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  • Autopano Giga 3 review update corn exchange apg panoReview of Autopano Giga from Kolor. Version 3 update is faster, adds additional functionality for stitching images and the projection geometry used for output.
  • ImageNest RIP review V3.5 update testing ImageNestReview of the ImageNest RIP by Bluecubit. Version 3.5 expands BPC, sharpening and colour management for a wide range of printers
  • Camera AF Microadjustment test patternChecking for front or back focus with camera AF. Fine-tuning camera autofocus setup. AF Microadjustment without special tools or the need to spend any money.
  • X-Rite i1Profiler Scanner profiling colorchecker sg cardX-Rite i1Profiler V1.4 adds scanner profiling to i1 Profiler software. Works with transparency and reflective scanners to create accurate ICC profiles to improve colour accuracy
  • Diminishing returns – the new photo equipment question 1Ds mark 4How much better is new photographic equipment compared to the previous version. Have big jumps in performance gone for ever? New reviews are getting more difficult.
  • Review of Nik HDR Efex Pro V2 st mary de castroNik HDR Efex Pro 2 review. Software to combine photographs to create high dynamic range images. Part of the Google Nik collection
  • Review of Nik Dfine V2 dfine2 boxReview of Nik Dfine version 2. Plugin for removing noise from image files. Allows for different reduction for parts of image. Part of Google Nik Collection
  • Testing add-on tele and wide angle convertor lenses large lensTrying out a range of tele and wide angle converter attachments for the front of lenses. Converters increase or decrease the focal length of a lens. Quality differs widely, but the effects can be interesting
  • Review of DxO Optics Pro V8 kcc evening viewUpdated review of DxO Optics Pro version 8. Software improves image processing options and add a number of workflow elements such as printing
  • Review of DxO ViewPoint V1.1 portrait image correctionDxO Viewpoint software works as a plugin or application to correct aspects of image geometry such as keystone (converging verticals) or distortions from very wide lenses
  • Printer review – Canon Pixma Pro-1 canon pro-1 printerDetailed review of the Canon Pixma Pro-1, a 12 ink A3+ (13inch) printer for colour and black and white printing. Tested on a range of paper types and sizes.
  • So, your friends say your photos are good… washing car washSo, you want to become a professional photographer, and your friends say your photos are great - what do they know? Why you should take care with who you ask for business advice
  • Older photographers – let them use DSLRs angle finder cPhone cameras fail in a big way if you have forgotten your glasses - why camera design needs to consider older people. Good viewfinders matter for everyone
  • Producing better photographs Sea of stepsWhy you probably don't need to rush out and spend money to improve your photography - it about thinking more, and taking more photos. New cameras and lenses are nice but not as essential as you might think
  • Alternative focus technique for tilted lens focus with tiltA simple iterative procedure for setting optimal focus for a tilted lens. A step by step approach to set the plane of focus where you want it for a tilt/shift lens.
  • ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator review xrite colormunki smileReview of the X-Rite Colormunki Smile. Monitor calibration and profiling with basic setup. Profiles multiple monitor systems for Macs and PCs
  • After the Photokina 2012 show… The beach at BeerWhat's really new at Photokina in 2012 and what will make a real difference to photography, Keith picks a few items...
  • The St Mary de Castro spire appeal smdc castle yardAn exhibition of some of Keith's photographs of St Mary de Castro church in Leicester. Prints are on sale to help raise money to rebuild the spire, which unfortunately had to be demolished in 2014
  • Photo Ninja V1.0 review blue towerReview of Photo Ninja V1.0. Raw camera file processing software from Picturecode offers excellent RAW conversion and noise reduction
  • Re-using the zone system? Spring snow in ColoradoWith its origins in the exposure and development of film, do aspects of the zone system still work in today's digital black and white photography?
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