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  • Turning down photography work – when the alarm bells ring coffee cupSometimes a potential client comes along wanting work that seems too just what you want to do. Watch out for the warning signs though, since there are jobs that you might be best turning down.
  • So, you want a large format printer? Keith and test print during printer reviewIssues and questions that you might want to think about before getting a large format printer. Do you print enough prints for example? What are you going to do with all those prints?
  • Topaz Simplify – plugin review update V4.1 cantina simplify 4.1A review update for the Topaz Labs Simplify plugin for Photoshop. Shows changes from V4 to V4.1, mainly in respect of user interface.
  • Zeiss MC S 135mm f3-5 on Canon 100D cz135 f3.5 lensTesting an M42 screw fit Zeiss MC S 135mm f3.5 manual focus telephoto lens on a Canon 100D/SL1 crop sensor camera with an M42-EF adapter.
  • Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper review bw textureInnova have announced a new 310 gsm paper with a Baryta (Barium Sulphate) layer for its whiteness and weight. It's a good white, and not too warm for more general use.
  • Reviews are difficult, and that’s a good thing evaluating a cameraI’ve been writing product and software reviews on the Northlight Images site for well over 10 years now, and whilst the writing side of things has become easier with practice, finding the differences between one model and what replaces it gets increasingly difficult.
  • Replacing Canon large format printheads – iPF8300 / PF05 Canon pf-05 print headReplacing a Canon large format printhead on the 44" iPF8300 / PF05 printer after one fails. Canon large format print heads are a consumable part and fully user replaceable.
  • Photosniper 300mm with Canon 100D 100d and photosniperUsing the Russian Tair 3 phs Photosniper 300mm f4.5 lens and rifle stock with a Canon EOS 100D/SL1 DSLR. Includes modification to use external trigger
  • Cleaning Canon printheads – iPF8300 – PF05 pf05 cleaner readyCleaning and replacing the printheads - on a Canon iPF8300 large format printer, with the PF-05 printhead. Canon large format print heads are a user replaceable part. Whilst cleaning might help, it could be that you need a new print head.
  • Using old lenses on a modern digital DSLR camera assorted lensesLens adapters allow you to use old lenses on a modern digital DSLR camera. Many old lenses work very well if you can live without autofocus. Performance varies, but it's possible to learn lot of use for the rest of your photography
  • DxO Optics Pro V9.1 – Review sunset dxoReview of DxO Optics Pro version 9.1. Software for processing camera image files, offering distortion correction and different types of noise reduction
  • Macro on the Canon EOS 100D SL1 100D macro setupUsing the 18MP Canon EOS 100D (SL1) for macrophotography. Tested with extension tubes and a tilt/shift lens and the specialised MP-E65 Macro lens. Showing some benefits of a crop sensor camera with small pixels
  • NEC SpectraView Reference 272 monitor review nec svr272 monitorReview of the NEC SpectraView Reference 272 monitor. High specification 27 inch LCD monitor with hardware calibration options
  • Review Samyang-Rokinon 14mm f2-8 Samyang 14mm lens testReview of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC wide angle lens. EF mount version tested on a 21MP Canon 1Ds mk3 full frame camera. Other lens mounts supported.
  • Changing the Canon iPF8300 MC-08 maintenance cartridge new mc-08 and oldChanging the maintenance cartridge (waste ink tank) on large format Canon iPF printers. Example shows MC-08 cartridge on an iPF8300 44" printer
  • Review of Topaz Detail plugin billesdonTopaz Detail. Review of image editing plugin from Topaz Labs for adjustment of sharpness, local contrast enhancement and image tonality.
  • Balancing lighting with the Spydercube spydercubeThe Spydercube is a quick way to set white balance for product photography. I've been testing the Samyang 14mm f2.8 ultrawide lens recently and used it for a quick pack shot.
  • Review of Topaz Simplify 4 sketch plugin detailSimplify V4. Topaz image editing plugin for extracting and adjusting detail and structural elements of images. Range of preset settings and adjustments
  • Review of Topaz BW Effects 2 plugin stonehengeBW Effects, review of Topaz Labs image editing plugin for converting colour photographs to black and white. Control over tonality and film emulation
  • Using a shift lens – why not just fix verticals in software Interior of Ely cathedralUsing a shift lens to correct image geometry, such as converging verticals, seems like a lot of expense. Why it's better than doing it in software
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