Let your creativity soar at The Photography Show 2015

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There is just one more sleep to go until The Photography Show 2015. The team here at Color Confidence are excited to meet you all for what will be an informative and action packed four-day event. Visit us on Stand F21 and F31 where we will be showcasing some of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, Tecco and our two new vendors BenQ and ExpoImaging.

You can keep up-to-date with all our show activities on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CCTPS. Get a sneak peak at what’s to come by reading our show highlights below.


 Come and meet our key vendors

BenQOn Stand F31, BenQ will feature FREE 15-minute photo-critiquing sessions with Architectural Photographer, Keith Cooper and Black and White Visual Artist and Training Consultant, Mark Wood. Our professionals will talk to you about your images and provide you with priceless tips, techniques and suggestions to help you improve your photography. The best image will be awarded ‘Photo of the Show’ with the winner receiving a brand new BenQ PG2401PT colour critical monitor. The two runners up will receive a framed print of their winning photograph. Book your free photo critique session today!

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DXOTagline_Logo_RGB_colorOn Stand F21, DxO will be showcasing the latest versions of their products. DxO Image Master and X-Rite Coloratti Frank Doorhof will be delivering live shows on RAW editing. Hector Martinez, DxO Channel Sales & Education Manager, will also be at the show, daily, to demonstrate useful post-production and workflow techniques.


expoimaging_rgbOn Stand F31, Eric Sowder and John Baker from ExpoImaging will be available to demonstrate the new and improved Rogue FlashBender 2 range of lighting tools designed for photography enthusiasts and professionals. They will be joined by Commercial Photographer, Adrian Weinbrecht (21st – 22nd March) and Fashion & Celebrity Photographer Frank Doorhof (23rd – 24th March), who will be alternating between the DxO and ExpoImaging stands to do live model photoshoots using the latest Rogue photographic lighting equipment.


NECOn Stand F21, NEC experts Steve Cotton and Rajen Singadia will be available to demonstrate the latest PA Series Desktop Monitors that now come with SpectraView® II calibration software. The PA-SV2 Desktop Series now feature the intuitive software as standard, enabling better management of colour calibration via the 14-bit internal look up tables (LUT). The software can also be used with many of the desktop EA Series monitors and the latest 4K UHD large format displays.

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TeccoOn Stand F21, Arne Luther, Tecco specialist, will be joining us to demonstrate the latest high-quality ink jet papers created for digital photo printing. Tecco paper is well-known for its superb colour fidelity, vibrancy and fast drying times, making it an excellent choice for printing digital photographs using ink jet printers. Tecco will be running an exclusive show offer; buy any two packs of Tecco paper and get a free pack of Photo Matt paper of the same size.


xriteOn Stand F21, X-Rite will be showcasing their industry leading colour management products and combining colour management education with photographic inspiration through a series of stunning model photoshoots from X-Rite Coloratti Masters, Frank Doorhof and Adrian Weinbrecht. On Saturday evening (21st March at 7.30pm), Adrian will also be taking photographers on a fantastic Photowalk in Birmingham, where they will get photographic tips and techniques from a world class professional. Register now for your chance to join them!


Win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment

Visit us on Stand F21 and F31 and enter our prize draw for the chance to win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment. Our Photography Show prize draw bundle is designed to help photography enthusiasts to manage their colour workflow. The package includes products from X-Rite, NEC, Rogue Lighting and Tecco to name but a few.


Visit the Color Confidence website for special show offers

Great news! Those of you not able to attend the show can still take advantage of special show offers by visiting the Color Confidence website. Don’t miss out on spectacular deals on selected products from X-Rite, BenQ, NEC, and ExpoImaging. These offers are only available for the duration of the show (Saturday 21st – Tuesday 24th March).

NEC enhances colour-accuracy control with SpectraView® II calibration software on PA Series Desktop Monitors

NEC-smallNEC is enhancing its award-winning MultiSync® PA Desktop Display Series with SpectraView® II calibration software, so that creative professionals such as photographers, designers and anyone who relies on colour accuracy, can more easily benefit from hardware calibration.

As well as availability in the PA-SV2 Series, creative professionals can also purchase the SpectraView® II as stand-alone software to calibrate selected NEC displays.

The PA-SV2 Desktop Series, consisting of the PA242W-SV2, PA272W-SV2, PA302W-SV2 and PA322UHD-SV2, will feature the intuitive software as standard, enabling better management of colour calibration via the 14-bit internal look up tables (LUT). Industries that rely on colour accuracy, such as photography, videography, graphics and creative design will gain even greater control and benefit over this critical element of their work.

The software can also be used with many of the desktop EA Series monitors and the latest 4K UHD large format displays.

Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager of Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe explains: “The importance and benefit of colour accuracy and colour management is connected with the rise of large format display applications in which image content branding and corporate identities increasingly need to be respected”.

Christopher continues: “Additionally, high-end photography is no longer limited to the professional studio, as ‘prosumers’ also seek more life-like results from their displays. We are delighted to welcome SpectraView® II software to the European market, with full confidence that it will continue the success seen in North America.”

The SpectraView® II calibration software is particularly easy to use thanks to its intuitive graphical user interface, with a focus on minimal menu levels and interactive graphical settings.

Even the more complex calibration settings are easy to access and provides advanced control, using the SpectraView® II software. Most standard external sensor calibration devices are supported, as is the latest versions of Mac OS, Microsoft Windows and popular Linux operation systems.

The new SpectraView® II calibration software is available on all PA Series desktop monitors, which are distributed by Color Confidence. The new monitors will be showcased by Color Confidence on Stand F21 at The Photography Show, in Birmingham, this week. For further information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

Learn from X-Rite Coloratti Masters at The Photography Show!

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There is only one week left until The Photography Show 2015. This is our biggest ever presence at the show and we are excited to keep you all entertained for the four day event! We have an exclusive guest line up of professional X-Rite Coloratti photographers and digital imaging specialists. Get a taster of what’s to come at the show by reading more about our experienced guest speakers.

Meet our Guest Speakers

Frank Doorhof
Fashion & Celebrity Photographer, X-Rite Coloratti

Frank Doorhof is an experienced educator for Kelby One. ‘Mastering the Modelshoot’ is his latest

bestselling book, detailing what a photographer needs to know before, during and after the shoot. Frank and his wife run a photo studio in Emmeloord, Netherlands and specialise in teaching workshops (worldwide) and fashion and celebrity shoots.

On Monday 23rd March and Tuesday 24th March, Frank will be delivering live shows on RAW editing, creating stunning portraits and adding props to a shoot.

W: frankdoorhof.com

Adrian Weinbrecht
Commercial Advertising Photographer, X-Rite Coloratti

Originally from Australia, I was born to a German father and Australian mother. This fortunate mix makes me both highly professional and efficient but also very laid back. Starting at the tender age of 17, I briefly considered a career in law but decided to follow my heart, I haven’t looked back. After 20 years in this business I still genuinely love what I do. Adrian is now considered one of Europe’s leading commercial photographers.

On Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March, Adrian will be leading presentations on Stand F21, focusing on lighting faces, and complementary colours in portraits.

W: adrianweinbrecht.com

Keith Cooper
Architectural Photographer, X-Rite Coloratti

keith_cooper_photographerKeith’s Northlight Images website is known for its in-depth reviews and articles. Many of which follow from Keith’s strong belief that to get the best and most effective use out of new technologies, it really does help to have some understanding of what they do. Keith also teaches, writes and lectures on photography and colour management.

Keith will be on the BenQ Stand (F31) from Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd March to advise photographers in the photo critique area.

W: northlight-images.co.uk

Mark Wood
Black and White Visual Artist and Training Consultant, X-Rite Coloratti

Teaching has always been important to Mark. He spent ten years teaching digital imaging and print production in colleges and universities in the UK, before returning to freelance practice in 2003. Mark has written several training courses, including colour management. He works at authorised training centres, and is a certified trainer. A published author, Mark has written for the British Journal of Photography.

Mark will be on the BenQ Stand (F31) on Tuesday 24th March to advise photographers in the photo critique area.

W: markwoodphotography.com

Hector Martinez
DxO Channel Sales & Education Manager

Hector specialises in street and field photography and is an Adobe Certified Expert. Hector has been perfecting his craft for number of years and knows his way around, both a photography studio, and how to capture the perfect shot when out on location.

Hector will be on the DxO Stand (F21) to demonstrate useful post-production and workflow techniques.

W: HectorMartinezPhotography.com

More reasons to visit us at The Photography Show

  • Visit us on Stand F21 and F31 and enter our prize draw for the chance to win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment
  • Book a FREE photo critique sessions with one of our photographic experts. The best image will be awarded ‘Photo of the Show’. The winner will receive a brand new BenQ PG2401PT colour critical monitor. The two runners up will receive a framed print of their winning photograph
  • Register for our photowalk through Birmingham City Centre with world-renowned Commercial and Advertising Photographer, Adrian Weinbrecht
  • Visit the Color Confidence Shop where visitors can purchase products from their favourite industry leading brands at special show prices.

Don’t miss your chance to win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment!

Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets, has today announced plans to launch an exclusive prize draw at The Photography Show 2015. Visitors to Stands F21 and F31 can simply complete the entry form for the chance to win over £1,500 worth of photographic equipment.

This is Color Confidence’s biggest ever presence at The Photography Show. Stands F21 and F31 will showcase some of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, proudly distributed by Color Confidence, including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, BenQ, ExpoImaging and Tecco.

The prize draw bundle is designed to help photography enthusiasts to manage their colour workflow. The package includes the following products:

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  • NEC MultiSync® EA223WM – 22 inch monitor
  • X-Rite i1Display Pro – professional standard display calibrator
  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport – the first stand alone camera DNG profiling solution
  • DxO Elite Suite – image editing software (OpticsPro 10, FilmPack 5 and ViewPoint 2.5)
  • ExpoDisc 2.0 – professional white balance filter
  • Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit
  • Kick Full Color Light by Rift Labs – a pocket-sized creative light for photo & video
  • PChOOD Pro – monitor hood
  • MacPhun Creative Kit Plus (SD card) – four image editing products for Apple Mac users (Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro, Focus 2 Pro and Tonality Pro)
  • Color Confidence GrafiLite – desktop daylight simulation lamp
  • A selection of Tecco Inkjet Photo papers – includes Matt, Gloss, Lustre, Iridium, Smooth Pearl and Baryt Fibre Silk

During the four-day show, the stands will feature live model photo-shoots, photo critiquing and technical demonstrations from a line-up of professional X-Rite Coloratti photographers and digital imaging specialists. There will be DxO presentations running throughout each day. There will also be a Color Confidence Shop where visitors can purchase products from industry leading brands at special show prices.

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March, X-Rite Coloratti and professional Commercial Photographer, Adrian Weinbrecht will be doing live model photo-shoots throughout the day, using the new and improved range of Rogue FlashBender 2 portable lighting equipment.

On Saturday evening, visitors will be able to accompany Adrian on a Photowalk through Birmingham City Centre where they will get photographic tips and techniques from a world class professional. Places for the photowalk can be booked via the X-Rite Photo Europe website and are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. More information can be found here.

On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March, X-Rite Coloratti and professional Fashion & Celebrity Photographer, Frank Doorhof will be doing live model photo-shoots and demonstrating how to incorporate DxO imaging editing software into your workflow.

On Stand F31, BenQ will feature free 15-minute photo-critiquing sessions with Architectural
Photographer Keith Cooper and Black and White Visual Artist and Training Consultant Mark Wood. The best three images will be awarded ‘Photo of the Show’, with each winner receiving a fantastic prize. Visitors can pre-book their photo-critiquing session here.

Save 40% off an adult ticket to The Photography Show

We are offering you 40% off the door price of an adult ticket to The Photography Show. Book your ticket now for only £10.95, using our exclusive discount code CCONTPS15.

This offer is valid until 18 March 2015.

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NEC launches new 4K UHD SpectraView Reference Monitor for demanding colour-critical applications

necm058NEC has launched the latest in its SpectraView Reference Series, specially created to obtain the best picture quality for professionals that cannot compromise on colour accuracy. The new SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD), 31.5-inch, and has a 3840×2160 resolution.

The SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor has been designed for all creative professionals, designers, photographers, video editors and anyone who relies on colour accuracy for their visual work. The display offers the latest 4K UHD super resolution, 10-bit IPS-type IGZO technology with wide colour gamut capability. It reproduces 99% Adobe RGB colour space with 14-bit hardware calibration LUT.

“The NEC 31.5-inch SpectraView Reference display sets a new industry benchmark and users that rely on colour-critical displays will benefit from the continuous improvement in this benchmark. This latest display incorporates many exacting requirements to provide complete colour confidence as well as crucial productivity gains,” said Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager of Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe.

Key benefits of the SpectraView Reference monitor include:

  • Stunning ‘pixel-free’ ergonomic viewing – delivered by the 10-Bit IPS type LEC backlit panel with IGZO technology
  • A facility to upgrade the capability of the display at any time without the need for external cables or devices
  • A true wide gamut result (102% size / 99% Adobe RGB coverage) together with hardware calibration, 42-bit colour control and gamma correction
  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • A full height adjustable (150mm) stand with swivel, tilt and pivot functionality ensures perfect individual setup.

The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor allows intense viewing with minimal eye strain. The ergonomic set-up and through ‘Picture-in-Picture’ allows for enhanced productivity and multi-platform working. Professionals can be confident in the long term investment through the zero defect pixel warranty for six months after purchase, five year warranty, and can use the extension slot based on OPS Form Factor to upgrade the capability of the display at any time without external cables or devices.

NEC’s Green Vision for sustainability means its 4K UHD products are as eco-friendly as possible, with a combination of low power components, recycled plastics and being free of hazardous materials with several energy saving features.

The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is distributed by Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets. The new monitor will be available to purchase from Color Confidence from March 2015. For further information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

Red Sails with DxO – Guest blog written by Chris Jameson

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As part of my support for local charities, I print and sell images. So I was pleased to win the confidence of a local business to produce a print for their new client room.

Earlier in the year I had captured a few images of a very misty estuary and sailboat, the lighting conditions were unusual because the mist was producing a red cast similar to sunset but whiter highlights on the water.

The client chose this image for the calm serenity that it portrayed.

The sample print had been A4 size and the client wanted an A3, my main concern was getting both the colour temperature accurate to the conditions and keeping what little detail there was in the image, especially at A3 size.

Fortunately help was at hand in the form of DxO Optics Pro v10. I had recently seen a demonstration of the software at the Wilkinson’s Digital Splash exhibition. I was convinced that the software was going to have an impact on my digital workflow.

Optics Pro software looks at the camera body and lens combination you have used to capture an image (works best in RAW) using the EXIF data. It then makes a series of complicated mathematical calculations to adjust the image for any optical & physical corrections required to bring image closer to your intended capture (it won’t correct human errors such as poor focus etc).

The software is straightforward to use with a very intuitive interface, after interrogating your EXIF file the software goes online to get the camera and lens profile combination used from a large database of files (painstakingly created by testing the majority of lens & camera combinations – check if yours are supported).

After a very short time, I had a result which I was quite pleased with, the options of output are quite wide with file formats such as JPEG, TIFF, DNG supported. There is even a plug-in to write directly into Lightroom.

If you want to start customising how your image file is processed, then there is a section to achieve this which has all the attributes that can be tweaked in logical groups: Essential Tools, Light, Colour, Detail and Geometry. Again all of these areas are quite intuitive but if you do require assistance, the help files are excellent – there are online links, tutorials and much more.

There are options to copy the correction settings you have achieved and also to make your own presets.

I like the option to append output files with DxO – as this helps me understand how I have processed an image.

Preparing the image for printing was the next task which was assisted by the use of the X-Rite ColorMunki hardware and software solution.

For any important project like this, I take the precaution of re-calibrating my monitor/screen and then performing a paper/colour profile (ensuring that ink tanks are all sufficient, as any replacement will change the colour output).

It’s very important for me to get the best print without any problems or errors to keep the printing cost as low as possible, this ensures that I can maximise the donation to the chosen charity for which the project is helping.

Most of my images are landscape, wildlife or RNLI action – so I don’t usually have the opportunity to use a X-Rite ColourChecker Passport at the start of any photography but it will be something that I will definitely look at if I start doing people or groups because of the help it can offer in achieving the desired finished print.

My goal is to grow my photography ability and support for charities, spending more time capturing images with a smoother digital workflow to output helps give me the confidence to push my ability and camera to the limit.

Below are the two images

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Left is the RAW file after standard conversion in Adobe Lightroom
Right is the image after import and standard DxO preset application.

There is an improvement in details, especially in the shadows and the colour profile is much warmer – as it was when originally captured.

I now understand the message that DxO quote on the introduction splash screen “Push the limits of your Camera” as it is difficult to actually start finding the limits, if you can’t accurately see what you are capturing.

Written by Chris Jameson @photo_cj

Chris has worked for a number of charities such as Trinity and RNLI. He donates his time and images to local and regional fundraising groups and often sells images, with the proceeds going to supporting charities.

ExpoImaging Improves Popular Rogue Lighting Tools for Photography Professionals

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ExpoImaging, creators of the innovative Rogue FlashBender speed-light modifiers, has today announced a number of new improvements to their range of portable lighting accessories designed specifically for photography enthusiasts and professionals.

Striving for constant product innovation, the team at ExpoImaging focused on improvements that could be made to the Rogue Flashbender including reducing the weight of the reflector and modifications to the attachment strap. As a result, the FlashBender 2 range now incorporates new custom made reflective fabric which makes it 20-30% lighter and a new integrated attachment strap that can be adjusted to fit all popular brands of accessory flashes.

“Photographers’ reaction to the original Rogue FlashBenders exceeded all our expectations,” commented Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging, Inc. “The FlashBenders’ versatility and portability have made them an integral part of the lighting kit a photographer would take on location”.

Sowder continued, “As great as any product is, we always look for ways to make it better. We developed custom fabrics that would be lighter weight without sacrificing the durability and reflectivity characteristics we demanded. We also redesigned the integrated attachment strap to provide an even tighter grip on the flash whilst still allowing for wide adaptability to multiple flash sizes.”

ExpoImaging has also made product improvements to its best-selling Flashbender XL Pro Kit, a large light portable studio kit, by reducing its weight as well as making improvements to the attachment design.

“The idea behind the original FlashBender XL Pro Kit was to create a larger light source with studio-style control whilst retaining the portability and easy setup fundamental to all the FlashBenders,” explained Sowder. “With the FlashBender 2 XL Pro, we worked hard to decrease the weight of the original XL Pro as well as to further refine its attachment design.  The new FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector is 20% lighter.  We know that every bit of weight reduction is welcome for photographers that take lighting equipment on location.”

“We also know that photographers will be pleased by the inclusion of the new XL Pro Strip Grid attachment in the System.  Combining diffusion fabric with a black fabric grid, the Strip Grid provides precise rim and edge lighting control.  It attaches quickly to the front of the XL Pro Reflector and is compatible with the original XL Pro Reflector design. To keep it portable, the System is sized to fit a 43cm laptop compartment, or lay flat to allow more room for lenses and other essential equipment in the gear bag.  We also include a handy Travel Bag,” concluded Sowder.

The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System includes:  FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector, XL Pro Strip Grid, XL Pro Diffusion Panel, and XL Pro Travel Bag.

New and improved Rogue FlashBender 2 versions include the FlashBender 2 XL Pro System, the FlashBender 2 Large and Small Reflectors, FlashBender 2 Bounce Card, FlashBender 2 Large and Small Softbox Kits and the FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit.

The Rogue FlashBender 2 range is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information and to purchase your product, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

BenQ Debuts their First Colour Critical Monitor for Photography and Graphic Design Professionals

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BenQ has launched a new 24” colour critical monitor designed for photographers and graphic design professionals with an eye for detail, that value colour accuracy.

Developed by BenQ specifically for the colour critical photography market, the BenQ PG2401PT monitor comes complete with Palette Master Software, which has been co-developed with X-Rite – the global leader in colour science and technology.

The new monitor has an impressive 1920 x 1200 resolution that reproduces 99% Adobe RGB colour space. The wide colour gamut offers superb image clarity and detail.

Each monitor has been rigorously factory tested for brightness uniformity, Delta-E and Gamma curve to achieve the highest colour reproduction quality and accuracy.

The ergonomic stand can be set to Tilt, Pivot or Swivel mode. The on-screen display can also rotate automatically for landscape or portrait use.

Key features of the new BenQ monitor include:

  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • Monitor hood included
  • Individual factory-tested colour calibration report included
  • A 10-bit display panel for smooth shading and colour transitions in natural gradations
  • 14-bit 3D Look-Up-Table and processing for improved RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction
  • The monitor achieves an average Delta E value of 2 and below, ensuring colour accuracy throughout project workflow as well as providing viewers the truest impression of the original image
  • Input terminals include D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini Display Port, USB 3.0 together with a convenient SD card reader
  • Brightness uniformity support that balances brightness and chromaticity for consistent image viewing across the entire display.

The new BenQ Pro colour critical monitor is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence in the UK, Poland, France, Nordics and Spain.

The new BenQ monitor will be launched with a limited time bundle offer. Purchase the BenQ PG2401PT and receive an X-Rite i1Display Pro calibrator (normal RRP £207 incl. VAT) for only £120 incl. VAT. This offer is valid until 28 February 2015 and the bundle is only available through specialist photo resellers.

For further information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.