BenQ Launch Instagram Competition

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To celebrate the recent launch of their Instagram page @inspiration_by_benq, BenQ are giving away one of their award-winning monitors, worth over £590!

The SW2700PT monitor is designed to effortlessly and accurately showcase the creative vision of professional photographers, enhancing and empowering the visual stories they communicate. The monitor is user-friendly and has unprecedented colour accuracy and attention to precise detail.

Designed for visual perfection in professional photo editing, the SW2700PT is packed full of image enhancing features such as a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, 99% Adobe RGB space and IPS technology.

Its hardware calibration software allows you to save your calibration profiles directly to the monitor, and the OSD controller gives you the power to preview your image in Adobe RGB, sRGB or B&W with just one click. It also comes complete with a made to measure shading hood!

The monitor was announced ‘Best Photo Monitor’ in the 2016 TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) Awards. The TIPA Awards are recognised as the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide.

The SW2700PT was also named ‘Best Monitor’ in the Photography News 2015 Gear of the Year Awards.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is follow BenQ’s Instagram page @inspiration_by_benq by Monday 31st July 2017. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7th August 2017. Make sure to keep an eye on their Instagram to see if you’re the lucky winner!

For terms and conditions, go to https://goo.gl/DXQyx4 

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Mastering the Creative Workflow

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We recently held the Mastering the Creative Workflow masterclass at Pinewood Studios to offer professional and budding photographers and filmmakers the ultimate creative experience. The one day event was hosted by professional photographer and BenQ Ambassador, Adrian Weinbrecht, and professional filmmaker and X-Rite Coloratti, Ollie Kenchington.

The event was sponsored by Calumet and run in partnership with X-Rite, BenQ, Rogue Photographic Design and Rotolight. It gave visitors an insight into how creative professionals make use of colour management solutions and professional lighting tools for their everyday projects.

The workshop was delivered to a mixture of professionals, amateurs, hobbyists; some visitors were looking to advance their already extensive knowledge, whilst others sought to learn the basics of photography and filmmaking.

The day consisted of four sessions:

‘Small Kit Big Results’

Adrian showed that in a photoshoot, it’s not all about the size of your lights that matter, you also need to consider where you position them. Adrian demonstrated that moving a light just a few degrees or inches can make or break an image.

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‘Everything is Colour’

In this session, Adrian discussed the psychological impact colour has on an image; “you have to have 100% confidence in each colour, because in the commercial world, consistency is everything.” Adrian also mentioned the importance of using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo when shooting in order to create an optimal colour reference and white balance target.

Colour separates your subject from the background. Colour reinforces the message that you set by your light; your light reveals the form of the subject and sets the mood which is then reinforced by colour,” Adrian told the audience.

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‘Shooting and Lighting your Model’

This session covered how to set your key, backlight and eyesight, how to position your model and the camera techniques to use when shooting. In this insightful session, Ollie also covered framing choices and setting your exposure and custom white balancing.

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 ‘Grading and Matching Cameras in Resolve’

Ollie discussed primary adjustments, perfecting contrast, drawing in your audience and re-framing in post.

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As both experts are brand ambassadors; Adrian an X-Rite Coloratti and brand ambassador for BenQ and Rotolight and Ollie an X-Rite Coloratti, both were able to highlight the key products to use for optimal results during the photographic and filmmaking process.

From his professional experience, Ollie drew on the importance of light placement and setting the background, stating “calibration and colour management starts before we hit record.”

During his sessions, Ollie also demonstrated how to use the Rotolight NEO to provide a backlight during shooting. He showed how to use the X-Rite colour management solutions to achieve perfect exposure and reduce the time spent editing in post-production.

Ollie told the crowd “We’re trying to create the illusion of depth, because the whole purpose is to create something that draws our audience in, and makes them feel like they’re participating in this narrative.”

All attendees received a £40 discount of all X-Rite, BenQ, Rotolight or Rogue Photographic Design products purchased on the day.

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Rotolight offer a wide range of accessories to accompany their award-winning range of continuous LED lights

AccessoriesRotolight have a number of innovative accessories to complement their popular range of on-camera, studio and location lighting systems for photographers and filmmakers.

Rotolight’s revolutionary lighting tools include Anova PRO™- the world’s first bi-colour continuous LED light with high-speed sync (HSS) flash, the recently launched and extremely portable ‘ultra-thin’ AEOS, the Rotolight NEO on-camera light, and the RL48 Ringlight.

The lights have been used on major films including James Bond “Skyfall” and ‘Captain Phillips’, and are continuously used by leading photographers and cinematographers worldwide.

A wide range of Rotolight accessories have been designed to offer users a completely customisable lighting experience. Currently consisting of over thirty-five items, the accessories range includes a number of light stands, barn doors, coloured filter packs, yokes, diffusers, ball swivels, clamps and articulating arms.

There are also a number of practical items that are ideal for those working on location such as travel cases, rain covers, spare power supplies, adaptors and chargers, spare cables, batteries and an Accessory Belt Pouch.

The accessories range also includes the following:

Rotolight Spectrascope (RRP £59.99 incl. VAT) that allows users to correct and accurately control lighting on set or location. This is an absolutely vital device for anyone working with light as it can analyse any light source to reveal its colour spectrum, peaks and missing bands.

Rotolight Lithium Ion V-Mount Battery range, which includes a high performance 95w/h V-Mount battery, as well as 2-way or 4-way V-Mount chargers (which will support any v-mount battery). This quality battery is specifically designed to withstand the demands of high performance equipment and will deliver the best performance with the Rotolight AEOS and Anova PRO, as well as any third-party LED lights.

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BenQ Launch ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ Competition

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

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

About the BenQ SW320 monitor

BenQ SW320

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

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

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

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

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

Get Creative in Venice!

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

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

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

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Rotolight launch AEOS LED light for portrait and location photographers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Three of our key vendors win Photography News Awards!

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

The products and categories are as follows:

BenQ PV270 – Best Monitor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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X-Rite ColorMunki Display – Best Colour Management Device

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rotolight NEO now available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Color Confidence Announce Photographer of the Year 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

December Inspired by Colour photo competition winner announced

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

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James’ winning image ‘Autumn Swirl’

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

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

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

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

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

Other stunning entries in the December 2016 photo competition include:

Frozen Bubble by Victoria Hillman

Frozen Bubble by Victoria Hillman

Frozen by Conrad Lee

Frozen by Conrad Lee

Up and Away by Keith Bannister

Up and Away by Keith Bannister

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