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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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Latest articles and reviews

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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…

  • 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
  • Canon EOS-M5 camera announced Canon eos-m5Canon announce the EOS M5 mirrorless EF-M mount camera. 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Built in EVF and rear tilt screen
  • Canon 5D mark 4 DSLR announced 5d4 with lensCanon announce the EOS 5D mkIV 30MP DSLR. Dual pixel AF and 4k video. 7 frames per second, with WiFi, GPS and NFC. 4K Motion JPEG video at 30p or 24p
  • An old friend returns? jessops of leicesterAfter the Jessops photo business folded in 2013, Leicester was left with no specialist photography stores. Jessops, founded here in 1935, are opening a new store.
  • Two new Canon PIXMA printers pixma mg3050Two new printers from Canon. The Canon Pixma MG3050 (£69.99)and MG255OS (£44.99) use a hybrid ink system (dye and pigment-based inks) to deliver ‘vivid, vibrant colours’. Both are Wi-Fi enabled, allowing images to be printed direct from a smartphone or computer via the Canon PRINT app
  • DxO Optics Pro V11 announced dxo opticspro 11DxO announce the latest version of DxO Optics Pro. Version 11 refines the software and has the capability of processing files noticeably faster than with earlier versions
  • News items on the site keith in orange hatIf you've got this far in your reading of our 'news' archive, you'll notice a bit of a gap from here onwards. The older articles are from "Keith's Photography Stuff" blog and date from before I started the re-write of the whole site.
  • DxO Optics Pro V9.5 adds integration with Lightroom dxo95 lrI've used DxO Optics Pro for many years as an alternative RAW camera file processing engine. With the latest update it now works much more tightly with Adobe Lightroom.
  • i1Profiler is updated to V1.5 i1 publish pack i1 ProfilerI1Profiler is updated t V1.5 The updated software incorporates a number of fixes and improvements such as new monitor technologies Adds device link CMYK profiles to the i1Publish version
  • All the Nik plugins for just $126 Offer now closed - plugins are available via Google Nik Collection
  • Visiting Focus 2013 Keith at Focus 2013A visit to Focus on Imaging 2013 - since it's only 35 miles away, so the Focus on Imaging show in the UK is one trade show I'm happy to attend every year.
  • Watch for fake batteries… batteries - real or fakeSome information about spotting fake batteries and why it's often not worth the risk, just for saving a bit of money. Beware of cheap batteries, especially with on-line shopping. Buy from a reputable dealer
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