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Spring is here!

Apparently.

daffodils

Despite being April, you’d think we’re still in the middle of January with the cold wind and patches of snow we still have on the car park.

Nevertheless, we thought now would be a good time to run through a couple of products a photographer will find useful for the longer daytime hours and sunshine (fingers crossed).

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

An essential accessory for any photographer. ColorChecker Passport features a series of colour targets to ensure you can ‘calibrate’ your camera in all environments and conditions. Just make sure the first photo of your shoot includes the Passport, and then use the included software (or Photoshop) to correct your images using the Passport’s standardised references post shoot.

Key feature: portability

X-Rite ColorMunki Display & i1Display Pro 

Calibrating your screen is the one thing above all else we recommend you do. One useful feature of these calibrators – and relevant to longer daylight hours in spring – is an ambient light measurement capability. You can get your screen automatically adjusted to the lighting conditions you work in as they change. This means you can be sure your screen is accurate regardless of where the sun is in the sky and how much light is coming through your window.

Key feature(s): speed of calibration, regular lighting condition adjustments

Booq Toploader

With spring in the air the likelihood of nipping out to take a few pictures increases. Get yourself a booq Toploader camera bag to ‘nip out’ in style, and be assured your DSLR is protected against the elements. There’s enough room for a DSLR and lens (plus lens caps, memory cards etc.) so you’ll only take what you need when spontaneity strikes.

Key feature: compact, minimalist toughness

Franzis HDR (editing coolness)

Once you’ve been out and about, edit your RAW or JPG pictures with the latest HDR effects from Franzis software. Add filters, enhance and correct your images and create original effects to add some extra impact.

Key feature: bracketing feature to work on multiple images simultaneously

Working in a winter wonderland…

If you reside in the UK at the moment, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has been brought forward to mid-January, what with all the snow and ‘wonderland’ weather.

This week at Color Confidence HQ – or at least the car park – has pretty much resembled Strictly Come Sequins On Ice (or whatever it’s called), what with not a lot of grit salt available, a few inches of snow, freezing temperatures and a gradual inclined driveway causing no-end of problems for HGV’s and our resident BMW driver. All good fun though, helped by the occasional snowball… here’s a few pictures to set the scene:

looking out of the office early morning

looking out of the office early morning

the 'ice-rink'

the ‘ice-rink’

the 'ice-rink' pre car carnage

the ‘ice-rink’ pre car carnage

peeking through the hedges

peeking through the hedges

The above images are courtesy of our main man in the warehouse; Michael ‘silver fox’ Mackinnon and a little help from Photoshop. With more snow forecast tonight apparently, we may well have some more images for next week as well.

Away from the slush and general coldness, we’ve been busy (very busy) in the final stages of Focus on Imaging 2013 preparation. Can you believe there’s only 6 and a half weeks to go? It only feels like yesterday we were at Focus 2012! CC Staff are currently in the middle of product refresher training to ensure we’ll be your best source of information for all things colour management at the show.

We’ll announce full stand details in due course, but without wanting to giving too much away at this stage, we’ve got some significant improvements on last-year’s stand design – including a re-vamped presentation area that proved so popular last year. There may also be one or too new brand additions to the stand worth visiting, but you’ll have to wait and see who they are…

Away from Focus, we have just added some new Booq products onto the website, this time moving away from bags and into iPhone 5 cases. The Fibre Snapcase’s continue the contemporary style of Booq’s ‘fibre collection’, so if you’re looking for something a little more trendy for your iPhone 5, take a look at the Snapcase range.

Need a new DSLR camera bag?

If you’ve been lucky enough to have a shiny new DSLR for Christmas, you may be after a bag to transport it around in.

Well, we have a host of options available from Booq, and we’d like to draw your attention to the Booq Python range, in particular the Python Toploader.

Python Toploader

One of our favourite Booq bags for it’s compact style with lots of hidden pockets for storage, the Python Toploader is designed for a single DSLR and mid-sized accessories, with plenty of room for an additional lens or two.

The shoulder bag has been specifically designed to protect your DSLR with dense, all-round padding to protect your gear. A removable padded internal divider adds extra protection and prevents unwanted scuffs or scratches.

Toploader internalToploader internal 2

Toploader interal 3

There’s ample storage space for your smaller items like flash cards, batteries, connection cables, SD cards or your mobile phone with 2 zippered side pockets, one internal pouch under the lid, and one external pouch at the rear.

The keyword to describe this bag (and the Python range for that matter) is rugged. The outer shells is tough and waterproof meaning you can transport your camera almost everywhere safe in the knowledge it isn’t going to be damaged by the occasional bump or knock to the bag. Whilst the outside is tough, the inside is plush and sensitive to those more delicate parts of your camera.

Overall, the Toploader is perfect for a first, ‘proper’ camera bag, especially if you only have the one camera to transport around.

Vital info:

  • Exterior: 9.5 x 9.5 x 6″ (241 x 241 x 152 mm)
  • Interior: 7 × 5 × 0.50″ (178 × 127 × 13 mm)
  • Weight: 0.75 kg
  • Made from 1680D Ballistic Nylon
  • Jersey lining

You can learn more about the Python Toploader here.

onOne Perfect Suite 7 and a whole host of new products

We’ve just entered (probably) our busiest quarter of the year, so now would seem as good a time as any to introduce you to a host of new products on offer…

Perfect Photo Suite 7 from onOne Software is here (nearly)!

Most of you will be familiar with Perfect Photo Suite 6 – their next generation plug-in suite – and how easy it was to use. Well, now there’s a new version.

Perfect Photo Suite 7 gives you everything you need to realise your photographic visions in one package. Create images that are even more extraordinary with powerful new tools, new intuitive interface, improved performance, and direct integration with your workflow in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. It will also work as a standalone application in its own right, allowing you to edit images in whichever way suits you best.

Stock is expected at the end of October – you can pre-order your copy here.

New, contemporary style with Booq Mamba

The Booq Mamba collection now boasts four new bag and case styles; providing elegant design with efficient practicality for transporting your laptop or MacBook in safety.

  • Mamba Courier – messenger style laptop bag available for 13 – 15” machines
  • Mamba Daypack – the old-school, vintage backpack for up to 15” laptops
  • Mamba Sleeve – Premium 15” laptop protection for the latest MacBooks
  • Mamba Slim –Sleek, natural fibre bag built to protect 13-15” laptops

You can view these, and the other stylish Booq bags here.

NEC introduce three new SpectraView displays

NEC now have 3 new monitor additions to their colour accurate SpectraView range – giving you all the advantage and benefits a SpectraView has to offer. Take a look:

Even more new stuff…

If you’re in the graphics industry and need to reproduce accurate skintone colours – take a look at the Pantone Plus SkinTone Guide, designed to give an accurate skin colour reference.

There’s also a new Rain Design laptop stand available – the iLevel – which gives dynamic and height adjustable features for your laptop.

Happy shopping!

PS, speaking of shopping, why don’t you have a nose at our eBay store

Has it stopped raining yet?

The glorious British summer is in full swing and you’re all out taking photographs and keeping busy… or, at least you would be if it could stop raining for 5 minutes. This has surely got to be one of the worst summer’s ever?

Let’s just hope it brightens up by the time the Sport rolls around in a few weeks’ time. Speaking of which, will you be watching them at home, work, on your iPhone or laptop this year?

If, like us, you don’t want to miss a kick (or shot, run, throw, serve, splash and jump for that matter) this summer then you ought to take a look at these useful accessories to make your viewing experience that little bit better…

Spyder4TV HD – television calibration

You should all be familiar with the art of monitor and display calibration for your computer, well the same technology can also be used to ensure your top of the range television displays colour as it should be. The Spyder4TV HD will ensure your television is optimised to deliver outstanding colour and image accuracy.

iPower Case – extra iPhone 4/4S power

Watching the sport on the go? Make sure you view a full day’s play with an iPower Case to effectively double the life of your smartphone battery.  iPower produce a range of integrated, slim, wearable and ergonomic multi-chargers for iPhone and Blackberry smartphones. View the range here.

Set up your iPad or laptop for the ultimate sports zone

Rain Design produce a range of laptop stands and iPad rests to ensure you can use them in optimum style and comfort at home, on your lap or at your desk – the ideal way to keep up with the action when at the office.

And make sure you keep your device protected on the move with the Booq collection of backpacks, bespoke laptop bags and iPad cases.

Come on the sport!

How do you solve a problem like wide-format printing?

Neolt UV UK

The answer – Neolt

Back in 2011, we signed a UK distribution deal with Neolt UV UK as our specialist Imaging and Printing division.

Established more than 70 years ago, Neolt remain in the privately owned hands of the Poteggia family, whose philosophy of innovation, support and affordability remains to this day.

Neolt are one of the few vendors in the world who offer complete wide format printing solutions. The range includes next generation printers and accessories, as well as a multitude of supporting trimmers, welders, laminators and folders, with the aim of delivering perfect commercial outputs every time.

Neolt UV UK Wide Format Printing Systems for indoor and outdoor digital printing let you easily print a variety of displays, print-out purchase materials, billboards, vehicle graphics and backlight signage up to 3.2 metres wide.

Neolt’s Asterjet and X-Jet wide-format printers offer the highest quality commercial printing for exceptional value.

Learn more about the range here.

In other news…

New Booq Python range

The new Booq Python Camera bags are now in stock, see the list below:

The new Python range from Booq – the leading Apple accessory and bag manufacturer – is specifically designed to meet the demands of photographer’s on the go. Inspired by Apple, the range allows for secure storage of DSLR cameras and multiple lenses in both style and comfort. Learn more about the range here.

Focus 2012 countdown…

Focus on Imaging is now just over a week away (!!) with this year promising to be better than ever. We’re working on overdrive to get everything ship-shape in time for the show with next week promising to be a hectic one with the inevitable last minute tweaks to sort out! But, we’re raring to go this year, especially as we have a host of new products on show and a brand new stand design to look forwards to.

You can learn more about the show, and claim your £5 Color Confidence voucher on our dedicated Focus microsite here.

Friday round-up

It’s been a busy last few weeks here at Color Confidence towers.

As we blogged in our last post, March for us is a crazy month with Focus on Imaging to prep, attend and ultimately debrief. In truth, most of February is also spent doing the same thing, and this year was no exception!

From my point of view, the last few weeks have been especially busy, particularly as this was my first ever show! I’d always had half-an interest in photography, or at least a grand idea that one day I’ll follow the England cricket team around the world photographing them along the way. Having worked at Color Confidence for just over 6 months now, I’ve come to realise just how much there is to photography; from input calibration techniques to making sure you print out on the right paper. Might have to put that dream on hold for a little while!

Focus further opened my eyes to the photography world. I’ve learnt as much in 4 days talking to you guys as I have in the day-to-day workings here. I can now fully demonstrate how to use a Color Checker Passport and ColorMunki Photo (just about) – which isn’t bad considering I’d never heard of them 6 months ago!

The show was hard work, but great fun. Having a quick look around (mainly when nipping to the loo!) there appeared to be plenty on show too, hope you enjoyed it?

Of course, what all this really means is that seeing photography through your eyes, and chatting to you guys throughout the show means I can see things from your perspective. I now know just how much work you all have to put into creating the perfect image, and just how many options there are available to you.

From this blog perspective, it also means I’ve got a better idea of the sorts of questions, queries and ‘problems’ you might go through. I really hope this blog eventually turns into a technical masterpiece for you, full of wonderful information, hints and tips to help you on your photographic journey… We should be posting the latest of these technical postings next week.

So, what’s in the news this week?

A few new products and/or coming soon products for you.

I mentioned choosing the right paper earlier, Tecco paper have just released these three new papers suitable for a variety of photography styles.

We actually had the Tecco stand with us at Focus, so I got to see their paper first hand. The image quality of the paper had to be seen to be believed, especially when viewed under a viewing booth or one of our Grafilites. In fact, we’re actually offering a money back guarantee on our Tecco paper range, and also free delivery this month… either way you can’t lose, why not give them a go? (And let us know how you get on)

We’ll soon be stocking the latest offering from Booq too, including a range of swanky new camera bags – if the prototypes are anything to go by, they really are very cool bags – and also a Booqpad for your new iPod2!

Technical post up next week, but as ever, please get in touch if you have nay questions or need help.

Adam Borriello
Social media & marketing

Time for some Focus

First blog post of 2011 – is it too late to wish you all a happy new year?!

Today’s post is a bit of a Focus on Imaging special.

If you’re into your photography, you probably know all about Europe’s largest annual imaging show already, but for those of you who don’t, take a look at the Focus website: www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk or watch this video to give you a flavour of the show.

From manufacturers to distributers, professionals to keen hobyists, a visit to Focus on Imaging really is a must if you take your imaging seriously. And – not forgetting – it’s a chance for you to come and meet us! (Hall 9, C11)

We love the show as it’s a great chance for us to meet you face-to-face. Every year our stand seems to get bigger and busier – and we expect this year to be no exception! The only downside is the slightly aching feet by the end of the show…

So what have we got in store for you this year I hear you ask?

Well…

This year we are running a ‘Colour Clinic‘ which gives you the opportunity to come and ask us anything. And we mean anything! Our technical team (who have over 30 years expereince in the industry) will all be on hand to tackle your questions and give you some expert help and guidance for all your colour management and imaging needs.

We also have a whole host of lovely new products for you to come and have a play with, including…

Again, our tech team will be on hand to demo all the above and more, and talk you through any questions you may have.

We’ll have a range of special show-only offers for you to take advantage of, and the chance for you to win an iPad! All you have to do is come and say hello and complete an entry form. Simples!

The first 500 visitors to our stand can also enjoy a FREE copy of our limited edition ‘Introduction To Colour’ magazine. So make sure you get here early!

Plus lots, lots more…

If you fancy coming along, you can register here for 20% off the standard admission fee.

We hope to see you there!

Adam Borriello
Social media & marketing

The Friday round-up

What’s caught our eye this week?

First off, some striking images from My Modern Met showing some far away lands and exotic places. The pictures of Afghanistan were particularly striking, both beautiful and intense at the same time – especially the ones with people going about their daily business amid destruction and hardship. The photos were taken by Steve McCurry – the man who captured the famous Afghan Girl image.

One image that really caught the eye – and certainly did the rounds on twitter – was this electric image of lightning from the BBC News website. Apparently the photographer had waited 40 years to capture the shot – I think you can safely say it was well worth the wait!

This next image is really something else. Normally, describing a mountain and some clouds probably wouldn’t excite the imagination. But this picture is different. The combination of low-light, crisp air and a remarkable cloud formation produced a remarkable image that looks slightly out of this world!

I’m sure most of you already know about, like, or follow the National Geographic’s Photo of the Day – but it’s well worth another mention on here, especially as you can download their image to brighten up your desktop everyday.

The latest news from Colour Confidence towers centres around some funky new products for the photographer who already has everything! Take a look at our new Booq bags; the Mamba shift and Mamba Catch, and get the latest offerings from Datacolor to help you get those pictures looking good with the SpyderCheckr, SpyderCheckr Pro and SpyderLenscal.

We will also be rolling out some training hints and tips soon, so if there’s anything you want to ask us about all things photography, comment below, tweet us or post a message on our wall.

Adam Borriello
Social media and marketing

 

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