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  • Test image for black and white printing Test image for black and white printingTest image for testing performance and quality of black and white (monochrome) printing. Article explains functionality of parts of the image
  • Review of Topaz DeNoise Review of Topaz DeNoiseTopaz Labs DeNoise Plugin (Version 5.1) for removing unwanted noise from images is reviewed. Cuts down sensor noise for high ISO photos
  • Review of DxO FilmPack V4.5 Review of DxO FilmPack V4.5DxO FilmPack Version 4.5 review. Accurate simulation of the look (grain colour and tonality) of a wide collection of film makes and types
  • Calibration and Profiling – not the same thing Calibration and Profiling - not the same thingThe other day I saw someone mention a 'printer calibrated to their monitor'. I'd noticed elsewhere that there is a deal of confusion in the terms calibration and profiling, which tend to get used in an imprecise way. This short note is just aimed at clear in this up
  • Making a giant print from an 11MP image Making a giant print from an 11MP imageProducing a very large 3m x 2m print from an 11 megapixel camera image. Looks at the whole workflow, and how different types sharpening at different stages is vital
  • Turning down photography work – when the alarm bells ring Turning down photography work - when the alarm bells ringSometimes a potential client comes along wanting work that seems too just what you want to do. Watch out for the warning signs though, since there are jobs that you might be best turning down.
  • So, you want a large format printer? So, you want a large format printer?Issues and questions that you might want to think about before getting a large format printer. Do you print enough prints for example? What are you going to do with all those prints?
  • Topaz Simplify – plugin review update V4.1 Topaz Simplify - plugin review update V4.1A review update for the Topaz Labs Simplify plugin for Photoshop. Shows changes from V4 to V4.1, mainly in respect of user interface.
  • Zeiss MC S 135mm f3-5 on Canon 100D Zeiss MC S 135mm f3-5  on Canon 100DTesting an M42 screw fit Zeiss MC S 135mm f3.5 manual focus telephoto lens on a Canon 100D/SL1 crop sensor camera with an M42-EF adapter.
  • Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper review Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper reviewInnova have announced a new 310 gsm paper with a Baryta (Barium Sulphate) layer for its whiteness and weight. It's a good white, and not too warm for more general use.
  • Reviews are difficult, and that’s a good thing Reviews are difficult, and that's a good thingI’ve been writing product and software reviews on the Northlight Images site for well over 10 years now, and whilst the writing side of things has become easier with practice, finding the differences between one model and what replaces it gets increasingly difficult.
  • Replacing Canon large format printheads – iPF8300 / PF05 Replacing Canon large format printheads - iPF8300 / PF05Replacing a Canon large format printhead on the 44" iPF8300 / PF05 printer after one fails. Canon large format print heads are a consumable part and fully user replaceable.
  • Photosniper 300mm with Canon 100D Photosniper 300mm with Canon 100DUsing the Russian Tair 3 phs Photosniper 300mm f4.5 lens and rifle stock with a Canon EOS 100D/SL1 DSLR. Includes modification to use external trigger
  • Cleaning Canon printheads – iPF8300 – PF05 Cleaning Canon printheads - iPF8300 - PF05Cleaning and replacing the printheads - on a Canon iPF8300 large format printer, with the PF-05 printhead. Canon large format print heads are a user replaceable part. Whilst cleaning might help, it could be that you need a new print head.
  • Using old lenses on a modern digital DSLR camera Using old lenses on a modern digital DSLR cameraLens adapters allow you to use old lenses on a modern digital DSLR camera. Many old lenses work very well if you can live without autofocus. Performance varies, but it's possible to learn lot of use for the rest of your photography
  • DxO Optics Pro V9.1 – Review DxO Optics Pro V9.1 - ReviewReview of DxO Optics Pro version 9.1. Software for processing camera image files, offering distortion correction and different types of noise reduction
  • Macro on the Canon EOS 100D SL1 Macro on the Canon EOS 100D SL1Using the 18MP Canon EOS 100D (SL1) for macrophotography. Tested with extension tubes and a tilt/shift lens and the specialised MP-E65 Macro lens. Showing some benefits of a crop sensor camera with small pixels
  • NEC SpectraView Reference 272 monitor review NEC SpectraView Reference 272 monitor reviewReview of the NEC SpectraView Reference 272 monitor. High specification 27 inch LCD monitor with hardware calibration options
  • Review Samyang-Rokinon 14mm f2-8 Review Samyang-Rokinon 14mm f2-8Review of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC wide angle lens. EF mount version tested on a 21MP Canon 1Ds mk3 full frame camera. Other lens mounts supported.
  • Changing the Canon iPF8300 MC-08 maintenance cartridge Changing the Canon iPF8300 MC-08 maintenance cartridgeChanging the maintenance cartridge (waste ink tank) on large format Canon iPF printers. Example shows MC-08 cartridge on an iPF8300 44" printer

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