Introducing the new Pantone Trade and Save scheme

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pantone ‘Trade and Save’ programme, which offers existing customers the chance to trade–in their old Pantone guides, in exchange for up to £100 cash back when purchasing a new Pantone product.

The Trade and Save incentive scheme makes it easier for designers, product managers, printers and all other colour decision makers to stay up-to-date with the latest graphics products from Pantone – the world leader in colour standardisation and communication tools.

“The Trade and Save incentive scheme has been devised to give people that value colour as much as we do, the encouragement to update their Pantone guides,” says Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence.

Simon continues: “If you don’t use the latest Pantone products, you could be losing time, money, or even clients, through mistaken specifications or inaccurate colour reproduction. Over the past five years, 644 Pantone spot colours have been added to the Pantone Plus range of graphics guides, which now includes a total of 1,761 colours.”

Pantone prides themselves on using only the finest paper substrates for their multimedia graphic tools. But the fact is, all paper stocks yellow over time, from exposure to air or sunlight, or simply from use, which changes the appearance of the ink’s colour. For this reason, Pantone recommends replacing your colour guides frequently.

The Trade and Save scheme is made up of three easy steps.

  1. Purchase a brand new Pantone guide from colorconfidence.com – Eligible guides are included in the table below
  2. Send Color Confidence the old Pantone guide in the post – A £5 flat rate postage contribution will be added to your cash back amount
  3. The discount plus postage contribution will be refunded into your account – The guide is then verified and the discount is given (within 5 working days of receipt of the guide)

The Trade and Save scheme applies to purchases of any of the following Pantone Plus guides:

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The Trade and Save scheme ends on 31st July 2015. For more information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

ExpoImaging announces improvements to their popular professional white balance filter for photography professionals

b7764cea-7d08-4c14-9ff0-4d6170374804ExpoImaging, creators of the innovative Rogue FlashBender 2 speedlight modifiers, has today highlighted the recent improvements to the patented ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter to the UK photography market.

ExpoDisc 2.0 is an easy and accurate way for photographers to set a custom white balance meter for exposure, and to dust map the image sensor. Whether shooting in RAW or JPEG, photographers can use ExpoDisc 2.0 to save valuable time editing photos and videos.

“With the original ExpoDisc, we invented the digital white balance filter and established it in the market as the premium white balance tool by individually testing and certifying every ExpoDisc,” said Erik Sowder, CEO at ExpoImaging. “Now ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable warming gels and an improved mounting design.”

To maintain its reputation as the premium white balance tool, each ExpoDisc 2.0 is individually calibrated by hand in the USA, for neutrality, and an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. This neutrality is important because using a non-neutral tool for white balance can actually add undesirable colour casts to images.

Key features include:

  • Quickly set white balance for photo and video
  • Meter 18% incident exposure
  • Easily dust map your image sensor
  • Includes four warming filters (gels)
  • Hand calibrated for accuracy
  • Available in 77mm and 82mm filter sizes (to fit a variety of professional lenses)
  • Each ExpoDisc is individually packaged with its own calibration certification card
  • Comes with a sturdy carry pouch and user quick start guide.

The ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information and to purchase your ExpoDisc 2.0, visit: www.colorconfidence.com.

Red Arrows Staff Away Day at RAF Scampton

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Last Friday (22 May 2015), some of the Color Confidence team went on a staff away day to RAF Scampton in Lincoln. It was a lovely day out, which included:

  • A presentation on the activities of the Red Arrows, given by one of the Squadron’s Officers
  • Sitting in on the pilot’s briefing session
  • Watching a flying display practice
  • Having a photograph taken with the pilots in front of an aircraft (see picture above)
  • Sitting in on the pilot’s debrief session
  • A buffet lunch with the team members
  • A guided tour of the Hawk aircraft by one of the engineers.

This was an exciting opportunity to watch the Red Arrows in action before the start of their UK tour. A selection of images from the day can be found below:

2The Red Arrows flying display practice.

3What an incredible display.

1A majority of the team had their professional photography equipment at the ready!

4We have supported the Red Arrows for a number of years and provide them with colour management services, prints and equipment.

7Our guided tour of the Hawk aircraft.

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Color Confidence announces UK tour to showcase the latest innovative products for photography professionals

3We will be attending a number of roadshows and open days across the country to showcase the latest innovative products for photography professionals and enthusiasts.

Over the next few months, we will be exhibiting products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Key products to be showcased on the day will include a selection of the following:

  • BenQ’s first colour critical monitor
  • DxO’s newly updated image editing software
  • NEC’s latest 4k colour critical monitors with new built-in Spectraview II calibration software
  • Rogue’s new and improved FlashBender 2 portable lighting tools
  • X-Rite‘s colour management solutions

The team will be on hand to give you colour management help and advice. There will be professional product demonstrations and best practice tips, as well as special offers on purchases made on the day.

“The more we talk to new and existing customers, the clearer it becomes that increasing people’s knowledge of how to effectively colour manage a photographic workflow really helps to improve people’s photographic experiences”, says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at Color Confidence.

Geoffrey continues: “Good colour management across all your devices saves time, money and ultimately produces better images. We’re looking forward to continuing to educate and support photographers throughout these events.”

We will be exhibiting at shows as part of the Bigger Picture Roadshow, Calumet spring open days, London Camera Exchange Pro Show, Photovision Roadshow, WEX Workflow event and Park Cameras Imaging festival.

The shows will take place on the following dates:

29 April – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Chelmsford
30 April – Calumet Spring Open Day – Manchester
30 April – London Camera Exchange Pro Show – Southampton
15/16 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – London
19 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Sheffield
20 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Blackburn
10 June – Photovision Roadshow – Windsor
10 June – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Weatherby
13 June – WEX Workflow event – Norwich
20 June – Park Cameras Imaging festival – Burgess Hill
27 June – Park Cameras Imaging festival – London
30 June – Photovision Roadshow – Bristol

For more information about our wide range of products, visit: www.colorconfidence.com

BenQ photo-critique ‘Photo of the Show’ winners announced

There were some fantastic entries in the BenQ photo-critique competition at The Photography Show 2015. Visitors to the show were invited to book a free 15 minute photo-critique from an industry-leading expert. The three best images were awarded ‘Photo of the Show, with each winner receiving a fantastic prize. The first place winner will receive a brand new BenQ colour critical monitor and the two runner-ups will be awarded with a framed print of their image.

We are delighted to announce Steven Reid, from Wiltshire, as the winner with his fantastic image ‘Night at the Station’ and the two runner-ups, Meredith Lewis with her image ‘Blackbird’, and Robert Johnston with his image ‘The Dark Stones of Calanais’.

'Night at the Station' by Steven Reid

‘Night at the Station’ by Steven Reid

“I am so happy to have won a BenQ PG2401PT, I saw one at the Photo Show and it went straight on my want list,” says Steven. “I entered for the Photo Critique, which was extremely useful, and I have already put into practice some of the pointers I received from Keith. I now feel a winner twice over!”

Steven continues: “The photo was taken as part of a night shoot with reenactors at Kingswear Station on the Paignton to Dartmouth Railway. The reenactors took up their positions and then froze for a couple of minutes. It was then the turn of the photographers to work as quickly as possible to set up their shots and take them before letting the next photographer in to take their shot. I remember getting rather cold and west as the wind and rain swept in at the open end of the station, but it was worth it.”

“When I processed the image I converted it to black and white and tried to invoke a film noir feeling to the image.”

'Blackbird' by Meredith Lewis

‘Blackbird’ by Meredith Lewis

“This image was taken at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in the US Air Force building”, says Meridith. “I really like the aircraft and enjoyed seeing one in person. I was trying to get a nice photo of the shapes of the plane and when the small boy reached up towards the plane I thought it made the shot, as he helps give scale and it seems he is appreciating the Blackbird too”.

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‘The Dark Stones of Calanais’ by Robert Johnston

“I have been taking pictures of stone circles and standing stones for years now, always in black and white and sometimes in infra-red in order to try to conjure a feeling of mystery,” says Robert. “This was the first time though that I used light painting. I was on a trip to Lewis and Harris in the outer Hebrides in 2013 and was particularly hoping to get a good shot of Calanais (or Calanish) stone circle in Lewis to add to my project. The weather did not oblige though.”

Robert continues: “The lighting was flat, but we had brought two powerful torches, so after dark the circle was lit by two people madly shining their torches around while trying to remain hidden behind the stones. In that sense it was a combined effort. It took about six tries before we got it right. The image is of a portion of the circles with the exposed rocks of the chambered tomb in the foreground. The challenge was to find a way of photographing something that has been photographed many times before but to make it different. Hopefully I succeeded. This image was taken with a Sony Alpha 77 and was converted to black and white using Silver Efex pro 2. The exposure was 30 secs at f8, ISO 800.”

Expert judges Mark Wood and Keith Cooper came to a unanimous decision on these entries. Thank you to everyone that took part and congratulations again, to the winners!

Color Confidence announces winner of exclusive Photography Show prize draw

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Prize draw winner Anthony Bower, pictured with his new products

We attended The Photography Show to showcase a range of specialist digital imaging products. This was our biggest ever presence at the four day event. We filled two stands with six of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, BenQ, ExpoImaging and Tecco. We hope you had the chance to catch our live model photo-shoots, photo-critiquing and technical demonstrations from a line-up of professional X-Rite Coloratti photographers and digital imaging specialists.

Thank you to those that took part in our prize draw to win over £1,500 worth of photographic equipment. We are pleased to announce that the prize draw winner is Anthony Bower from Stockport. Congratulations Anthony! We hope you are enjoying your prize bundle.

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.