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

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  • Do your prints have depth? blurred glassesWhat is 'Depth'? How do you describe your photo prints? Or, more to the point, how do I actually know what you mean and how can I be sure?
  • OK, what’s special about your photography business fb matrixTo get your photography business noticed you need to stand out from the crowd. Remember to market the benefits you offer as opposed to features. There are lots of similar businesses out there - you need to find the unique points that differentiate your business from the others.
  • 5 ‘M’s – Marketing for photographers business meeting decisionsWhy are professional photographers so bad at marketing? Some things they should consider to improve the performance of their business. Just make it easier, they all begin with the same letter.
  • Review of Nik HDR Efex Pro plugin cathedral at nightReview of the Nik (Google) plugin for creating high dynamic range (HDR) images from multiple exposure images of the same scene. Works with aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Expensive 3rd party primes – are they worth it? 55mm shift lensLooking at third party prime lenses for DSLRs. When are they a good idea and when would you be better off improving the rest of your workflow from RAW file to print? Just be careful to buy such kit for good reasons rather than the vague but effusive praise from their fan clubs
  • Photographers – are you of value to your clients? dealing cardsAs a professional photographer, do you know the value of your photographic work to your clients? Do you make the mistake of trying to sell your business features rather than the benefits clients will get from using you?
  • Do you keep a filter on your lens? laser cuttingDo camera shops look on UV or Skylight protective filters for your camera as just an a source of added margin, or are there times that having a filter in place is essential. Keith looks at where he makes use of filters, and where not.
  • Regulation and control of Pro Photographers new camerasEvery so often there are calls to regulate professional photographers. Keith looks at some of the information from a recent survey of UK pro photographers, and why he is happy to teach people to do their own photography, and why calls for registration miss the point.
  • Review of DxO FilmPack plugin V2 hp5 film lookReview of the FilmPack plugin and app (version 2) from DxO. Processes images to emulate the look (grain, tonality, colour) of a wide range of film types
  • Business challenges for photographers blackjackWhat are the real challenges facing working professional photographers. Keith Cooper looks at a survey from mid 2010 that purports to give some answers.
  • 5 big mistakes for a new photo business latteWith it being so easy to set up a professional photography business, there are some key business mistakes to avoid. Remember that it's a business, not a job. Keith discusses 5 big mistakes he makes an effort to avoid
  • Paper review: Innova Cold Press Rough Textured Natural White IFA13 test printFine art Paper review of Innova Cold Press Rough Textured Natural White (IFA-13) tested on an Canon iPF8300
  • 64bit comes to Image Trends plug-ins image trends pluginsPlugins updated as 64 bit working comes to Image Trends plug-ins. ShineOff, PearlyWhites, and Fisheye-Hemi work faster and on the latest systems
  • An era passes – the real end of Kodachrome kodachrome film boxThe end of Kodachrome - historically interesting, but of what relevance to today's photographers. Reproduce the effects in software, accept that it was used for some great photos, but time to move on
  • Paper review Innova Decor papers double sided Innova paperPaper review of Innova heavy matte textured double sided Decor papers IFA-24 and IFA-25, tested using the Canon iPF8300.
  • iPF8300 Printer diary updates Ongoing testing of the Canon iPF8300 printer - diary updates
  • A solution to the CS5 ‘no color management’ problem adobe color print utilityA solution to the CS5 'no color management' problem. Potential difficulties with printing if you want no colour management. The free Adobe Color Print Utility is made for printing profiling targets with colour management turned off.
  • What Camera should I buy ricoh gx200Looking at some of the considerations for getting a good quality camera that moves beyond your phone. Getting more serious with your photography
  • Datacolor SpyderCheckr colour test card – Review spydercheckr outdoor targetSpydercheckr review. Datacolor have produced a coloured test target and software that aids fine tuning of the colour response of cameras. Camera profiling for RAW files.
  • Datacolor Spyder 3 Elite review – Version 4 software s3 elite and standDetailed review of V4 software for the Spyder 3 Elite monitor and projector display profiling and calibration device and software
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