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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Rain Design launch a new range of stylish stands for tablets, iPads and mobiles

Rain Design is pleased to announce the launch of four exciting new products that provide added comfort and hands free viewing for Apple users. mStand tablet, mStand tablet plus, mStand tabletpro and mStand mobile are additions to Rain Design’s best-selling mStand range.

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mStand tablet

mStand tablet allows hands-free use of your iPad or tablet. The acoustic base provides clearer sound and the iPad or tablet can be positioned in either portrait or landscape mode, while mStand tabletplus has the added feature of an adjustable viewing angle.

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mStand tablet pro

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The mStand tabletpro comes in two sizes: 9.7″ and 12.9″, which were created for the iPad Air/Pro 9.7″, and the iPad Pro 12.9″, respectively. The tabletpro has an adjustable viewing angle and height due to a simple slide ‘n’ lock mechanism for added comfort and flexibility. It can also be used as a second display when using a Macbook with an mStand laptop stand.

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mStand mobile

mStand mobile is a light-weight stand that holds your iPhone in portrait or landscape mode, allowing comfortable, hands-free viewing for all iPhone’s and the iPad mini. It is also compatible with most mobile devices and smaller tablets.

The innovative new stands feature Rain Design’s signature integration of ergonomics and style. The mStand tablet (RRP £29.40 incl. VAT), mStand tablet plus (RRP £38.30 incl. VAT), mStand tabletpro (RRP £67.10 incl. VAT) and mStand mobile (RRP £23.90 incl. VAT) are made of anodized aluminium and are available in silver, gold or space grey.

Rain Design offer an award-winning range of stylish products for PC and Apple users. All products offer added comfort and safety, helping to reduce strain related conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They can also help to extend the life of your machine and are designed to complement the sleek style of Apple equipment.

Other products in the range include the mRest Wrist & Mouse Pad, iLap, mTower, iSlider, i360 Turntable, mBase, iRest, iLevel2 and mStand laptop stands; all available in a choice of sizes and colours.

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September 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 September winner is Tuan Nguyen with his ‘Experimenting with Shadows’ image ‘Hammer time’.

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Tuan’s winning image ‘Hammer time’.

Tuan is now the proud owner of a Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit worth £164.95.

Tuan commented:

The image was taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 & Fujinon 10-24mm lens. It was taken of 2 workmen at my house who were getting ready to breakthrough the wall of my living room into the garage. I liked the way the light was falling on them and the shadows created, so I took a quick snap. I imported the image into Adobe Lightroom and then processed it in Photoshop using Google Silver Effex Pro2 to get the right black and white feel.

I am a self taught amateur photographer who specialises in street and long exposure photography mainly in black and white as this medium appeals to me. I use an X-Rite i1Display Pro for all my displays to ensure that what I see on my screens is replicated onto prints. I am a featured artist with Formatt-Hitech who are a leading filter manufacturer, and I use their products exclusively for all my long expposure landscapes and architectural work. You can find a blog about me on their website here. My fine art work can be found on my page www.lightreflex.co.uk

Enter our October photo competition for the chance to win a pink, limited edition X-Rite ColorMunki Display.

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X-Rite support BCRF with the launch of limited edition pink products

EN_XPE_Pink Campaign bannerTo mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, X-Rite are supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in fundraising efforts for finding a cure. X-Rite have created a pink, limited edition ColorMunki Display and ColorChecker Passport Photo and will donate 20% of all sales to BCRF.

“Nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer, and we are proud to leverage the ColorMunki and ColorChecker brands in our creative communities to help find a cure. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a tremendous organisation dedicated to the support of doctors and researchers worldwide,” says X-Rite Vice President of Product Marketing, Chris Winczewski.

“In becoming the symbol for breast cancer, the colour pink spurred conversation and ultimately action,” says Sadia Zapp, Communications Director at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “It sparked a movement and today we are closer than ever before to eradicating the devastating disease. By uniting with BCRF, the highest rated breast cancer organisation in the country, our partners are committed to bringing the end of breast cancer.”

With each purchase of a pink limited edition ColorMunki Display and/or ColorChecker Passport Photo, X-Rite will donate 20% of product sales to BCRF. The products are available to purchase from the Color Confidence website.

These products are great as a collector’s item, replacement product, or simply if you would like to support a worthy cause.

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Palette introduce the Farrow & Ball colour library to the Cube colour capture device

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Palette, creators of the Cube portable colour digitiser, have today announced that they have upgraded Cube by introducing the Farrow & Ball colour library to the device.

Cube is a hand-held device that, with a simple tap, allows creative professionals to digitally capture colour and match it to a variety of paint & colour libraries, through connected smartphone and desktop apps.

Cube picks up the desired hue in a controlled sequence and records the raw colour values for future reference. The innovative device matches to multiple libraries such as RAL, Crown Paints and now includes Farrow & Ball’s 132 unmatched paint colours.

Those that already own the Cube device can access the new library by simply updating the Cube Companion App.

Cube key features:

  • Cube fits in your hand and with one tap captures any colour on any surface
  • Digitally match colours to thousands of built-in colours, including PANTONE, RAL, Farrow & Ball, Crown Paints, British Standard Colour and COPIC
  • Cube links in real time with Photoshop allowing users to match colours to a host of over 7,500 digital colour profiles
  • Classify colours in your favourite colour spaces – RGB, LRV, HEX, CMYK, LAB
  • Connect Cube to clever iOS and Android phones to store, tag and share your colours with the Cube Companion App
  • Connect Cube to Mac and Windows computers to colour grade photos using Cube Link.

Farrow & Ball, British craftsmen in paint and paper, celebrated their 70th anniversary earlier this year. The manufacturer has 55 showrooms worldwide and a global network of stockists covering 67 markets. The paint colours are made using high levels of rich pigments to original recipes and the wallpapers are handcrafted using Farrow & Ball’s own paints and traditional printing methods.

Cube is priced at £149.95 incl. VAT.

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Introducing the new FlatHat™ Portable Drone Pads and Drone Pad Lighting Kits

InitialProductLine-1500xExpoImaging, creators of the new FlatHat brand of lighting gear for drone pilots, has today announced availability of two new portable drone pads and new drone pad lighting kits. The new kit will be showcased at Photokina, in Germany later this month.

The new patent-pending FlatHat 32” (80 cm) Collapsible Drone Pad is made out of durable, heavy-duty fabric, mounted to a flexible spring steel frame. Weighing just 500g, the 32” drone pad collapses to a third of its expanded size. It also comes with a handy travel bag that fits easily into a backpack or laptop sleeve.

The 32” size is perfect for mid-sized consumer drones like the Typhoon 4K, DJI Phantom series, the DJI Inspire, the 3DR Solo, the Parrot Bebop and other similarly sized drones. The drone pad’s bold landing pattern provides an easy-to-see target, and the pad can act as a designated ‘return-home’ location for drones with that capability. Three aluminium ground stakes are included with the 32” FlatHat Collapsible Drone Pad. They can be used to help secure the drone pad in windy conditions.

A new FlatHat 16” (40cm) Collapsible Drone Pad has been designed for mini and nano size drones. Made from the same durable fabric as the larger drone pad, and weighing just 100g, the 16” Drone Pad folds-flat and comes with a 6” diameter travel bag. The bold pattern also provides a high visibility landing target and better visibility for smaller, hard to see drones on the ground.

Ice Blue and Gamma Green FlatHat Lighting Kits are also available for the FlatHat 32” and 16” Collapsible Drone Pads. These colourful new lighting kits give drone pilots better visibility in low-light flying conditions. The flexible light wire is cool to the touch and water resistant. The kit includes a 4-way light controller (off/constant/pulse/strobe) and is powered by 2 AA batteries (batteries not included).

The new FlatHat drone pads and drone pad lighting kits will feature at Photokina, the world’s leading trade fair for photo and video, later this month (20-25 September). To celebrate the launch, ExpoImaging will be offering visitors the chance to win a fantastic drone kit; including the state-of-the-art Typhoon 4K Drone, a collapsible 32” FlatHat drone landing pad, and lights (worth approx. £1,000). To enter the competition, visitors can simply complete the entry form in Hall 4.1, Stand J029.

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