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Keith Cooper’s Articles and reviews – Photography, printing, colour management, tutorials

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  • Pinnacle Premium Photo Lustre 300 paper review 24 inch roll of lustre photo paperReview of Pinnacle Premium Photo Lustre paper, by Paper Spectrum. A bright lustre photo paper that is our go-to choice for commercial and decorative prints. 300gsm weight and available in a full range of sheet and roll sizes
  • ImageNest on the Canon PRO-2000 imagenest v4 layout softwareA quick test of ImageNest print layout software on the Canon PRO-2000 printer. Quick print layout and placement along with resizing, colour management and sharpening
  • Macro photography for a trade stand macro photography rig setupMacrophotography setup for producing photographs of small electronic components for the Electronica trade show. Photographs of components along with brightly coloured gummy bears on a polished metal surface.
  • Northlight Images site updated keith cooper and large printThe Northlight Images web site has been completely re-written. All the old articles and reviews are still here, with updates and notes. The site is still being fine tuned
  • Macphun Luminar V1.0 review luminar by macphunReview of Luminar, Macphun's new image editing program, for the Apple Mac. Works as a stand alone editor, or can be used as a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements. Includes layers for combining and masking adjustments.
  • 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
  • Canon Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene review print washing - water resistanceReview of a water resistant 115gsm. Canon polypropylene matte paper, that lets you produce posters and prints that are rated for six months outdoor use. 'Waterproof' prints using ordinary LUCIA pigment inks on the PRO-1000/2000/4000/6000
  • Canon smooth fine art paper review two canon premium FAS printsCanon paper review: Premium Fine Art Smooth (PremFAS) smooth finish matte art paper. Neutral white, OBA free and archival. 310gsm weight
  • New firmware for Canon PRO-2000 pro-2000 attach print to rollCanon has released new firmware for the imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 printer. This corrects a few minor errors and makes a number of minor changes. It is a recommended update for all PRO-2000 users
  • Print of a photo of a sunset from my loft keith cooper and large printPhotographing an interesting sunset out of the loft window at home. How a simple photo, basic processing and printing produces a 22 inch by 33 inch print. Why any problems in making great prints probably doesn't come from deficiencies in equipment and software.
  • Canon iPF8300 review and notes 8300 printerOngoing 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
  • Innova Fabriano Art papers review staithes harbour black and white printPaper review: Two new Innova mould made heavy matte fine art rag based papers from the Fabriano paper mill. IFA-107 and IFA-108. OBA free archival papers
  • Topaz Texture Effects Review – V2 update Topaz texture effects sampleTexture Effects is updated to V2. It can apply many different textures and effects to an image. Includes multiple stacked filters, layers and masking. Works as a plugin or standalone application.
  • Photos for architect’s web sites highcross car parkAs an architectural photographer, Keith discusses what photos are for on architect's web sites. Based on a recent interview with a design agency, looking at why many small-medium practices fail to make the best impressions with their work.
  • Why I never recommend the best products gold-award-2Why we never recommend the best products. Keith Cooper explains why his reviews and articles don't ever contain any 'best buy' recommendations or test scores, and why you should be wary of reviews that do.
  • Tutorial: A large black and white print of the harbour at Staithes staithes fine art print tutorialLooking at the whole process, from photography to printing, Keith's tutorisl shows how he produced a 22" x 43" wide angle view of the harbour at Staithes in N. Yorkshire. Includes details on image stitching, B&W conversion and using masked adjustment layers.
  • DIY Telecentric macro lenses macro zeiss-135Joining various old lenses together with filter rings and cardboard makes a range of specialist lenses that normally cost thousands of pounds. Simple experiments with telecentric macro lenses.
  • Review – Macphun Snapheal CK snapheal no-people-at-pierSnapheal helps remove items from images, as well as fix blemishes and other unwanted features. Offers different removal algorithms and specific image adjustment and retouching tools. Works as a standalone or plugin application.
  • Spyder5 Capture Pro reviews Spyder5 capture kitA new Datacolor bundle with ColorCheckr card, SpyderCube, LensCal and Spyder5 Elite in a hard storage case. Article looks at the collection and includes full reviews of all the individual items.
  • X-Rite i1iO and a B&W test image target setup i1iOThe X-Rite i1iO table and i1Pro2 spectrophotometer are used with a modified version of Keith's black and white test print (8 & 16 bit versions downloadable). Quick and easy check for monochrome print linearity includes chart averaging.
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