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If you experience dark and flat colors when you print to your Canon Selphy from Adobe Lightroom, don’t worry. There is a easy solution to fix this problem. You need an ICC printer profile. And you need to activate it in Lightroom. Tested on a Canon Selphy ES-30 (but should give same result on older models) Here is what you need to do: Download the profile canon-selphy.icc. Save it somewhere on your PC where you will be able to find it again. Go to the file and double click it. (or right click and choose ‘install profile’) Then open Lightroom and select the photos that you want to print to your Canon Selphy. Got to the print module and on the right side scroll down to ‘color management’ There you can set your profile, click on the arrows next to ‘managed by printer’ and choose ‘other’, the ‘Canon Selphy.icc’ should be in the list. If not something went wrong at step 3. Make sure you set the other settings like ‘page setup’ and everything else you want to change Press print. You should have a photo printed by your Canon Selphy that has the right colors and the right contrast. Hope this helped. And if you want to read more about ICC profiles then follow this link International Color Consortium. UPDATE: I have found an ICC profile for the Selphy CP720. I do not have that model but maybe you do and is this file helpfull. Use the file following the method described above. Download the profile Selphy-CP720-OK.icc.

I bought a Canon Selphy, a small photo printer that is easy to use and compact in storage. After some consideration I decided to go for the ES30 model, due to the fact that I do not need the internal storage. So I didn’t need the ES3 model which was more expensive. The first test was a print from a memory card that can be plugged into the device. And I have to say I was slightly impressed (looking at the price / quality ratio). Then I decided to place the photo on my PC and connect the Selphy via an USB cable and print via the Lightroom print module. I used the included software, Ulead Photo Express LE. I got the same result as when I printed from the memory card. After toying a bit with Photo Express I decided to try printing via Adobe Lightroom 2.0. I used the printer module in LR and I was shocked by the result. The photos were too dark, did not had any contrast, and the colors were too flat. Huge problem! All my work is stored in Lightroom and if I want to print something, I would like to do this via Lightroom. Several searches via Google did not bring my any result. So I decided to call the Canon service center, big mistake! Total waste of money! A very rude conversation via the telephone, and no solution was given. But I will spare you the details. After several more searches I found an article that described a similar problem but for an older Selphy model. They writer suggested to use an ICC profile. I could have figured that out by myself. But the problem is that you need expensive hard- and software to create a good profile. Then in another […]

I got this idea about doing some selfportraits. Here is the first try. Played with Lightroom to get the light color temp, contrast and sharpness. When this was set correctly, I decided to use Photoshop to remove the gray background and switch from RGB color to black and white. At the end I shifted the whole composition to the left to hide the collar of my t-shirt. Peronally, I am happy with the result. I’m thinking about doing a whole serie, the same way I have done while I was on the academy. so in the near future there will be more to come. My first idea is to start with all different faces, all black and white, in a low key setting. So we have to wait how it will workout. Click here for the gallery. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8, daylight]

So you got your folders organized? You have given your photofiles a name that does make sense (to you)? And you are still not able to find this very special shot that you made several years ago? Start using keywords….. Many programs that act as photo library offer the option to set keywords or labels to you photos. So start using this option and it will make your life a lot easier. Personally I use Adobe Lightroom which offers to set keywords, but there are other programs available that you can use. An other program I have used is Picasa, this program uses labels, which is almost similar to keywords. Just search for ‘photo library software’ on google and I’m sure you will find many options. (a page with a big collection that i found: click here) When you are using a library program that offers the option the add keywords make sure that you are using keywords that make sense to you. Yes I know that I am repeating myself, but maintaining a library all comes down to setting up a system that does make sense. So pick your keywords (or labels) carefully. I’ll give you an example: If you make a close-up serie of flowers, let say red roses. You could use the keywords, roses, red, flower, close-up. This should be enough. If you add words like nature or garden it wouldn’t harm, but if you start to add more keywords, it might get confussing. So don’t start giving a full description of your red roses in your keyword list. Okay I do hope these articles will help you to get your library organized and give you the overview you need. Good luck with it. previous: “Organizing your photos (part 2)”

When you have setup your folder structure, you are ready to move to the next step. When you copy your photos from your memory card to you PC you will end up with the files on your PC that still have the names as provided by your camera. (ex. img_12345.JPG) Now that is a useful name, isn’t it? Nope! We can do better. Basically it is similar to setting up your folder-structure. You should name your file in such a way it makes sense to you. Again, amongst you there are very exeptional and gifted people who will be able to memorize all the numbers linked to the images, but again. I’m not one of them, and I need more logic in my file-names. So when I import my photos, I use a template that sets the filenames of my photos while they are being imported. There are many programs in the market available that will be able to do this for you. And there are also programs that can do this after you have imported your files (I used to use ACDSee, which had a batch rename function.) At the moment I’m using Adobe Lightroom for importing my photos from my memory card and this program offers a rename functionality during import. You have to realise that it is a batch rename (whole bunch of files in one single go), so it won’t offer you the possibility to rename the files one by one on import (but you can still do this afterwards). My advice is not to rename every single file. By doing so you will loose the overview. So let’s say you went on a trip to the zoo on a sunny day during the summer of 2007. Then you could create a folder in ‘Days out’ […]

Trying to look for the needle in the haystack? Got lost in your archive? Want to know why the world is turning? Hmm I’m reluctant to answer the latter, but I do have some ideas on the first issue. Get organized, it is that simple. You can do this several ways, but before I continue I have to make a distinction between a digital and an analog collection. I see no reason to explain how you could organize your films, negatives and prints. Because for me it would be a simple sollution because I am used to do it this way for 25 years. Put them in a cabinet and make sure you make contact sheets and don’t forget to number them. How you number them, how you place them in your cabinet, thats all up to you. So lets focus on your digital work: Every time you use your camera you download your pictures to you pc Your library starts to grow One day you want to show that very special photo to your grandma. But you get lost in your own archive. Nightmare! So you need to get organized. You can do this on a simple way and most digital camera’s and their software offer an option to add a date or timestamp you your digital image. So now all you need to do is remember when you took the photo and look for that date and time…… Some programs even offer the option to download you images from your camera and place them on your PC in separate folders based on the date. So now you have a bunch of folders that look like this: “12th of March 2007”. Wow you got organised, of course you will remember the date of you wedding or your birthday. So […]