Keith Cooper

Keith Cooper

Lives in United Kingdom Leicester, United Kingdom
Works as a Commercial Pro Photographer
Joined on Feb 16, 2003
About me:

Lots of photography articles and reviews on the Northlight site - see the latest at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/articles.php

The original Canon Rumours pages are at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/rumours.html

My real work:
http://architecture-photos.co.uk/
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/commercial_photo_services.html

...and as for gear lists, don't get me started -- who cares :-) :-)

Comments

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Roman_93: Too much use of NIK Looks was already a pest when it was not free. Instant Art for everyone, so all will look similar.

I would have prefered if they would have kept it expensive but were busy making it progress.

Too much use of any tool without original thought can lead to that...

A larger concern for me is the stultifying effect that dumping it for free on the market has on other small developers. Sure, it may well spur development in the long run, but such companies need cashflow...

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 00:31 UTC

With a lot of people new to the software I hope this info is of help. I still use them regularly, with Sharpener Pro being a frequent part of my print workflow from small snaps to 3 metre prints. I've written up details of how I use many of the plugins.

Hope it helps?

Silver Efex Pro
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/silver_efex_2.html

Sharpener
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/sharpening_nik3.html

Viveza
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/viveza-2.html

Color Efex filters
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/color-efex-pro4.html

Noise
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/dfine_2.html

HDR
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/hdr-efex-pro2.html

Other uses

SFX and halos
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/photo-tips/sfx-halo.html

SFX with dull colour images
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/tutorial_pages/sfx-colour.html

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 09:13 UTC as 108th comment | 9 replies
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Average User: Interesting. If DPR is going to be reporting on machines like this, how about an article telling us all about the printer options that are available, where you get the paper and ink refills and what they cost, observed quality differences, etc. Tell us about the ink systems? Are they waterproof? Are the inks and papers acid free for longevity? Strategies for getting the editing right without doing 20 test prints, etc.
Article headline: "Large format printers: should you have one, and what do they cost?"
With cameras now being so good, I can see a whole new market for photographers, helping small businesses, churches and other voluntary organizations with marketing... Really good prints of local landmarks everywhere, etc.
So cool. Thanks for the heads up.

Might be of some interest given your question?
"So, you want a large format printer"
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/stuff2/?p=2533

Some of the questions I think you need to ask (and answer) based on having owned a number of them over the years for photographic use.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 23:54 UTC

Looking forward to getting one for a detailed review in a few months :-)

I've got an Epson P7000 here to look at at the moment and have an older iPF8300 for printing -

For people new to large printing, check out the print forum here, where such printers are discussed (along with more affordable options!)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 23:50 UTC as 7th comment
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Keith Cooper: Interesting software -no reviews for a week. First impressions are that they have put a lot of effort into making it good for producing images using HDR techniques, that don't yell HDR at you

I use HDR in some of my architectural work, where I don't want to show it isn't a straight photo. Aurora works well, but I can't say much more for the time being ;-)

Promoting it with the Trey name is a double edged sword - it's not something that attracts me to software. Hopefully, examples of 'normal' use will show that it also works well without turning the dials up to 11

The various settings, coupled with masking and layers give a powerful tool for those not drawn to the tawdry side of the force

If you have embraced the gaudy, then it offers more than enough range to re-unite people with their lunch ;-)

It won't replace LR or PS - I'd still export images to PS for more work and print preparation

LR hasn't a place in my workflow, but I'd still want to import images from Aurora for print

Review is posted ;-) See the retouching forum here for links and discussion

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 11:30 UTC
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Frans vw: I tired the Creative Kit software they advertise on their webiste with some raw files from my Canon 5DS but got weird error messages or messages stating "|file to large, resized to 40Mp".

So, this software is not for me.

I found this with snapheal but not with other plugins (I used 5Ds files with Aurora)
In fact I said I couldn't do a review of snapheal until it was fixed - they said it would be soon, so I need to give them a prod again, since some tests with my old 1Ds3 looked interesting

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 11:28 UTC

Interesting software -no reviews for a week. First impressions are that they have put a lot of effort into making it good for producing images using HDR techniques, that don't yell HDR at you

I use HDR in some of my architectural work, where I don't want to show it isn't a straight photo. Aurora works well, but I can't say much more for the time being ;-)

Promoting it with the Trey name is a double edged sword - it's not something that attracts me to software. Hopefully, examples of 'normal' use will show that it also works well without turning the dials up to 11

The various settings, coupled with masking and layers give a powerful tool for those not drawn to the tawdry side of the force

If you have embraced the gaudy, then it offers more than enough range to re-unite people with their lunch ;-)

It won't replace LR or PS - I'd still export images to PS for more work and print preparation

LR hasn't a place in my workflow, but I'd still want to import images from Aurora for print

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 12:28 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
On article Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD (121 comments in total)
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Donald Klopper: Easily... enough space... lifetime... casual photographer...

Really?

The calcs to see whether it's true are interesting though. 16TB is a LOT.

BUT with this kind of space I'll always shoot RAW + Jpeg + bracketing in burst. And lots of video. In 4k. You'll fill up anything that way. Then you need to back it up...

Total waste of time? - utter nonsense IMHO

Recently pulled out a RAW from 2005 and the improvements in RAW processing since then made it a viable choice for a stock request.

Seems that views on the subject vary ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
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Kwick1: Pretty sure that "Up to 1.1M panorama" is a myth, considering what this proper reviewer just printed: http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html

Just printed an even bigger image with a 3.2m custom page length

Details in the thread in the printing forum...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:45 UTC
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Kwick1: Pretty sure that "Up to 1.1M panorama" is a myth, considering what this proper reviewer just printed: http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html

The panos were actually printed fairly easily :-) No way was this complicated ;-)

The 10 foot one required a bit more work because I was using 10 inch wide paper. The black and white pano (~2m) was using 17" paper.

The images were only resized to fit the paper, since they were originally printed at much bigger sizes (47 feet for the colour one)

I've just been sent a 16" roll of Epson PGPP, so I'll be doing a few more experiments yet. Time to see some more big prints!

The custom paper size setting would suggest that 129" is the maximum.

If anyone has any direct questions, please let me know - there is a thread about the review in the printing forum.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 21:44 UTC

Perhaps one of Canon's more informative examples of this type of interview.

Not that there was a lot of concrete information, just a bit more than usual ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 15:14 UTC as 60th comment

Very good overview given the inherent difficulties of comparative reviews. Also a subject that some have strong, but not necessarily well researched views on, so never going to please a few ;-)

Avoids going into minutiae that would likely lose a lot of readers - for people complaining about lack of detail, just get the demo versions and try your own comparisons.

As someone who writes reviews, including some of what's here, it's a brief I'd not have liked to see land on my desk ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2013 at 08:55 UTC as 48th comment
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