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  • DxO Optics Pro V5 review DxO Optics Pro V5 reviewReview of DxO Optics Pro Version 5.3. RAW camera image processing and lens aberration correction software. Example image processing
  • Review i1iSis optical brightener compensation Review i1iSis optical brightener compensationReview of i1iSis optical brightener compensation for creating ICC printer profiles for paper with optical brightening agents (OBAs) that allow for the brightener.
  • Nik Silver Efex Pro review Nik Silver Efex Pro reviewReview of the Nik Silver Efex Pro image ending plugin. Converts colour images to black and white, emulating films and other effects. Tested with Photoshop
  • Why are my prints too dark? Why are my prints too dark?Why are my prints too dark? Why monitor brightness matters when it comes to printing your photos. Some of the common problems and their solutions
  • Adobe Camera Raw DNG profiles from a ColorChecker card Adobe Camera Raw DNG profiles from a ColorChecker cardCamera profiling by using photographs of an X-Rite ColorChecker card to make DNG colour profiles for converting RAW files with Adobe software (ACR and Lightroom)
  • What working space to use – colour management choices What working space to use - colour management choicesWhat working space to use? Looking at some of the advantages and issues when choosing a working colour space. Which colour management choices matter?
  • GrafiLite – print viewing lighting review GrafiLite - print viewing lighting reviewReview of using a Grafilite (Ottlite) lamp for evaluating print quality and consistency. the 13W TruColor lamp is the equivalent of a 60W tungsten lamp
  • Ricoh GX200 camera review Ricoh GX200 camera reviewCamera usage review of the Ricoh Caplio GX200 12MP compact camera with 24-72mm equivalent zoom lens. Testing includes EVF viewfinder and teleconverter.
  • How to be a professional photographer How to be a professional photographerSome of Keith Cooper's thoughts and observations for those wanting to become a professional photographer. Things it's worth knowing about. Yes, you can be a pro photographer, but it takes more than photography skills
  • Colorado mountain travels Sept-Oct 2008 Colorado mountain travels Sept-Oct 2008This photo-diary covers a driving tour around the Colorado Rockies in the Fall (September/October 2008). Although my third visit to the state, it's actually the first time I've been in Colorado at this time of the year. A good year for the Fall colours. This time I'm travelling with Karen and we're leaving the UK via Manchester, which is a new route for me.
  • Fixes and tips for the Epson 4800 large format printers Fixes and tips for the Epson 4800 large format printersCollected information, fixes and tips for the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 large format printers, including MNT REQ 0088 and service manual information
  • Deactivate the ink level counter on the Epson 4000 Deactivate the ink level counter on the Epson 4000Ensuring that ink cartridges always read as full on the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 17" printer. Turning off the ink counter is an alternative to using a chip reset device.
  • Swap black ink on the Epson 4880 Printer Swap black ink on the Epson 4880 PrinterA different way of swapping black ink types on the Epson 4880 printer that reduces ink waste compared to the official technique. Use with care
  • Canon 1Ds Mark III image misalignment fix Canon 1Ds Mark III image misalignment fixNotes concerning Canon UK service and full repair of a new EOS 1Ds mark 3 camera with a viewfinder misalignment.
  • Canon 1Ds Mark III viewfinder misalignment Canon 1Ds Mark III viewfinder misalignmentProblems with some early model Canon EOS 1Ds mark 3 cameras where the viewfinder and sensor were incorrectly aligned, with a tilt
  • Colormunki printer profiling review Colormunki printer profiling reviewPrinter profiling with the X-Rite ColorMunki. Review of making ICC printer profiles with the ColorMunki spectrophotometer.
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7880 printer review Epson Stylus Pro 7880 printer reviewReview of the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 printer. Large format printer is 24 inch print width and takes roll paper and sheet media, photo and fine art papers. Inc. 7880/9880 error codes
  • basICCaliCube and basICColor Gray card review basICCaliCube and basICColor Gray card reviewReview of the photographic neutral grey card from BasiCColor and the BasICCaliCube lighting cube, with specular reflection and black reference sections
  • Better black and white profiling with the ColorMunki Better black and white profiling with the ColorMunkiUsing the Colormunki to create QuadToneRIP (QTR) linearising icc profiles for black and white printmaking. Smoother gradations and unblocked shadows
  • Paper review Pinnacle Premium Lustre paper Paper review Pinnacle Premium Lustre paperPinnacle Premium Lustre, a 300gsm lustre photo paper from Paper spectrum. Tested on a range of Epson pigment Ink printers (2400/4880/7880). Keith's standard paper for prints.

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