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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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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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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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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.

Color Confidence November Prize Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Janet from Yorkshire for winning our photography competition with the image ‘Arctic Dawn, Reine’

We are proud to announce the winner of our November ‘Colour’ competition. Congratulations to  Janet from Yorkshire, we chose your stunning image ‘Arctic Dawn, Reine’.

Our colour workflow bundle (worth approximately £750) is on its way to you and includes the following great prizes:

  • ColorChecker Passport - Ensures the images you capture are accurate in colour.
  • i1Display Pro - Calibrator that ensures your monitor, tablet or projector is colour calibrated
  • Creative Kit - This award winning image editing bundle from Macphun includes Snapheal and Intensify Pro softwares
  • NEC E233 Multisync Monitor - A 22 inch high definition LED monitor
  • Tecco Paper - 2 boxes of A3 Sepia Satin Portrait paper for outstanding prints

“I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I heard I’d won, this is one of my all-time favourite photographs and it brings back great memories of one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited” said Janet.

Dave Mobbs, one of the Color Confidence judges, added: “This was a very tough choice as we thought all submissions were excellent! However, the majority of our photographic experts felt that ‘Arctic Dawn, Reine’ stood out as a solid winner. The great use of depth and natural light came together to create a truly stunning landscape image that retained a very natural feel. Congratulations Janet and we hope you enjoy your prizes!”

Well done to those that were shortlisted and thank you to everyone that took part in the competition.

Win A Colour Workflow Bundle!

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This month, we are giving you the chance to win a huge bundle of prizes, including an NEC E223 monitor, Macphun Creative Kit software and an i1Display Pro, plus lots more!

This prize bundle, worth almost £700, is designed to help you manage and improve your colour workflow from capture, to edit, to print.

Up for grabs in this fantastic prize bundle are the following products:

  • ColorChecker Passport - Ensures the images you capture are accurate in colour.
  • i1Display Pro - Calibrator that ensures your monitor, tablet or projector is colour calibrated
  • Creative Kit - This award winning image editing bundle from Macphun includes Snapheal and Intensify Pro softwares
  • NEC E233 Multisync Monitor - A 22 inch high definition LED monitor
  • Tecco Paper - 2 boxes of A3 Sepia Satin Portrait paper for outstanding prints.

To be in with a chance of winning this brilliant colour workflow bundle, all you have to do is show us your best images of ‘Colour’.

These could be abstract close-ups, images featuring a strong, vibrant colour, animals with pretty colourings, or a beautiful natural occurrence, such as a sunrise or sunset. We want to see how you can incorporate colour in different ways into your images. Get creative and show us your best ‘Colour’ themed images!

The competition closes at midnight on 30 November 2014. For more information and to enter now, take a look at the Competition page.

Good Luck!

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Color Confidence will be exhibiting at an event near you!

Over the next few months the Color Confidence team will be exhibiting at a number of roadshows and open days across the country to showcase a range of specialist products from X-Rite Photo Europe and NEC.

The Color Confidence stand will include the complete X-Rite photo range including the ColorMunki Smile (Simple display calibration), ColorMunki Display (Advanced display calibration) and ColorMunki Photo (Advanced display and print calibration). As well as the i1Display Pro (Professional display calibration) and the ColorChecker Passport (RAW colour control and creativity for capture).

We will also feature a number of high quality professional performance NEC monitors for obtaining the best picture quality and colour accuracy, whilst maintaining value for money.

The events are free to attend and visitors will get the chance to see product demonstrations and get expert advice on how to get the best colour across all devices with colour accuracy in capture, on screen and in print. There will also be special offers and discounts on purchases made on the day.

Color Confidence will be exhibiting at shows as part of the Digital Imaging Show, Bigger Picture Roadshow and Calumet spring open days.

Come and meet the team on the following dates:

15 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – Birmingham
19 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Southampton
20 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Harlow
21 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Newmarket
22 May – Digital Imaging Show – Maidstone
22 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – Manchester Store
29 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – London (Drummond Street)
2 June – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Maidstone
3 June – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Oxford
5 June – Calumet Spring Open day – Bristol

For more information on the events and venues, visit:

Bigger Picture Roadshow
Digital Imaging Shows
Calumet spring open days

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Exclusive Pantone Offer

A great new year offer for our Color Confidence followers. Treat your office to a fresh, up to date set of Pantone Plus guides in a convenient carry case. You will receive a 20% discount off the Pantone Plus Essentials, or the Pantone Portable Guide Studio. Alongside this special deal, we will also add a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator that can be used for both home and office use giving you the confidence to viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

What’s more, with this special deal, we will also give you a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator for both home and office use, giving you the happiness and confidence of viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

So, you might be wondering what the difference is between a Pantone Plus Essentials and Pantone Portable Guide Studio and how this will help you and your office achieve the best work you possibly can. Well, with either of these Pantone bundles, you are giving yourself and your co-workers the best for selecting, specifying and communicating colour effectively and accurately in industry.

The guides contain all 1,677 Pantone Plus Series Solid spot colours, also the closest equivalent CMYK colours, and a further 2,868 CMYK colour variations, an essential set of colour guides when designing and communicating with clients in colour. These guides are all accurately reproduced on both coated and uncoated media.

The Pantone Plus Essentials contains the following six Pantone Plus graphics guides:

Pantone Plus Formula Guides contain all 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours with their mixing recipes, printed on both coated and uncoated paper.

Pantone Plus ColorBridge are essential for designers. All 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours alongside their closest CMYK equivalent. Each swatch includes the sRGB and HTML value for each colour printed on both coated and uncoated media.

Pantone Plus CMYK Guides contain an extended range of an additional 2,868 colours in process CMYK printed on coated and uncoated media.

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The Portable Guide Studio offers the complete selection of all Pantone Plus Series Guides. It comprises all six of the Pantone Essentials guides and also includes an additional three fan guides: Metallics, Premium Metallics and Pastel and Neon guides. With these three extra guides, you are expanding your colour palette and ensuring you have as many options as possible when creating your work. In the Portable Guide Studio you will have more than 9,000 market-proven colours allowing you and your office to communicate effectively throughout your industry.

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Along with all this, your free ColorMunki Smile is an easy to use monitor calibrator. It doesn’t require the user to have any colour science knowledge and is able to calibrate any LCD or LED display (laptop or desktop).  It will provide you with a before and after image to show how effective and necessary an accurately colour calibrated monitor can be. The ColorMunki Smile is very quick, and is a great gadget to use at home and in the workplace.

This offer will be ending on 31st January 2014, or until stock lasts.

The Color Confidence Team

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Exclusive Pantone Offer

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Happy Holidays to all our Color Confidence customers! Before you indulge in mince pies and Christmas movies, check out our very exclusive offer that we have created just for you. For the New Year, treat your office to a brand new fresh up to date set of Pantone Plus guides in a convenient carry case. We are offering you a 20% discount off the Pantone Plus Essentials, or the Pantone Portable Guide Studio.

What’s more, with this special deal, we will also give you a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator for both home and office use, giving you the happiness and confidence of viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

So, you might be wondering what the difference is between a Pantone Plus Essentials and Pantone Portable Guide Studio and how this will help you and your office achieve the best work you possibly can. Well, with either of these Pantone bundles, you are giving yourself and your co-workers the best for selecting, specifying and communicating colour effectively and accurately in industry.

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The guides contain all 1,677 Pantone Plus Series Solid spot colours, also the closest equivalent CMYK colours, and a further 2,868 CMYK colour variations, an essential set of colour guides when designing and communicating with clients in colour. These guides are all accurately reproduced on both coated and uncoated media.

The Pantone Plus Essentials contains the following six Pantone Plus graphics guides:

Pantone Plus Formula Guides contain all 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours with their mixing recipes, printed on both coated and uncoated paper.

Pantone Plus ColorBridge are essential for designers. All 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours alongside their closest CMYK equivalent. Each swatch includes the sRGB and HTML value for each colour printed on both coated and uncoated media.

Pantone Plus CMYK Guides contain an extended range of an additional 2,868 colours in process CMYK printed on coated and uncoated media.

The Portable Guide Studio offers the complete selection of all Pantone Plus Series Guides. It comprises all six of the Pantone Essentials guides and also includes an additional three fan guides: Metallics, Premium Metallics and Pastel and Neon guides. With these three extra guides, you are expanding your colour palette and ensuring you have as many options as possible when creating your work. In the Portable Guide Studio you will have more than 9,000 market-proven colours allowing you and your office to communicate effectively throughout your industry.

Along with all this, your free ColorMunki Smile is an easy to use monitor calibrator. It doesn’t require the user to have any colour science knowledge and is able to calibrate any LCD or LED display (laptop or desktop).  It will provide you with a before and after image to show how effective and necessary an accurately colour calibrated monitor can be. The ColorMunki Smile is very quick, and is a great gadget to use at home and in the workplace.

This offer will be ending on 31st January 2014, or until stock lasts.

Happy Holidays,

The Color Confidence Team

Why don’t my printouts match my screen?

This is probably the most frequent question we get asked at CC HQ…

Whether on the phone, at Focus on Imaging, or at one of our Drop-in days; “why does my printout look different to what I see on-screen” is a frequent query from photographers and designers alike, particularly those that are starting, or wanting to print from home.

There are no single reasons for this, there are often multiple factors coming into play, such as; an un-calibrated screen, your working environment lighting conditions, system set-ups on your monitor or printer, the list goes on…

Luckily, there is a simple solution to this problem in the shape of the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo.

ColorMunki Photo has been designed to be an all-in-one spectral device for monitor, printer and even projector profiling – basically, a device that will ensure what you see on your screen is replicated as closely as possible when you print out.

It does this by calibrating/profiling both your LCD/CRT monitor and your printer.

Firstly, working like a ‘conventional’ monitor calibrator, ColorMunki Photo will create a custom profile you can save and apply to your monitor. It will integrate your display contrast settings and brightness into your workflow, giving you accurate on-screen colours.

Secondly, ColorMunki Photo will calibrate your RGB or CMYK printer by getting it to print out a series of test charts. The ColorMunki will scan the first test chart, learning how your printer behaves with these colours. Once this is done, a second chart is produced and scanned by the ColorMunki, thus creating a printer profile to save to your printer.

That’s it.

Colour accuracy is now achieved across your workflow from monitor to printer.

Learn more about ColorMunki Photo and how it can benefit your workflow here.