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  • Photo business working as a cruise photographerPhoto business working as a cruise photographerThe business side of photography, working as a photographer on a cruise ship. Why you might consider a photography job on a cruise ship. Ian Kee discusses what the job entails with advice for people considering it.
  • The photographer working for freeThe photographer working for freeOne of the traps that many new photographers fall into is the 'Pictures for credit' ruse. Is there ever a good reason to work for free? What are good ways of refusing that won't offend, and are there ways that benefit you.
  • Selling cameras in the UK and a changing market for photographySelling cameras in the UK and a changing market for photographyHow the changes and ongoing decline in the market for cameras affect my business as a working photographer
  • Saying no to the camera update cycle?Saying no to the camera update cycle?New toys are nice, but ... it's about time I listened to some of my own advice I give to people who write in and ask 'should I upgrade my camera'...
  • 50 Business tips for pro photographers50 Business tips for pro photographersTips and advice for becoming a successful professional photographer. 50 things to consider when setting up a photo business.
  • Using the new i1Pro 2 for profilingUsing the new i1Pro 2 for profilingKeith Cooper has been looking at the new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. Covering the i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Basic Pro 2 packages, he has written two extensive reviews of these X-Rite profiling packages for monitors, projectors and printers.
  • i1Basic Pro 2 reviewi1Basic Pro 2 reviewReview of the i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer i1Basic package from X-Rite. Monitor and projector profiling and calibration using i1Profiler software
  • Black and white print linearisation with the i1Pro 2Black and white print linearisation with the i1Pro 2Using the X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer to measure black and white test print targets to create linearising curves and profile with the QTR software package
  • Black and white print linearisation with i1Profiler and QTRBlack and white print linearisation with i1Profiler and QTRBlack and white print linearisation using QTR icc profiles created with X-Rite i1Profiler software and the i1Pro spectrophotometer
  • X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 reviewX-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 reviewReview of the X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2. Printer profiling as part of the 'i1Photo' package, including OBA compensation
  • Pro photography – pick your areas of work with carePro photography - pick your areas of work with carePart of running a successful photography business is deciding what areas of work to concentrate on, and building your skills in those areas. Remember though that you need to make a profit and that may mean less concentration on some areas you like. Doing any work that comes along does not count as a long term strategy
  • Review of DxO FilmPack V3.2Review of DxO FilmPack V3.2DxO FilmPack V3.2 simulates and adds the precise look of film (tonality and grain) to photographs. Works as a plugin and standalone app.
  • Making a 14 metre photographic printMaking a 14 metre photographic printThe GigaPan photography and image processing and editing needed to make a 14 metre panoramic sequence print of Leicester city centre at dusk
  • Prints on a wallPrints on a wallPhotos showing the mounting of a new 14 metre long print of Leicester City Centre at dusk. The print is on view at the Leicester People's Photography Gallery throughout May 2012
  • Datacolor Spyder4Pro reviewDatacolor Spyder4Pro reviewDetailed review of the Datacolor Spyder 4 Pro monitor calibrator colorimeter and profiling software package
  • Spyder4TV HD reviewSpyder4TV HD reviewReview of datacolor Spyder 4 TV HD calibration for TVs, video monitors and home cinema setups. V4.5 software. Device measures display characteristics for adjusting colour and display quality
  • Review Spyder 4 ExpressReview Spyder 4 ExpressDetailed review of the Datacolor Spyder 4 Express monitor calibrator and profiling software package. Economic solution for calibration
  • So, you want a good, cheap inkjet printer with cheap inkSo, you want a good, cheap inkjet printer with cheap inkLots of people want a good quality, cheap, photo printer that doesn't cost a lot in ink. Unfortunately, the market doesn't quite work like that - some thought about what to do when your old printer dies.
  • Pro photography – winning the lottery?Pro photography - winning the lottery?Is there a shortcut, avoiding business planning and hard work, in building a successful photography business? Is it now just a matter of getting your work seen by enough people - or buying enough lottery tickets
  • Datacolor Spyder4Elite reviewDatacolor Spyder4Elite reviewDetailed review of the Datacolor Spyder4Elite monitor and projector calibration and profiling colorimeter and software

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