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  • Book Review Make money with your digital photography Erin Manning mmwdp - erin manningKeith Cooper reviews Make money with your digital photography by Erin Manning, a comprehensive guide and introduction to the business of photography
  • Seeing your own photography work in use curve printEven though I know that my commercial work gets used all over the place in brochures and web sites, it's still great to unexpectedly come across a photo in use, and be able to say 'I took that'.
  • Paper review Innova FibaPrint Warm Cotton Gloss Innova IFA45 reflectionIFA-45 fine art paper review. Innova FibaPrint Warm Cotton Gloss 335gsm paper tested for colour and black and white printing. Includes information about linearising B&W print output
  • Induro PHQ series pan heads review PHQ 3 with 1ds3-tse17Review of the PHQ series of 5 way pan heads from Induro. Tripod heads that offer multiple movement axes, 16kg load, and arca-swiss mount plate
  • Film – the numbers say goodbye slide loadingA few years ago (2003) I wrote some guidelines for people looking for a camera. In it I confidently expected that whilst digital was the future, film would be round for 'quite some time' - how was I wrong?
  • Telling customers where to go… industrial productsWhat won't you do in your photography business. Sometimes you need to decide if a job is really worthwhile, and when to say no thanks to a potential client.
  • paper review Pinnacle Warmtone Baryta 310 two flat printsPaper review of a warm tone 310gsm baryta based photo paper from Pinnacle (Paper Spectrum). heavy paper with a semi matte finish
  • The wonders of bad lenses 55mm home made lensHome made DIY lenses are easy to make for your camera and a great way to see what really matters to you when photographing subjects. A simple lens made with cardboard
  • Expanding your photo business blackjack tableThere are three basic ways of growing your photography business - lots of variations, but three fundamental approaches. Keith looks at examples of how these principles can apply to a pro photographer and why minor changes can multiply together to make a real difference to profitability.
  • Artists’ statements – do you ever believe them? Pacific sunset coloursCan an Artist's Statement be meaningful and relevant? Is it possible to write one that people believe? Can you do it with a straight face?
  • Paper review PermaJet FB Distinction 360 baryta printsPaper review for PermaJet FB Distinction 360, a heavy (360gsm 0.39mm) smooth semi-gloss bright white fibre base 'Baryta' style photo paper.
  • A personal health warning about paper reviews scanner vs A98Why you should be wary of paper reviews. Reviews for specialist inkjet photo printing papers may contain lots of measurement data, but paper choice is about so much more than that. There are so many other aspects of your photographic workflow that need looking at too.
  • Nik Silver Efex Pro V2 review silver efex pro 2 boxReview of Nik Silver Efex Pro version 2. Plugin converts colour images to black and white, with many adjustment options and preset conversions (Now free as part of the Google Nik Collection)
  • 7 Grand ideas – key questions for a successful photo business Business meetingSeven key questions you need to address about your professional photography business from the standpoint of your clients and potential clients. You may not like it but they are looking at your offerings and asking "What's in it for me?"
  • i1 Profiler printer profiling review i1 publish pack i1 Profileri1 Profiler printer profiling review - part of X-Rite's colour management software for making ICC printer profiles. Tested using an iSis XL
  • SpectraView Reference 271 Display sv271 monitorA review of the NEC SV271 reference monitor. It's very much aimed at the proofing, pre-press and design markets, where its wide colour gamut (~Adobe98) and internal 14 bit LUT allow it to be calibrated and profiled to great accuracy.
  • basICColor Discus calibrator review discus monitor calibratorReview of the basICColor Discus colorimeter and software. Advanced monitor and projector calibration and profiling with ambient light measurement.
  • i1 Profiler Monitor Calibration and Profiling using i1 profilerReview of monitor calibration and profiling with the X-Rite i12Profiler software. Advanced display calibration and profiling options
  • Out with the 60D 60d z50-12Some experiences using the Canon EOS 60D with a range of lenses. Trying out Canon's mid level crop sensor DSLR, supplied by Canon UK
  • Paper review PermaJet Ultra Pearl photo paper deep blue printReview of a tough bright white pearl finish photo paper from PermaJet, with a surface texture that can hinder casual copying of prints

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