Ted Felix: Photography Links
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Click here for my extensive list of
links dealing with Kodak Photo CD.
If you are thinking of getting a Digital Camera, these
sites are the first places you should look. Each of
them has excruciating reviews of all the latest and
most popular models. It's enough to make your head spin.
Digital Photography Review -
Great news section and forums.
Steve's Digicams - Good news section.
Imaging Resource -
Digital Camera Resource Page
Megapixel.net - Monthly news and reviews.
Once you're done reading reviews by people who are paid by the
manufacturers, check out reviews by people who aren't. The real
problems quickly become apparent.
PC Photo Review
Camera Review - Film camera reviews
- rec.photo.digital FAQ
- Digital Fine Art Magazine
- Directory of Photo resources.
- FRCN Digital Imaging
- Photographers' Resources
- Digital Photography FWIW
- All Things Photo
- Great prices, great service. I try to go here first.
- I usually get my digicams from CDW. Not the best price, but
- The Filter Connection
- Wide selection of filters and step-up/down rings.
- Calumet Photographic
- I've been ordering here. Good place. High prices.
- Light Impressions
- Archival supplies. Mylar-D (polyester) and High Density Polyethylene.
- Norman Camera
- Precision Camera
- Might find a bargain.
- Cases 4 Less
- Pelican cases.
- DC Pro
I now own two Canon FD cameras, the AE-1 and the AT-1. Both work
- Canon USA, Inc.
- The Manufacturer.
Canon Classic Cameras (Magic Lantern Guides Classic Series)
- A great book that covers the A series cameras, and lots of important info.
Craig Camera's Instruction Books (Calumet to Cybes)
- These guys carry the AE-1 manual. The Magic Lantern book turned
out to be perfect, so I never ordered one.
- Canon FD Pages
- A great collection of info on various AE-1 related items.
- Karl Aimo - Canon repair guy.
The Search for a Photo Printer
I ended up going home with the
HP DeskJet 722c. It has served me
very well so far. Print life leaves a little to be desired.
Hopefully that will be rectified with later models in the
PC Magazine's Nov 3, 1998 article, "Personal Printers"
- A great set of reviews, but no correlation between photo printers
and regular inkjets.
HP Printers and Digital Imaging Home Page
- I ended up getting the HP 722C (right before the 895CSE came out!).
It works very well. See my HP722c page for more info.
HP PhotoSmart Photo Printer Data Sheet
EPSON Stylus Photo 700
- I've had bad experiences with Epson printers, and reading the FAQ
led me to believe that they have some really odd drivers. Lumijet makes
special inks for the Epson printers that extend print life significantly.
If I'da known that......
EPSON Stylus Photo EX
Canon Computer Systems Inc.
- I seriously considered the BJC-5000, and the other photo quality
printers from Canon, but too many people indicated that the
print quality is poor, and they tend to jam.
Canon Computer Systems Inc.: Color bubble Jet Printers: BJC-8200 Features
One day I'll need another photo printer. Here's my research for the next
Epson 2000p - Pigment based ink printer. Only complaints so far
have to do with
color accuracy under different lighting conditions.
Also check out
Michael H. Reichmann's Epson 2000p Review. Low contrast and
low saturation seem to be the chief complaints, but they aren't very
- How 'bout Dye-Sub? Seems very unpopular for some reason.
- Epson 870/1270 Fading
- Yikes! And I almost bought one of these. On top of Epson's history of
clogged heads, this looks real bad.
- One of Epson's newer printers. Can't read japanese, though.
HP PhotoSmart 1100/1000 Review - Steve Hoffmann's review of the
second generation Photosmarts
ALPS MD-5500 Press Release
- Alps discussion group
- Winner of my accelerated light fade tests.
- Digital Art Supplies
- These guys have a cool selection of InkJet papers. Free samples too.
- Lots of Inkjet papers. If I'da found this site when I was printer
shopping, I might have gone for an Epson Inkjet printer....
Haven't tried refilling yet. Hope to in the near future...
- These guys were the first to announce a hack for Epson's ink level
detection chip that prevents refilling. Rock 'n' Roll!
How to Refill HP 51641A and C1823A Inkjet Cartridges
- Automation Consulting and Supply, Inc.
GPG Inkjet Refills
- Image Control
Netwares & Specialties
EPA Settles With Hewlett-Packard
- I guess HP's inkjet cartridges cause cancer....
The Search For A Film Scanner
The search is over, I went home with a
Polaroid SprintScan 4000 and I returned it after
20 days or so of frustration. More links for the
SprintScan 4000 are at that link. I will probably never touch a
film scanner again. Those old negatives will just have to rot away.
- Canon FS4000 Review
- This guy was going to do a review. Hopefully he does and it is there.
The FS4000 has better software than the Nikon, and a lower price.
- Nikon LS-4000 vs. LS-2000
- Very interesting comparison. I'm now leaning toward a Nikon LS-40
(aka Coolscan IV ED). But, I'm in no rush. Maybe I'll wait for
the next generation. Nikon's software is pretty poor and
crashes a lot according to users. Good thing there's Vuescan!
- My SprintScan 4000 Review
- It's not pretty. I just plain wasn't impressed with the color
negative performance when compared to Kodak Photo CD. Why
others put up with these things is beyond me.
- Ed Hamrick's Site
scanning software is a "must have" for many brands of film scanner.
For the Polaroid SprintScan 4000, it offers batch scanning that
works, and much better color negative film support.
- Well, I might be able to figure out why SBA sucks with this one.
Real cool feature: scans a whole uncut roll! Many users don't like
the speed and the stability of the software.
PhotographyREVIEW.com: Film scanner reviews.
- Imaging Resource
- Film scanner reviews and other stuff. Reviews show gory details of using each
scanner's drivers. Very cool.
- Reviews of
and digicams. Film scanners too.
Tony Sleep - Home Page
- Filmscanner reviews, and a mailing list.
Filmscanners Mailing list archive
Michael H. Reichmann's review of the Polaroid 4000
- Steve Hoffmann Photography
- Web and digital imaging tech tips
Talks about the PhotoSmart S20 and Nikon LS2000 Film Scanners.
- Scanner Reviews
- Scan Discussion List
- Put the words "subscribe scan" in the body of the message.
Dry Creek Photo -
Printer profiling and reviews of color management
equipment. They also have printer profiles for labs around the world.
Color Management Info
Unfortunately, there's a bit of controversy surrounding the
following sites. Looks to me like the older FAQ maintainer,
David Bourgin did indeed drop the ball, but I can't say that I agree
with Poynton's approach to trying to fix the problem. Anyways,
read with caution. These FAQs aren't really for beginners.
Most of them assume the reader knows too much.
- First, read this easy to understand tutorial on Gamma before
delving into the controversial sites that follow.
Graeme W. Gill does a good job making sense of it all.
It is a bit
outdated, so statements about "popular imaging software" must
be put into historic context.
- Charles Poynton's
- Author of the current Color and Gamma FAQs. Poynton is not happy
at all with Timo's insistence (see below) that Gamma 1.0 is better than
Gamma 2.0. Most of Poynton's issues seem to center around
Timo's willingness to go a bit over the edge at the cost of
Accurate Image Manipulation
- Lots of color and gamma tech info from Timo Autiokari. Timo
believes we should all work in Gamma 1.0 space to avoid the losses
introduced by higher Gamma spaces. That would be great if we
only had better 16-bit and Gamma 1.0 support in Photoshop.
Maybe in 8.0? Timo does get some cool effects that are worth
investigating, contrary to the opinions of the many
strong-willed people that are critical of him. Timo
gets a little out of hand at times, though, so it isn't surprising
there is some hostility towards him.
David Bourgin's Colorspace FAQ
- An attempt at an "easy-to-understand" FAQ.
This is the older FAQ that Poynton takes issue with. It is admittedly, very
poorly written and error-filled. See
Poynton's comments. One of Poynton's comments is erroneous.
The comment about PhotoYCC
takes issue with what is a known fact and is well-documented by Kodak. When
you use Kodak's sanctioned algorithm to convert from PhotoYCC to RGB, you
get values that range from 0 to 346. You must then scale them to fit 0 to 255.
He says in response, "Whoever wrote this has a poor understanding of the way PhotoYCC works."
I guess he is referring to Kodak. I can't argue with that.
I've emailed him. No response......
A rather old version of Poynton's Colorspace FAQ
- Chris Cox' Gamma Info
- One of the developers of Photoshop weighs in on the gamma issue.
Colour Space Conversions
International Color Consortium
- .ICC file format spec.
- Various Color Management info. Index of vendors.
Color Management Profiling Solutions
I've been meaning to try a color management package, but
I've been pretty successful at doing color management by
trial and error. In fact, I came up with a "ringaround"
file that lets me see a wide range of tweaks to color and
density so I can match which is best on the printer
I happen to be working with. Then I just apply those
tweaks before I print. This has worked extremely well
for me. My screen and prints match very well.
- Eye-One Color
- Makers of the GretagMacbeth Eye-One Display. Cheaper
than the ColorVision spyder, and reportedly better.
- Makers of PhotoCal, OptiCal and Monitor Spyder.
Scarse Home Page
- Color Management profiling software for Linux.
- Makers of very expensive profiling software.
- Makers of monitor color calibrators. Check out their
Color Theory Page
International Commission on Illumination - aka CIE
LOGO Kommunikations - und Drucktechnik GmbH, Division of GretagMacbeth
- Makers of
- Makers of
MonacoEZColor profiling software. Check out
Ian Lyons' review.
- Makers of
WiziWYG profiling software.
Randy Glass' review of Praxisoft's WiziWYG
Chemical Prints from Digital Images
Since the print life on my HP722c isn't all that great, I've
decided to research alternative printing approaches.
- Digital Prints
- You can find most of my info about digital prints here.
- These guys are in a very different category. They make the
equipment for scanning and printing high volume.
The Zeltsman Approach to Formal Classic Portraiture
- DOF Preview and the Gray Card Walk.
Mark Williams' Site
- He found my site while searching for info on the Sony Wide Angle
Conversion lens. Gave me a rave review. Cool pix on his site.
- I've done some. It's fun.
NetObjects Fusion Rotating Picture - Some slideshow thing for the web (?).
- Another place that will sell your photos for you.
- Custom Poster Store
- Will sell your photos as posters to complete strangers and give you a cut.
- Altamira Group
- Makers of Genuine Fractals image resizing app.
- Xequte Software
- Imaging apps.
How bad is JPEG?
- Bob Wheeler
- Corel KnockOut
- Software for removing backgrounds.
- Idaho Airships - Aerial
imaging. Lots of Photoshop info at this site.
- Sim Video Productions
- Tip Sheets
on using a light meter and other subjects.
- Creative Arts Photography
- I have no idea. Some photographer that does restorations.
- These guys are near me and do scanning, but they never answered my email.
- Photo Critique Forum
- An interesting community for commenting on photos.
- Online photo album service.
- Josh Carter's site. Includes a good article about
external flash techniques.
- Trevor's Storm Support Center
- Since Storm went out of business, Trevor has taken over as tech support.
- Digital Light and Color
- Home of Picture Window. Brief
Photo CD info here too.
- Photo album site.
ArcSoft's PhotoPrinter is available
Prints multiple images on a page.
- Kinetronics Corp.
- Makers of
Anti-Static Brushes and whatnot.
Calumet Cadet 4x5 View Camera
Shutterbug - 1997 Product Previews (calumet 4x5 review)
Soligor Spot Sensor II and Digital Spot Sensor
Smithsonian Institute - Office of Imaging, Printing and Photo Services
Wayne Fulton's scanning tips
Megapixel.net - Digital imaging web magazine.
Editorial Photographers - How much do magazines pay for photos.
- Luminous Landscape
- Michael H. Reichmann's site. Includes
LightJet Vs Inkjet, the Polaroid 4000, and other goodies.
- A Freeware Graphic Viewer???
Photo Archive software. ???
- Makers of ACDSee Image viewer???
- Cymbolic Sciences
- I want a LightJet 5000 in my basement!
- Ansel Adams - Wow.
- Found the Kodak Gray Scale at the Panavision Store.
Ended up buying it at Penn Camera.
- Slide Show
- Lots of other good stuff too at DaveCentral.
Are you having focusing problems?
- Article about dioptric adjustment. Turns out my left eye is
astigmatic (is that a word?), so dioptric adjustment is useless.
I've since switched to using my right eye in the camera.
- LumiQuest Photographic Accessories
- I have the Pocket Bounce on my Vivitar 550FD. It works very well.
The soft-box looks good for my Vivitar 2600 flash.
- Welcome to Photoflex!
- The On-Camera XTC II inflatable diffuser looks interesting. I haven't bought one
or tried it. The Lumiquest pocket bounce has worked fine.
- Various interesting articles and reviews.
- I develop all my film to PhotoCD. Unfortunately.
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