Chroma Optimizer

Chroma Optimizer

Inkjet printers have been used to produce photographic prints for quite some time now and, while there have been a lot of technological advancements, this one probably takes the cake. What is Chroma Optimizer? It is a clear coating which is applied onto prints when using the latest range of Canon professional photo printers. This coating creates images with deep black density and prevents bronzing and gloss differential, which have been ever-present in inkjet printing. These properties make it an invaluable tool in achieving the look you want for your prints. Bronzing As mentioned above, bronzing is a phenomenon which … Read the full article

16-bit colour processing

16-bit colour

If you’ve ever dabbled with photo editing software or tinkered with printer drivers, you have probably come across 16-bit colour processing. It sounds advanced and some would say that more bits must equal better quality, right? What is 16-bit colour processing? As we all know, digital data is made of ones and zeros and colours (like anything else) are described in a series of ones and zeros. The conventional JPEG photo will use 8-bit colour, meaning that each colour is referenced using a series of eight ones and zeros describing each channel (Red, Green and Blue). If you do the … Read the full article

The camera you don’t take on holiday

Creative image making - the camera you don't take on holiday

Even I thought it sounded weird when I chose the title, but bear with me. Any photographer worth his salt knows that you don’t shoot everything with the same lens, that’s why they make those huge camera bags after all. That being said I will not be discussing different types of lenses in this blog post though. Today I will be talking about a tool for creative image making unlike those in your camera bag (and an inexpensive one at that!); the flatbed scanner. What it does One might think that the only use for a flatbed scanner is to … Read the full article

Smartphone copy – Bringing your printer up to speed with your needs

Smartphone copy_PIXMA TS305

For all of us tech fanatics, using cool gadgets with nifty features is something we enjoy and look forward to. I know, Smartphone Copy sounds bland and translates to a mixture of new-age and archaic tech however the name does not do it justice. This is a new feature built into Canon’s Print application which allows you to “make a photocopy” using your smartphone and a printer. How it works All you need to do is take a picture of the document which you would like to copy with your phone. The application will then automatically recognise the document boundary … Read the full article

Inkjet vs Laser | The age-old debate

Inkjet vs laser

Choosing between inkjet and laser is something which puzzles us all when getting that new printer to replace the ancient device that’s been cramping our style for so long. We could go into the nitty-gritty details of their concept of operation and the different variants of both but we can all agree that it will take us nowhere. For those of you who do not know which is which, inkjet printers are those small printers you used to find in every household which make that weird dragging sound while they gradually push out printed media. Laser printers are different in … Read the full article