Calibration and Profiling – not the same thing

Calibration and Profiling – not the same thing Calibration and Profiling - not the same thing

Turning down photography work – when the alarm bells ring

Turning down photography work – when the alarm bells ring Turning down photography work - when the alarm bells ring

So, you want a large format printer?

So, you want a large format printer? So, you want a large format printer?

Topaz Simplify – review update V4.1

Topaz Simplify – review update V4.1 Topaz Simplify - review update V4.1

Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper review

Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper review Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper review

Reviews are difficult, and that’s a good thing

Reviews are difficult, and that’s a good thing Reviews are difficult, and that's a good thing

Calibration and Profiling – not the same thing

Red bus in Leicester

The difference between calibration and profiling in colour management

A well known colour red

The other day I saw someone mention a ‘printer calibrated to their monitor’. I’d noticed elsewhere that there is a deal of confusion in the terms calibration and profiling, which tend to get used in an imprecise way. This short [...]

Turning down photography work – when the alarm bells ring

cup of coffee on wooden table top

When that job just isn’t worth doing

Sometimes it’s worth waiting before saying yes…

The other day, I had a phone call from another photographer asking for some advice. They had accepted a job, at a price, without first working out how long it would take, or some of the additional costs it might [...]

So, you want a large format printer?

Large panoramic print coming out of iPF6300 printer

Some thoughts for photographers looking for a much bigger printer

Not just wide – long prints too

There comes a time when printing your work at A3+ (13″ x 19″) on a desktop printer seems a little small. Maybe you’re tempted by a 17″ width printer, such as the deservedly popular Epson 3880 [review] [...]

Topaz Simplify – review update V4.1

updated interface for Topaz Simplify plugin

An update to the Topaz Plugin – Simplify

I recently wrote up a detailed review of the Simplify plugin, which looks at the main functionality.

In February 2014, there a few updates to the look and feel of the plugin, which I’ll briefly outline here.

The interface looks more refined and consistent, but all the [...]

Innova FibaPrint Baryta IFA69 paper review

IFA-69 paper review

A heavy Baryta paper that meets many of my print needs

Innova 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.

As well as an interesting paper in its own right, this paper is [...]

Reviews are difficult, and that’s a good thing

The prestigious golden pineapple award from Northlight Images

Why incremental change is difficult to shout about.

So, what’s new with this model?

I’ve been writing product and software reviews on the Northlight Images site for about 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 [...]

Looking at Samyang’s 14mm f/2.8 Lens

Samyang 14mm lens on Canon 1Ds 3

I’ve spent a few weeks in the company of Samyang’s 14mm lens, using it for quite a lot of images on my Canon 1Ds mark 3 DSLR.

For a lens that is a small fraction of the price of my EF 14mm f/2.8L II, what else do I lose in addition to autofocus and electronic [...]

Balancing lighting with the Spydercube

Spydercube for checking WB and exposure

Quick white balance setup for product photography

I’ve been testing the Samyang 14mm f2.8 ultrawide lens recently. I’ve got the Canon (EF) lens mount version attached to my Canon 1Ds Mk3.

As part of creating some images for the review I’m writing, I wanted a picture of the box with the lens and camera beside [...]

Canon iPF6450/iPF6400 printer reviews

6450-SU21-spectrophotometer

iPF6450 with optional SU-21 Spectrophotometer unit

Canon iPFx4xx printers – the 6400/6450

After a lot of testing, I’ve published a whole series of reviews connected with the Canon iPF6450 24″ wide format printer.

The iPF6450 is essentially the same as the iPF6400, but with an internal hard disk.

iPF6450/6400 review part 1 iPF6450/6400 review [...]

i1Profiler is updated to V1.5

i1 Pro 2 used with i1 Profiler

X-Rite have announced the availability of V1.5 of i1 Profiler

i1 Pro 2 used with i1 Profiler

The updated software incorporates a number of fixes and improvements

Display: Improves i1 Display Pro support for newer display technologies

Scanner: Support HCT targets

Projector: Improved detection of screen position

Printer: device link profiles (CMYK), M1 support [...]