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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.

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.

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.

i1 pro spectrophotometer

Industry recognition

keith cooper pro photographerKeith Cooper is an
X-Rite ‘Coloratti Master’

“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.

Articles

  • Black and white print linearisation with i1Profiler and QTRBlack and white print linearisation with i1Profiler and QTRBlack and white print linearisation using QTR icc profiles created with X-Rite i1Profiler software and the i1Pro spectrophotometer
  • So, you want a good, cheap inkjet printer with cheap inkSo, you want a good, cheap inkjet printer with cheap inkLots of people want a good quality, cheap, photo printer that doesn't cost a lot in ink. Unfortunately, the market doesn't quite work like that - some thought about what to do when your old printer dies.
  • What paper should I use?What paper should I use?With a massive range of different papers available, how should you go about seeing which papers work best for your photos. Some of the choices you can consider when looking at paper types and brands for printing your photographs
  • When your prints are too darkWhen your prints are too darkOverview of the causes of prints of your photos coming out of your printer looking too dark. Discusses workarounds and more detailed fixes for the problem
  • A personal health warning about paper reviewsA personal health warning about paper reviewsWhy you should be wary of paper reviews. Reviews for specialist inkjet photo printing papers may contain lots of measurement data, but paper choice is about so much more than that. There are so many other aspects of your photographic workflow that need looking at too.
  • Printing greyscale images and removing unwanted colour tintsPrinting greyscale images and removing unwanted colour tintsAddressing problems with black and white printing. Some subtle changes in print colour casts with lighting changes, and removing colour tints from monochrome prints.
  • A solution to the CS5 ‘no color management’ problemA solution to the CS5 'no color management' problemA solution to the CS5 'no color management' problem. Potential difficulties with printing if you want no colour management. The free Adobe Color Print Utility is made for printing profiling targets with colour management turned off.

Videos by Keith Cooper

  • Video: Printing and editing wide gamut imagesVideo: Printing and editing wide gamut imagesKeith Cooper looks at printing and editing wide gamut colourful images: Monitor choices and settings, working spaces, printer colour profiles and aspects of soft proofing (22m)
  • Video: Are third party inks worth it?Video: Are third party inks worth it?Keith Cooper looks at ink choices for inkjet printers and asks if third party or 'compatible' inks are really worth trying, or are they a false economy if print quality and consistency matters? (7m 30s)
  • Video: Starting to print your own photosVideo: Starting to print your own photosKeith Cooper looks at starting to print your own photos your new inkjet photo printer. How to make some initial paper choices and what image types are good to start with (16m 10s)
  • Video: Your first prints with a new printerVideo: Your first prints with a new printerKeith Cooper looks at what should be your first images to have a go at printing after setting up your new inkjet photo printer. Includes links to test images (9m 20s)
  • Video: Choosing between the PRO-200 and PRO-300Video: Choosing between the PRO-200 and PRO-300Keith Cooper looks at the differences between the similar looking Canon PRO-200 and PRO-300 inkjet photo printers. Which works best for particular photographic needs(13m 15s)
  • Video: Dye or pigment ink printer choicesVideo: Dye or pigment ink printer choicesKeith Cooper looks at the differences between dye based and pigment based inks for inkjet photo printers. What works best? Is one type a better fit for some photographers (12m 40s)
  • Video: BenQ SW321C 4k monitor reviewVideo: BenQ SW321C 4k monitor reviewKeith looks at the BenQ 32 inch SW321C monitor. The 4k UHD display is aimed at the photographic market, giving 99% Adobe98 and 95% DCI-P3. It has a wide range of inputs and features hardware calibration. (19m)

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Reviews

  • Innova Fine art cotton papers IFA26,27 ReviewInnova Fine art cotton papers IFA26,27 ReviewPaper reviews for Innova IFA-26 and Innova IFA-27 bright white cotton Soft Textured and Cold Press Rough Textured matte art papers.
  • Canon iPF8300 review and notesCanon iPF8300 review and notesOngoing Canon iPF8300 review and notes about using the imagePROGRAF iPF8300 44 inch large format printer, by Keith Cooper. Notes date back to setting up the printer in November 2010
  • Epson SureColor SC-P400 printer reviewEpson SureColor SC-P400 printer reviewDetailed review of the Epson SureColor SC-P400 13 inch width (A3+) pigment ink printer. Wide range of media and prints on roll paper up to 3.2m long
  • HP ENVY 5540 printer reviewHP ENVY 5540 printer reviewReview of the All-in-one HP Envy 5540 4-colour (CMYK) inkjet printer. A4 print size with double sided (duplex) printing and 6x4 borderless photo printing
  • Datacolor Spyder5Elite reviewDatacolor Spyder5Elite reviewReview of the Spyder5Elite monitor calibrator and profiling software. Datacolor Spyder5 supports multiple monitors, and projector calibration. Custom settings allow for more flexibility in selecting optimal calibration and profiling.
  • Epson SureColor SC-P800 printer reviewEpson SureColor SC-P800 printer reviewDetailed review of the Epson SureColor P800 printer. A2 sheet paper (17" width) and roll paper support. Tested with a variety of paper types, colour and B&W
  • BenQ PG2401PT monitor reviewBenQ PG2401PT monitor reviewReview of BenQ PG2401PT, a wide gamut LCD monitor that comes with a version of X-Rite's i1Profiler software for calibration and profiling

News

  • X-rite updates i1 Profileri1profiler updated.New features include the option to balance red, green and blue during monitor calibration, improved automatic monitor adjustment (ADC) during the calibration process, and support for Eizo ColorEdge displays.
  • i1 Display 2 and i1 Display LT to be supported for Mac OS 10.7 Lioni1 Display 2 and i1 Display LT to be supported for Mac OS 10.7 Lioni1 Display 2 and i1 Display LT to be supported for Mac OS 10.7 Lion by special Mac only update
  • X-rite updates i1Profiler LicenseX-rite updates i1Profiler LicensePerhaps not something I'd normally report, but given all the kerfuffle over the i1Profiler EULA (license) when it came out, it's worth noting that they have retrospectively altered the license.
  • A solution to the CS5 ‘no color management’ problemA solution to the CS5 'no color management' problemA solution to the CS5 'no color management' problem. Potential difficulties with printing if you want no colour management. The free Adobe Color Print Utility is made for printing profiling targets with colour management turned off.
  • Latest i1Solutions from X-riteLatest i1Solutions from X-riteUpdated information about i1 Profiler capabilities. X-rite profiling options
  • Datacolor SpyderCheckrDatacolor SpyderCheckrProduct launch information: Datacolor SpyderCheckr. Datacolor have announced a new colour management tool in the form of the SpyderCheckr colour card
  • DNG ProfileManager – organising DNG profilesDNG ProfileManager - organising DNG profilesDNG ProfileManager - organising DNG camera profiles. Making DNG profiles is a good way of working round awkward lighting conditions, where the trouble of making a full icc profile is perhaps not merited.

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