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Color Confidence Announce Photographer of the Year 2016

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Color Confidence have announced the winner of the Inspired by Colour photography competition. Violeta Angel from Northampton has been crowned ‘Color Confidence Photographer of the Year 2016’ for her winning image ‘Seagull’.

Violeta has now received the grand prize of £1,000 worth of photography equipment from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers.

The yearlong competition encouraged photographers to submit images based on a different theme each month. The public then voted for their favourite image. The person with the most votes at the end of each month won a fantastic prize (minimum prize value £100). 

The Color Confidence team have now judged the 12 winning images from 2016 to determine the grand prize winner. Violeta Angel won the monthly competition back in March and has now received the following:

“Each month we enjoyed viewing the photographs that were submitted as part of the Inspired by Colour competition,” says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at Color Confidence. “We are passionate about colour and it was great to see the different genres, techniques and approaches that were used. At Color Confidence we want to ensure that our customers get the most out of their photography and so we offer free technical advice and support on a wide range of the industry’s leading products.”

Follow Color Confidence on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ColorConfidence to stay up-to-date with our latest competitions.

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…

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

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

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

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

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

Anova PRO has five patented, industry-first features:

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

September 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 September winner is Tuan Nguyen with his ‘Experimenting with Shadows’ image ‘Hammer time’.

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Tuan’s winning image ‘Hammer time’.

Tuan is now the proud owner of a Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit worth £164.95.

Tuan commented:

The image was taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 & Fujinon 10-24mm lens. It was taken of 2 workmen at my house who were getting ready to breakthrough the wall of my living room into the garage. I liked the way the light was falling on them and the shadows created, so I took a quick snap. I imported the image into Adobe Lightroom and then processed it in Photoshop using Google Silver Effex Pro2 to get the right black and white feel.

I am a self taught amateur photographer who specialises in street and long exposure photography mainly in black and white as this medium appeals to me. I use an X-Rite i1Display Pro for all my displays to ensure that what I see on my screens is replicated onto prints. I am a featured artist with Formatt-Hitech who are a leading filter manufacturer, and I use their products exclusively for all my long expposure landscapes and architectural work. You can find a blog about me on their website here. My fine art work can be found on my page www.lightreflex.co.uk

Enter our October photo competition for the chance to win a pink, limited edition X-Rite ColorMunki Display.

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August 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 August winner is Nick Price with his captivating self-portrait image ‘Through The Lense – A Photographers Life’.

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Nick’s winning image ‘Through The Lense – A Photographers Life’.

Nick is now the proud owner of a selection of TECCO high quality inkjet papers worth £109!

Nick commented:

The photo was shot on my Sony A6000 with a 50mm F1.8 lens, Yongnuo yn560 flash gun and trigger. Port processing was using Adobe Lightroom.

I took up photography in March and have been working hard at it since, primarily shooting models and to narrow it down further, mostly portraits. I have been lucky enough to be published in several magazines in that time (I got lucky lol). This is my first competition win and I am very happy to have won it, taking the picture although somewhat frustrating. Particularly focus in low light against a mirror was also rewarding and allowed me to look at some things for the future I may not have otherwise considered particularly using mirrors.

Enter our September photo competition for your chance to win a Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lughting Kit worth over £150.

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Introducing White Honeycomb Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid System

White Grid Inserts + BezelExpoImaging has today announced availability of a new White Grid Insert accessory for the Rogue Flash Grid.

Honeycomb grids attach to a flashgun, helping to create mood or drama in portrait photography. They are typically used to modify hair light, rim light, background light, or the main light to focus attention on the subject.

The White Grid Inserts were designed to scatter light from the product’s honeycomb grid cells. When directed towards a flat surface, they produce a light pattern distinctly different from traditional black grids, creating a centre spot surrounded by a glowing halo-like effect.

“Portrait photographers looking for a more gradual transition from light to shadow with their grids will be thrilled with our new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When used in portrait photography, the edge of the lighting pattern produced by the white grids appears much softer and gentler, compared to the rapid fall-off and more dramatic lighting effect produced by black grids. This provides an advantage for creating smoother background lighting when shooting elegant or feminine styled portraits.”

“The White Grid Inserts will not change the colour of the flash. Our experience of manufacturing the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter helped us in our search to identify the best material to use in making the white grids. The result is consistent colour from the centre grid spot to the outer edge of the light pattern,” Erik continues.

As an accessory attachment for the popular Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid for speedlights, which offers photographers the versatility to choose between a 16º, 25º and 45º spot of light, the new White Grid Inserts give photographers even more choices to help them create the style of lighting and mood they envision for their subject’s image.

To use the new White Grid Inserts, photographers need the attachment Grid Strap included with the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid (sold separately). The White Grid Inserts cannot be attached to the flash without the Grid Strap.

The White Grid Inserts are priced at £17.95 incl. VAT (RRP).

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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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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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ExpoImaging launches a useful Indicator Battery Pouch that helps photographers to keep track of rechargeable batteries

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ExpoImaging, creators of the patented Rogue FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced availability of a handy Indicator Battery Pouch that offers photographers a new way to store and keep track of a variety of rechargeable batteries, without mixing charged with depleted ones.

The new Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch contains reversible green and red insert cards, making it easy to quickly tell whether batteries are charged. Simply flip the card over from green to red when returning used batteries to the pouch.

“Photographers or anyone dealing with electronics today have to deal with keeping track of rechargeable batteries,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “The new Indicator Battery Pouch is a simple yet effective way to conveniently store and carry rechargeable batteries, and to help keep track of which ones are charged and ready to go.”

The lightweight pouch is made out of a durable nylon fabric. It can hold twelve AAA batteries, eight AA batteries, four 9V batteries, or two mirror-less or point-and-shoot-sized camera batteries.

The pouch incorporates adjustable hook-and-loop straps, allowing it to conveniently attach to a camera bag strap, a belt, or to hang from a stand. It weighs just 28g and measuring at 143mm x 64mm, it won’t add extra weight or bulk to a travel kit.

The Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch is priced at just £12.99 incl. VAT (RRP).

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