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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

BenQ SW320

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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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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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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DxO announces new software updates

dxos021DxO has announced the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro v10.5.2, DxO FilmPack v5.5.2, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.10 for Mac and Windows. These three upgrades mean that DxO now supports seven additional cameras: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Pentax 645D, and the Panasonic Lumix GF-7, Lumix G-7, Lumix GX-8, and DMC-ZS50/DMC-TZ70.

The three DxO solutions add 787 more modules to the DxO Optics Modules library, which now contains nearly 28,000 combinations. Developed in DxO’s laboratories, DxO Optics Modules contain all of the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This unique database allows DxO software to automatically correct optical defects with an unparalleled level of quality.

Photographers who acquired a DxO OpticsPro 9 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 10. Photographers who bought a DxO FilmPack 4 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 5. Upgrades are free for all photographers who acquired a DxO ViewPoint license on or after August 1, 2013.

Free 30-day trial versions of the three applications, are available to download from the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download

Save 50% on all DxO software!

Don’t miss our spectacular DxO sale; get 50% off all image editing and correction software (excluding upgrades). This great value offer is available until 31st December 2015!

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Enter our free prize draw for your chance to win a brand new ‘mystery’ monitor on launch day!

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To celebrate the launch of an exciting new ‘mystery monitor’, Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets, is inviting photography professionals to register their interest for the chance to win the mystery monitor on launch day along with an X-Rite i1Display Pro.

Color Confidence has not yet revealed the make and model of the monitor but say the 27” display features an impressively wide-gamut IPS (in-plane switching) and reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, for complete colour accuracy. The monitor also comes with a hood.

“A new product launch is always exciting and we are delighted to be able to offer our customers a chance to not only win a new monitor, but be one of the first people to own it!” says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at Color Confidence.

Geoffrey continues: “We are confident that the new mystery monitor will be very popular due to its high specifications and market-leading price. We look forward to revealing this monitor next month.”

The winner of the mystery monitor competition will also receive an X-Rite i1Display Pro. The i1Display Pro is the first choice for professional photographers, filmmakers, designers and imaging professionals looking for the highest level of on-screen colour accuracy for displays, laptops, mobile devices and projectors.

It has two user modes (Basic and Advanced) that provide photographers with the perfect combination of colour precision, speed, options and controls, to fit any workflow.

The winner of the mystery monitor competition will be announced on 1st September 2015, when the monitor officially launches. For more information, click here.

Color Confidence announces winner of exclusive Photography Show prize draw

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Prize draw winner Anthony Bower, pictured with his new products

We attended The Photography Show to showcase a range of specialist digital imaging products. This was our biggest ever presence at the four day event. We filled two stands with six of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, BenQ, ExpoImaging and Tecco. We hope you had the chance to catch our live model photo-shoots, photo-critiquing and technical demonstrations from a line-up of professional X-Rite Coloratti photographers and digital imaging specialists.

Thank you to those that took part in our prize draw to win over £1,500 worth of photographic equipment. We are pleased to announce that the prize draw winner is Anthony Bower from Stockport. Congratulations Anthony! We hope you are enjoying your prize bundle.

DxO announces software updates

dxos021DxO has announced the immediate availability of OpticsPro v10.3, FilmPack v5.1.1 and ViewPoint v2.5.3; the latest updates to its image-processing software. These updates provide support for new cameras such as the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7, as well as new correction tools and an improved user experience.

New camera support, new DxO Optics Modules available

With this update, the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7 benefit from DxO OpticsPro 10’s numerous tailor-made corrections.

The DxO Optics Modules library benefits from the addition of 422 new camera / lens combinations, providing support for such lens manufacturers as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. It also provides support for other third-party brand lenses such as Tamron, Tokina, and Sigma for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, and Sony cameras.

Thanks to its five labs located throughout Europe, DxO has the measuring capacity to ensure an even more sustained rhythm for producing DxO Optics Modules. More than 23,000 camera / lens combinations are currently available.

DxO OpticsPro v10.3: Faster access to photos, and refined tools

DxO OpticsPro v10.3’s tools have been optimized both to simplify photographers’ workflow and to boost productivity. A new search engine has been added to the Source Browser to help users easily find and load any folder available on the operating system, by simply typing its name.

The OS X version also offers a new drag-and-drop feature that allows photographers to directly open a folder by dragging it into the Image Browser, providing quicker access to images. The correction tools have been revisited, now adding greater finesse and ease to DxO OpticsPro. The Horizon slider now makes small rotations easier to perform, and the Dust tool is also easier to use.

DxO OpticsPro v10.3, DxO FilmPack v5.1.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.3, updates are available with the latest DxO products, which can be purchased from the Color Confidence website.

Save up to 25% on all DxO software

To celebrate the launch of the latest DxO software updates, we are offering you 25% off all DxO individual products, and 15% off both the Essential and Elite Suites. This exclusive offer is available until Thursday 30 April 2015.

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Red Sails with DxO – Guest blog written by Chris Jameson

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As part of my support for local charities, I print and sell images. So I was pleased to win the confidence of a local business to produce a print for their new client room.

Earlier in the year I had captured a few images of a very misty estuary and sailboat, the lighting conditions were unusual because the mist was producing a red cast similar to sunset but whiter highlights on the water.

The client chose this image for the calm serenity that it portrayed.

The sample print had been A4 size and the client wanted an A3, my main concern was getting both the colour temperature accurate to the conditions and keeping what little detail there was in the image, especially at A3 size.

Fortunately help was at hand in the form of DxO Optics Pro v10. I had recently seen a demonstration of the software at the Wilkinson’s Digital Splash exhibition. I was convinced that the software was going to have an impact on my digital workflow.

Optics Pro software looks at the camera body and lens combination you have used to capture an image (works best in RAW) using the EXIF data. It then makes a series of complicated mathematical calculations to adjust the image for any optical & physical corrections required to bring image closer to your intended capture (it won’t correct human errors such as poor focus etc).

The software is straightforward to use with a very intuitive interface, after interrogating your EXIF file the software goes online to get the camera and lens profile combination used from a large database of files (painstakingly created by testing the majority of lens & camera combinations – check if yours are supported).

After a very short time, I had a result which I was quite pleased with, the options of output are quite wide with file formats such as JPEG, TIFF, DNG supported. There is even a plug-in to write directly into Lightroom.

If you want to start customising how your image file is processed, then there is a section to achieve this which has all the attributes that can be tweaked in logical groups: Essential Tools, Light, Colour, Detail and Geometry. Again all of these areas are quite intuitive but if you do require assistance, the help files are excellent – there are online links, tutorials and much more.

There are options to copy the correction settings you have achieved and also to make your own presets.

I like the option to append output files with DxO – as this helps me understand how I have processed an image.

Preparing the image for printing was the next task which was assisted by the use of the X-Rite ColorMunki hardware and software solution.

For any important project like this, I take the precaution of re-calibrating my monitor/screen and then performing a paper/colour profile (ensuring that ink tanks are all sufficient, as any replacement will change the colour output).

It’s very important for me to get the best print without any problems or errors to keep the printing cost as low as possible, this ensures that I can maximise the donation to the chosen charity for which the project is helping.

Most of my images are landscape, wildlife or RNLI action – so I don’t usually have the opportunity to use a X-Rite ColourChecker Passport at the start of any photography but it will be something that I will definitely look at if I start doing people or groups because of the help it can offer in achieving the desired finished print.

My goal is to grow my photography ability and support for charities, spending more time capturing images with a smoother digital workflow to output helps give me the confidence to push my ability and camera to the limit.

Below are the two images

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Left is the RAW file after standard conversion in Adobe Lightroom
Right is the image after import and standard DxO preset application.

There is an improvement in details, especially in the shadows and the colour profile is much warmer – as it was when originally captured.

I now understand the message that DxO quote on the introduction splash screen “Push the limits of your Camera” as it is difficult to actually start finding the limits, if you can’t accurately see what you are capturing.

Written by Chris Jameson @photo_cj

Chris has worked for a number of charities such as Trinity and RNLI. He donates his time and images to local and regional fundraising groups and often sells images, with the proceeds going to supporting charities.

No more boxed Nik Software – what do we get now?

With Nik Software going to download only, what are your choices if you still want boxed photo editing solutions?

(p.s. desktop Snapseed is also going too).

These three are your most comparable matches:

onOne Software

See: Perfect Photo Suite 7 – probably the closest comparison to ‘Complete Collection’ with some arguably more intuitive and useful features.

Perfect Photo Suite 7 includes the entire onOne range from black & white and filter effects to image resizing and layers. With a seamless integration into Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, or as a standalone product in its own right, onOne is a very good accompaniment to any image editing photographer. Good for RAW and JPG images too.

Star feature: Paint-in brush tool to work on specific areas of an image

DxO Labs

See: Optics Pro 8 Elite

Software that works in harmony with your camera and lens combination(s) to provide automatic image corrections. Optics Pro is an excellent combination of precision image correction (RAW and JPG) and creative effects. Sophistication meets creativity with very satisfying results.

Star feature: Downloadable corrections for a specific camera and lenses

Franzis HDR

See: Franzis Projects Platinum

The most natural ‘replacement’ for Nik HDR Efex Pro, Projects Platinum offers the latest in High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing. You can apply effects to a single image, or upload your RAW camera bracketing directly for tailored effects and editing. Preset effects give you a good base which can be customised and saved to suit your needs.

Star feature: The automatic ghosting removal feature is a huge benefit when working on bracketing images