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Articles aimed at helping you improve aspects of your photography



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There are a growing number of entirely free tutorials and ‘how to’ articles on this site. This page provides links to all of them.

They range from photo composition to ‘photo-hacks’ or building your own specialist lenses from discarded camera equipment.

Many of our articles and reviews are also written to help explain how and why you would use different equipment and techniques, not just a list of a product’s functionality.

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If you think of something that might be useful, please let Keith know – many articles have come from questions asked by readers.

The sections below split all the articles into three broad categories.

Editing your photos. Tools and tips

  • 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: An A3 baryta print on the PRO-300Video: An A3 baryta print on the PRO-300Printing an A3 baryta print on the Canon PRO-300 printer. Basic colour photo printing using the free Canon PPL software, with a high quality 310gsm baryta type paper (9m 30s)
  • Gigapixel AI V5.2 updateGigapixel AI V5.2 updateTopaz Gigapixel AI V5.2 update adds cropping and a new compressed enlargement mode to better handle poorer quality source images. Free 30 day demo available.
  • DxO PhotoLab 4 announcedDxO PhotoLab 4 announcedDxO have announced PhotoLab 4 the latest version of their photo editing software, which in itself succeeded DxO Optics Pro. The new software improves many aspects of RAW file decoding and noise reduction
  • Video: Panoramic prints on the PRO-300Video: Panoramic prints on the PRO-300Printing a 1 metre long panoramic print on the Canon PRO-300 A3+/13" printer. Using a custom paper size and Canon PPL printer software, with paper cut from a roll (10mins)
  • Video: The black and white printer test imageVideo: The black and white printer test imageKeith Cooper looks at the basics of using his specialist black and white printer test image to evaluate black and white printing (6mins)
  • Video: Print greetings cards on the PRO-300Video: Print greetings cards on the PRO-300Keith Cooper looks at printing different sizes of greeting cards using the Canon PRO-300 printer. including margin/paper sizes. (9mins) Incl. 2nd video specifically looking at 6x4 postcards (3min 30s)

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Using equipment in non-standard ways. Hacks and mods.

  • The wonders of bad lensesThe wonders of bad lensesHome made DIY lenses are easy to make for your camera and a great way to see what really matters to you when photographing subjects. A simple lens made with cardboard
  • Looking at AF and manual focus for the 7DLooking at AF and manual focus functionality for the Canon EOS 7D. Some initial testing with moving objects and old lenses
  • Controlling a 1Ds3 via a WFT-E2 and iPhoneControlling a 1Ds3 via a WFT-E2 and iPhoneUsing the iPhone to connect to a Canon WFT-E2 wireless adapter attached to a Canon 1Ds Mk3. Remote control of the camera with a web browser over an ad hoc network.
  • Deactivate the ink level counter on the Epson 7600 and 9600Deactivate the ink level counter on the Epson 7600 and 9600How to make cartridges always read full by deactivating the ink level counter on the SP7600 and SP9600 Epson large format printers. To be used with care, but useful if you wanted to re-fill your ink carts
  • Using 645 MF lenses as shift lensesUsing 645 MF lenses as shift lensesUsing Mamiya 645 medium format lenses with a shift adapter with Sekor 35/55/80/210mm lenses. MF lenses work well too with a simple adapter, but have enough image circle to be shifted on any smaller sensor camera full frame or crop. Tested on a Canon 1Ds3 full frame 35mm DSLR.
  • Black ink swap on the Epson 7880 and 9880Black ink swap on the Epson 7880 and 9880An unofficial method for swapping photo black and matte black inks on the Epson SP7880 and SP9880 printers, reducing ink waste. Use with care
  • Olympus Zuiko 24mm f2-8 on Canon DSLROlympus Zuiko 24mm f2-8 on Canon DSLRTesting the Olympus Zuiko 24mm f2.8 lens mounted on a Canon 1Ds mk3 full frame DSLR with an adapter. Quick comparison with EF24-70 2.8L
  • Zeiss Flektogon 20mm f2-8 lens reviewZeiss Flektogon 20mm f2-8 lens reviewTests and review of using a manual focus Zeiss Flektogon 20mm f/2.8 lens on a Canon 1Ds mk3 DSLR with an M42-EF mount adapter. Includes discussion of adjustments for correct infinity focus

Ideas for developing photographic skills and aspects of photographic composition.

  • What paper should I use?What paper should I use?With a massive range of different papers available, how should you go about seeing which papers work best for your photos. Some of the choices you can consider when looking at paper types and brands for printing your photographs
  • Time for BIG prints – testing the GigapanTime for BIG prints - testing the GigapanMore testing of our GigaPan Epic Pro for panoramic pictures. Continued testing work showing some aspects you need to consider with longer focal length lenses
  • At night with the GigaPanAt night with the GigaPanTesting the Gigapan at night with an ultra high resolution photo of the centre of Leicester. The clock tower and the christmas tree
  • Canon 5D mk2 Infrared conversionCanon 5D mk2 Infrared conversionUsing an Infrared (IR) modified DSLR camera for digital infrared photography. Looking at exposure and lens choices, along with image processing options. Testing an IR modified Canon EOS 5D mk2 - it it just about luminous trees
  • Close up macro – the Canon MP-E65 lensClose up macro - the Canon MP-E65 lensA short review of Canon's specialist macro lens the MP-E65. Offering up to x5 magnification. Tested on a Canon 1Ds mk3 full frame camera
  • 3×3 quick tips for improving your black and white photography3x3 quick tips for improving your black and white photographyA collection of quick tips that can help improve the quality of your black and white photography. Simple steps to better monochrome pictures
  • Digital’s Analogue – Expose to the right and exposureDigital's Analogue - Expose to the right and exposureGuest article by Robert Fisher exploring some of the similarities between the Zone System, HDR techniques and the digital exposure guide known as ETTR or 'expose to the right'
  • Sea of stepsSea of stepsA chance to see how a modern ultra wide shift lens performs on a familiar view of Wells Cathedral. Sea of steps - photography inspired by the work of FH Evans in 1903

Training – for companies

These are aspects of training that I provide (on location, not at our offices) as part of Northlight’s business.

We also have a training directory that is freely available for any professional photographer who offers training.

It’s arranged by location, so as long as you are a pro photographer, a free link is available

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tilt-shift book

Keith explains tilt and shift lenses

Keith has written a book that looks at the many ways that tilt/shift lenses can benefit your photography from a technical and creative point of view.

ISBN 9781785007712

Book now available

There is also a specific index page on the site with links to all Keith's articles, reviews and videos about using tilt and shift.

We've a whole section of the site devoted to  Digital Black and White photography and printing. It covers all of Keith's specialist articles and reviews. Other sections include Colour management and Keith's camera hacks - there are over 1200 articles/reviews here...

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