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Videos

  • Video: Canon PRO-200 printer review overviewVideo: Canon PRO-200 printer review overviewReview overview of the Canon PRO-200 A3+ (13") dye based ink printer by Keith Cooper. Successor to the PRO-100. Looking at the main features of the printer (14 mins)
  • Video: Panoramic printing PRO-200Video: Panoramic printing  PRO-200Video: Printing panoramic prints up to 1m length on the Canon Pixma PRO-200 printer. Using standard and custom paper sizes with the Canon PPL software, includes soft proofing (12m 40s)
  • Video: Printing on fine art media with the PRO-200Video: Printing on fine art media with the PRO-200Video: printing fine art media up to A3+ (13" x 19") in colour and B&W on the Canon PRO-200 printer. Canon PPL software, incl. soft proofing and borderless (13m)
  • Video: An A3+ glossy borderless print on the PRO-200Video: An A3+ glossy borderless print on the PRO-200Printing an A3+ (13" x 19") borderless glossy print with the Canon PRO-200 printer. Using the free Canon PPL software, it includes a look at soft proofing to pick the best rendering intent for a colour profile. (7m 30s)
  • Video: An A3+ canvas print on the PRO-300Video: An A3+ canvas print on the PRO-300Printing an A3+ (13" x 19") canvas print with the Canon PRO-300 printer. Using the free Canon PPL software, it includes a look at soft proofing to pick the best rendering intent for a colour profile. (10m)
  • Video: Laowa 15mm shift lens reviewVideo: Laowa 15mm shift lens reviewReview of the Laowa 15mm F4.5 Zero-D shift lens, with examples of how the lens can be used. Includes a brief comparison with the Canon TS-E17 tilt/shift lens(14m 40s)

Articles/reviews

  • Review Eye One Display 2Review Eye One Display 2Review of the Eye One Display 2 (i1Display 2) monitor calibrator by GretagMacbeth (X-Rite). Calibrate and profile your monitor.
  • Noise Ninja – Review updateNoise Ninja - Review updateUpdated noise ninja review to reflect changes in the full release version of the software - shows how noise reduction can be masked for optimal use
  • A digital pinhole camera using a Canon 1DsA digital pinhole camera using a Canon 1DsConstruction ideas and sample images for several different designs of pinhole adapter for a Canon full frame DSLR camera. Digital pinhole photography experiments at different focal lengths
  • Saving images for web useSaving images for web useSome of the things to consider when saving images for web use - how care with resizing and basic sharpening can give them a bit more punch
  • Noise Ninja – Removing Image noiseNoise Ninja - Removing Image noiseLooking at the Noise Ninja photoshop plugin for removing image noise. Based on Noise Ninja application - functionality later incorporated into Photoninja
  • MonoChromePro pigment inks for black and white printingMonoChromePro pigment inks for black and white printingReview of the MonoChromePro pigment ink set for black and white printing. Includes custom profile curve creation procedures for using QuadToneRIP (QTR). Making use of black and diluted black (grey) ink sets for monochrome photo printing
  • Focus magic reviewFocus magic reviewReview of the Focus Magic photoshop plugin for image sharpening and camera shake removal. Fixes minor focus and shake problems
  • Raw Power – the DxO converterRaw Power - the DxO converterReview of the RAW file conversion functionality introduced into DxO Optic Pro Version 2. Looks at RAW conversion, lens correction and noise reduction
  • Black and White, the digital wayBlack and White, the digital wayAn introduction to black and white photography in the digital age. An extended version of an article Keith Cooper wrote for Canon.
  • Resampling to make your images biggerResampling to make your images biggerResampling or resizing images to make bigger photos and prints has always had many options available. Some considerations for the process
  • The RAW digital image format – why use itThe RAW digital image format - why use itA look at the RAW format in camera files and discussion about the many reasons you might choose to use it instead of JPEG
  • How do people see your site?How do people see your site?Survey of professional photographers viewing habits - archive article based on a 2004 survey. Dates from when the majority of user still used CRT monitors. Includes links to other research and guidelines
  • A Digital only trip to ColoradoA Digital only trip to ColoradoA look at some of the changes when moving from film photography to digital photography after a trip to Colorado by Keith Cooper. The same, but different and better...
  • Better Digital Black and White printing on your Inkjet printerBetter Digital Black and White printing on your Inkjet printerSimple technique to make linearising curves for black and white photo prints. Measuring test prints with flatbed scanner provide data for curve construction
  • Update for the ColorVision PrintFIXUpdate for the ColorVision PrintFIXUpdate information for the original Colorvision (Datacolor) PrintFIX ICC printer profiling system. Includes new calibration card.
  • Swapping the black ink on the Epson 7600 and 9600Swapping the black ink on the Epson 7600 and 9600Black ink swap - An unofficial method for swapping photo black and matte black inks on the Epson 7600/9600 printers, reducing ink waste.
  • A 35mm black and white landscape photographer goes digitalA 35mm black and white landscape photographer goes digitalLooking at what changed and what didn't when a film based landscape photographer decided to make the switch to an all digital workflow.
  • Fixing your lens imperfectionsFixing your lens imperfectionsReview of DxO Optics Pro V1. The very first version of DxO Optics Pro addresses lens distortion problems and fixing them
  • Using your film scanner as a microscopeUsing your film scanner as a microscopeLooking at a variety of very small objects using a film scanner as a microscope, with unexposed film as a slide and slide cover. Examples show a Bee wing, sugar and salt crystals, and plant seeds.
  • Improving your Macs ColourImproving your Macs ColourHow colour management is managed on the Apple Mac. This 2003 article originally published in TidBITS online magazine
  • Review of the ColorVision PrintFIXReview of the ColorVision PrintFIXReview of the PrintFIX printer profiling system from ColorVision. ICC printer profile creation through measuring printed test targets with PrintFIX scanning unit.
  • Restoring old PhotosRestoring old PhotosA look at some of the issues you need to consider when scanning cleaning and restoring old photos. Not difficult, but remember that CDs won't last.

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Site update: Thanks for everyone's support - work is still very sparse, but at least I've lots of videos, articles and reviews to write - if you've any suggestions or questions, please just let me know - Keith & Karen
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...My book about how to use tilt/shift lenses is now available.