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  • Diminishing returns – the new photo equipment questionDiminishing returns - the new photo equipment questionHow 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 V2Review of Nik HDR Efex Pro V2Nik 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 V2Review of Nik Dfine V2Review 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 lensesTesting add-on tele and wide angle convertor lensesTrying 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 V8Review of DxO Optics Pro V8Updated 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 V1.1Review of DxO ViewPoint V1.1DxO 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-1Printer review - Canon Pixma Pro-1Detailed 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…So, your friends say your photos are good...So, 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 DSLRsOlder photographers - let them use DSLRsPhone 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 photographsProducing better photographsWhy 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 lensAlternative focus technique for tilted lensA 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 reviewColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator reviewReview 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…After the Photokina 2012 show...What'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 appealThe St Mary de Castro spire appealAn 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 reviewPhoto Ninja V1.0 reviewReview of Photo Ninja V1.0. Raw camera file processing software from Picturecode offers excellent RAW conversion and noise reduction
  • Re-using the zone system?Re-using the zone system?With 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?
  • Just what does ‘Pro’ mean for camera equipment?Just what does 'Pro' mean for camera equipment?Does the 'Pro' label make camera equipment any better - how will it help me take better photos? The camera really does make a difference when you are earning a living, but how often should you believe the marketing?
  • Photographing tiny stuffPhotographing tiny stuffMacrophotography reveals an unfamiliar world - sometimes more common objects are needed in the frame to give a sense of scale. Photographs of tiny things that help you realise just how tiny they really are
  • HDR Expose 2 software reviewHDR Expose 2 software reviewReview of HDR Expose 2 software package from Unified Color. This software package allows the creation and editing of High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. It cab use its own formats and colour space for holding HDR data
  • Industrial photography in a foundryIndustrial photography in a foundryPreparation and subsequent image processing required when taking photographs in a working foundry. Also looks at how final size affect image editing

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