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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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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…

October 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 October winner is Nick Price with his captivating image ‘Autumn Sunset’.

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Nick’s winning image ‘Autumn Sunset’

Nick is now the proud owner of an X-Rite ColorMunki Display (Pink Breast Cancer Awareness edition).

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Our October winner – Nick Price

“The photo was taken using a Sony A6000 with a 18-55mm kit lens and a single Profoto B1 with a gold reflector. The raw image was processed through Lightroom but minimal editing took place for the final image.

I started photography early this year and have gone full on with it, trying to learn and improve as I go. I have had my images published in several fashion, portrait and alternative publications.”

 

 

 

 

 

Other stunning entries in the October photo competition included:

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‘Soria in the waterfall’ by David Branco

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‘Silent Park’ by Nandan Prabhu

Enter our November photo competition for your chance to win a Rain Design mStand (laptop stand), mStand tablet and mStand mobile (prize worth over £100).

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DxO ONE continues to redefine mobile photography with version 1.4

DxO ONE - Lifestyle AppUIDxO has announced another major update to the multi-award-winning DxO ONE Miniaturised Pro Quality Camera™ for iPhone® and iPad®. Continuing with the promise to make the DxO ONE even better after you’ve bought it, version 1.4 adds integrated copyright/author and watermarking support to help protect your photos from unauthorised use.

In addition to important performance enhancements, the update also features a dramatically improved user experience that puts all of your capture and application settings in their own, quick-access menus.

Since its initial introduction revolutionised the world of mobile photography, an array of new features have been added to every DxO ONE via automatic (and free) software and firmware updates.

Version 1.4 introduces the option to automatically add a watermark to photos shared to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and every other photo sharing service supported by Apple iOS.

The update has a streamlined user interface that provides one tap access to capture settings, all of which are now logically grouped in a consolidated design. In addition, application settings, such as the Message Center and online support, can now be accessed with one tap from the Gallery view. The net result is that the bright, beautiful Retina viewfinder of the iPhone is now far less cluttered, leaving more room to compose your DxO ONE images.

Version 1.4 also introduces a host of other features based on direct user feedback, including the ability to preview in the viewfinder, in real-time, camera controls such as Aperture and EV-bias. Users can now determine when they want their DxO ONE to go into power saving mode, and all-important firmware updates that unlock new features and functionality are now more visible via top-level notifications, so you’ll never miss the opportunity to take advantage of cool new ways to control your DxO ONE.

Every DxO ONE camera includes free access to DxO Connect, very simple but extremely powerful software for Mac and PC, that can make your best DxO ONE photos look even better. DxO Connect v1.4 now leverages the new DxO OpticsPro 11 engine, which includes even more remarkable noise reduction for high ISO, low-light images.

The new processing engine also makes use of face detection to automatically extend the dynamic range, add fill light, and improve contrast while optimising illumination on faces in your photos. DxO Connect can even automatically add micro contrast to sharpen fine details in your images, but it’s smart enough to leave those details intact with photos involving faces or with those captured at a high ISO in low light.

Mac users, who use OS X Photos as their primary photo editing software, may want to download the updated extension (DxO OpticsPro for Photos – DxO ONE Camera only) from the App Store, which lets you tap into the power of the new DxO OpticsPro 11 photo engine without ever leaving the Photos app.

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DxO introduces new innovations in advanced RAW image processing

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DxO has announced the availability of DxO OpticsPro 11, a major update to its award-winning photo software for Mac and PC. DxO OpticsPro 11 introduces important enhancements to DxO PRIME, the industry-standard for noise reduction, and new automated tools, such as spot weighted correction, auto micro contrast and auto red-eye that leverage face detection to help bring out the subtle nuances in images — all in just a few clicks and regardless of the original shooting conditions.

What is new?

DxO OpticsPro 11 features DxO’s proprietary DxO PRIME 2016 noise reduction, which enables photographers to salvage noisy photos thought previously unusable. With DxO OpticsPro 11, photographers can capture new images at an even higher ISO by using a new version of PRIME that is better and faster than ever.

Automated Spot Weighted Corrections

DxO has designed a new enhancement to DxO OpticsPro’s Smart Lighting tool that uses face detection to apply an intelligent tone map on the entire image, to better extend the dynamic range, add fill light, and improve contrast while optimising illumination on faces. The result is genuine spot processing—after capture – with the very same results as spot metering typically provides in camera, but with the added benefit of fine-tuning flexibility.

Other enhanced tools, including new full screen mode

DxO OpticsPro 11 also adds a number of other useful tools for photographers, including an auto micro contrast mode that enhances image content while taking care to preserve faces and keep noise under control. The selective tone control produces more natural results, efficiently recovering information in shadows and highlights while avoiding flattening mid tones.

There’s also a new tool that uses face and eye detection to automatically apply red eye correction, even as a batch process on multiple photos. In addition, a brand new full screen viewer removes distracting clutter so you can focus more on selecting, rejecting and rating your images, while using new shortcuts designed to help speed up the culling process.

Even more cameras supported

Without any user intervention (apart from simply viewing your image) DxO OpticsPro will read the metadata in your photo, and prompt you to download the appropriate camera/lens module. With that module, OpticsPro automatically and intelligently applies corrections such as distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and lens softness. And with this latest release, DxO OpticsPro 11 adds support for a number of new cameras, including Nikon’s new flagship D5, bringing the total number of supported camera/lens combinations to well over 28,000!

Introductory offer: save up to 25% on DxO OpticsPro 11

To celebrate the launch of DxO OpticsPro 11, we are treating you to great savings on the Essential and Elite edition.

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The future of photography is here – Introducing DxO ONE

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DxO ONE is a revolutionary new camera that pairs perfectly with your iPhone and iPad. It is small enough to fit in your pocket, yet features a large 1” sensor capable of capturing beautiful, high-resolution images.

Outside it is sleek smooth and elegant, but inside, it is packed with innovative features and powerful software that enables it to capture dynamic images and cinematic video.

DxO ONE leverages DxO’s world-renowned image processing capabilities to produce photographs that rival those from a DSLR.

DxO ONE is the only camera that gets better the longer you own it. Firmware enhancements and new features are seamlessly bundled into App Store updates, so your DxO ONE is always ready to capture photos with the latest innovations driven by users.

To celebrate the launch of DxO ONE, we are treating you to a special introductory offer, buy DxO ONE and get DxO OpticsPro 10 Elite and DxO FilmPack 5 Elite completely free*! This offer is available while stocks last.

We will have DxO ONE in stock next month. PRE-ORDER YOURS NOW!

Watch the DxO ONE video here

Let your creativity soar at The Photography Show 2015

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There is just one more sleep to go until The Photography Show 2015. The team here at Color Confidence are excited to meet you all for what will be an informative and action packed four-day event. Visit us on Stand F21 and F31 where we will be showcasing some of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, Tecco and our two new vendors BenQ and ExpoImaging.

You can keep up-to-date with all our show activities on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CCTPS. Get a sneak peak at what’s to come by reading our show highlights below.


 Come and meet our key vendors

BenQOn Stand F31, BenQ will feature FREE 15-minute photo-critiquing sessions with Architectural Photographer, Keith Cooper and Black and White Visual Artist and Training Consultant, Mark Wood. Our professionals will talk to you about your images and provide you with priceless tips, techniques and suggestions to help you improve your photography. The best image will be awarded ‘Photo of the Show’ with the winner receiving a brand new BenQ PG2401PT colour critical monitor. The two runners up will receive a framed print of their winning photograph. Book your free photo critique session today!

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DXOTagline_Logo_RGB_colorOn Stand F21, DxO will be showcasing the latest versions of their products. DxO Image Master and X-Rite Coloratti Frank Doorhof will be delivering live shows on RAW editing. Hector Martinez, DxO Channel Sales & Education Manager, will also be at the show, daily, to demonstrate useful post-production and workflow techniques.


expoimaging_rgbOn Stand F31, Eric Sowder and John Baker from ExpoImaging will be available to demonstrate the new and improved Rogue FlashBender 2 range of lighting tools designed for photography enthusiasts and professionals. They will be joined by Commercial Photographer, Adrian Weinbrecht (21st – 22nd March) and Fashion & Celebrity Photographer Frank Doorhof (23rd – 24th March), who will be alternating between the DxO and ExpoImaging stands to do live model photoshoots using the latest Rogue photographic lighting equipment.


NECOn Stand F21, NEC experts Steve Cotton and Rajen Singadia will be available to demonstrate the latest PA Series Desktop Monitors that now come with SpectraView® II calibration software. The PA-SV2 Desktop Series now feature the intuitive software as standard, enabling better management of colour calibration via the 14-bit internal look up tables (LUT). The software can also be used with many of the desktop EA Series monitors and the latest 4K UHD large format displays.

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TeccoOn Stand F21, Arne Luther, Tecco specialist, will be joining us to demonstrate the latest high-quality ink jet papers created for digital photo printing. Tecco paper is well-known for its superb colour fidelity, vibrancy and fast drying times, making it an excellent choice for printing digital photographs using ink jet printers. Tecco will be running an exclusive show offer; buy any two packs of Tecco paper and get a free pack of Photo Matt paper of the same size.


xriteOn Stand F21, X-Rite will be showcasing their industry leading colour management products and combining colour management education with photographic inspiration through a series of stunning model photoshoots from X-Rite Coloratti Masters, Frank Doorhof and Adrian Weinbrecht. On Saturday evening (21st March at 7.30pm), Adrian will also be taking photographers on a fantastic Photowalk in Birmingham, where they will get photographic tips and techniques from a world class professional. Register now for your chance to join them!


Win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment

Visit us on Stand F21 and F31 and enter our prize draw for the chance to win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment. Our Photography Show prize draw bundle is designed to help photography enthusiasts to manage their colour workflow. The package includes products from X-Rite, NEC, Rogue Lighting and Tecco to name but a few.


Visit the Color Confidence website for special show offers

Great news! Those of you not able to attend the show can still take advantage of special show offers by visiting the Color Confidence website. Don’t miss out on spectacular deals on selected products from X-Rite, BenQ, NEC, and ExpoImaging. These offers are only available for the duration of the show (Saturday 21st – Tuesday 24th March).

Learn from X-Rite Coloratti Masters at The Photography Show!

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There is only one week left until The Photography Show 2015. This is our biggest ever presence at the show and we are excited to keep you all entertained for the four day event! We have an exclusive guest line up of professional X-Rite Coloratti photographers and digital imaging specialists. Get a taster of what’s to come at the show by reading more about our experienced guest speakers.

Meet our Guest Speakers

Frank Doorhof
Fashion & Celebrity Photographer, X-Rite Coloratti

Frank Doorhof is an experienced educator for Kelby One. ‘Mastering the Modelshoot’ is his latest

bestselling book, detailing what a photographer needs to know before, during and after the shoot. Frank and his wife run a photo studio in Emmeloord, Netherlands and specialise in teaching workshops (worldwide) and fashion and celebrity shoots.

On Monday 23rd March and Tuesday 24th March, Frank will be delivering live shows on RAW editing, creating stunning portraits and adding props to a shoot.

W: frankdoorhof.com

Adrian Weinbrecht
Commercial Advertising Photographer, X-Rite Coloratti

Originally from Australia, I was born to a German father and Australian mother. This fortunate mix makes me both highly professional and efficient but also very laid back. Starting at the tender age of 17, I briefly considered a career in law but decided to follow my heart, I haven’t looked back. After 20 years in this business I still genuinely love what I do. Adrian is now considered one of Europe’s leading commercial photographers.

On Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March, Adrian will be leading presentations on Stand F21, focusing on lighting faces, and complementary colours in portraits.

W: adrianweinbrecht.com

Keith Cooper
Architectural Photographer, X-Rite Coloratti

keith_cooper_photographerKeith’s Northlight Images website is known for its in-depth reviews and articles. Many of which follow from Keith’s strong belief that to get the best and most effective use out of new technologies, it really does help to have some understanding of what they do. Keith also teaches, writes and lectures on photography and colour management.

Keith will be on the BenQ Stand (F31) from Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd March to advise photographers in the photo critique area.

W: northlight-images.co.uk

Mark Wood
Black and White Visual Artist and Training Consultant, X-Rite Coloratti

Teaching has always been important to Mark. He spent ten years teaching digital imaging and print production in colleges and universities in the UK, before returning to freelance practice in 2003. Mark has written several training courses, including colour management. He works at authorised training centres, and is a certified trainer. A published author, Mark has written for the British Journal of Photography.

Mark will be on the BenQ Stand (F31) on Tuesday 24th March to advise photographers in the photo critique area.

W: markwoodphotography.com

Hector Martinez
DxO Channel Sales & Education Manager

Hector specialises in street and field photography and is an Adobe Certified Expert. Hector has been perfecting his craft for number of years and knows his way around, both a photography studio, and how to capture the perfect shot when out on location.

Hector will be on the DxO Stand (F21) to demonstrate useful post-production and workflow techniques.

W: HectorMartinezPhotography.com

More reasons to visit us at The Photography Show

  • Visit us on Stand F21 and F31 and enter our prize draw for the chance to win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment
  • Book a FREE photo critique sessions with one of our photographic experts. The best image will be awarded ‘Photo of the Show’. The winner will receive a brand new BenQ PG2401PT colour critical monitor. The two runners up will receive a framed print of their winning photograph
  • Register for our photowalk through Birmingham City Centre with world-renowned Commercial and Advertising Photographer, Adrian Weinbrecht
  • Visit the Color Confidence Shop where visitors can purchase products from their favourite industry leading brands at special show prices.

Don’t miss your chance to win £1,500 worth of photographic equipment!

Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets, has today announced plans to launch an exclusive prize draw at The Photography Show 2015. Visitors to Stands F21 and F31 can simply complete the entry form for the chance to win over £1,500 worth of photographic equipment.

This is Color Confidence’s biggest ever presence at The Photography Show. Stands F21 and F31 will showcase some of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, proudly distributed by Color Confidence, including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, BenQ, ExpoImaging and Tecco.

The prize draw bundle is designed to help photography enthusiasts to manage their colour workflow. The package includes the following products:

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  • NEC MultiSync® EA223WM – 22 inch monitor
  • X-Rite i1Display Pro – professional standard display calibrator
  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport – the first stand alone camera DNG profiling solution
  • DxO Elite Suite – image editing software (OpticsPro 10, FilmPack 5 and ViewPoint 2.5)
  • ExpoDisc 2.0 – professional white balance filter
  • Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit
  • Kick Full Color Light by Rift Labs – a pocket-sized creative light for photo & video
  • PChOOD Pro – monitor hood
  • MacPhun Creative Kit Plus (SD card) – four image editing products for Apple Mac users (Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro, Focus 2 Pro and Tonality Pro)
  • Color Confidence GrafiLite – desktop daylight simulation lamp
  • A selection of Tecco Inkjet Photo papers – includes Matt, Gloss, Lustre, Iridium, Smooth Pearl and Baryt Fibre Silk

During the four-day show, the stands will feature live model photo-shoots, photo critiquing and technical demonstrations from a line-up of professional X-Rite Coloratti photographers and digital imaging specialists. There will be DxO presentations running throughout each day. There will also be a Color Confidence Shop where visitors can purchase products from industry leading brands at special show prices.

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March, X-Rite Coloratti and professional Commercial Photographer, Adrian Weinbrecht will be doing live model photo-shoots throughout the day, using the new and improved range of Rogue FlashBender 2 portable lighting equipment.

On Saturday evening, visitors will be able to accompany Adrian on a Photowalk through Birmingham City Centre where they will get photographic tips and techniques from a world class professional. Places for the photowalk can be booked via the X-Rite Photo Europe website and are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. More information can be found here.

On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March, X-Rite Coloratti and professional Fashion & Celebrity Photographer, Frank Doorhof will be doing live model photo-shoots and demonstrating how to incorporate DxO imaging editing software into your workflow.

On Stand F31, BenQ will feature free 15-minute photo-critiquing sessions with Architectural
Photographer Keith Cooper and Black and White Visual Artist and Training Consultant Mark Wood. The best three images will be awarded ‘Photo of the Show’, with each winner receiving a fantastic prize. Visitors can pre-book their photo-critiquing session here.

Save 40% off an adult ticket to The Photography Show

We are offering you 40% off the door price of an adult ticket to The Photography Show. Book your ticket now for only £10.95, using our exclusive discount code CCONTPS15.

This offer is valid until 18 March 2015.

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