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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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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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Rotolight Anova PRO is continuous LED light of choice for award-winning DoP

roy_wagner-2Award-winning director of photography Roy H Wagner ASC has chosen the Rotolight Anova PRO bi-colour continuous LED studio light as the exclusive light source for his new film, Trouble Sleeping.

Best known for his work on Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning TV shows such as Ray Donovan and House, long-running CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and the Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, Wagner has an extensive career in the film industry going back almost 50 years.

Having used all kinds of lights in his career, from tungsten and fluorescents to LEDs, Wagner has long been an advocate of the natural light and flexible qualities of Rotolight. Now he has shot an entire feature, Trouble Sleeping, with director Robert Adetuyi, using the Rotolight Anova PRO light as the sole source.

Designed by leading British LED manufacturer Rotolight, the Anova PRO delivers versatility, superior colour rendering and soft light output, making it ideal for cinematographers, videographers and photographers. With a powerful output of up to 7,200 lux at three feet, the studio and location LED is still able to deliver flattering, soft light output.

“I have often spoken of simplicity in image creation, and had wanted to do a feature with just one light and one lens,” says Wagner. “Of course this seldom happens, but I was given the chance to do it on Trouble Sleeping. “I chose the Rotolight system because I knew it could accurately reproduce the colour and power I needed. We did not use any fill, and used the Rotolight as a very articulated light source.”

The Anova PRO also features five patented, industry-first features designed to save time and money, and enhance creativity for users. One feature — CineSFX™ — is particularly relevant for users like Wagner as it provides a suite of customisable cinematic lighting effects, such as fire, lightning, sirens and gunshots, eliminating the need for timely and expensive traditional flicker box workflows. The Anova PRO is also 300% more power efficient than its LED competitors, enabling much greater run time and therefore more flexibility when running on battery on location.

Wagner made the point that; the unique light quality of the Rotolight Anova has eliminated problems many typically associated with LED lighting. “Rotolight has found a way of filtering that notch of blue wavelength that is harsh on actors’ eyes. On Trouble Sleeping, every actor took the time to ask about the light, and responded to the gentle quality.”

Alongside the creative control it gave him, he also praised the light’s practical aspects. “It survives the rough handling of everyday production, and crews who have very little time to ‘baby’ any equipment. Crews are pleased with how easily mounted and controlled the units are – they can be operated from the back of the light or from my iPhone. And producers are very happy with the reduced cost of the lighting package.”

“Would I recommend the Rotolight system to other cinematographers?” says Wagner. “The images I have been able to create are my answer. I’m extremely happy with the product and its ability to deliver the ideas that I pre-visualise.”

Anova PRO FRONTThe Rotolight Anova Pro™ is priced at £1,439.99 incl VAT.

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Rotolight NEO now available

NEO FRONTThe range of innovative on-camera LED lights from award winning British LED lighting manufacturer, Rotolight are now available to purchase from Color Confidence.

Rotolight NEO is a continuous lighting system with a unique ‘soft’ light output and signature ringlight effect, making it ideal for portrait, event and location photographers.

NEO is highly portable, easy to use and fast to set up. It offers tuneable colour temperature and brightness. NEO includes three ground-breaking features that set it apart in the market.

  • True Aperture Dimming™ calculates and displays F-stop for a subject at a given distance.
  • CineSFX™ provides a powerful collection of customisable cinematic lighting effects.
  • Designer Fade™ provides custom fade up/down production effects.

Delivering powerful performance in a compact package, this self-contained light can be a secret weapon in the studio or on location. NEO builds on Rotolight’s multi-award winning LED technology, which is used by leading broadcasters, filmmakers and professional photographers the world over.

Jason Lanier, an award winning photographer and Sony Artisan of Imagery recently said of the Rotolight NEO: “They are quite simply the most amazing, beautiful, versatile portable continuous lights I’ve ever used. I couldn’t recommend them more highly and think that anyone who shoots portraits, weddings, or fashion photography should own multiple sets.”

NEO can be powered by 6 AA batteries for up to 5 hours (or 3.5 hours at 100% power). It is available as a single or multi-light kit and includes a 10-piece location filter pack with diffusion, skin tone and creative FX filters.

Hailed as the “next industry standard” by the Guild of Television Cameraman, the Rotolight NEO is priced at £347.99 incl. VAT and is available to purchase through the Color Confidence web store.

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Introducing Rotolight ANOVA PRO – the world’s first bi-colour continuous LED light with high-speed sync (HSS) flash

Anova2Award winning LED lighting manufacturer, Rotolight have announced the launch of ANOVA PRO™ – the ultimate LED studio and location light.

Anova PRO is 43% brighter than its predecessors and now features several unique, industry-first features which save significant time and money, while enabling greater creativity for users. This includes a powerful High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) for use in a traditional photographic workflow. Anova PRO is the first continuous bi-colour LED light on the market to offer this feature.

Anova PRO FRONTIn flash mode, Anova PRO is able to produce 150% of the maximum continuous light output at any colour temperature, with zero recycle time. This is a major advantage over traditional strobe systems, thereby bridging the gap between strobe and continuous lighting, delivering the benefits of both without the disadvantages of either.

This feature also enables users to accurately see the shadows and highlights of a subject or shot. This makes it ideal for photographers looking to replace legacy strobe systems, or those who shoot a combination of photo and video, who currently have to purchase two separate products.

Anova PRO has five patented, industry-first features:

  • High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) provides a powerful HSS flash with zero recycle time for traditional photographic workflows
  • True Aperture Dimming™, which calculates and displays the F-stop at a given distance. This feature eliminates the need for light meters, saves time and eliminates the guess work associated with manually working out ISO and F-stop settings
  • CineSFX™ provides a powerful collection of customisable cinematic lighting effects
  • FX Slave™ enables the CineSFX™ effects to be ‘slaved’ to up to 512 third party light sources in real time with zero latency to create powerful lighting effects for large scale productions
  • Designer Fade™ provides custom fade up/down production effects.

The Anova PRO has already won two major industry awards and is receiving favourable reviews from industry experts.

Anova Pro’s Bi-Colour LED system with AccuColour™ LED Phosphor technology delivers exceptional colour rendering (CRI:96+), and a powerful output whilst using 94% less energy than a standard tungsten bulb.

Anova Pro is available as a bi colour model for maximum versatility, or as a fixed colour Daylight (5600K) model for maximum output, dependant on your workflow.

The Rotolight Anova Pro™ is priced at £1,439.99 incl. VAT RRP.

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ExpoImaging launches the new Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector – Super Soft Silver

XL Pro Super Soft-openExpoImaging, creators of the patented Rogue FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced availability of the new Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector – Super Soft Silver, Frank Doorhof edition.

World-renowned Professional Fashion Photographer and Lighting Instructor, Frank Doorhof, is a master of using edgy light and contrast to create remarkable images.  When Frank first saw Rogue’s Super Soft Silver fabric, he asked for a version of the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector that incorporated this fabric. Thus, the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector, Frank Doorhof edition was born.

“Photographers looking for more contrast in their images, while shooting flash on location will love the new Super Soft Silver FlashBender 2 XL Pro,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to create innovative lighting tools for photography professionals. When Frank suggested we tailor the XL Pro, to help him get more creative with the Rogue kit, we jumped at the chance to help. Our custom Super Soft Silver fabric gives more light and contrast than white fabrics, with a softer and more even light than highly reflective shiny silver fabrics which are prone to producing hot spots,” Erik continues.

The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro is the largest FlashBender, measuring at 305mm x 343mm. Building on the success of the popular Rogue FlashBender light modifiers for speedlights, FlashBender 2 reflectors can be shaped to control the direction of light from an accessory flash. The FlashBender 2 improved belt and buckle design provides a faster and more secure attachment to your flash.

With the control, versatility and portability of all FlashBenders and a Super Soft Silver reflective surface, the Frank Doorhof edition FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector represents a unique new photographic tool to create spectacular images.

The FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector – Super Soft Silver is priced at £52.99 incl. VAT (RRP).

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Introducing the new Rogue 32” 2-in-1 Collapsible Reflector for photography professionals

2-in-1-Collapsible-Reflector-WhiteExpoImaging, creators of the popular Rogue FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced the availability of a new reflector that will give photographers greater lighting control.

The Rogue 32” 2-in-1 Collapsible Reflector is the perfect size for location photographers. It is extremely portable and collapses to a third of its 32” open size. It is compact enough to fit in a laptop sleeve or backpack, whilst still being large enough to be useful for portraiture.

The white side of the reflector incorporates a very neutral natural white fabric, unlike many white reflectors that contain optical brighteners that reflect blue-tinted light onto a subject.

The Super Soft Silver side of the reflector makes this a great tool for speedlight shooters to control the light from their flashes or as a way to shape bright ambient light. Other silver reflectors are typically made using a thin fabric with a very shiny silver surface, which often produces a harsher fill light than desirable, especially when used with brighter light sources. In addition, the Super Soft Silver fabric reflects light more evenly than shiny silver reflectors, which are prone to producing hot spots.

“Photographers working with flashes or in bright daylight will recognise the desirability of lower-contrast silver collapsible reflectors,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO.

“We are constantly looking at ways to improve and expand our popular FlashBender 2 range. We found that highly reflective shiny silver fabric is often too bright, with too much contrast for portraiture, where photographers are often looking for a softer light. Our custom Super Soft Silver fabric gives more light and contrast than white fabrics, while being softer than highly reflective shiny silver fabrics,” Erik continues.

The Rogue 32” 2-in-1 Collapsible Super Soft Silver/Natural White Reflector is priced at £29.95 incl. VAT (RRP).
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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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Introducing the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit for small accessory flash units

Expo new productExpoImaging, creators of the innovative FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced availability of the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit - a versatile and portable new light modifier for photography professionals.

Specifically designed for compact and mirrorless flashes like the Nikon SB500, the Nissin i40 and the Olympus FL-600R, the new FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit includes a FlashBender 2 Micro Shapeable Reflector and a Micro Diffusion Panel. The kit has been optimised to handle the light output from smaller flash units.

“We’re seeing more and more photographers shooting with these compact new mirrorless camera systems. The advantage of shooting with mirrorless cameras is that everything is smaller and lighter,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “We designed the new FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit to fit the smaller speedlights often used with these mirrorless cameras.”

When used with on-camera flash, the FlashBender 2 Micro Reflector creates a larger, softer light source than the bare flash and allows directed bounce off ceilings or walls. Off-camera, it can be used to shape and control the main, background, hair, rim, or accent lights.

Once the Micro Diffusion Panel is attached, the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box softens light, while reducing contrast and specular highlights.

Key features of the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box:

  • Fits Nikon SB-500, Nissin i40, and Olympus FL-600R flashes
  • Fits flashes with a head circumference of 158.8mm – 184mm
  • Makes a soft box, bounce flash reflector or snoot
  • Attaches quickly and securely
  • Size: 205mm x 240mm
  • Reflective surface area of 178mm x 178mm
  • Total weight of kit: 119g
  • Packs flat to easily fit into any small camera bag.

ExpoImaging recently won the 2015 Hot One Award for Best Speedlight Modifier from Professional Photographer Magazine for the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System. The award-winning kit includes the FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector, the XL Pro Strip Grid Attachment, the XL Pro Soft Box Diffuser Attachment and a travel bag.

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The Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information about the Rogue FlashBender 2 range, and to purchase your product, visit: www.colorconfidence.com.

ExpoImaging Improves Popular Rogue Lighting Tools for Photography Professionals

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ExpoImaging, creators of the innovative Rogue FlashBender speed-light modifiers, has today announced a number of new improvements to their range of portable lighting accessories designed specifically for photography enthusiasts and professionals.

Striving for constant product innovation, the team at ExpoImaging focused on improvements that could be made to the Rogue Flashbender including reducing the weight of the reflector and modifications to the attachment strap. As a result, the FlashBender 2 range now incorporates new custom made reflective fabric which makes it 20-30% lighter and a new integrated attachment strap that can be adjusted to fit all popular brands of accessory flashes.

“Photographers’ reaction to the original Rogue FlashBenders exceeded all our expectations,” commented Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging, Inc. “The FlashBenders’ versatility and portability have made them an integral part of the lighting kit a photographer would take on location”.

Sowder continued, “As great as any product is, we always look for ways to make it better. We developed custom fabrics that would be lighter weight without sacrificing the durability and reflectivity characteristics we demanded. We also redesigned the integrated attachment strap to provide an even tighter grip on the flash whilst still allowing for wide adaptability to multiple flash sizes.”

ExpoImaging has also made product improvements to its best-selling Flashbender XL Pro Kit, a large light portable studio kit, by reducing its weight as well as making improvements to the attachment design.

“The idea behind the original FlashBender XL Pro Kit was to create a larger light source with studio-style control whilst retaining the portability and easy setup fundamental to all the FlashBenders,” explained Sowder. “With the FlashBender 2 XL Pro, we worked hard to decrease the weight of the original XL Pro as well as to further refine its attachment design.  The new FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector is 20% lighter.  We know that every bit of weight reduction is welcome for photographers that take lighting equipment on location.”

“We also know that photographers will be pleased by the inclusion of the new XL Pro Strip Grid attachment in the System.  Combining diffusion fabric with a black fabric grid, the Strip Grid provides precise rim and edge lighting control.  It attaches quickly to the front of the XL Pro Reflector and is compatible with the original XL Pro Reflector design. To keep it portable, the System is sized to fit a 43cm laptop compartment, or lay flat to allow more room for lenses and other essential equipment in the gear bag.  We also include a handy Travel Bag,” concluded Sowder.

The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System includes:  FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector, XL Pro Strip Grid, XL Pro Diffusion Panel, and XL Pro Travel Bag.

New and improved Rogue FlashBender 2 versions include the FlashBender 2 XL Pro System, the FlashBender 2 Large and Small Reflectors, FlashBender 2 Bounce Card, FlashBender 2 Large and Small Softbox Kits and the FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit.

The Rogue FlashBender 2 range is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information and to purchase your product, visit www.colorconfidence.com.