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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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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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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…

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.

BenQ launches dynamic new 27” photo and video editing monitor

En_XPE_PV270BenQ has launched an exciting new 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 PV270 is ideal for professional photographers that currently edit video, or for those thinking about moving into video.

The display includes brightness uniformity, which offers a more authentic and consistent viewing experience. The 2560 x 1440 (QHD) resolution delivers the crisp picture quality expected for close reviews and detailed editing, and the spacious 27″ wide-screen view provides greater comfort and productivity.

With a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table, professionals are able to display the most accurate colour mixture. It also improves the RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction.

Key features of the BenQ PV270

  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • 27”W Large Screen 2560 x 1440 QHD Resolution
  • 99% Adobe RGB, 100% Rec. 709, 96% DCI-P3 colour gamut with IPS Technology
  • Hardware calibration with 14bit 3D LUT
  • Palette Master Colour Calibration Software included
  • Backlight sensor
  • Color Display Clone
  • Brightness uniformity
  • Technicolor Color certified
  • Monitor hood included

This is the fourth instalment in BenQ’s professional range of colour critical monitors. Other monitors in the range include the PV3200PT (32”), SW2700PT (27”) and the PG2401PT (24”).

The PV270 monitor is priced at £788.40 incl. VAT (RRP).

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Colour Management Interview with Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence

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Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence

How many years have you worked in the photo industry? 30 years

What is your current location? Birmingham

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? A creative professional

Do you prefer dogs or cats? Neither, but if I had to choose – cats

Can you briefly sum up what Color Confidence offers? Color Confidence is Europe’s leading colour management specialist into the digital imaging markets. We offer the widest range of products and services from the world’s leading manufacturers including X-Rite, DxO, NEC, BenQEIZO and ExpoImaging, amongst many others, together with our own brand range of calibration and colour management essentials for photographers, designers and anyone with an interest in colour.

How important is colour management to photography enthusiasts? Do they really need to engage in the subject, for instance, if they never print but only post pictures on social media websites?

If you spend any time visually adjusting the colour or contrast of a digital image, regardless of its final use, that decision needs to be made on a colour calibrated monitor. Although it’s unlikely that even 1% of viewers on a social media site would have a calibrated monitor, there are at least two factors to consider:

  • If your monitor was too warm, and you adjusted your images based on the assumption that what you see on the screen is correct, anyone with an un-calibrated ‘cool’ monitor viewing the images will see a massive difference to your intended colour balance. Whereas if your monitor is calibrated, you are limiting the range of colour difference across the range of un-calibrated monitors.
  • Your original image may have been perfect, but if you view it on an un-calibrated monitor, you could end up wasting your time whilst also destroying your image.

How difficult is colour management? Do you need good IT skills, for example? It was complicated fifteen years ago, but nowadays it is straightforward and automated.

Where would you recommend someone start if they want to colour manage their workflow? Is it, for example, necessary to start with the camera and work all the way through to the output device?

The most practical point to start from is monitor calibration. A calibrated monitor enables you to determine deficiencies in your camera, printer or viewing conditions.

There seem to be a great many colour management devices on the market. With a limited budget, what is the first item to buy, why, and do you have any specific product recommendations?

To back up my previous answer, it would have to be a monitor calibrator. A properly calibrated monitor is essential for colour critical work such as photography. A profiled screen gives you a trusted source for viewing your images so that you can be confidence in the results. If budget allows, I would recommend the X-Rite i1Display Pro (RRP £216 incl. VAT), which offers the highest standard of on-screen colour accuracy for displays and projectors. Alternatively, I would recommend the X-Rite ColorMunki Display (RRP £150 incl. VAT), which has slightly less features but is still sufficient for achieving consistent colour accuracy. If you can justify a new monitor, high-end monitors are frequently offered with the benefit of a discount off a calibrator, if purchased at the same time.

The monitor is clearly important, but many people stick with what came with their PC bundle? Is that okay or should they consider an upgrade?

They should definitely consider an upgrade. There is a considerable difference between a £100 monitor bundled with a PC and a £500-£900 professional monitor, and it’s not just the price point. Any editing or decisions on how accurate a photo is, depends on what you see on the monitor screen. That is why it is important to pick the right quality of monitor to suit your needs.

Is there such a thing as an ideal monitor? What should we look for when looking to buy one and what sort of budget will we need?

The NEC SpectraView, EIZO CG and BenQ PG colour critical range of monitors include all the key qualities of an ideal monitor. These are available in a number of sizes and resolutions to suit an individual’s requirements.

A quality monitor will have an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel type. IPS panels offer a much larger colour gamut than TN panels, which are frequently used in laptops. A further benefit of IPS panels over both TN and VA panels, used on standard grade monitors, is the colour consistency and viewing angle. Viewing such panels from even a slight angle causes a shift in the display, whereas IPS panel technology provides consistency from increased viewing angles. Professional monitors will also be validated for uniformity across the display.

Such monitors generally include hardware calibration software. This communicates directly with the monitor for optimised colour accuracy.

Budget constraints are often a factor, and although quality to achieve good colour accuracy over size is a good generalisation, there are some instances when some of the quality features need to be trimmed back, when a larger panel size is crucial. If you can’t justify both quality and the required size, is to worth consider retaining your old monitor for general use and using a second monitor for colour critical work.

With many people buying 4K televisions, is it feasible to use one of these as their editing monitor?

Although the latest 4K televisions offer a much higher resolution than standard HD TV’s, and look a tempting option as a computer screen, they are not suitable as an image-editing monitor. The 4K TV’s are designed to give high contrast, punchy images for primarily displaying TV, films and video, so will display images with increased contrast and saturation even when profiled. We recommend using an accurate colour manageable monitor, and with 4K monitors recently introduced, they should be considered for editing in 4K whereas 4K televisions should be avoided.

The final link in the chain is output. The photographic printer market is dominated by Canon and Epson, what advice do you have for people looking for a high quality photo printer?

Stick to the main photo market manufacturers, Epson and Canon and check that the model is categorised as a photo printer (avoid ‘all in one’ devices as they generally don’t have the colour quality required for photo printing).

When researching a printer, download the manual and look at the key features, especially the print driver colour management options, as this will indicate if the printer will be easily colour managed, and if you want to use third party paper, such as Tecco PHOTO and colour profiles, or create your own.

Printers range from having just 4 colour cartridges (CMYK), to 12 colours. A minimum of 7 or 8 colours that include Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black/Grey provides higher quality prints without visually apparent dots in the light tones. Whereas the addition of Orange and Green increases the colour range with increased colour saturation.

Many people complain of the final print not looking anything like the image they saw on-screen. What advice do you have to get colour correct prints?

I would recommend they purchase an X-Rite ColorMunki Photo (RRP £487.27 incl. VAT) – an all in one entry-level calibration process that delivers fast, accurate matching from capture to display and print. However, even with that, such complaints still arise because the thing people overlook is the viewing light. If the illumination of your monitor isn’t matched to the illumination of your print, one will look lighter or darker than the other. If one can’t justify a viewing booth for standardised viewing conditions, a GrafiLite (£61.27 incl. VAT) will give you a daylight balanced consistent temperature and brightness level to be matched against your monitor.

Most people will have their computer and printer in a domestic environment. Have you any tips to help them get the best possible set-up?

Yes, ideally they should use a monitor hood and a viewing light or GrafiLite. Most professional monitors come with an option of a hood, if not, the PChOOD Pro (RRP £71.44 incl. VAT) is an adaptable hood, which will fit anything from a 15” to a 26” monitor size.

If you had to give just one piece of colour management advice, what would that be?

Ensure that you regularly calibrate your monitor. Your monitor will be gradually changing with time so without monthly calibration, it’s a constant moving target.

What are the most important features that a film editor should be looking for when choosing a 4K monitor?

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After the launch of the new BenQ PV3200PT monitor, we ask BenQ Product Manager at Color Confidence, Steve Peachey ‘What are the most important features that a film editor should be looking for when choosing a 4K monitor?’

One of the key things to consider is whether you need a 4K or 4K UHD monitor. True 4K resolution is a cinema and professional production standard and 4K UHD is a consumer display and broadcast standard.

Budget is also an important factor – these things don’t tend to be cheap!

Ensuring the monitor reaches a desired minimum standard (REC 709) is the first pre-requisite. Colour consistency is also highly desirable to ensure intermediate and transition tones are accurately reproduced.

Hardware colour calibration will ensure that the monitor is kept in the optimum condition for a moving image assessment; you may require an additional calibration device but these are relatively inexpensive and can be used elsewhere within the workflow. Brightness uniformity is another useful feature as this keeps the monitor even across its entire surface reducing ‘hot spots’.

IPS (In Plane Switching) LED backlit panel technology will ensure there is minimal colour shift and a 14-bit 3D Look-Up-Table will improve your RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction.

Finally connectivity is key. The ability to connect the latest hardware to the monitor is a must. DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI connections from computers are a given; the ability to take a feed from a HD-SDI box (either internal or external) adds functionality to the monitor.

The great thing about the modern 4K and 4K UHD monitors is that despite their size (sizes currently run from 61cm / 24” upwards) they have a small footprint, which means there is lots of room for the coffee cups for those late night editing sessions!

Our latest BenQ monitor, the PV3200PT, has taken these considerations on board. The 32” 4K UHD monitor comes with an array of impressive features such as a choice of REC709, SMPTE-C or EBU colour spaces. It offers videographers precise colour accuracy and a crisp and clear viewing quality.

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BenQ SW2700PT announced ‘Best Photo Monitor’ in the 2016 TIPA Awards

SW2700PT_hood_regular_frontBenQ’s SW2700PT monitor has been announced as the ‘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.

A statement from the TIPA panel of judges reads:

“BenQ’s SW2700PT 27-inch monitor is aimed specifically at photographers who want IPS technology and 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage, as well as a brightness level that exceeds 380 lux and high contrast for rendering deep blacks with uniformity across the panel.

The monitor’s other remarkable assets include inputs and outputs such as Display Port, DVI and HDMI, with USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader and a unique OSD controller. BenQ SW2700PT can be hardware colour calibrated which is essential for serious photo retouchers and graphic designers alike. Last but not least, a detachable hood underlines the professional attributes of this affordable but in essence high-end monitor.”

Every year, TIPA editors vote for the best photo & imaging products introduced to the market during the previous 12 months. TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as the price/performance ratio.

BenQ’s range of colour critical monitors also includes the PG2401PT (24”) and the 4K UHD PV3200PT (32”). The range is distributed by XP Distribution in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Poland and the Nordics.

View the full list list of 2016 TIPA Award winners:

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February 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 February winner is Nandan from London with his captivating image entitled ‘Loving Life, Together Always…

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Nandan’s winning image ‘Loving Life Together Always…’

Nandan is now the proud owner of an NEC MultiSync® EA193Mi monitor.

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Nandan with his new NEC MultiSync® EA193Mi

This image was taken on my trip to Barcelona. After exploring the city during the day, I ended up at the Boulevard to capture some sunset shots. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of benches and luckily got a lovely couple enjoying the sunset and the beautiful view. It was a perfect scene and I just had to press the shutter on my camera and capture the moment.

Camera Used: Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens

The post processing was limited to adjusting contrast and cropping/straightening the image using Adobe Lightroom on a Macbook Pro.

I started photography as a hobby, but in a few years I was crazily addicted to it. I love taking pictures of landscapes and cityscapes at night.

To upgrade my knowledge and skills, I am currently enrolled for a National Certificate Level 2 Photography Course at Westminster College. I have also started taking up some paid photography projects for small companies, which helps me to challenge myself and work as per the customer’s direction.

The new NEC monitor will help get my workstation ready and will be a great help while post processing images on a bigger screen.

Thank you once again for the prize :)

More of Nandan’s work can be found here.

THIS MONTH’S PHOTO COMPETITION THEME: Right Place At the Right Time

original_April_Theme2Submit your images that capture the perfect moment for your chance to win a DxO Elite Suite (RRP 229 incl. VAT).

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