BenQ Launch ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ Competition

Venice_header_mailchimp sizeTo celebrate the popular new SW320 monitor, BenQ have launched the exciting new ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ competition that will offer one lucky winner a 6 day, all-expenses paid photo trip to Venice, Italy.

During this once in a lifetime trip, the winner will be led through the most photogenic locations that Venice has to offer, taking in beautiful scenery and learning tips and tricks from a professional photographer. The winner will capture some unbelievable memories, whilst taking expert one-on-one tuition from Travel, People and Street Photographer, Gabriella Micene.

About the BenQ SW320 monitor

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BenQ’s SW320 monitor is designed for photographers that require accurate colour and a large viewing area for editing. With features such as a True 10-bit IPS back panel, hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space and a 14-Bit 3D LUT, it’s clear that this monitor is designed for image perfection.

The SW320 features a 4K UHD resolution and 100% Rec 709 colour gamut, making it also ideal for filmmakers and photographers that work with video.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) has been introduced to offer higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images. It allows professionals to display true-to-life video with the same accurate colour and detail it was captured with. It also has an expanded contrast ratio to make the white and black points within the image, closer to “true” white and black.

This is the fifth instalment in BenQ’s professional range of colour critical monitors. Other monitors in the range include the PV270 (27”), PV3200PT (32”), SW2700PT (27”) and the PG2401PT (24”).

The SW320 monitor is priced at £1,275.60 incl. VAT (RRP) and is available to purchase through leading photo and video retailers, and on colorconfidence.com.

Get Creative in Venice!

The photo adventure is designed, not only to guide the winner through the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but will enable them to mentally visualise a scene before capturing the perfect moment. The trip will allow the winner to use their newfound skills to improve and expand on their photographic technique.

The all expenses paid photo trip is worth approximately 4,500€ and will take place from 8th – 13th July 2018. The trip will include flights, daily travel, accommodation, as well as food and drink (excluding alcohol).

This is a pan-European competition. To be in with a chance of winning this once in a lifetime prize, entrants can simply fill out a short form at: colorconfidence.com/benq_venice. Terms and conditions can also be found on the competition web page.

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Rotolight launch AEOS LED light for portrait and location photographers

neo_r2_c1Award-winning British LED lighting manufacturer, Rotolight have announced the launch of AEOS – an industry-first LED light for portrait and location photographers.

AEOS is a bi-colour, LED light with a unique, ‘ultra-thin’ design. It is one of the most portable lights on the market, weighing under 1.5kg. AEOS is the first location LED light to include integrated aluminium handles instead of a yoke, giving users the freedom to ‘work the light’ at angles and positions not otherwise possible.

AEOS delivers a powerful light output of 5,750 lux at three feet, but is also one of the most energy efficient LEDs on the market, able to run for three hours at 100% power on a single 95W battery – more than twice as long as the industry standard.

It will include a professional level ball head, providing complete 360-degree rotation, and 200-degrees of tilt, when mounted to a light stand, making the light truly versatile. The ball head is made from high-quality, solid aluminium and can support the full weight of the AEOS with battery and barn doors mounted, at any angle.

“The one thing that we’ve always understood is that photographers all work with light in so many different ways,” says Rod Gammons, Chairman at Rotolight. “However, they’re often hindered by the size, weight or manoeuvrability of the light. We’ve developed the AEOS as a result of clear feedback from our customers that wanted something powerful, but highly portable.”

AEOS features dual controls for brightness, and fast, tuneable colour on location. AccuColour ™ LED technology delivers industry-leading skin tone rendering performance, eliminating the need for lengthy post-production colour corrections.

“The Rotolight AEOS really is the ultimate light for location and portrait photographers who want something powerful, yet portable and easy to carry, with a beautiful soft light output. AEOS will simply enable you to get shots no one else can,” says Jason Lanier, Sony Artisan of Imagery and award winning photographer.

AEOS is packed full of Rotolight’s signature industry-first, patented features, including:

  • High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) provides a powerful HSS flash with zero recycle time for traditional photographic workflows
  • True Aperture Dimming™ calculates and displays F-stop for a subject at a given distance, eliminating the need to meter
  • AccuColour™ LED phosphor technology ensures the AEOS delivers exceptional colour rendering (CRI:96+).

AEOS comes with a full set of coloured filters and two diffusion filters. There is also a full range of optional accessories available. Watch the AEOS video here.

The Rotolight AEOS is priced at £899 incl. VAT RRP and is available to pre-order now.

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Three of our key vendors win Photography News Awards!

Congratulations to BenQ, ExpoImaging and X-Rite for winning Photography News 2016 awards. The awards ceremony took place at The Photography Show last month.

The products and categories are as follows:

BenQ PV270 – Best Monitor

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Inset L-R: Will Cheung, Photography News Editor with Jason Lee and Fanny Wang from BenQ

PV270_AwardThe BenQ PV270 is a 27” monitor that meets the demanding needs of photographers that edit both stills and video. Uncompromising colour performance and powerful calibration tools make the PV270 the ideal monitor for professionals that require reliable colour throughout their workflow.

The BenQ PV270 is the epitome of ‘Still meeting motion’, giving professional photographers the best of both worlds. The Adobe RGB coverage encompasses most of the colours producible for photography, whereas the Rec. 709 coverage and the DCI-P3 colour gamut is crucial for video post-production work.

The monitor is priced at just £849.60 incl. VAT.

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Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System – Best Studio /Lighting Accessory

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Inset L-R: Will Cheung, Photography News Editor with John Baker from ExpoImaging

XL Pro Lighting System_awardThe Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System contains the largest FlashBender, creating a much larger light source whilst still being portable enough to take anywhere. The FlashBender 2 XL Pro is quick and easy to set up and can be folded flat for storage or transportation. It has its own travel bag and is sized to fit in a 15” laptop compartment or laid flat in a gear bag so it doesn’t take up any valuable space needed for lenses or other essential equipment.

The XL Pro is designed to fit most standard sized flash models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Nissin, and is priced at just £89.95 incl. VAT.

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X-Rite ColorMunki Display – Best Colour Management Device

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Inset L-R: Will Cheung, Photography News Editor with Liz Quinlisk and Matt Chilton from X-Rite

ColorMunkiDisplay_Award2The X-Rite ColorMunki Display is an ideal solution for those looking for quick and easy monitor calibration for one or multiple monitors, or a projector. It gives you the option to utilise more advanced features if required, such as optimising profiles based on your ambient lighting conditions, as well as adjusting to glossy screen types using a Flare Correct feature.

The X-Rite ColorMunki Display offers advanced display calibration, that quickly and easily allows you to deliver consistently accurate on-screen colour.

The ColorMunki Display is priced at just £148.50 incl. VAT.

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Rotolight Anova PRO is continuous LED light of choice for award-winning DoP

roy_wagner-2Award-winning director of photography Roy H Wagner ASC has chosen the Rotolight Anova PRO bi-colour continuous LED studio light as the exclusive light source for his new film, Trouble Sleeping.

Best known for his work on Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning TV shows such as Ray Donovan and House, long-running CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and the Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, Wagner has an extensive career in the film industry going back almost 50 years.

Having used all kinds of lights in his career, from tungsten and fluorescents to LEDs, Wagner has long been an advocate of the natural light and flexible qualities of Rotolight. Now he has shot an entire feature, Trouble Sleeping, with director Robert Adetuyi, using the Rotolight Anova PRO light as the sole source.

Designed by leading British LED manufacturer Rotolight, the Anova PRO delivers versatility, superior colour rendering and soft light output, making it ideal for cinematographers, videographers and photographers. With a powerful output of up to 7,200 lux at three feet, the studio and location LED is still able to deliver flattering, soft light output.

“I have often spoken of simplicity in image creation, and had wanted to do a feature with just one light and one lens,” says Wagner. “Of course this seldom happens, but I was given the chance to do it on Trouble Sleeping. “I chose the Rotolight system because I knew it could accurately reproduce the colour and power I needed. We did not use any fill, and used the Rotolight as a very articulated light source.”

The Anova PRO also features five patented, industry-first features designed to save time and money, and enhance creativity for users. One feature — CineSFX™ — is particularly relevant for users like Wagner as it provides a suite of customisable cinematic lighting effects, such as fire, lightning, sirens and gunshots, eliminating the need for timely and expensive traditional flicker box workflows. The Anova PRO is also 300% more power efficient than its LED competitors, enabling much greater run time and therefore more flexibility when running on battery on location.

Wagner made the point that; the unique light quality of the Rotolight Anova has eliminated problems many typically associated with LED lighting. “Rotolight has found a way of filtering that notch of blue wavelength that is harsh on actors’ eyes. On Trouble Sleeping, every actor took the time to ask about the light, and responded to the gentle quality.”

Alongside the creative control it gave him, he also praised the light’s practical aspects. “It survives the rough handling of everyday production, and crews who have very little time to ‘baby’ any equipment. Crews are pleased with how easily mounted and controlled the units are – they can be operated from the back of the light or from my iPhone. And producers are very happy with the reduced cost of the lighting package.”

“Would I recommend the Rotolight system to other cinematographers?” says Wagner. “The images I have been able to create are my answer. I’m extremely happy with the product and its ability to deliver the ideas that I pre-visualise.”

Anova PRO FRONTThe Rotolight Anova Pro™ is priced at £1,439.99 incl VAT.

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Rotolight NEO now available

NEO FRONTThe range of innovative on-camera LED lights from award winning British LED lighting manufacturer, Rotolight are now available to purchase from Color Confidence.

Rotolight NEO is a continuous lighting system with a unique ‘soft’ light output and signature ringlight effect, making it ideal for portrait, event and location photographers.

NEO is highly portable, easy to use and fast to set up. It offers tuneable colour temperature and brightness. NEO includes three ground-breaking features that set it apart in the market.

  • True Aperture Dimming™ calculates and displays F-stop for a subject at a given distance.
  • CineSFX™ provides a powerful collection of customisable cinematic lighting effects.
  • Designer Fade™ provides custom fade up/down production effects.

Delivering powerful performance in a compact package, this self-contained light can be a secret weapon in the studio or on location. NEO builds on Rotolight’s multi-award winning LED technology, which is used by leading broadcasters, filmmakers and professional photographers the world over.

Jason Lanier, an award winning photographer and Sony Artisan of Imagery recently said of the Rotolight NEO: “They are quite simply the most amazing, beautiful, versatile portable continuous lights I’ve ever used. I couldn’t recommend them more highly and think that anyone who shoots portraits, weddings, or fashion photography should own multiple sets.”

NEO can be powered by 6 AA batteries for up to 5 hours (or 3.5 hours at 100% power). It is available as a single or multi-light kit and includes a 10-piece location filter pack with diffusion, skin tone and creative FX filters.

Hailed as the “next industry standard” by the Guild of Television Cameraman, the Rotolight NEO is priced at £347.99 incl. VAT and is available to purchase through the Color Confidence web store.

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Color Confidence Announce Photographer of the Year 2016

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Color Confidence have announced the winner of the Inspired by Colour photography competition. Violeta Angel from Northampton has been crowned ‘Color Confidence Photographer of the Year 2016’ for her winning image ‘Seagull’.

Violeta has now received the grand prize of £1,000 worth of photography equipment from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers.

The yearlong competition encouraged photographers to submit images based on a different theme each month. The public then voted for their favourite image. The person with the most votes at the end of each month won a fantastic prize (minimum prize value £100). 

The Color Confidence team have now judged the 12 winning images from 2016 to determine the grand prize winner. Violeta Angel won the monthly competition back in March and has now received the following:

“Each month we enjoyed viewing the photographs that were submitted as part of the Inspired by Colour competition,” says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at Color Confidence. “We are passionate about colour and it was great to see the different genres, techniques and approaches that were used. At Color Confidence we want to ensure that our customers get the most out of their photography and so we offer free technical advice and support on a wide range of the industry’s leading products.”

Follow Color Confidence on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ColorConfidence to stay up-to-date with our latest competitions.

December Inspired by Colour photo competition winner announced

Thank you to everyone that took part in the ‪Inspired by Colour photo competition last month. We are pleased to reveal that our December winner is James Abbott with his ‘Frozen In Time’ themed image, ‘Autumn Swirl’.

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James’ winning image ‘Autumn Swirl’

James is now the proud owner of a BenQ SW2700PT colour critical monitor. James commented:

“This image was a six second exposure, taken on my tripod mounted Nikon D610 and 16-35mm lens, of a slow moving swirl pool in the stream running through the gorge (Padley Gorge in the Peak District). I was drawn to the leaves on the rock protruding from the surrounding water, and even though the water was moving slowly the image itself instantly revealed itself. So with nothing more than a polarising filter on the lens I set about capturing the image I had in mind.

Back home I processed the raw file in Lightroom before cloning out another rock in the top right corner of the image in Photoshop. I calibrated my monitor to ensure the colours I see during processing are correct.”

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James pictured with his brand new BenQ SW2700PT monitor. His winning image is featured on the monitor screen

James is a Freelance Photographer and Journalist based near Cambridge, UK and specialises in portrait and landscape photography. From staying up all night to shoot the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to high-end beauty photography to creative still life and everything between, if you can think of a subject he’s probably photographed it. See more of his work at www.jamesaphoto.co.uk

Other stunning entries in the December 2016 photo competition include:

Frozen Bubble by Victoria Hillman

Frozen Bubble by Victoria Hillman

Frozen by Conrad Lee

Frozen by Conrad Lee

Up and Away by Keith Bannister

Up and Away by Keith Bannister

We will shortly be announcing the Color Confidence Photographer of the Year 2016. Keep an eye on our social media pages for an update…

Introducing Rotolight ANOVA PRO – the world’s first bi-colour continuous LED light with high-speed sync (HSS) flash

Anova2Award winning LED lighting manufacturer, Rotolight have announced the launch of ANOVA PRO™ – the ultimate LED studio and location light.

Anova PRO is 43% brighter than its predecessors and now features several unique, industry-first features which save significant time and money, while enabling greater creativity for users. This includes a powerful High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) for use in a traditional photographic workflow. Anova PRO is the first continuous bi-colour LED light on the market to offer this feature.

Anova PRO FRONTIn flash mode, Anova PRO is able to produce 150% of the maximum continuous light output at any colour temperature, with zero recycle time. This is a major advantage over traditional strobe systems, thereby bridging the gap between strobe and continuous lighting, delivering the benefits of both without the disadvantages of either.

This feature also enables users to accurately see the shadows and highlights of a subject or shot. This makes it ideal for photographers looking to replace legacy strobe systems, or those who shoot a combination of photo and video, who currently have to purchase two separate products.

Anova PRO has five patented, industry-first features:

  • High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) provides a powerful HSS flash with zero recycle time for traditional photographic workflows
  • True Aperture Dimming™, which calculates and displays the F-stop at a given distance. This feature eliminates the need for light meters, saves time and eliminates the guess work associated with manually working out ISO and F-stop settings
  • CineSFX™ provides a powerful collection of customisable cinematic lighting effects
  • FX Slave™ enables the CineSFX™ effects to be ‘slaved’ to up to 512 third party light sources in real time with zero latency to create powerful lighting effects for large scale productions
  • Designer Fade™ provides custom fade up/down production effects.

The Anova PRO has already won two major industry awards and is receiving favourable reviews from industry experts.

Anova Pro’s Bi-Colour LED system with AccuColour™ LED Phosphor technology delivers exceptional colour rendering (CRI:96+), and a powerful output whilst using 94% less energy than a standard tungsten bulb.

Anova Pro is available as a bi colour model for maximum versatility, or as a fixed colour Daylight (5600K) model for maximum output, dependant on your workflow.

The Rotolight Anova Pro™ is priced at £1,439.99 incl. VAT RRP.

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BenQ’s latest 31.5” 4K UHD monitor offers a range of advanced features for photography professionals

BenQ SW320Following on from the success of the hugely popular, TIPA award winning 27″ SW2700PT monitor designed for photography professionals, BenQ have raised the bar by launching the larger 31.5” SW320 monitor – packed with even more features.

The SW320 is designed for photographers that require accurate colour and a large viewing area for editing. With features such as an included monitor hood, True 10-bit IPS back panel, hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space and a 14-Bit 3D LUT, it’s clear that this monitor is designed for image perfection.

GamutDuo allows users to view content side-by-side in various colour spaces on one screen. The Hotkey Puck can assign colour spaces to preset buttons and switch between them quickly and conveniently. With an in-built SD card reader and USB 3.0 connectivity, the SW320 is not only aesthetically elegant, it’s also highly practical, allowing users to concentrate on their creativity.

The SW320 features a 4K UHD resolution and 100% Rec 709 colour gamut, making it also ideal for filmmakers and photographers that work with video.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) has been introduced to offer higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images. It allows professionals to display true-to-life video with the same accurate colour and detail it was captured with. It also has an expanded contrast ratio to make the white and black points within the image, closer to “true” white and black.

Key features

  • 4K UHD screen has 4 times the resolution of full HD
  • GamutDuo allows you to view content side by side in two different colour spaces
  • Fully rotatable to 90 degrees, allowing easier editing of portrait images
  • Comes with BenQ’s Palette Master Elements software for hardware calibration (14-bit LUT) with a compatible device
  • The Hotkey Puck allows ease of switching between Adobe RGB/sRGB/B&W
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode offers higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images
  • Brightness Uniformity
  • Built in SD card reader and USB 3 ports for ease of access
  • Technicolor Colour Certified
  • Monitor hood included
  • 3 year warranty

This is the fifth instalment in BenQ’s professional range of colour critical monitors. Other monitors in the range include the PV270 (27”), PV3200PT (32”), SW2700PT (27”) and the PG2401PT (24”).

The SW320 monitor is priced at £1,245.60 incl. VAT.

October Inspired by Colour photo competition winner announced

Thank you to everyone that took part in the ‪’Inspired by Colour’ photo competition last month. We are pleased to reveal that our October winner is Nick Price with his captivating image ‘Autumn Sunset’.

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Nick’s winning image ‘Autumn Sunset’

Nick is now the proud owner of an X-Rite ColorMunki Display (Pink Breast Cancer Awareness edition).

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Our October winner – Nick Price

“The photo was taken using a Sony A6000 with a 18-55mm kit lens and a single Profoto B1 with a gold reflector. The raw image was processed through Lightroom but minimal editing took place for the final image.

I started photography early this year and have gone full on with it, trying to learn and improve as I go. I have had my images published in several fashion, portrait and alternative publications.”

 

 

 

 

 

Other stunning entries in the October photo competition included:

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‘Soria in the waterfall’ by David Branco

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‘Silent Park’ by Nandan Prabhu

Enter our November photo competition for your chance to win a Rain Design mStand (laptop stand), mStand tablet and mStand mobile (prize worth over £100).

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