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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!

Time to celebrate this weekend! (If you live in the UK…)

So, rather inevitably, as the Jubilee weekend rolls around, the sunshine has well and truly disappeared and the cloudy drizzle had arrived (well, in Birmingham anyway, congratulations if the sun is shining you…).

Anyway, how many of you are attending some street parties, or, more importantly, are designated photographer for the event?

If so, you may want to make sure you have these 3 essential items with you to ensure you take the best picture every time and image edit in confidence.

  1. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
    This should be the first thing you take with you on any shoot – whether in the studio, or outside. The passport offers first hand camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow editing. It consists of three photographic targets: White Balance Target for accurate control, Classic Target consisting of 24 patch colours references for creating camera profiles, and a Create Enhancement Target for highlight and shadow details.
  2. Datacolor Spyder4Express monitor calibrator
    If you don’t “colour manage”, a monitor calibrator (to ensure colour is displayed accurately on your monitor) is a great place to start. The Datacolor Spyder4Express is the ideal ‘beginners’ calibrator for a single monitor which is simple and affordable.
  3. Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2
    Creating Black & White images just got a whole lot easier. Black and white images immediately carry a timeless, classic feel – perfect to capture the jubilee moment.

The above are a sure-fire way to ensure you capture your Jubilee images accurately, and edit them afterwards in confidence.

And, to celebrate the Jubilee, we’ll be giving you free delivery on eligible orders this weekend – starting this afternoon!

Check back to www.colorconfidence.com for more information. Enjoy the break!

Happy Easter…

Well, after we claimed in our last post that Spring had finally arrived by basking in the glory of 20 degree sunshine, it’s now taken a turn for the worse and decided it doesn’t want to arrive just yet… So rest assured we won’t be directly mentioning anything about the weather in this one.

With Easter just around the corner, we thought we’d brighten things up a bit by giving you a free gift with certain orders.

When you purchase a DataColor SpyderStudio, Nik Complete Collection, onOne Photo Suite 6 or X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, you can claim yourself a free Kodak Check-Up Kit, or selected Moab and Permajet Paper:

  • The DataColor SpyderStudio is a complete colour management and profiling package meaning you can set the lighting conditions at point of image capture, accurately set colour on monitors and projectors and make your printers colour accurate. Claim your free gift with this item here.
  • Nik Complete Collection is the ultimate photographic editing plug-in package, giving you six easy to use plug-ins for the price of three to use within Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. Complete Collection makes use of Nik’s patented U-Point technology, making image editing fast and easy. Claim your free gift with this item here.
  • onOne Photo Suite 6 is a next-generation plug-in suite to make your digital imagery editing creative, faster and easier. Photo Suite 6 plugs-in to Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom, or works as a standalone application. Claim your free gift with this item here.
  • X-Rite ColorMunki Photo offers convenient, cost-effective monitor-to-print matching and calibration. This means what you see on your screen is what you end up printing out. Claim your free gift with this item here.

We’ve not long got back from this year’s Sign & Digital UK show. As with Focus on Imaging, it’s always good to meet our customers in person, we had a great time talking to everyone and we hoped you enjoyed the show.

We’re very much looking forwards to our next show; PhotoVision Roadshow on Tuesday 24th April. Details here: www.forwardevents.co.uk

Happy Easter!

Time to put our feet up…

Another year, another Focus on Imaging… DONE

I think it’s fairly safe to say that was one of the busiest Focus on Imaging shows for a long time.

From our point of view, the busier we are the better the service we’re providing, so we were more than happy to see our stand full for the most part – although, I’m not so sure our feet agree with us!

Going into this year’s show we had lot’s to talk about and demonstrate, particularly focussing around the new monitor calibrators from DataColor, and the latest releases from X-Rite. It’s one thing to talk about the importance of monitor calibration, but it’s another to see in action first hand. With both X-Rite and DataColor devices on show, it was a pleasure to educate and demonstrate just how effective a properly calibrated screen can be. We often find those completely new to the idea of calibration are taken back by the difference between a calibrated and un-calibrated display.

Our Nik Software demonstration and seminar area was back with a bang this year.

You don’t need us to tell you how good Nik Software is, but judging by the amount of people who attended the seminars every hour, word is spreading fast – so much so, we sold out of Silver Efex Pro 2 by the second day!

But that didn’t stop the interest. I think there’s going to be some very happy image editors around the UK based on the show sales figures. As with monitor calibration; it’s one thing talking about the software, another to see it first-hand. The expert tutorials by the likes of Richard West provided further insight into the power of the software, with even more experienced users picking up a trick or two.

Another popular feature was our monitor wall, showcasing the best and brightest monitors from Eizo and NEC. Coloredge’s and SpectraView References were the most in-demand, the best possible colour accuracy was clearly the order of the day – must have been all those photo-shoots opportunities inspiring some creative genius.

We hope you enjoyed the show in any case. It’s always a pleasure to meet our customers in the flesh and hopefully pass on a few tips or two.

Right then, time to start planning for next year… just going to put our feet up for five minutes first if you don’t mind though…

Brand New For January – Introducing Datacolor Spyder4

Launched today, we’re pleased to announce three brand new monitor calibration devices from Datacolor – the Spyder4 range.

You will probably be familiar with the Datacolor brand, indeed many of you reading this now will more than likely use, or have used a Spyder device to calibrate your screen (By the way, if you’re a photographer or graphic designer and aren’t calibrating your screen, read our post here to see why you really should be).

The Spyder2 and Spyder3 range quickly established themselves as both ‘no-nonsense’ devices for accurate monitor calibration, with the option for greater control over the calibration process if required. The Spyder4 series continues this straight-forward, but detailed approach with the latest range.

As before, there are three levels of device tailored to meet the needs of various users. All feature Datacolor’s patented 7-colour sensor which improves on the traditional 3-channel RGB sensors found on other devices. Basically, this means you get a more accurate, reliable calibration. The Spyder4 range is also geared to calibrate an iPad – available by downloading the free App.

Lets have a closer look at the range…

Spyder4Express

This is the entry-level/beginner model, ideal for image and photography enthusiasts, or for those looking for a quick, but accurate calibration. If you’re relatively new to the process, this is the device for you. It comes with wizard-style software to guide you through the process, making it as straight-forward and easy to understand as possible. You can learn more about Spyder4Express here.

Spyder4Pro

This is Datacolor’s intermediate level monitor calibrator, suitable for more advanced photographers or creative professionals. The Spyder4Pro is a perfect solution for those with more knowledge of the monitor calibration process, or seeking greater control and customisation when calibrating. The Spyder4Pro comes with ‘Monitor Quality Analyser’ (MQA) software, for calibration testing plus gamut, gamma and white point graphing. It also has an ambient light sensor to integrate your working environment conditions into the calibration. You can also calibrate multiple monitors, as long as they’re setup on the same system.

If you’re looking for greater control of colour management and the calibration process, this is the device for you. You can learn more about Spyder4Pro here.

Spyder4Elite

The Spyder4Elite is an advanced monitor calibration device developed for pro photographers and creative profesionals, or for those whereby precise, accurate on-screen colour is essential. This solution offers the highest level of monitor calibration and projector profiling customisation. The Spyder4Elite has the same features as the Spyder4Pro, plus extra capabilities to take the calibration process up a notch. Advanced MQA (with extra features than the Pro version) software means you can also graph luminance and colour uniformity.

With the Spyder4Elite, you can calibrate multiple monitors and workgroups – ideal for studio use. The software also features SpyderTune software, the ultimate fine tuning tool for displays.

This really is a device for those that know what they’re doing! You can learn more about Spyder4Elite here.

We’re looking to do an in-depth analysis of these devices once we’ve had chance to have a play with them! Keep checking back to the blog and our website over the next few weeks to get our take on the Spyder4 Range.

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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