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Keith Cooper’s Articles and reviews – Photography, printing, colour management, tutorials

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  • PhotoSweeper – cleaning up photo libraries add images to collectionA (Mac) application that will quickly sort through Lightroom, Aperture and iPhoto image libraries, or folders of images and locate duplicates and similar files (by time or by image content for example).
  • Canon EW-73C lens hood from modifying an EW-73B Canon lens hoodLens hood for the EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS Modifying a cheap third party EW-73B lens hood to match a Canon EW-73C lens hood at a fraction of the price.
  • Review of Topaz Lens Effects Market harborough, church and grammar schoolTopaz Lens Effects V1.2, an image editing plugin that provides different lens effects such as blur, vignetting, bokeh and coloured and graduated filters.
  • Review Canon EF-S 10-18mm zoom lens 100D and EF-S10-18Review of the Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens, tested on a Canon EOS 100D (SL1). How to use wide angle lenses if you are new to them
  • Why I use the Fisheye-Hemi plugin Lincoln Cathedral - under towerFisheye lenses are great, with their extreme wide angle and their distinctive perspective, but sometimes you want a bit more. The Fisheye hemi plugin provides some interesting variations
  • DxO ViewPoint V2 – review update viewpoint 2Review of DxO viewpoint software Version 2. Plugin and standalone application for correcting aspects of image geometry and lens distortions. Fixes leaning buildings and many other things
  • ArcSoft Portrait+ plugin V3 automatic adjustmentA photoshop plugin and standalone program Portrait Plus from Arcsoft that automates many aspects of portrait retouching
  • X-Rite ColorTRUE and the CamRanger measure patches for calibrationReview of X-Rite ColorTRUE colour management system used on an iPad for managing display colour with the CamRanger camera control system
  • Camera ‘L’ bracket / plate Camera L bracketCamera L bracket for attaching camera to tripod in two different orientations. Quick release Arca Swiss baseplate design tested on Canon 1Ds
  • What is colour? Red London busKeith is often asked to give a quick explanation of colour management. This article gives a short overview of why it matters, and has links to the many detailed articles and equipment/software reviews on the site.
  • Is digital too easy? – that film thing (again) large cameraHas digital photography taken the 'real skills' out of photography? I'm very much inclined to say no, but it has made it more difficult for many people to know why they are taking photos and what they want to achieve.
  • DxO Optics Pro V9.5 adds integration with Lightroom dxo95 lrI've used DxO Optics Pro for many years as an alternative RAW camera file processing engine. With the latest update it now works much more tightly with Adobe Lightroom.
  • Autopano Giga update to V3.5 fisheye180Autopano Giga updated to V3.5. Includes new detection and validation engine. The control points detection engine has been improved but it has also been automated so you may not have to care about the detection settings anymore.
  • Review of Intensify Pro intensify proReview of the MacPhun image editing plugin, Intensify Pro. Also available as standalone app. Edit with layers in Lightroom, tested with Photoshop.
  • Review of Kuuvik Capture V1.3 live view single viewReview of Kuuvik Capture V1.3 camera tethering software. Apple Mac app that allows for direct control of Canon cameras, with many novel workflow features
  • Forced updates… install osx 10-9Some notes about updates for Apple Macs needed for day to day work, printing, storage and keeping old but still perfectly useful software alive.
  • Review of Topaz Clean horseTopaz Clean. Review of the image editing plugin that can selectively flatten detail along with edge and feature extraction. Offers a range of stylistic effects that can reduce complexity of images
  • Where are you taking your photo business? card gameThings you need to do. Two important ideas about running your own photography business, if you want it to last and grow. To some extent based on actually running a photo business that has lasted over 10 years...
  • Test image for black and white printing BW test image mk.2Test image for testing performance and quality of black and white (monochrome) printing. Article explains functionality of parts of the image
  • Printer Test Images black and white printer test imageCollection of printer test images - colour and monochrome (black and white). Test photos for printer and monitor checking.
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All the latest articles and photo news items appear on Keith's Photo blog .

We've a whole section of the site devoted to  Digital Black and White photography and printing. It covers all the specialist articles and reviews written by Keith Cooper.

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