July 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 July winner is Liz Nguyen with her ‘Fun in the Sun’ themed image entitled ‘That’s what I call a holiday…’

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Liz’s winning image ‘That’s what I call a holiday’

Liz is now the proud owner of a DxO Elite Suite worth £319.42 incl. VAT.

Other great entries in the July competition include:

‘RG1 6NS’ by Nick Board

‘Kite fun in the sun’ by Chris Jameson

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‘Sienese Flags’ by Keith Holmes

Enter our August photo competition for your chance to win a selection of Tecco PHOTO high quality inkjet papers (worth £109).

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Introducing White Honeycomb Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid System

White Grid Inserts + BezelExpoImaging has today announced availability of a new White Grid Insert accessory for the Rogue Flash Grid.

Honeycomb grids attach to a flashgun, helping to create mood or drama in portrait photography. They are typically used to modify hair light, rim light, background light, or the main light to focus attention on the subject.

The White Grid Inserts were designed to scatter light from the product’s honeycomb grid cells. When directed towards a flat surface, they produce a light pattern distinctly different from traditional black grids, creating a centre spot surrounded by a glowing halo-like effect.

“Portrait photographers looking for a more gradual transition from light to shadow with their grids will be thrilled with our new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When used in portrait photography, the edge of the lighting pattern produced by the white grids appears much softer and gentler, compared to the rapid fall-off and more dramatic lighting effect produced by black grids. This provides an advantage for creating smoother background lighting when shooting elegant or feminine styled portraits.”

“The White Grid Inserts will not change the colour of the flash. Our experience of manufacturing the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter helped us in our search to identify the best material to use in making the white grids. The result is consistent colour from the centre grid spot to the outer edge of the light pattern,” Erik continues.

As an accessory attachment for the popular Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid for speedlights, which offers photographers the versatility to choose between a 16º, 25º and 45º spot of light, the new White Grid Inserts give photographers even more choices to help them create the style of lighting and mood they envision for their subject’s image.

To use the new White Grid Inserts, photographers need the attachment Grid Strap included with the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid (sold separately). The White Grid Inserts cannot be attached to the flash without the Grid Strap.

The White Grid Inserts are priced at £17.95 incl. VAT (RRP).

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BenQ launches dynamic new 27” photo and video editing monitor

En_XPE_PV270BenQ has launched an exciting new 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 PV270 is ideal for professional photographers that currently edit video, or for those thinking about moving into video.

The display includes brightness uniformity, which offers a more authentic and consistent viewing experience. The 2560 x 1440 (QHD) resolution delivers the crisp picture quality expected for close reviews and detailed editing, and the spacious 27″ wide-screen view provides greater comfort and productivity.

With a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table, professionals are able to display the most accurate colour mixture. It also improves the RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction.

Key features of the BenQ PV270

  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • 27”W Large Screen 2560 x 1440 QHD Resolution
  • 99% Adobe RGB, 100% Rec. 709, 96% DCI-P3 colour gamut with IPS Technology
  • Hardware calibration with 14bit 3D LUT
  • Palette Master Colour Calibration Software included
  • Backlight sensor
  • Color Display Clone
  • Brightness uniformity
  • Technicolor Color certified
  • Monitor hood included

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

The PV270 monitor is priced at £788.40 incl. VAT (RRP).

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Get cash back with the PANTONE Trade & Save scheme!

Trade&SaveIt’s now even easier to get the most complete and accurate PANTONE tools that you need to get your job done accurately – while getting cash back in the process!

The PANTONE Trade & Save scheme gives you the chance to trade-in any out-of-date PANTONE guides, in exchange for up to £45 cash back on selected PANTONE PLUS products.

Whether you are a designer, product manager, printer or a colour decision maker, the scheme makes it easier for you to stay up-to-date with the latest PANTONE products.

Why upgrade your PANTONE guide?

PANTONE has recently launched some exciting additional colours to the PANTONE PLUS SERIES. The new colour palette has been developed to inspire exploration and creativity.

The addition brings the total colour count of the graphic design PANTONE PLUS SERIES to 1,867 colours.

Also, although PANTONE strives to manufacture products at the highest level of quality possible, the fact is that over time, all papers will yellow and inks will fade. In order to ensure you have the most accurate colour for specification and evaluation, PANTONE recommends that you replace your guides and books annually.

How does the Scheme work?

1. Purchase a brand new PANTONE guide from colorconfidence.com.

Eligible guides are included in the table below.

2. Send us your old PANTONE guide in the post using our freepost address:

FREEPOST: RSGH-HEKB-KTZJ Typemaker Ltd, t/a Color Confidence Spectrum Point, 164 Clapgate Lane Birmingham B32 3DE

3. Your cash back will be refunded into your account.

On receipt of your guide(s), we will check them and arrange for the cash back to be refunded to you within 5 working days.

The Trade & Save scheme applies to purchases of any of the following PANTONE PLUS guides:

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Don’t let out-of-date colour guides get in the way of you realising your creative vision. Upgrade your PANTONE guide today!

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The Trade & Save scheme ends on 14th August 2016.

All trade-in guides must be submitted by 31st August 2016 to be eligible. The trade-in should be a minimum of a single PANTONE fan guide and at least 90% intact to qualify.

June 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 June winner is Nandan from London with his captivating image entitled ‘Follow your Dreams & Stand out from the Crowd…’

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Nandan’s winning image ‘Follow your Dreams & Stand out from the Crowd…’

Image Details
Camera : Nikon D7000
Lens : 18-105mm
Focal Length : 18mm
ISO : 10
F-Stop : F/22 at 1/4sec
Location : Piccadilly Circus , London

Nandan is now the proud owner of a Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System and Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch.

NandanThis image was part of the series “Girl in the City”. The idea behind the shot was to show how busy city life is and how people are busy chasing their dreams. The image was shot at Piccadily Circus, London, so I could use the iconic billboard as the background. As you can see in the background the billboard says “choose your heart’s desire” , it worked with the theme I was trying to achieve. I have made images with similar themes across the city of London, using my friends to model for me.

A slow shutter speed was used to show the movement of the crowd trying to cross the street.

I am a based in London, so most of the images I create are cityscapes around London or showing life in London. I have a desk job which takes up most of my time but I always make sure I take some time out to spend with my camera and capturing London. I am also a travel enthusiast and most of my travel is to places where I am far away from the city life and close to nature capturing landscapes.

To make sure I develop as a Photographer, I took a resolution at the beginning of the year to post 1 photo on my Facebook page as part of Project 365. See the link below to check out my work: https://www.facebook.com/Nandanprabhuphotography

Winning the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System will help me to set up my studio, and I could start doing more portrait work. I am really thankful to Color Confidence for hosting such photography competitions and giving a chance for amateur photographers like me to showcase their work, which can be really difficult without the exposure.

Other stunning entries in the June competition included:

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Image by Rob Sandeson

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‘Cliff hanger’ by Graeme Lowe

‘Patriotic Giant’ by Wendy Williams

Enter our July competition to win the DxO OpticsPro 11 Elite Edition worth £119!

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ExpoImaging launches a useful Indicator Battery Pouch that helps photographers to keep track of rechargeable batteries

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ExpoImaging, creators of the patented Rogue FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced availability of a handy Indicator Battery Pouch that offers photographers a new way to store and keep track of a variety of rechargeable batteries, without mixing charged with depleted ones.

The new Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch contains reversible green and red insert cards, making it easy to quickly tell whether batteries are charged. Simply flip the card over from green to red when returning used batteries to the pouch.

“Photographers or anyone dealing with electronics today have to deal with keeping track of rechargeable batteries,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “The new Indicator Battery Pouch is a simple yet effective way to conveniently store and carry rechargeable batteries, and to help keep track of which ones are charged and ready to go.”

The lightweight pouch is made out of a durable nylon fabric. It can hold twelve AAA batteries, eight AA batteries, four 9V batteries, or two mirror-less or point-and-shoot-sized camera batteries.

The pouch incorporates adjustable hook-and-loop straps, allowing it to conveniently attach to a camera bag strap, a belt, or to hang from a stand. It weighs just 28g and measuring at 143mm x 64mm, it won’t add extra weight or bulk to a travel kit.

The Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch is priced at just £12.99 incl. VAT (RRP).

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DxO ONE continues to redefine mobile photography with version 1.4

DxO ONE - Lifestyle AppUIDxO has announced another major update to the multi-award-winning DxO ONE Miniaturised Pro Quality Camera™ for iPhone® and iPad®. Continuing with the promise to make the DxO ONE even better after you’ve bought it, version 1.4 adds integrated copyright/author and watermarking support to help protect your photos from unauthorised use.

In addition to important performance enhancements, the update also features a dramatically improved user experience that puts all of your capture and application settings in their own, quick-access menus.

Since its initial introduction revolutionised the world of mobile photography, an array of new features have been added to every DxO ONE via automatic (and free) software and firmware updates.

Version 1.4 introduces the option to automatically add a watermark to photos shared to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and every other photo sharing service supported by Apple iOS.

The update has a streamlined user interface that provides one tap access to capture settings, all of which are now logically grouped in a consolidated design. In addition, application settings, such as the Message Center and online support, can now be accessed with one tap from the Gallery view. The net result is that the bright, beautiful Retina viewfinder of the iPhone is now far less cluttered, leaving more room to compose your DxO ONE images.

Version 1.4 also introduces a host of other features based on direct user feedback, including the ability to preview in the viewfinder, in real-time, camera controls such as Aperture and EV-bias. Users can now determine when they want their DxO ONE to go into power saving mode, and all-important firmware updates that unlock new features and functionality are now more visible via top-level notifications, so you’ll never miss the opportunity to take advantage of cool new ways to control your DxO ONE.

Every DxO ONE camera includes free access to DxO Connect, very simple but extremely powerful software for Mac and PC, that can make your best DxO ONE photos look even better. DxO Connect v1.4 now leverages the new DxO OpticsPro 11 engine, which includes even more remarkable noise reduction for high ISO, low-light images.

The new processing engine also makes use of face detection to automatically extend the dynamic range, add fill light, and improve contrast while optimising illumination on faces in your photos. DxO Connect can even automatically add micro contrast to sharpen fine details in your images, but it’s smart enough to leave those details intact with photos involving faces or with those captured at a high ISO in low light.

Mac users, who use OS X Photos as their primary photo editing software, may want to download the updated extension (DxO OpticsPro for Photos – DxO ONE Camera only) from the App Store, which lets you tap into the power of the new DxO OpticsPro 11 photo engine without ever leaving the Photos app.

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ExpoImaging launches the new Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector – Super Soft Silver

XL Pro Super Soft-openExpoImaging, creators of the patented Rogue FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced availability of the new Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector – Super Soft Silver, Frank Doorhof edition.

World-renowned Professional Fashion Photographer and Lighting Instructor, Frank Doorhof, is a master of using edgy light and contrast to create remarkable images.  When Frank first saw Rogue’s Super Soft Silver fabric, he asked for a version of the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector that incorporated this fabric. Thus, the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector, Frank Doorhof edition was born.

“Photographers looking for more contrast in their images, while shooting flash on location will love the new Super Soft Silver FlashBender 2 XL Pro,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to create innovative lighting tools for photography professionals. When Frank suggested we tailor the XL Pro, to help him get more creative with the Rogue kit, we jumped at the chance to help. Our custom Super Soft Silver fabric gives more light and contrast than white fabrics, with a softer and more even light than highly reflective shiny silver fabrics which are prone to producing hot spots,” Erik continues.

The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro is the largest FlashBender, measuring at 305mm x 343mm. Building on the success of the popular Rogue FlashBender light modifiers for speedlights, FlashBender 2 reflectors can be shaped to control the direction of light from an accessory flash. The FlashBender 2 improved belt and buckle design provides a faster and more secure attachment to your flash.

With the control, versatility and portability of all FlashBenders and a Super Soft Silver reflective surface, the Frank Doorhof edition FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector represents a unique new photographic tool to create spectacular images.

The FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector – Super Soft Silver is priced at £52.99 incl. VAT (RRP).

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Exceptional Colour: A PANTONE Case Study Written By Print Solutions

IMG_9790If you want to get your colour right – and make the most of it, then it is best to work with the experts.

Color Confidence is a leading Pantone supplier. As such it is in the enviable position to provide knowledge to customers about which guide is right for them. After all, with a comprehensive line of colour tools including guides, chip books, software and measuring devices, it has something for everyone whether printer, converter, designer and creative, marketing agency or brand owner.

Pantone components include the Pantone Plus Series for graphics and multi-media; the Pantone Formula Guide, a colour guide for designers, printers and decision makers, which features solid colour choices on both coated and uncoated papers; Pantone Solid Chips, which show colour in a convenient chip format that you can apply to artwork and digital files; and the Pantone Colour Bridge that shows process colour simulations of all solid Pantone colours – in a convenient side by side comparison format.

WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Understanding which product is right for your business may seem a little confusing. So, understanding how to choose the right Pantone product will help your creative processes – and here again Color Confidence can help.

The company provides this advice when it comes to the best Pantone products suited to you (although it is worth talking to Color Confidence and the team there will make sure you get the best for your business). Broadly:

IF YOU ARE A PRINTER OR WORK IN PREPRESS:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips, Skin Tones;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Extended Colour Gamut;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons, Metallics, Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips, Skin Tones;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Coated Combo;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons, Metallics, Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A PACKAGING DESIGNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Extended Colour Gamut;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons. Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A BRAND OWNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Skin Tones;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Extended Gamut Guide;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons, Metallics, Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A WEB DESIGNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips, Starter Guide;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Coated Combo, CMYK Guides.

112 NEW WAYS TO BE CREATIVE

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Pantone has recently added 112 new colours to its portfolio. The total count is now 1867 colours.

Branded as ‘New colours, new opportunities’, the refreshed, trend led palette serves as an important signifier of new ‘cultural and social influences on the overall movement of colour’. During product development, Pantone surveyed hundreds of designers across graphics, packaging, print and web design.

The findings indicated a desire for more ‘blushes, blues and neutrals’. This sits with the Pantone colours of the year for 2016 – 15-3919 Serenity and 13-1520 Rose Quartz.

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PANTONE case study written by Print Solutions magazine. This article can also be found in issue 27, page 28 of Print Solutions. Read more here

Introducing Color Passport – the revolutionary new system for professionals working with colour

Color Passport Posters selection 1_Page_1Color Passport is the first intelligent and universal colour system in the world that reveals the true DNA of each colour. COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM comprises of 7,810 colours that have been innovatively developed into useful tools including a reference book, fan decks, training workshops and software for professionals working with colour.

All 7,810 reproducible colours have a unique passport that reveals its scientific values, as well as its style, cultural and emotional properties. By understanding a colours true identity, you can identify ideal colour combinations.

COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM is ideal for those specifying or selecting colour in the design, architecture and fashion industries, along with manufacturers and buyers. Professionals worldwide use Color Passport to define distinct and recognisable corporate, brand, product and collection profiles, creating consistent experiences for consumers.

COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM helps its users to understand the types of colours that are suitable for their target consumers, the style or application and the cultural or geographical relevance of its use. Choosing and combining the right colours for your design, customer or territory has never been easier.

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Color Passport offers an intuitive training course for professionals and companies working with colour. The Corporate Training and Workshop Level 1 is a 4-5 hour course for 2-8 people. The training package includes the following:

  • The Big One – a colour reference ring-binder, with an extensive navigation system which forms the basis of the COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM
  • The Active One – a detailed portable fan guide (subsection of The Big One), providing quick and easy access to 1,800 coated CP colours
  • Six month’s free access to The Digital One – an electronic guide featuring 7,200 colours. Store Style/Type/Culture filters for targeted colour pallets and complimentary colour identification. Export libraries and match to the closest PANTONE or other digital libraries.

COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM is the result of 20 years of research and development by the Color Passport Institute, lead by professor and engineer Luc Van Renterghem. 

Corporate courses are now available in the UK; contact Color Confidence for further details and to schedule a convenient date.

For individuals interested in the course, a group workshop will be available later in the year. You can express your interest now, by emailing: info@colorconfidence.com.

Color Passport training and products are available to purchase from Color Confidence.

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