BenQ SW2700PT announced ‘Best Photo Monitor’ in the 2016 TIPA Awards

SW2700PT_hood_regular_frontBenQ’s SW2700PT monitor has been announced as the ‘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.

A statement from the TIPA panel of judges reads:

“BenQ’s SW2700PT 27-inch monitor is aimed specifically at photographers who want IPS technology and 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage, as well as a brightness level that exceeds 380 lux and high contrast for rendering deep blacks with uniformity across the panel.

The monitor’s other remarkable assets include inputs and outputs such as Display Port, DVI and HDMI, with USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader and a unique OSD controller. BenQ SW2700PT can be hardware colour calibrated which is essential for serious photo retouchers and graphic designers alike. Last but not least, a detachable hood underlines the professional attributes of this affordable but in essence high-end monitor.”

Every year, TIPA editors vote for the best photo & imaging products introduced to the market during the previous 12 months. TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as the price/performance ratio.

BenQ’s range of colour critical monitors also includes the PG2401PT (24”) and the 4K UHD PV3200PT (32”). The range is distributed by XP Distribution in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Poland and the Nordics.

View the full list list of 2016 TIPA Award winners:

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BenQ launches a new 32” 4K UHD video-editing monitor

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BenQ has launched a new 32” 4K UHD video-editing monitor that offers film-makers precise colour accuracy and a crisp and clear viewing quality.

The PV3200PT is a high quality monitor that comes with an array of impressive features that are ideal for those working in professional video post-production. It has 100% Rec.709 and sRGB for optimal colour precision, hardware calibration, brightness uniformity and Palette Master Elements colour calibration software.

The PV3200PT is designed specifically for the video market but will also be an asset to all creative professionals that require accurate colour reproduction.

Key features of the BenQ PV3200PT include:

  • 5 year warranty
  • The 4K UHD screen has 4 times the resolution of full HD
  • Brightness uniformity for a more authentic and consistent viewing experience
  • 14-bit 3D Look-Up-Table improves RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction
  • An OSD controller allows ease of switching between Rec.709, EBU and SMPTE-C, so there is no need to hunt through menus and sub-menus
  • The monitor comes with BenQ’s Palette Master Elements software for hardware calibration (LUT) with a compatible device
  • Built in SD card reader and USB 3 ports for ease of access
  • The monitor achieves an average Delta E value of 2 and below in sRGB colour space to give you the truest and most representative view of the original image
  • Each monitor has been rigorously factory tested for brightness uniformity, Delta-E and Gamma curve to achieve the highest colour reproduction quality and accuracy.
This is the third instalment in BenQ’s professional range of colour critical monitors following the launch of the SW2700PT (27”) and the PG2401PT (24”) last year.The PV3200PT monitor is priced at £1,099 incl. VAT (RRP) and is available to purchase through Color Confidence and leading video retailers.Expo_button

February 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 February winner is Nandan from London with his captivating image entitled ‘Loving Life, Together Always…

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Nandan’s winning image ‘Loving Life Together Always…’

Nandan is now the proud owner of an NEC MultiSync® EA193Mi monitor.

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Nandan with his new NEC MultiSync® EA193Mi

This image was taken on my trip to Barcelona. After exploring the city during the day, I ended up at the Boulevard to capture some sunset shots. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of benches and luckily got a lovely couple enjoying the sunset and the beautiful view. It was a perfect scene and I just had to press the shutter on my camera and capture the moment.

Camera Used: Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens

The post processing was limited to adjusting contrast and cropping/straightening the image using Adobe Lightroom on a Macbook Pro.

I started photography as a hobby, but in a few years I was crazily addicted to it. I love taking pictures of landscapes and cityscapes at night.

To upgrade my knowledge and skills, I am currently enrolled for a National Certificate Level 2 Photography Course at Westminster College. I have also started taking up some paid photography projects for small companies, which helps me to challenge myself and work as per the customer’s direction.

The new NEC monitor will help get my workstation ready and will be a great help while post processing images on a bigger screen.

Thank you once again for the prize :)

More of Nandan’s work can be found here.

THIS MONTH’S PHOTO COMPETITION THEME: Right Place At the Right Time

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DxO ONE now features a dramatically enhanced stand-alone experience

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DxO has announced the immediate availability of yet another ground-breaking update to the award winning DxO ONE professional quality connected camera for iPhone® and iPad®. The version 1.3 update, available for free via the iTunes App Store, introduces several new features that further extend the use of the DxO ONE, including the ability to use the OLED display as a novel framing assistant to help quickly compose while operating the camera with one hand.

Version 1.3, the second major upgrade to date, enables the DxO ONE to be used as a miniaturised pro-quality camera that is smaller, easier, and faster to shoot than any other camera on the market. To quickly capture life’s fleeting moments, simply pull the DxO ONE out of your pocket or purse, and in one movement, slide the lens cover open, compose the scene using the OLED display as a framing assistant, then depress the two-stage physical shutter button to lock focus and grab the shot. In stand-alone mode, the DxO ONE provides a fun, retro-style of photographing without “chimping,” and makes browsing newly captured images a surprising and delightful experience.

Best of all, when using the DxO ONE in stand-alone mode, all of your preferred camera settings for aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering, white balance, etc. are preserved, exactly as you set them in the iOS app. For example, if you prefer to capture portraits at f/1.8, the camera will always be ready at f/1.8 when you pull it out of your pocket. And because the DxO ONE has a physical shutter button, it works even if you’re wearing gloves. So when you’re on the slopes, set the camera to 1/4000s (or higher), then when you pull the camera out of your ski jacket the DxO ONE is immediately ready to freeze fast action.

Version 1.3 also introduces a host of other features including motion blur alert, and an elegant new way to dial in white balance, metering and focus modes, which can also be viewed as overlays in the viewfinder along with your iPhone battery level. Browsing photos is faster than ever, with the gallery now sorted in the same order as in iOS Photos. You can be sure your images were successfully shared thanks to a new visual confirmation message, and you can set a preferred JPEG compression level for photos, and bitrate for videos. Of note, an innovative Message Centre now provides a direct connection to DxO, with in-app access to current information designed to help you get the most out of your DxO ONE.

DxO ONE owners are invited to download and install version 1.3, which is available as a free update via the iTunes App Store. New firmware, also immediately available, can be downloaded to the iPhone and installed on the DxO ONE with a simple tap.

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Color Confidence announces an exclusive prize draw worth over £1,600 at The Photography Show 2016

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We are pleased to announce that we will be running an exclusive prize draw at The Photography Show 2016. Visitors can complete the entry form on Stand C81 for the chance to win over £1,600 worth of photographic equipment.

The package includes:

During the four-day show, the stand will feature live model photo-shoots, product launches, presentations and technical demonstrations. There will also be a Color Confidence Shop where visitors can purchase products from industry leading brands at special show prices.

The guest line up for the show includes:

  • Sanjay Jogia, who is named one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine
  • Mark Wood, Professional Photographer, BenQ Expert and X-Rite Coloratti
  • Mark Lawrence, Professional Photographer and DxO Expert
  • John Clements, Professional Photographer and Trainer.

We will be exhibiting on Stand C81 at the Photography Show in Birmingham, from 19th to 22nd March 2016, to showcase some of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, including BenQ, DxO, ExpoImaging, NEC, Tecco PHOTO and X-Rite.

People interested in attending The Photography Show can use Color Confidence discount code COLTPS16 to save 20% off the price of an adult ticket.

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Visit us on stand C81 at The Photography Show 2016

750px_502px_advertWe will be on Stand C81 at The Photography Show with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers including BenQ, DxO, ExpoImaging, NEC, Tecco PHOTO and X-Rite.

Visit us for live model photo-shoots, product demonstrations, presentations, and of course a big exclusive prize draw that just can’t be missed!

Why visit us?

We have a great guest line up that includes:

  • Sanjay Jogia, who is named one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine
  • Mark Wood, Professional Photographer, BenQ Expert and X-Rite Coloratti
  • Mark Lawrence, Professional Photographer and DxO Expert
  • John Clements, Professional Photographer and Trainer

Key vendors include:

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BenQ will be showcasing their colour critical line of monitors specifically designed for photographers and designers that value amazing colour. BenQ will also be launching the PV3200PT – a brand new monitor for video at the show. BenQ evangelist and professional photographer Mark Wood will be on stand C81 throughout the show to demonstrate the BenQ range of monitors and offer help and advice on how to get the most out of your display

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DxO recently launched the DxO ONE – the world’s smallest 1” sensor camera, which will be demonstrated at the show. The DxO range also includes the award-winning DxO OpticsPro software, FilmPack and ViewPoint. The DxO team will be at the show to demonstrate the complete range of innovative products for photography professionals.

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ExpoImaging will be showcasing the latest addition to their award winning FlashBender 2 range at the show. The Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit is a versatile and portable new light modifier for photography professionals. Live demonstrations of the ExpoImaging range will be taking place daily throughout the show.

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NEC will be showcasing their full range of colour critical monitors at the show. Entry and advance level options are available. The state-of-the-art SpectravVew and MultiSync ranges offer you the ultimate colour accurate displays from 23” – 32”.

NEC will also be showcasing the latest 4K UHD (3840×2160) ultra high definition and wide colour gamut displays. Experts will be able to offer you help and advice on choosing the right monitor to suit your individual needs as well as your budget!

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Tecco PHOTO

Tecco PHOTO produces high quality inkjet papers for exquisite digital photo printing. Tecco PHOTO offers you a wide range of paper types, weights and finishes to suit all photography styles, offering superb colour fidelity and fast drying times.

Tecco has recently launched six new papers that will allow you to experiment with new finishes and effects. Come and view the new range at the show!

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X-Rite

Professional photographer Mark Wood will be demonstrating the latest X-Rite products at the show. Sanjay Jogia, who is named as one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine, will be doing live photo-shoots throughout the show.

This will also be the first time the new ColorChecker Video and ColorChecker Passport Video have been showcased in the UK. Visit stand C81 for more information!

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Save 20% on your Photography Show ticket!

Book your ticket to The Photography Show with discount code COLTPS16 to save 20% off your adult ticket. The ticket will then only cost you £10.95!

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January Photo Competition Winner Announced

We kicked off the year with the launch of our exciting new photo competition ‘Inspired by Colour’. Each month is centred around a different photography theme. Last month, we took to social media to invite both amateur and professional photographers to submit their images that best represent ‘Street photography’. January’s prize was an X-Rite i1Display Pro (worth £207 incl. VAT).

We are pleased to reveal that the winner of our January photo competition was Rebecca from South Yorkshire with her excellent Street Photography image entitled ‘Urban San Fran’.

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Rebecca’s winning image ‘Urban San Fran’

“Urban San Fran and was taken in San Francisco back in 2011. I used a Canon 450d with a standard Canon camera lens. The only editing was in Photoshop to correct the levels. I took the photo as the colours stood out to me and it’s not your typical view of Golden Gate Bridge that you see, I like to be a bit different and look at things from a different view to give a more unique photo.

I am a professional photographer who graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2012. I currently do weddings and model portfolio shoots. I love to travel and meet new people.”

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Rebecca with her new prize – an X-Rite i1Display Pro

THIS MONTH’S PHOTO COMPETITION THEME: LOVING LIFE

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WHAT YOU COULD WIN THIS MONTH:

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Why is it important to use a colour critical monitor when working in the photographic industry?

The demands of the photographic industry have changed significantly over the last few years. Photographers have identified that colour accuracy is critical to their workflow, to ensure they get a true-to-life reproduction of their photographic images. Investing in a good quality camera is not enough, for reliable colour reproduction, you must also invest in a colour critical monitor.

Leading monitor manufacturers in the photographic market include:

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Key features:

  • Palette Master calibration software powered by X-Rite for optimum colour accuracy
  • Wide colour gamut with superb image clarity and detail
  • Each monitor rigorously factory tested for uniformity and colour accuracy.

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Key features:

  • Wide selection of monitors, including the ColorEdge CG and CX ranges, to suit a variety of users and budgets
  • The top end ColorEdge CG monitors include a self-calibration device for ease of use
  • Dedicated ColorNavigator NX and Color-Navigator 6 software, allows you to schedule the monitor to self-calibrate at specific times.

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Key features:

  • State-of-the-art SpectraView Reference, SpectraView and MultiSync ranges offer the ultimate colour accurate displays
  • Entry and advance level options available, offering a wide range of professional monitors to cater to all needs
  • Options available for the latest 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) super resolution and accurate wide colour gamut capability.

Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist, catering to the digital imaging markets, has developed a reputation as the unbiased provider of the best colour critical displays on the market.

The monitor showroom on their website is used to assess all three leading monitor brands using a star rating system from three to five stars. Three stars indicates good colour accuracy and five stars indicates excellent colour accuracy. There is also a downloadable monitor comparison chart on the website, where people can compare each monitor and find the right one to meet their needs.

“We pride ourselves on our brand portfolio, ensuring that we only supply products from the best quality brands on the market”, says Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence. “Those in the photographic industry know that when you spend hours at a time reviewing and retouching images, it is essential that you invest in a high-quality display.”

Simon continues: “Choosing the right monitor to meet your individual requirements can be a daunting task, but we offer online resources and free expert advice and support, to ensure customers make an informed decision on the right product to suit their specific needs.”

“There are various factors to consider when buying a colour critical monitor to ensure it is appropriate to your needs.”

“Resolution indicates the number of pixels across and down the panel – conveying how much of an image will be displayed. However, it is the pixel pitch that defines the size of the pixels (normally in mm) and the quality of the display. Therefore, when assessing the image quality of a monitor, it is better to compare the size of monitor you require (such as 24”) in relation to its pixel pitch, rather than comparing the monitor’s size in relation to its resolution.”

“Increased image sharpness is achieved by using a smaller pixel pitch, however with the latest generation of UHD and 4K monitors, the pixel pitch is substantially smaller. Viewing can be described as ‘pixel free’ and produces an ultra sharp image.”

“For a quality display you will need a monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel type. IPS panels offer a much larger colour gamut than TN panels, which are frequently used in laptops. A further benefit of IPS panels over both TN and VA panels, used on standard grade monitors, is the colour consistency and viewing angle. Viewing such panels from even a slight angle causes a shift in the display, whereas IPS panel technology provides consistency from increased viewing angles.”

“Professional quality monitors generally include hardware calibration software. This communicates directly with the monitor for optimised colour accuracy. This type of calibration process provides the highest degree of accuracy.

“The X-Rite i1Display Pro is supported by the software provided with professional monitors, or can be used with its own software to profile monitors that do not include their own software. Some monitors, currently the Eizo CG range, include a built-in calibration instrument. This can also be used in conjunction with the X-Rite i1Display Pro, for correlation of the built-in calibrators, to match between similar monitors and also to monitors requiring an external calibrator.”

“A monitor hood is included with most top of the range professional monitors. This provides a tunnel effect, enabling the brightness of the monitor to be set at a lower level for a more realistic representation of a printed result. This has the additional benefits of using less power, reducing the risk of eyestrain and extending the life of the monitor. Third-party monitor hoods are available, such as the PChOOD Pro, which is a high quality substantial monitor hood that fits any monitor size from 15” up to 26”, and some 27” monitors.”

For free expert advice and support on choosing a colour critical monitor to suit your needs, call 0800 977 4167, email: info@colorconfidence.com or visit the Color Confidence website at: www.colorconfidence.com. Color Confidence offer next day delivery on all products purchased on the website.

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Win great prizes in our new ‘Inspired by Colour’ photography competition

Comp image Happy New Year from all of the Color Confidence team!

Today not only marks the first day of 2016, but the launch of our exciting new photography competition that will allow you to win great prizes as we search for the Color Confidence Photographer of the Year 2016.

Our new ‘Inspired by Colour’ competition gives both amateur and professional photographers the chance to win great prizes from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers such as X-Rite, NEC, ExpoImaging, BenQ and DxO software.

At the beginning of each month, we will announce a different theme for the photography competition. Submit your images via our Facebook page to enter the competition. Throughout the month, the public will vote for their favourite image. The person with the most votes at the end of each month will win a great prize from one of our key vendors (minimum prize value £100).

At the end of the year, the Color Confidence team will judge all the winning images to determine who will be crowned Color Confidence Photographer of the Year 2016. The winner will receive a fantastic prize bundle worth over £1,000!

The competition is a great opportunity for you to get great exposure and win great prizes. Each monthly winning image will be displayed on the Color Confidence website, monthly newsletter and social media sites. You will also be featured in the Color Confidence Blog.

Do you have what it takes to be crowned Color Confidence Photographer of the Year 2016?

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SPWe look forward to seeing your images that capture chance encounters whilst out and about.

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RAL launches an innovative colour-measuring tool for the architecture and design industry

ralg033RAL, the global market leader for colour standards, has today announced the launch of an innovative new colour-measuring tool that can instantly match the colour of any surface or material to the closest RAL colour.

The new COLORCATCH NANO is RAL’s first colorimeter. It measures up to five colours at the same time, regardless of the surface or material. The picture is enlarged to six times its size, while shadows and dirt are at the same time eliminated, thereby reaching the highest precision in colour measurement.

The RAL App iCOLOURS allows the closest RAL colour, or a colour from another preselected colour collection, to appear on screen. The selected colour shade can then be directly transferred to a photographed object and shared via e-mail. This way, architects, painters and designers can work more efficiently.

Key benefits

  • Pocket sized, round and ergonomic design
  • Integrated calibration system
  • Thanks to the camera and its optics, the colorimeter increases the image six-fold and accurately measures colour from the size of a few pixels
  • Indicates RGB, Lab and CMYK, as well as the reflectance values of most selected colour libraries
  • More than 400 additional colour libraries can be added
  • Works with iOS and Android Apps
  • The measured colour can be directly applied to a pre-painted object in the App.

The RAL COLORCATCH NANO was developed in co-operation with the Swiss company Colorix. RAL COLORCATCH NANO is compatible with many different Apple and android devices.

RAL produces a range of colour charts, swatches, cards, fans, books and software for the professional and accurate selection and verification of colour for paint, interiors and design projects.

RAL COLORCATCH NANO is priced at £419.94 incl. VAT and is available to purchase from Color Confidence. RAL COLORCATCH NANO works together with RAL iCOLOURS, which is now available to purchase for £7.99 incl. VAT at Apple’s App Store, and £7.17 incl. VAT on Google Play.

For more information about the RAL range, visit: www.colorconfidence.com/ral