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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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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

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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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Visit us on stand C81 at The Photography Show 2016

750px_502px_advertWe will be on Stand C81 at The Photography Show with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers including BenQ, DxO, ExpoImaging, NEC, Tecco PHOTO and X-Rite.

Visit us for live model photo-shoots, product demonstrations, presentations, and of course a big exclusive prize draw that just can’t be missed!

Why visit us?

We have a great guest line up that 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

Key vendors include:

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BenQ will be showcasing their colour critical line of monitors specifically designed for photographers and designers that value amazing colour. BenQ will also be launching the PV3200PT – a brand new monitor for video at the show. BenQ evangelist and professional photographer Mark Wood will be on stand C81 throughout the show to demonstrate the BenQ range of monitors and offer help and advice on how to get the most out of your display

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DxO

DxO recently launched the DxO ONE – the world’s smallest 1” sensor camera, which will be demonstrated at the show. The DxO range also includes the award-winning DxO OpticsPro software, FilmPack and ViewPoint. The DxO team will be at the show to demonstrate the complete range of innovative products for photography professionals.

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ExpoImaging

ExpoImaging will be showcasing the latest addition to their award winning FlashBender 2 range at the show. The Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit is a versatile and portable new light modifier for photography professionals. Live demonstrations of the ExpoImaging range will be taking place daily throughout the show.

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NEC will be showcasing their full range of colour critical monitors at the show. Entry and advance level options are available. The state-of-the-art SpectravVew and MultiSync ranges offer you the ultimate colour accurate displays from 23” – 32”.

NEC will also be showcasing the latest 4K UHD (3840×2160) ultra high definition and wide colour gamut displays. Experts will be able to offer you help and advice on choosing the right monitor to suit your individual needs as well as your budget!

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Tecco PHOTO

Tecco PHOTO produces high quality inkjet papers for exquisite digital photo printing. Tecco PHOTO offers you a wide range of paper types, weights and finishes to suit all photography styles, offering superb colour fidelity and fast drying times.

Tecco has recently launched six new papers that will allow you to experiment with new finishes and effects. Come and view the new range at the show!

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X-Rite

Professional photographer Mark Wood will be demonstrating the latest X-Rite products at the show. Sanjay Jogia, who is named as one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine, will be doing live photo-shoots throughout the show.

This will also be the first time the new ColorChecker Video and ColorChecker Passport Video have been showcased in the UK. Visit stand C81 for more information!

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Save 20% on your Photography Show ticket!

Book your ticket to The Photography Show with discount code COLTPS16 to save 20% off your adult ticket. The ticket will then only cost you £10.95!

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Why is it important to use a colour critical monitor when working in the photographic industry?

The demands of the photographic industry have changed significantly over the last few years. Photographers have identified that colour accuracy is critical to their workflow, to ensure they get a true-to-life reproduction of their photographic images. Investing in a good quality camera is not enough, for reliable colour reproduction, you must also invest in a colour critical monitor.

Leading monitor manufacturers in the photographic market include:

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Key features:

  • Palette Master calibration software powered by X-Rite for optimum colour accuracy
  • Wide colour gamut with superb image clarity and detail
  • Each monitor rigorously factory tested for uniformity and colour accuracy.

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Key features:

  • Wide selection of monitors, including the ColorEdge CG and CX ranges, to suit a variety of users and budgets
  • The top end ColorEdge CG monitors include a self-calibration device for ease of use
  • Dedicated ColorNavigator NX and Color-Navigator 6 software, allows you to schedule the monitor to self-calibrate at specific times.

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Key features:

  • State-of-the-art SpectraView Reference, SpectraView and MultiSync ranges offer the ultimate colour accurate displays
  • Entry and advance level options available, offering a wide range of professional monitors to cater to all needs
  • Options available for the latest 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) super resolution and accurate wide colour gamut capability.

Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist, catering to the digital imaging markets, has developed a reputation as the unbiased provider of the best colour critical displays on the market.

The monitor showroom on their website is used to assess all three leading monitor brands using a star rating system from three to five stars. Three stars indicates good colour accuracy and five stars indicates excellent colour accuracy. There is also a downloadable monitor comparison chart on the website, where people can compare each monitor and find the right one to meet their needs.

“We pride ourselves on our brand portfolio, ensuring that we only supply products from the best quality brands on the market”, says Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence. “Those in the photographic industry know that when you spend hours at a time reviewing and retouching images, it is essential that you invest in a high-quality display.”

Simon continues: “Choosing the right monitor to meet your individual requirements can be a daunting task, but we offer online resources and free expert advice and support, to ensure customers make an informed decision on the right product to suit their specific needs.”

“There are various factors to consider when buying a colour critical monitor to ensure it is appropriate to your needs.”

“Resolution indicates the number of pixels across and down the panel – conveying how much of an image will be displayed. However, it is the pixel pitch that defines the size of the pixels (normally in mm) and the quality of the display. Therefore, when assessing the image quality of a monitor, it is better to compare the size of monitor you require (such as 24”) in relation to its pixel pitch, rather than comparing the monitor’s size in relation to its resolution.”

“Increased image sharpness is achieved by using a smaller pixel pitch, however with the latest generation of UHD and 4K monitors, the pixel pitch is substantially smaller. Viewing can be described as ‘pixel free’ and produces an ultra sharp image.”

“For a quality display you will need a monitor with 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 quality monitors generally include hardware calibration software. This communicates directly with the monitor for optimised colour accuracy. This type of calibration process provides the highest degree of accuracy.

“The X-Rite i1Display Pro is supported by the software provided with professional monitors, or can be used with its own software to profile monitors that do not include their own software. Some monitors, currently the Eizo CG range, include a built-in calibration instrument. This can also be used in conjunction with the X-Rite i1Display Pro, for correlation of the built-in calibrators, to match between similar monitors and also to monitors requiring an external calibrator.”

“A monitor hood is included with most top of the range professional monitors. This provides a tunnel effect, enabling the brightness of the monitor to be set at a lower level for a more realistic representation of a printed result. This has the additional benefits of using less power, reducing the risk of eyestrain and extending the life of the monitor. Third-party monitor hoods are available, such as the PChOOD Pro, which is a high quality substantial monitor hood that fits any monitor size from 15” up to 26”, and some 27” monitors.”

For free expert advice and support on choosing a colour critical monitor to suit your needs, call 0800 977 4167, email: info@colorconfidence.com or visit the Color Confidence website at: www.colorconfidence.com. Color Confidence offer next day delivery on all products purchased on the website.

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Color Confidence announces UK tour to showcase the latest innovative products for photography professionals

3We will be attending a number of roadshows and open days across the country to showcase the latest innovative products for photography professionals and enthusiasts.

Over the next few months, we will be exhibiting products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Key products to be showcased on the day will include a selection of the following:

  • BenQ’s first colour critical monitor
  • DxO’s newly updated image editing software
  • NEC’s latest 4k colour critical monitors with new built-in Spectraview II calibration software
  • Rogue’s new and improved FlashBender 2 portable lighting tools
  • X-Rite‘s colour management solutions

The team will be on hand to give you colour management help and advice. There will be professional product demonstrations and best practice tips, as well as special offers on purchases made on the day.

“The more we talk to new and existing customers, the clearer it becomes that increasing people’s knowledge of how to effectively colour manage a photographic workflow really helps to improve people’s photographic experiences”, says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at Color Confidence.

Geoffrey continues: “Good colour management across all your devices saves time, money and ultimately produces better images. We’re looking forward to continuing to educate and support photographers throughout these events.”

We will be exhibiting at shows as part of the Bigger Picture Roadshow, Calumet spring open days, London Camera Exchange Pro Show, Photovision Roadshow, WEX Workflow event and Park Cameras Imaging festival.

The shows will take place on the following dates:

29 April – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Chelmsford
30 April – Calumet Spring Open Day – Manchester
30 April – London Camera Exchange Pro Show – Southampton
15/16 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – London
19 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Sheffield
20 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Blackburn
10 June – Photovision Roadshow – Windsor
10 June – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Weatherby
13 June – WEX Workflow event – Norwich
20 June – Park Cameras Imaging festival – Burgess Hill
27 June – Park Cameras Imaging festival – London
30 June – Photovision Roadshow – Bristol

For more information about our wide range of products, visit: www.colorconfidence.com

NEC enhances colour-accuracy control with SpectraView® II calibration software on PA Series Desktop Monitors

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As well as availability in the PA-SV2 Series, creative professionals can also purchase the SpectraView® II as stand-alone software to calibrate selected NEC displays.

The PA-SV2 Desktop Series, consisting of the PA242W-SV2, PA272W-SV2, PA302W-SV2 and PA322UHD-SV2, will feature the intuitive software as standard, enabling better management of colour calibration via the 14-bit internal look up tables (LUT). Industries that rely on colour accuracy, such as photography, videography, graphics and creative design will gain even greater control and benefit over this critical element of their work.

The software can also be used with many of the desktop EA Series monitors and the latest 4K UHD large format displays.

Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager of Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe explains: “The importance and benefit of colour accuracy and colour management is connected with the rise of large format display applications in which image content branding and corporate identities increasingly need to be respected”.

Christopher continues: “Additionally, high-end photography is no longer limited to the professional studio, as ‘prosumers’ also seek more life-like results from their displays. We are delighted to welcome SpectraView® II software to the European market, with full confidence that it will continue the success seen in North America.”

The SpectraView® II calibration software is particularly easy to use thanks to its intuitive graphical user interface, with a focus on minimal menu levels and interactive graphical settings.

Even the more complex calibration settings are easy to access and provides advanced control, using the SpectraView® II software. Most standard external sensor calibration devices are supported, as is the latest versions of Mac OS, Microsoft Windows and popular Linux operation systems.

The new SpectraView® II calibration software is available on all PA Series desktop monitors, which are distributed by Color Confidence. The new monitors will be showcased by Color Confidence on Stand F21 at The Photography Show, in Birmingham, this week. For further information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

NEC launches new 4K UHD SpectraView Reference Monitor for demanding colour-critical applications

necm058NEC has launched the latest in its SpectraView Reference Series, specially created to obtain the best picture quality for professionals that cannot compromise on colour accuracy. The new SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD), 31.5-inch, and has a 3840×2160 resolution.

The SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor has been designed for all creative professionals, designers, photographers, video editors and anyone who relies on colour accuracy for their visual work. The display offers the latest 4K UHD super resolution, 10-bit IPS-type IGZO technology with wide colour gamut capability. It reproduces 99% Adobe RGB colour space with 14-bit hardware calibration LUT.

“The NEC 31.5-inch SpectraView Reference display sets a new industry benchmark and users that rely on colour-critical displays will benefit from the continuous improvement in this benchmark. This latest display incorporates many exacting requirements to provide complete colour confidence as well as crucial productivity gains,” said Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager of Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe.

Key benefits of the SpectraView Reference monitor include:

  • Stunning ‘pixel-free’ ergonomic viewing – delivered by the 10-Bit IPS type LEC backlit panel with IGZO technology
  • A facility to upgrade the capability of the display at any time without the need for external cables or devices
  • A true wide gamut result (102% size / 99% Adobe RGB coverage) together with hardware calibration, 42-bit colour control and gamma correction
  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • A full height adjustable (150mm) stand with swivel, tilt and pivot functionality ensures perfect individual setup.

The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor allows intense viewing with minimal eye strain. The ergonomic set-up and through ‘Picture-in-Picture’ allows for enhanced productivity and multi-platform working. Professionals can be confident in the long term investment through the zero defect pixel warranty for six months after purchase, five year warranty, and can use the extension slot based on OPS Form Factor to upgrade the capability of the display at any time without external cables or devices.

NEC’s Green Vision for sustainability means its 4K UHD products are as eco-friendly as possible, with a combination of low power components, recycled plastics and being free of hazardous materials with several energy saving features.

The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is distributed by Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets. The new monitor will be available to purchase from Color Confidence from March 2015. For further information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

Choosing a monitor (updated) – a buyer’s guide.

Back in 2011 we blogged about choosing an NEC or Eizo monitor to suit a specific budget.

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With Eizo launching new models in the New Year, we thought we’d re-visit your options to include these new monitors.

Something for the professionals.

Much of what we said last time is still applicable today. 24″ remains a popular size for most professionals, although we had a lot of interest in our 27″ NEC’s at this year’s Focus On Imaging. Top grade panels and high colour accuracy are still standard, as are monitor hoods and calibration software for your higher-grade models.

So without bombarding you with too much information…

The 24″ choice:

Consider whether you require the IPS panel of the Eizo or the newer P-IPS panel of the NEC. The Eizo has a larger native resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to 1920 x 1080, but the NEC has a higher Adobe RGB coverage of 98% compared to the 97% of the Eizo. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

Again your choice is between an IPS (Eizo) and P-IPS (NEC) display. Consider the Eizo’s 16:10 ratio, 1920 x 1200 resolution and digital screen uniformity feature compared to the NEC’s 16:9, 1920 x 1080 and no digital screen uniformity option.

The 27″ choice:

These are the ‘bigger brothers’ of the 24″ versions mentioned above. The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio and 97% Adobe RGB coverage of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio and 98% Adobe RGB coverage of the NEC. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio, 97% Adobe RGB coverage and digital screen uniformity of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio, 98% Adobe RGB coverage and no digital uniformity feature of the NEC. Neither monitor comes with hood or calibration software.

Still out of your price range?

If these are still out of your range, consider either dropping down a monitor size or to the next grade of monitor.

  • Eizo SX2462W or NEC PA241W (from approx. £696 to £839 respectively)
  • Eizo CS230 or NEC P232W (from approx. £590 to £450 respectively)

Bear in mind stepping down in price range or grade often reduces the size of the screen and the feature-set included. Granting, these choices are excellent ‘entry-level’ options. They will all benefit from the addition of a monitor hood that can be purchased separately. None will come with their own calibration software.

As ever, your best bet when choosing a new display is to specify what features you desire and then ‘compare and contrast’ which monitor best fits your requirements.

We’ve created a monitor comparison chart to help guide you through this comparison.

If you still can’t decide, comment below or get in touch and we’ll do our best to help!

View from the front

Focused on imaging

So there we go, another Focus On Imaging done and dusted.

It was a very good show for us this year. Our NEC Monitor area was very popular and our presentation area was also full throughout.

With great support from our colleagues at DxO, Franzis, X-Rite, Tecco and NEC, we hope all those who visited our stand came away with more insight into the sometimes daunting world of colour management.

One thing is for sure – lots of people will be going away and calibrating their screens which is great to hear. You’re all on your way to accurate colour!

We hope you’ll agree our stand was a big improvement on last years design too. We were extremely pleased with it.

Take a look at our gallery from the show: