i1Profiler adds Scanner profiling
When i1Profiler first came out, it was noticed that some of the functionality of earlier software hadn’t made it through into the new software.
Well, X-rite have released an update to profiler (V1.4.2) which adds the capability of profiling scanners, with a range of targets.
Review link: i1Profiler Scanner profiling
Looking for the new camera rumours…
Very much ‘in development’
I’ve maintained a few rumour pages on this site for longer than the xxxrumors.com sites have been around, but I’ve always had a slightly ambivalent attitude towards keeping the pages going.
On one hand, I’d much rather the site was known for the articles [...]
Basic camera setup for product photography.
After spending a week photographing envelopes and packets of paper, I’ve written up some of the lighting and colour management options I like to set -before- taking thousands of photos.
Article link: Product photography camera setup
A few simple steps with a grey card or ColorChecker card can save [...]
Canon info to help spot counterfeit batteries
Lithium batteries have been in the news in unwelcome ways for Boeing of late (787 grounding), but similar problems have led to recalls and accidents for a range of consumer equipment over the last few years. My old Apple PowerBook battery was replaced by Apple, after one such [...]
The image processing and manipulation plugins from Nik software cover every part of my workflow after I’ve converted my camera files from their original RAW format. I’ve now written reviews of all the current versions of the plugins with the review of Dfine 2, for image noise reduction.
Review Link: Nik Dfine 2.0
Finishing this [...]
DxO have produced a software application and plugin (Photoshop and Lightroom) that offers some interesting correction options for image geometry.
Review link: DxO Viewpoint V1.1
From my own point of view, the most interesting correction is for the distortions you get with groups of faces when shooting with a very wide angle lens.
This isn’t [...]
How much better are cameras and printers getting?
Future modular camera
Are the reasons to upgrade your camera kit getting less and less?
I’m very lucky to have a job that I enjoy, as a professional photographer, and via the articles I write here, having the opportunity to try out new equipment and software.
Last year I looked at Nik’s HDR Efex Pro plugin, and have just finished writing up a review of the latest version, which works with Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom.
Review Link: Nik HDR Efex Pro 2
The new design makes it a lot easier to experiment with the different options, and to my mind also [...]
I’ve been using DxO Optics Pro for some of my RAW processing for several years – It’s what I’ve chosen for many of my images that I produce as large prints.
The latest version (V8) offers a range of improvements to image quality and overall workflow, and I’ve written a detailed review, looking at [...]
After lots of testing, I’ve finished one of our longer printer reviews.
Review Link: Canon Pixma PRO-1 printer
For an A3+ printer, it’s pretty huge, weighing in at around 60 pounds. This makes for one of the quietest printers I’ve looked at, and one that isn’t going to jump around your desk.
Quality wise, [...]