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Colour management – Leicester, UK

Making colour work for you

Based in Leicester, we can provide you with independent colour management advice in conjunction with our training activities

We work in Leicestershire, the UK East Midlands and throughout the UK.

Reviews and articles

We have a large collection of reviews, articles and tutorials on this site, designed to help improve your understanding of the subject. There are links to Keith Cooper’s colour management related articles further down this page.

Our expertise originally stems from our own need to produce the highest quality fine art prints and accurate digital capture of images.

i1 pro spectrophotometer

Fully Independent

We do not directly sell hardware or software, so our independent advice is usually aimed at helping fellow photographers get the best results.

We can demonstrate any of the many colour management devices and systems shown on this site.

If you are not sure of why you should be getting into colour management, call on us for a short chat?

We’re happy to offer direct advice as part of our commercial services.

Client advice

Colour management is not rocket science – you -can- do a lot of it yourself.

We’re happy to provide our commercial photography clients with help and advice relating to colour management issues, both where where it relates to our work, and more general matters such as monitor calibration.

Industry recognition

Keith Cooper is a one of X-Rite’s ‘Coloratti’

“X-Rite’s Coloratti includes the world’s top professional photographers, a group whose vision, passion, leadership, and partnership are recognized and valued by X-Rite. Coloratti photographers are highly respected by their peers and are admired by up-and-coming professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike.”

Keith regularly tests new equipment and software before release under NDA. Where permitted, this is always mentioned in our reviews and articles.

Training/Seminars

We are happy to include elements of colour management in our commercial photography training.

Keith also gives lectures and more general talks about the importance and use of colour management principles and techniques.

Articles

  • Viewing images – Monitor Calibration Monitor calibration sensorViewing images on a screen. Why monitor calibration matters, with some simple ways of improving what your monitor shows.
  • CMYK – beyond the inkjet print Large commercial printing pressAs a photographer with work in books and magazines, it helps to know the basics of large CMYK printing and how it affects the reproduction of your images. A guide for photographers
  • CMYK for photographers new clientThere is usually no good reason for photographers to work with CMYK images. Article looks at some of the things you need to consider if you need to use CMYK.
  • Black and white photo printing bw test image mk1Keith Cooper is interviewed about his approach to printing his black and white photography. Extended version with additional notes and information from a printed magazine article.
  • A visit to IPEX 2010 8300 display detailLooking at some large printers from HP, Canon and others at the IPEX show - Keith visits IPEX 2010... what's new?
  • Media settings – Printer Test Images media test imageTest images for optimising media settings when printing. Essential to check before profiling papers to know if too much (or too little) ink is being used for the particular paper chosen
  • Preserving mountain art Edward Norton on EverestGuest post by Tony Riley discussing some of the digital options in preserving mountain art and handling the large archive that exists.

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Reviews

  • X-Rite i1Profiler Scanner profiling colorchecker sg cardX-Rite i1Profiler V1.4 adds scanner profiling to i1 Profiler software. Works with transparency and reflective scanners to create accurate ICC profiles to improve colour accuracy
  • Printer review – Canon Pixma Pro-1 canon pro-1 printerDetailed review of the Canon Pixma Pro-1, a 12 ink A3+ (13inch) printer for colour and black and white printing. Tested on a range of paper types and sizes.
  • Using the new i1Pro 2 for profiling i1pro2 and targetKeith Cooper has been looking at the new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. Covering the i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Basic Pro 2 packages, he has written two extensive reviews of these X-Rite profiling packages for monitors, projectors and printers.
  • i1Basic Pro 2 review i1pro2 caseReview of the i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer i1Basic package from X-Rite. Monitor and projector profiling and calibration using i1Profiler software
  • X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 review Target scan with i1Pro 2Review of the X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2. Printer profiling as part of the 'i1Photo' package, including OBA compensation
  • Datacolor Spyder4Pro review spyder 4 proDetailed review of the Datacolor Spyder 4 Pro monitor calibrator colorimeter and profiling software package
  • Spyder4TV HD review spyder4 tvReview of datacolor Spyder 4 TV HD calibration for TVs, video monitors and home cinema setups. V4.5 software. Device measures display characteristics for adjusting colour and display quality

News

  • How poor is your colour management Datacolor spyder5 proA recent Datacolor survey shows how many photographers have problems with colour management and photo reproduction quality - some ways to improve, including a free colour management e-book
  • Datacolor Colour management survey spydercheckr card on deskHow does the UK photography community use colour management - a new survey is launched by Datacolor - complete the survey to enter a prize draw to win a Spyder5 monitor calibrator.
  • Some benefits of Colour Management spyder 5 capture pro kitDatacolor survey with Leica forum users looks at the benefits of a colour managed workflow for photographers. Screen and print colour management
  • X-Rite i1Studio launched i1studio and cc cardX-Rite announce i1Studio package for monitor calibration, scanner and printer profiling (colour and black & white). Updated software / functionality for the ColorMunki spectrophotometer
  • BenQ SW271 27 inch HDR 4k monitor sw271 monitorBenQ have announced the SW271 27 inch HDR 4k monitor. With HDR10 support. SW271 features 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and Rec. 709. and DCI-P3 colour spaces.
  • Datacolor new profiling software updates Spyder 5 upgrade offerDatacolor have announced new upgrade options for their Spyder 5 PRO and Spyder 5 Elite monitor calibrators. We've full reviews of the Spyder 5 PRO (and upgrade) and Spyder 5 Elite and will be adding details about the Spyder 5 Elite+ update in due course.
  • BenQ announce new 32″ 4k HDR monitor benq qhd pv270BenQ announce their new SW320 4k HDR monitor, to be shown in the US at Photo Plus. There is also the Technicolor Colour Certified 27-inch QHD PV270 and the 32-inch PV3200PT 4K UHD

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