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Keith Cooper with large black and white printCould you help with our site?
- by Keith Cooper

Improving what's here and supporting it

First - a big thank you for visiting the site.

The reviews and articles side of the Northlight Images photography web site is entirely written and maintained by myself in my spare time.

As you might know, I'm a professional photographer at Northlight Images for my 'real job' which is covered in a relatively small part of the site (by numbers of pages).

That's me on the right - taken during the making of one of my many printer reviews (articles/reviews index)

I've always believed strongly in freely 'giving back' some of my expertise and knowledge to help other people enjoy more of their photography.

During this year (2013), I'm trying to add new original content at least every other week, and hopefully making the existing content more readable.

Please ask questions - I don't mind...

Many of our articles have started from people writing in and asking questions.

If I find myself writing a reply of any length, this often serves as the basis for an article.

I do my best to answer all emails, but it does get a bit busy sometimes and I fear I may have let one or two get past me - if you use the contact form then it does not go via our usual filtering and I should get the email.

Some ways you could help?

If you use any of the following links to buy something (anything whatsoever), then we get a small payment (it costs you no more), which helps with the running costs of the site.

Even if you follow a link to a camera and then buy a book or a saucepan, Amazon will still credit us with the original referral.

Please comsider buying something from:

Amazon USA (.com) /Amazon UK / Amazon France / Amazon Germany / Amazon Canada / Amazon Italy

For photo equipment in the US, try B&H Photo or Adorama

You can bookmark these Amazon links, and then anything you buy after following the link will help us

USA http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=northligimage-20&linkId=M2CIP45EZIHUZQD5

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=northlightima-21

France http://www.amazon.fr/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1642&creative=6746&linkCode=ur2&tag=northimage01-21

Germany http://www.amazon.de/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1638&creative=6742&linkCode=ur2&site-redirect=de&tag=northimage05-21

Canada http://www.amazon.ca/b?%5Fencoding=UTF8&site-redirect=&node=677230011&tag=northimage-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=15121&creative=330641

Italy http://www.amazon.it/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=3370&creative=23322&linkCode=ur2&tag=northimage03-21

If an article or information was of interest or help - please spread the word

If you've found something of use or interest, please bookmark it and if you think anyone else would appreciate knowing about it, tell them or post links to our articles.

The web works as much by people following useful links from others, as it does from search engines.

I know that the site gets a lot of visitors through the rumour pages, but in some ways I'd rather it were best known for the range of articles and reviews I've written...

I've had several emails saying that some people would prefer to directly contribute to the site.
It's the equivalent of 'buying me a pint' as we'd say here in the UK.
- Thanks!

Coffee for Northlight Images?Things I should review?

All suggestions considered...

If you are or know someone at a manufacturer, then do let me know how/where best to get samples for review?

Our advertising - supporting the site

Site content is totally free, and as far as I'm concerned will always remain free!

We do have adverts on the site to help defray some of the costs of running it - if you are looking to buy something, then going via one of our adverts will make a small contribution to our costs.

It really does help, so thanks to anyone who has ever contributed in this way.

I've specifically decided that Northlight Images will not sell hardware or software directly.

When I'm personally looking for information about a product, knowing that someone is not directly selling it possibly inclines me to value the information a little bit more. Hopefully this policy earns the site a bit more trust from visitors.

Latest Deals (links help support our site) - rather than clutter up our pages, I'll collect any I find here:
Amazon.Com Camera 'warehouse' deals | Amazon.uk 'Open Box' deals | B&H promotions | Amazon.com 'Open box' deals | Adorama Deals

Our reviews are somewhat longer than many articles that get called 'reviews' on other sites. I always try and write reviews that will also be helpful for people looking to use the product for real and learn more about the subject. All our current set of reviews are listed on the review page.

digital black and white logoFYI: I've set up a LinkedIn group (~6600 members) for people interested in all aspects of Digital Black and White photography: Digital Black and White Keith gets our UK used equipt.
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For USA used items try:
B&H | Adorama

Ideas and suggestions for the site?

The site is maintained by myself and that puts a limit on redesigns and complex web design. If you've ideas for how to make the site look better (not using Flash BTW ;-) and easier to find things, then please feel free to let me know (NOTE - this is not an invitation to tender for web development work!)

As a result of recent discussions I've modified the top layout of articles to make the page table of contents and links elsewhere on the site a bit more consistent, and made it a bit more obvious where article content begins. Changes in site design are often minor, but can make a big difference to ease of use.

Guest Articles - Expanding the site's content - could you help?

There is a limit in how many new articles and reviews I can add each month. We are in the process of adding good original content by other authors, and welcome contributions.

At the moment we can't pay for articles/reviews, but authors would retain copyright on their original material, with Northlight allowed to edit and publish content and images. Full credit, a brief bio and active links to your own web site/blog could be included. Articles would need to be of similar length to our normal ones and include good quality images (max. width 690 px) We could edit articles for style (i.e. UK English spellings)

More information about writing articles.

If you're interested or even just curious, just ask...

Thanks for reading this, and I hope you continue to find items on the site of interest and use.

Keith Cooper