Monthly Archives: July 2017

Brooklyn Beckham features the Rotolight RL48 in his debut photography book

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The Rotolight RL48 has been featured on the front cover of Brooklyn Beckham’s first photography book, titled ‘What I See’.

Famously known as the eldest son of David and Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn has expressed an interest in photography since the age of 14. As the family are constantly in the public eye, Brooklyn has decided to give us an insight into his life by using images to tell his story.

The new best-selling photo book gives an in-depth look into a series of snapshots of Brooklyn’s life, with each chapter telling a different story through pictures and captions in Brooklyn’s own words, appealing to his predominantly teen audience, keen for a glimpse into the glamorous life of the young celebrity.

The award-winning RL48 is used by many amateur and professional photographers working on location. It is easy to use, extremely portable and has high-quality colour rendering.

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Whilst the book has received mixed reviews, people of all user levels see the RL48 as the light of choice, with numerous photographers and filmmakers describing the product as ‘classy’, ‘high quality’ and ‘versatile’.

The RL48 delivers ‘Flicker Free’ continuous light, providing soft lighting with the classic ‘ring-light’ effect without shadows. The product was recently awarded ‘Best Value LED Lighting Product’ by the British Journal of Photography, and was named ’2013 Special Award for Scientific Achievement and Technical Innovation’ by the British Kinematograph Sound & Television Society.

The popular product has also been used on various films including ‘James Bond Skyfall’ and ‘Captain Phillips’. It has also received many positive reviews from professionals describing it as ‘quick to set up and totally portable’ as well as ‘neat, punchy and time saving’.

It is easy to see why so many celebrities and film experts rely on the Rotolight RL48. Other products in the award-winning range include the Anova PRO, NEO and the newly launched AEOS. There are also over 30 accessories to accompany the lighting systems.

The RL48 is priced at just £77.24 incl. VAT.

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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.

Workshop 1

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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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