ds Mk3. See some of his thoughts on the move from the 1Ds to 1Ds3. Also there is an article on why using fractional stop ISO settings can give noisier pictures. There is also some notes on the 1Ds3 viewfinder alignment problem that some people have identified.
You can see Keith's travel blog from his most recent trip to the US if you are curious. We've also reformatted his old Colorado 2006 travel diary to make it easier to read.
Printing your black and white photos In part two of an interview with Keith, he discusses his approach to printing his black and white photography. Part One covered digital black and white photography in general.
Colour Confidence Profiler. An update to our review earlier this year of this printer and monitor profiling package that comes with an i1 spectrophotmeter. The original package had notable usability issues - the update addresses many of the issues we found.
Digital Black and White. Keith was recently interviewed about digital black and white photography for a magazine article. We have an expanded version here covering some of his thoughts, techniques and tips for those thinking of trying black and white.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Camera review/discussion. Keith has tried out the 10MP GX100, which has a wide 24mm (35mm equiv.) lens and supports raw file capture as well). It's an impressive little camera that might just do for times when a big DSLR is not wanted.
A short review of this photoshop plugin from onOne software for creating frames and edge effects for images.
PearlyWhites and ShineOff from Image Trends.
Two short reviews of specialised Photoshop plug-ins to whiten teeth and remove excess shine/reflection from skin. Quick simple and effective.
Canon View Camera
An adapter ($20) to use an old MPP 5x4 view camera with a Canon 1Ds. Article shows details of construction and just what it can be used for. Could be adapted for any DSLR and many old large format cameras.
Innova FibaPrint Papers Heavy gloss/semigloss papers with the distinct feel of heavy fibre based photographic printing papers (tested on Epson 3800) Particularly good for Black and White.
Innova Soft Textured Natural White paper - tested on the Epson 3800.
Epson UK have lent us the SP 3800 A2 (17 inch wide) printer for a while. Keith has been reviewing its print quality and ease of use for both colour and black and white.
Lens distortion correction plug-in from Image Trends. Optimises correction for minimal distortion of objects such as people in very wide angle shots - works for any Ultrawide/Fisheye camera/lens combination.
Pantone huey PRO monitor calibrator
The PRO version of the huey supports multiple displays on Macs and PCs, and has much more control over display settings and profiling.
Travelling in California and the Northwest
A driving trip up the coast from San Francisco, Spring 2007
Short Article: Modifying the tilt and shift axes for a Canon T/S lens
Colour Confidence Print Profiler - review
A kit with an Eye One spectrophotometer. Offers printer profiling, monitor calibration and the EFI Color-Verifier package.
The Eye One iSis automated chart reader - review
An automated whole chart reader for printer profiling test charts. A3 and A4 versions provide spectrophotometer readings for both UV and UV-Cut (filtered) measurements.
Room and office decoration and lighting for photo editing
Some information on what to consider when setting up a space to work on digital images and evaluate prints.
Feature Update - Spyder2PRO Ambient light measurement
The Spyder2PRO now allows you to measure your ambient room lighting conditions before deciding on monitor calibration settings (it also now supports vista)
DxO Optic Pro Version 4.2
A greatly updated version of DxO Optics Pro. Even more image correction and RAW conversion features and a much improved and faster interface.
The Eye-One iO automated scanning table - review
A rather nifty solution for improving the quality and accuracy of target measurement for printer profiles when using the Eye One spectrophotometer.
ColorEyes Display Pro
Top end monitor profiling software that works with a variety of measurement devices.
Updated PrintFIX Pro review - better colour printing and B/W too...
PermaJet Fibre Base Gloss
A heavy gloss paper from PermaJet that gives a certain 'darkroom' feel to glossy prints.
PermaJet Eco-Flo ink supply system for the Epson R2400
Review of a continuous inking system that allows you to cut ink costs with the R2400 by using bulk inks. An option worth considering if you do a lot of printing.
Power Retouche Black/white studio
Review of a Photoshop plugin giving a wide variety of effects when converting images from colour to black and white. Includes film types and the ability to selectively alter 'zones' of images.
Stitcher Pro 5.5
Keith has been looking at using this powerful image stitching software to join multiple images to create high resolution panoramic prints. One particular print was over 9 feet wide and is the equivalent of using a camera of well over 100 megapixels.
Media settings and profiling for third party inks
Keith recently converted an Epson Stylus COLOR 1160 to third party inks. In describing the profiling of a this set-up with a third party glossy paper, he shows how that often neglected aspect of profiling -driver media settings- can make all the difference between a so-so print and one that he would be happy to send out as a sample to his commercial clients.
EIZO CG210 LCD display
An LCD monitor for colour critical work. A brief review of what you get and why you might want to consider such a monitor for high end work.
Canon TE-E 90mm tilt and shift lens
A short review of what's different when using this very sharp 90mm lens. If you are new to tilt/shift lenses we would suggest you read the longer and much more comprehensive 24mm article first.
Beware the colour management tar pit
As colour management hardware comes down in price, more and more people are being told it will cure all their problems. A personal view from Keith covering some of the things it is good for, but also why you should be careful to understand why you are doing it in the first place.
Converting colour to black and white
A new layer blending mode technique has been added to the collection of methods for making black and white photos from colour. The page has examples of all the different techniques that we've collected over the years.
Digital Photography - two years on
Two years after his first all digital trip to Colorado, Keith discusses some of his thoughts following a return visit. After using a 1Ds for a couple of years, what's changed?. Article includes details on how some images were processed for making large prints in black and white (a follow up to his original 'moving from film to digital' article)
Travelling in Colorado
Keith has just got back from a couple of weeks in Colorado. This personal photo-diary /'blog' covers his travels. It includes many new photos and some of his thoughts on why he likes it there ;-)
Using a tilt and shift lens
Keith has been experimenting with using the Canon TS-E 24mm 3.5L lens on his 1Ds. Lots of images showing some of the effects you can get and why in conjunction with Photoshop it makes a good choice for some interior and architectural work (even hand held).
Selecting a good image resolution for your prints
With larger prints you can use a lower image resolution - 300dpi is not any form of 'standard'. It all depends on the viewing distance and some of the features of the human visual system.
Spyder2express - review
The latest entry level monitor profiling system from ColorVision for Macs and PCs. Excellent feature set at the price
Eye-One match update
A brief overview of the new functionality (such as 64bit Windows support) available in this free update (V3.6) from GretagMacbeth.
Why don't my prints match my screen?
A short article showing why there is more to getting your prints to match your screen, than just calibrating your monitor. It's the vital first step, but you do need to consider some other factors for best results.
Using QTR and PrintFIX PRO for better black and white prints
By using the PrintFIX PRO to take readings from a greyscale test target, you can create luminance only icc profiles that can give a noticeable improvement to black and white print set-ups. It can even be used to improve the results from the likes of Epson's new 'advanced black and white' print settings.
Win XP SP2 Dual monitor profiling
A short note about some software that may help improve your colour management on Win XP systems. Includes link to free Microsoft software that improves colour management functionality for all XP SP2 systems. Definitely worthwhile if you use a PC :-)
Pantone Eye One Display 2 - review
The top of the range monitor profiling solution recently announced from Pantone. The measuring device is an Eye One Display 2 from GretagMacbeth, and uses the Eye One Match software. This review has additional information to that in our original GretagMacbeth Eye One Display 2 review, and compares features between the Display 2, Display LT and Huey.
Pantone Eye One Display LT - review
The mid range monitor profiling solution in the trio recently announced from Pantone. The measuring device is an Eye One Display LT from GretagMacbeth, and uses the Eye One Match software.
Pantone Huey - review
The Huey is a new and relatively inexpensive addition to the monitor profiling market. Keith looks at how it performs, including its novel capacity to modify your monitor setup in response to changing room lighting.
Cleaning dried up inkjet printers
What we use to clean up old printers we get given.
The very simple guide to 'what is colour management'.
Is the red in RGB the same as a London bus, or a UK Telephone box? A very short explanation of what colour management is, and why you use it.
PrintFIX PRO - review
ColorVision have announced a considerable upgrade to the PrintFIX. The new version uses a Spectrocolorimeter to let you create printer icc profiles for just about any ink/paper combination. We've been looking at what it does and the results you can get.
Web browser colour management test page
Just how well does your web browser handle colour management (if at all). This page has a collection of test images to try it on (updated to show the effects of using large colour spaces like ProPhoto on the web)
Convert your 8 bit RGB images to 16 bit before converting to black and white?
If you are going to be doing much in the way of image manipulation (curves etc.) to your black and white image, it may be better to convert your 8 bit colour images (such as JPEGs) into 16 bit colour first. Sometimes 8 bit RGB can be equivalent to 10 bit greyscale.
DxO Optics Pro V3.5
A review of the latest update to the DxO software. It adds many new features to the RAW conversion software that Keith regularly uses for his landscape prints.
Pictures at an exhibition
Keith writes about some of the technical issues and challenges in producing prints for his exhibitions in Oct./Nov. 2005. Particularly covers workflow, resizing and sharpening aspects.
Black and White printer test image
A downloadable file to test the quality of your B/W prints.