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  • Seeing your own photography work in useSeeing your own photography work in useEven 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 GlossPaper review Innova FibaPrint Warm Cotton GlossIFA-45 fine art paper review. Innova FibaPrint Warm / Exhibition 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 reviewInduro PHQ series pan heads reviewReview 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 goodbyeFilm - the numbers say goodbyeA 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…Telling customers where to go...What 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 Premium Silk Baryta 310paper review: Pinnacle Premium Silk Baryta 310Paper review of a warm tone 310gsm baryta based photo paper from Pinnacle (Paper Spectrum). heavy paper with a semi matte finish. Update: this paper is now sold as Premium Silk Baryta 310
  • The wonders of bad lensesThe wonders of bad lensesHome 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 businessExpanding your photo businessThere 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?Artists' statements - do you ever believe them?Can 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 360Paper review PermaJet FB Distinction 360Paper 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 reviewsA personal health warning about paper reviewsWhy 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 reviewNik Silver Efex Pro V2 reviewReview of Nik Silver Efex Pro version 2. Plugin converts colour images to black and white, with many adjustment options and preset conversions (Now part of the DxO Nik Collection)
  • 7 Grand ideas – key questions for a successful photo business7 Grand ideas - key questions for a successful photo businessSeven 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 reviewi1 Profiler printer profiling reviewi1 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 DisplaySpectraView Reference 271 DisplayA 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 reviewbasICColor Discus calibrator reviewReview of the basICColor Discus colorimeter and software. Advanced monitor and projector calibration and profiling with ambient light measurement.
  • i1 Profiler Monitor Calibration and Profilingi1 Profiler Monitor Calibration and ProfilingReview of monitor calibration and profiling with the X-Rite i12Profiler software. Advanced display calibration and profiling options
  • Out with the 60DOut with the 60DSome 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 paperPaper review PermaJet Ultra Pearl photo paperReview of a tough bright white pearl finish photo paper from PermaJet, with a surface texture that can hinder casual copying of prints
  • The swivel screen on the 60DThe swivel screen on the 60DWhat use is the Canon EOS 60 D flip out screen? Some quick experiments find that it's not so much of a gimmick as some might think.

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