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  • Canon imagePROGRAF TX-2000 Canon tx-2000Canon have announced the imagePROGRAF TX-2000 and TX-3000 printers. 24" and 44" pigment inkjet printers for CAD/GIS and poster reproduction. Dual roll media support.
  • Affinity Photo V1.6 affinity photoAffinity Photo V1.6 update released. Boosts performance and functionality - limited time offer for free extras.
  • Luminar 2018 aims at Lightroom Luminar 2018Luminar 2018 - image editing update for Mac and Windows. Adds new filters and RAW processing. Faster software and an expansion of editing flexibility
  • Macphun becomes Skylum skylum softwareMacphun is renaming the company as Skylum - Part of this signifies the move of their photography software to the Windows platform as well as the Apple Mac
  • 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

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  • Keith Cooper’s City Light Luminar presets city-light SeattleKeith's 'City Light' presets for MacPhun's Luminar photo editing software. Developed for architectural images when converting from colour to B&W. Before and after examples, and how they differ from 'straight' B&W conversions. Also using them as a luminance adjustment for colour images.
  • i1Studio calibration and profiling review i1studio and colorchecker cardX-Rite i1Studio calibration and profiling review. Calibrate monitors and projectors. Profile reflection and transmission scanners, and profile papers for colour and black and white printing.
  • Luminar 2018 review Luminar 2018Luminar 2018 photo editing software - a review update. Filters, speed and attention to RAW processing, with asset management on its way
  • BenQ SW271 monitor review BenQ sw271 monitorKeith reviews BenQ's latest high end monitor. The BenQ SW271 27inch width display features 3840x2160 resolution at 16:9 aspect ratio and accepts 4k HDR video. Dual HDMI inputs along with Displayport, Thunderbolt/USB3. Technicolor certified
  • Install Canon camera software without CD Canon CDInstalling Canon camera software without the CD. What to do if you've lost your original CD and need to re-install software
  • Topaz Studio additions topaz labsTopaz Studio additions - new functionality from existing Topaz plugins added to the free Topaz Studio editing application.
  • Book Review: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer starting your freelance photo careerBook review: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer (Tad Crawford, Chuck DeLaney) Just how do you run a photography business. What things do you need to address? How will you market and sell your services, and make your business last.
  • Review of the Epson P5000 printer p5000 a2 printer reviewReview of the Epson Surecolor P5000 printer. 17 inch width A2, with roll support and paper cartridge for sheet media. Looking at print capabilities and colour management

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More photo news…

  • Kodak to bring back Ektachrome film kodak ektachromeAt the CES show in Vegas, Kodak have announced that Ektachrome colour slide film is going to be making a comeback later in 2017
  • Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit mt26 on cameraThe new Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit boosts power over the previous MT-24EX and add wireless support, along with an updated interface
  • New Canon 50mm, 90mm and 135mm tilt-shift lenses 135mm ts-eNew tilt shift lenses announced. Canon 50mm f2.8L, 90mm f2.8L and 135mm f4L macro tilt-shift lenses. TS-E lens range expanded with macro capable lenses.
  • Canon EOS M100 24MP camera m100 flashCanon EOS M100 with 24MP sensor and Dual Pixel AF replaces the EOS M10. Digic 7 processor improves video performance. Available in black or white, shipping in October for £570/$600 with 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, or £770/$950 with 15-45mm and 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM.
  • Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM 85mm f/1.4 Canon lensA new lens from Canon. The Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM stabilised f1.4 lens is a short telephoto prime lens for portrait and low light work
  • New Canon TS Pixma printers pixma TSCanon launch a new range of TS Pixma printers PIXMA TS9120, TS8120, TS6120, TS5120 and TS3120 3-in-1 inkjet printers
  • Moorsview photography event in Yorkshire Moorsview 2017With exhibitions talks and seminars, the Moorsview 2017 event takes place in Pickering over the weekend from Friday 8th to Sunday the 10th September 2017. A good reason to visit the North York Moors area of the UK
  • Macphun Aurora 2018 HDR for Mac and Windows Macphun Aurora 2018 HDR editing and creation software updated for Mac and Windows platforms. Speeds up processing and adds new features
  • Venus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lens laowa 12mm f2 E mountVenus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lens is announced. The widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras, Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 60 inch printer Canon PRO6000Canon have announced a 60 inch width version of their imagePROGRAF PRO series of printers. The PRO-6000 is a 12 colour pigment ink printer - a bigger version of the PRO-2000 reviewed by Keith Cooper. For a PRO6000 review, read Keith's PRO2000 one and change any mention of 24" to 60"
  • Luminar – now for Windows too luminar windowsMacphun have announced a free open Beta test version of their Luminar photo editor that work on Windows PCs. Keith has reviewed Luminar (Mac version) in the past, so do have a look for a bit more detail of just what you can do with it, beyond some of the rather 'luminous' examples. It's actually capable of some very subtle adjustments.
  • Nikon EN-EL15 battery advisory update EN_EL15 Lot NumberNikon have an updated product advisory for very specific versions of the EN-EL15 battery. cameras include D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 and the Nikon 1 V1
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