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UPRtek Launch the Revolutionary CV600 Spectral Colour Meter

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UPRtek have launched the CV600 Spectral Colour Meter- a professional device that measures colour, light and exposure. The CV600 is ideal for photographers, videographers and filmmakers that value colour accuracy and lighting consistency.

The handheld colour meter can save light readings and set-up information to a removable SD card, allowing you to build an external library of light readings and settings for use at a later date.

The compact, easy-to-use device has a wide range of metering modes that allow you to take the guess work out of lighting, which will drastically reduce set-up time. The spectrometer is perfect for creative professionals that require accurate lighting in studios and on location.

In basic mode, the CV600′s touch sensitive display panel can be set to display four user-selected points of measurement criteria, all on the same display. For example, among various display options, users can select:

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  1. Correlated Colour Temperature (CTT) readings in degrees Kelvin
  2. Colour Rendering Index (CRI) readings across the colour spectrum from R1 to R15
  3. Television Lighting Consistency Index (TLCI) readings- the European Broadcast Union’s new colour measurement index for the 21st century
  4. Lux level readings

Advanced modes include CRI, Flicker, Filter, Exposure, Spectrum, TM-30 and CIE.

 

 

  • CV600 spectrometer
  • Handy travel case
  • Base support and protective cover
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger
  • USB cable
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Suspension wire and neck strap
  • User’s manual and warranty certificate
  • Wi-fi adapter card

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The UPRtek CV600 is priced at £1,438.80 incl. VAT. If you’re visiting IBC in RAI Amsterdam next month (15th-19th September 2017), visit us on UPRtek Stand 9.LP15. Test the meter out, see live product demonstrations and get expert support and advice on how to get the most out of this handy device.

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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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PANTONE launch new ‘Bates Motel Blue’

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In celebration of Bates Motel, the contemporary prequel to the iconic film ‘Psycho’, PANTONE have team up with A&E networks to add a unique neon metallic shade of blue to their extensive range of colours.

The colour, named ‘Bates Motel Blue’, is a reference to the iconic Norman Bates, the main protagonist in Psycho whose favourite colour is the exhilarating shade of blue that was used to paint the iconic Bates Motel sign. Fans of the series will appreciate the symbolic nature of the colour, which is supposed to represent ‘truth’, whilst the show’s main themes are based upon mystery, lies and deceit.

The collaboration between PANTONE and A&E networks was a result of a desire to create a distinctive shade in a unique medium, in honour of this world renown pop culture icon. Considered the world’s most universally loved colour, the shade of blue used is meant to represent constancy and credibility, with users able to engage this colour with a character that holds a firm place in pop culture.

The Bates Motel Blue isn’t the first colour in the range with such a unique name, since PANTONE introduced the ‘Minion Yellow’ over two years ago, and have an eclectic range of colours with names such as ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown’ ‘Razzle Dazzle Rose’ and ‘Macaroni and Cheese’.

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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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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

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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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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.

BenQ’s latest 31.5” 4K UHD monitor offers a range of advanced features for photography professionals

BenQ SW320Following on from the success of the hugely popular, TIPA award winning 27″ SW2700PT monitor designed for photography professionals, BenQ have raised the bar by launching the larger 31.5” SW320 monitor – packed with even more features.

The SW320 is designed for photographers that require accurate colour and a large viewing area for editing. With features such as an included monitor hood, 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.

GamutDuo allows users to view content side-by-side in various colour spaces on one screen. The Hotkey Puck can assign colour spaces to preset buttons and switch between them quickly and conveniently. With an in-built SD card reader and USB 3.0 connectivity, the SW320 is not only aesthetically elegant, it’s also highly practical, allowing users to concentrate on their creativity.

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.

Key features

  • 4K UHD screen has 4 times the resolution of full HD
  • GamutDuo allows you to view content side by side in two different colour spaces
  • Fully rotatable to 90 degrees, allowing easier editing of portrait images
  • Comes with BenQ’s Palette Master Elements software for hardware calibration (14-bit LUT) with a compatible device
  • The Hotkey Puck allows ease of switching between Adobe RGB/sRGB/B&W
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode offers higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images
  • Brightness Uniformity
  • Built in SD card reader and USB 3 ports for ease of access
  • Technicolor Colour Certified
  • Monitor hood included
  • 3 year warranty

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 £1,245.60 incl. VAT.

Rain Design launch a new range of stylish stands for tablets, iPads and mobiles

Rain Design is pleased to announce the launch of four exciting new products that provide added comfort and hands free viewing for Apple users. mStand tablet, mStand tablet plus, mStand tabletpro and mStand mobile are additions to Rain Design’s best-selling mStand range.

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mStand tablet allows hands-free use of your iPad or tablet. The acoustic base provides clearer sound and the iPad or tablet can be positioned in either portrait or landscape mode, while mStand tabletplus has the added feature of an adjustable viewing angle.

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mStand tablet pro

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The mStand tabletpro comes in two sizes: 9.7″ and 12.9″, which were created for the iPad Air/Pro 9.7″, and the iPad Pro 12.9″, respectively. The tabletpro has an adjustable viewing angle and height due to a simple slide ‘n’ lock mechanism for added comfort and flexibility. It can also be used as a second display when using a Macbook with an mStand laptop stand.

mStand mobile

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mStand mobile is a light-weight stand that holds your iPhone in portrait or landscape mode, allowing comfortable, hands-free viewing for all iPhone’s and the iPad mini. It is also compatible with most mobile devices and smaller tablets.

The innovative new stands feature Rain Design’s signature integration of ergonomics and style. The mStand tablet (RRP £29.40 incl. VAT), mStand tablet plus (RRP £38.30 incl. VAT), mStand tabletpro (RRP £67.10 incl. VAT) and mStand mobile (RRP £23.90 incl. VAT) are made of anodized aluminium and are available in silver, gold or space grey.

Rain Design offer an award-winning range of stylish products for PC and Apple users. All products offer added comfort and safety, helping to reduce strain related conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They can also help to extend the life of your machine and are designed to complement the sleek style of Apple equipment.

Other products in the range include the mRest Wrist & Mouse Pad, iLap, mTower, iSlider, i360 Turntable, mBase, iRest, iLevel2 and mStand laptop stands; all available in a choice of sizes and colours.

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