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Key Vendors Nominated in Pro Moviemaker Gear of the Year Awards 2017!

Shortlist LogoA number of our key vendors, including BenQ, Rotolight, EIZO and NEC have been nominated in Pro Moviemaker’s Gear of the Year Awards for their bestselling products.

Pro Moviemaker’s Gear of the Year Awards recognise the very best products in the market, from emerging new technologies, to high-quality products for a variety of aspiring filmmakers within an industry packed with innovation and excellence.

Three vendors shortlisted for ‘Best Computer Monitor’ award

BenQ SW320

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The SW320 monitor is designed for photographers and filmmakers that require accurate colour and a large viewing area for editing. With features such as HDR, a 4K UHD resolution and a 100% REC 709 colour gamut, it’s clear that this monitor is designed for creative professionals that demand perfection. The SW320 is priced at £1,319 incl. VAT.

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NEC PA322UHD-2

necm062_1_1_1_1The NEC PA322UHD-2 features a professional reference 10-bit IPS-type with IGZO technology panel and delivers high quality imagery, perfect for photographers, cinematographers and videographers. The NEC PA322UHD-2 is priced at £2,550 incl. VAT.

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EIZO ColorEdge CG2730

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The EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 boasts 99% Adobe RGB coverage, which encompasses most of the colour producible for photography, whilst the 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut is ideal for video post-production work. The monitor is equipped with EIZO’s patented digital uniformity equalizer (DUE) technology which ensures you get a stable image display with consistent brightness across the entire screen. The EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 is priced at £1,360 incl. VAT.

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 Rotolight AEOS shortlisted for ‘Light Panel’ and ‘Launch of the Year’ awards

rotl400-2_2The Rotolight AEOS is a powerful, ultra-portable, bi-colour LED light designed for portrait and location photographers and videographers on the move. The AEOS includes an LED light with a unique ‘ultra-thin’ design, and also includes a powerful light output, industry leading colour accuracy for perfect skin tones and unrivalled battery performance. The AEOS is priced at £899.99 incl. VAT.

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 Rotolight Anova PRO shortlisted for ‘Lighting Innovation’ award

rotl001-anova-pro-bi-colour-standard-50-degree_1_3The Rotolight Anova PRO is the ultimate LED studio/location light designed for the most demanding of photographers, videographers and cinematographers. The Anova PRO delivers exceptional colour rendering and powerful soft light output, whilst using 94% less energy than a standard tungsten bulb. The Anova PRO is priced at £1,439.99 incl. VAT.

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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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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…

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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August 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 August winner is Nick Price with his captivating self-portrait image ‘Through The Lense – A Photographers Life’.

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Nick’s winning image ‘Through The Lense – A Photographers Life’.

Nick is now the proud owner of a selection of TECCO high quality inkjet papers worth £109!

Nick commented:

The photo was shot on my Sony A6000 with a 50mm F1.8 lens, Yongnuo yn560 flash gun and trigger. Port processing was using Adobe Lightroom.

I took up photography in March and have been working hard at it since, primarily shooting models and to narrow it down further, mostly portraits. I have been lucky enough to be published in several magazines in that time (I got lucky lol). This is my first competition win and I am very happy to have won it, taking the picture although somewhat frustrating. Particularly focus in low light against a mirror was also rewarding and allowed me to look at some things for the future I may not have otherwise considered particularly using mirrors.

Enter our September photo competition for your chance to win a Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lughting Kit worth over £150.

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July 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 July winner is Liz Nguyen with her ‘Fun in the Sun’ themed image entitled ‘That’s what I call a holiday…’

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Liz’s winning image ‘That’s what I call a holiday’

Liz is now the proud owner of a DxO Elite Suite worth £319.42 incl. VAT.

Other great entries in the July competition include:

‘RG1 6NS’ by Nick Board

‘Kite fun in the sun’ by Chris Jameson

Sienese Flags

‘Sienese Flags’ by Keith Holmes

Enter our August photo competition for your chance to win a selection of Tecco PHOTO high quality inkjet papers (worth £109).

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June 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 June winner is Nandan from London with his captivating image entitled ‘Follow your Dreams & Stand out from the Crowd…’

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Nandan’s winning image ‘Follow your Dreams & Stand out from the Crowd…’

Image Details
Camera : Nikon D7000
Lens : 18-105mm
Focal Length : 18mm
ISO : 10
F-Stop : F/22 at 1/4sec
Location : Piccadilly Circus , London

Nandan is now the proud owner of a Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System and Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch.

NandanThis image was part of the series “Girl in the City”. The idea behind the shot was to show how busy city life is and how people are busy chasing their dreams. The image was shot at Piccadily Circus, London, so I could use the iconic billboard as the background. As you can see in the background the billboard says “choose your heart’s desire” , it worked with the theme I was trying to achieve. I have made images with similar themes across the city of London, using my friends to model for me.

A slow shutter speed was used to show the movement of the crowd trying to cross the street.

I am a based in London, so most of the images I create are cityscapes around London or showing life in London. I have a desk job which takes up most of my time but I always make sure I take some time out to spend with my camera and capturing London. I am also a travel enthusiast and most of my travel is to places where I am far away from the city life and close to nature capturing landscapes.

To make sure I develop as a Photographer, I took a resolution at the beginning of the year to post 1 photo on my Facebook page as part of Project 365. See the link below to check out my work: https://www.facebook.com/Nandanprabhuphotography

Winning the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System will help me to set up my studio, and I could start doing more portrait work. I am really thankful to Color Confidence for hosting such photography competitions and giving a chance for amateur photographers like me to showcase their work, which can be really difficult without the exposure.

Other stunning entries in the June competition included:

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Image by Rob Sandeson

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‘Cliff hanger’ by Graeme Lowe

‘Patriotic Giant’ by Wendy Williams

Enter our July competition to win the DxO OpticsPro 11 Elite Edition worth £119!

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Exceptional Colour: A PANTONE Case Study Written By Print Solutions

IMG_9790If you want to get your colour right – and make the most of it, then it is best to work with the experts.

Color Confidence is a leading Pantone supplier. As such it is in the enviable position to provide knowledge to customers about which guide is right for them. After all, with a comprehensive line of colour tools including guides, chip books, software and measuring devices, it has something for everyone whether printer, converter, designer and creative, marketing agency or brand owner.

Pantone components include the Pantone Plus Series for graphics and multi-media; the Pantone Formula Guide, a colour guide for designers, printers and decision makers, which features solid colour choices on both coated and uncoated papers; Pantone Solid Chips, which show colour in a convenient chip format that you can apply to artwork and digital files; and the Pantone Colour Bridge that shows process colour simulations of all solid Pantone colours – in a convenient side by side comparison format.

WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Understanding which product is right for your business may seem a little confusing. So, understanding how to choose the right Pantone product will help your creative processes – and here again Color Confidence can help.

The company provides this advice when it comes to the best Pantone products suited to you (although it is worth talking to Color Confidence and the team there will make sure you get the best for your business). Broadly:

IF YOU ARE A PRINTER OR WORK IN PREPRESS:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips, Skin Tones;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Extended Colour Gamut;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons, Metallics, Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips, Skin Tones;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Coated Combo;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons, Metallics, Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A PACKAGING DESIGNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Extended Colour Gamut;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons. Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A BRAND OWNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Skin Tones;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Extended Gamut Guide;
  • Solid effects products: Pastels and Neons, Metallics, Premium Metallics.

IF YOU ARE A WEB DESIGNER:

  • Solid colour products: Formula Guide, Solid Chips, Starter Guide;
  • Process colour products: Color Bridge, Coated Combo, CMYK Guides.

112 NEW WAYS TO BE CREATIVE

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Pantone has recently added 112 new colours to its portfolio. The total count is now 1867 colours.

Branded as ‘New colours, new opportunities’, the refreshed, trend led palette serves as an important signifier of new ‘cultural and social influences on the overall movement of colour’. During product development, Pantone surveyed hundreds of designers across graphics, packaging, print and web design.

The findings indicated a desire for more ‘blushes, blues and neutrals’. This sits with the Pantone colours of the year for 2016 – 15-3919 Serenity and 13-1520 Rose Quartz.

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PANTONE case study written by Print Solutions magazine. This article can also be found in issue 27, page 28 of Print Solutions. Read more here

Introducing Color Passport – the revolutionary new system for professionals working with colour

Color Passport Posters selection 1_Page_1Color Passport is the first intelligent and universal colour system in the world that reveals the true DNA of each colour. COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM comprises of 7,810 colours that have been innovatively developed into useful tools including a reference book, fan decks, training workshops and software for professionals working with colour.

All 7,810 reproducible colours have a unique passport that reveals its scientific values, as well as its style, cultural and emotional properties. By understanding a colours true identity, you can identify ideal colour combinations.

COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM is ideal for those specifying or selecting colour in the design, architecture and fashion industries, along with manufacturers and buyers. Professionals worldwide use Color Passport to define distinct and recognisable corporate, brand, product and collection profiles, creating consistent experiences for consumers.

COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM helps its users to understand the types of colours that are suitable for their target consumers, the style or application and the cultural or geographical relevance of its use. Choosing and combining the right colours for your design, customer or territory has never been easier.

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Color Passport offers an intuitive training course for professionals and companies working with colour. The Corporate Training and Workshop Level 1 is a 4-5 hour course for 2-8 people. The training package includes the following:

  • The Big One – a colour reference ring-binder, with an extensive navigation system which forms the basis of the COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM
  • The Active One – a detailed portable fan guide (subsection of The Big One), providing quick and easy access to 1,800 coated CP colours
  • Six month’s free access to The Digital One – an electronic guide featuring 7,200 colours. Store Style/Type/Culture filters for targeted colour pallets and complimentary colour identification. Export libraries and match to the closest PANTONE or other digital libraries.

COLOR PASSPORT SYSTEM is the result of 20 years of research and development by the Color Passport Institute, lead by professor and engineer Luc Van Renterghem. 

Corporate courses are now available in the UK; contact Color Confidence for further details and to schedule a convenient date.

For individuals interested in the course, a group workshop will be available later in the year. You can express your interest now, by emailing: info@colorconfidence.com.

Color Passport training and products are available to purchase from Color Confidence.

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