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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:

It’s Focus time!

Only one week (and a bit) to go…

Focus 2012

… until Europe’s largest photographic and imaging show Focus On Imaging will open its doors.

So who wants to know what we’re up to then?

Over the year’s both the company and our stand evolve and grow with new colour management solutions, and this year is now exception. Focus gives us a unique opportunity to talk to our customers in-person; getting to know them, what camera they use, what they like shooting, and more importantly, what challenges they’re currently facing with their current workflow. After all, we’re here to help!

So if you have a burning colour management issue you need resolving, come and see us at the show.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve got on:

  • Expert demonstrations and profiling solutions from market leaders X-Rite – come and see the new ColorMunki Smile in action
  • This year we have a dedicated NEC Monitor wall with NEC technical staff on stand to guide you through which monitor is best for you
  • Our ever-popular Tecco stand has been given an overhaul so you can see just how good Tecco paper really is in the flesh
  • We will be officially launching two all-new software brands to the UK; DxO Image Science and Franzis HDR (we’ve been playing with them this week, they really are something to get excited about!) – both of which are perfectly placed to fill the hole left by Nik Software’s move to Google
  • We’ve scheduled an even better presentation timetable this year having been inundated with attendees and last year’s show, details can be found here
  • Our technical team, as well as brand experts from NEC, X-Rite, Tecco, DxO, Franzis, and many more will be on-hand throughout the show to give live demonstrations and answer your questions

Full details can be found on our Focus microsite, and if you want a flavour of previous shows, you can read our blog posts from the last two shows here.

We’re quite excited about this year – we hope you come and see us!

P.S.

If you pre-register for the show you can save yourself 20% off the normal admission fee. Details here.

Come and discuss all things Dry Lab at Focus On Imaging

Hello everybody

We’re sounding slightly like a broken record at the moment, but we’re almost ready to unveil our Focus On Imaging plans for 2013. What we can reveal though is our plans for our Imaging and Printing Division…

pete_hollandPete Holland – who heads up our Imaging and Printing Division – will be present on stands C11 (that’s our stand!) and stand E10 (Epson) throughout the show. He looks after all things Epson and Noritsu Printers at Color Confidence, particularity focusing on professional Dry Lab solutions which allow you to produce supreme quality prints on a variety of paper sizes and media, perfect for professional or business printing.

Two Dry Lab solutions worth seeing him for:

Epson SureLab SL-D3000

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The SureLab range sets the benchmark for Dry Lab accuracy and quality, ideally suited to high-end photography print reproduction. The Epson D3000 offers a print quality and colour consistency comparable to that of Epson’s professional graphics printers. This means output will appear consistent to customers, giving companies the flexibility to work with a wider range of sizes and print run lengths by using the SL-D3000 in conjunction with another Epson printer.

Noritsu QSS Green

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QSS Green is the latest in a long line of innovative Dry minilab systems from Noritsu. Powerful, versatile and compact, the QSS Green is built to handle a wide variety of printing requirements. The QSS Green also raises the bar in terms of environmental friendliness and print variety and has the potential to become the new de-facto standard model for photo businesses.

If you’d like to arrange to meet Pete at the show, visit his dedicated Focus page on our microsite.

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.

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…

Color Efex Pro 4

Return of the Nik this week; let’s have a look at the photographer’s choice for photographic filters…

Color Efex Pro 4.

Color Efex Pro 4 gives you access to 55 high quality photographic filters to help you achieve outstanding photographic results.

It provides you with a number of powerful and simple-to-use tools for enhancing and editing digital photographs, making good use of Nik’s U Point Technology for complete customisation and precise image editing. This means that each filter provides control to satisfy the most discerning of photographers.

Each filter (of which 18 are new or updated) includes a visual preview of your image complete with recommended pre-set settings. This gives you a starting style point to find out exactly what path or stylistic direction you wish to take. You can also combine and stack numerous filters for the ultimate creative experience.

The Focus is on ease of use and simplicity rather than time-consuming techniques and processes, meaning you can get on with the job of getting creative as opposed to working out how to do things.

Color Efex Pro 4 plugs seamlessly in to Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom meaning you can use whichever one suits best and still get the most out of the software.

In a nutshell, Color Efex Pro 4 gives you:

  • 55 categorised filters
  • Visual pre-sets for one-click application
  • Selective retouching of image details
  • Save filter recipes for future use

Come and see Color Efex Pro 4 in action at this year’s Focus on Imaging 2012.

We’ll be running a series of Nik Software seminars daily throughout the exhibition, you can see the proposed schedule times here.

We’ll also be demonstrating the rest of the Nik Software range too – so come along to stand C11 and come and see us.

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.

Nik Plugins, why do you need them?

Continuing our latest Nik Software blog feature, we answer a question we often get asked; why do you need Nik plugins?

Generally speaking, we get asked this by people wanting to start editing their images, but relatively new to the idea or the process and how to actually do it.

Often, people know they need to use a programme like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, but either don’t have the knowledge or confidence to use them. This is where the Nik plugins come in.

The Nik range synchronises effortlessly into Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture, meaning something that would take a long time to achieve in Photoshop can be done within minutes using Nik Software. So, rather than spending your time working out how to do things, you can just get on with the fun bit; making your images look amazing.

Black and White effects, image sharpening, HDR layering to name a few are all achievable quickly and easily through Nik Software.

So why do you need them? If you want to edit digital photography with confidence and produce supreme quality post-capture images and effects, but don’t want to have to spend hours mastering Photoshop – get on Nik Software.

View the range here.

In other news:

Until 31st March 2012, you can get an X-Rite i1iSis automated chart reader with free i1Publish software – saving you £767.

The ultimate colour management tool for pre-press and print; i1iSis is an easy to use test chart reader, enabling you to evaluate your charts and create ICC profiles in a matter of minutes.  This is an ideal solution for the likes of pre-press, high-speed digital printing, high-end proofing, photo labs, studios, large format printing and fine art printing.

This is definitely a device for the professionals though – visit our page here for more information.

We’ve mentioned Focus on Imaging 2012 a lot (have you noticed?) recently – and now there’s even more reasons to come and see us…

We mentioned exclusively back in January that you’d soon be able to claim a £5 Color Confidence voucher to be used at this year’s show. The good news is, you can get it now! Visit our Focus page here, fill-in the form and make sure to bring it with you.

And, let us know what you’re looking forward to at Focus 2012 by tweeting us using the hashtag #CCatFocus

A visit to Focus-On-Imaging 2011 (part 3)

In the final part of my series of articles following my visit to this year’s Focus 2011 show, I will be taking a good look at what Nikon were offering on their exceptional central stand.

Nikon’s presence at this year’s event was immediate. As I drove closer to the venue I was greeted by numerous billboards promoting Nikon’s ‘I Am’ campaign which continued within the outer atriums as I closed in on the check in desk.

One thing was for sure, Nikon would be a major exhibitor this year and definitely one worth visiting.

So let’s take a look at some of the very latest solutions that Nikon were busily demonstrating to hundreds of interested attendees throughout the show.

On arriving at the spectacular, central Nikon stand I was immediately greeted by one of their impeccable and interested team members, who informed me that this was a debut for their brand new, state-of-the-art exhibition stand

It had been especially designed to give Nikon’s visitors the best possible opportunity to see and try the entire range as well as obtaining advice from the team of exerts. There was a busy open-plan seminar area with a large attendee capacity which hosted numerous talks from leading photographers including Andy Rouse, Heather Angel, Alex Bailey and many more across the four days.

Visitors to the stand were also able to sample the iconic images of celebrity and fashion photographer, John Wright, in an exhibition of his work. Nikon worked closely with John in setting up their Nikon Foundation competition (which I talked about in my previous article) which was an initiative to support emerging talent with a unique opportunity to work alongside John.

So what was on offer, new product wise?

Of particular interest was the launch of the new D7000 offering inspired performance in a size that keeps you shooting.

The D7000 is a camera that’s ready to go wherever your photography or cinematography takes you. You can experience stunning images with sharp resolution and smooth tonal gradation thanks to the 16.2 mega-pixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and a powerful EXPEED 2 image processing engine.

You can take advantage of its wide ISO range of 100 to 6400 and its incredibly low levels of noise. You can expect your images to be pin-sharp and accurately exposed, thanks to the camera’s 39-point AF and Scene Recognition System using a 2016-pixel RGB matrix metering sensor.

And with a 0.052 second release time lag and approximately 6 frames-per-second shooting, you won’t miss a moment.

In fact you’ll see exactly what you’re capturing with the 100% coverage viewfinder, and for those who want to shoot both stills and movies, the D7000’s D-Move capabilities now include full HD 1080p capture with full-time auto focus and manual exposure.

All of this advanced image technology is kept safe beneath the magnesium alloy covering the top and rear body of a compact body, in which the sealing has been tested against severe moisture and dusty conditions.

The D7000 is ready to shoot indoors and out, and tested at 150,000 cycles, the camera’s durable shutter unit helps you keep shooting.

Combine all this with the unrivalled NIKKOR lens lineup and Creative Lighting System and you will have everything you need to explore your imagination to its fullest.

My eye was also caught by the appearance of the recently announced COOLPIX line-up

The COOLPIX range offers stylish performance with a touch of real elegance, are slim, great looking and also wholly affordable, no matter what your budget.

There are also numerous models within the range to choose from, here’s a few highlights:

  • S9100 – Fine craftsmanship begins with the slim, stylish lines of a compact camera that fits comfortably in the hand. It then squeezes in the versatile reach and range of an 18x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens that provides focal range of 25mm wide-angle to 450mm super-telephoto coverage.
  • S6100 – Slim elegance meets user-friendly high performance. 16.0 effective megapixels of pure imaging power, a 7x zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage and the advantages of Nikon’s advanced VR image stabilisation help you capture consistently beautiful pictures.
  • S4100 – Ultra-slim lines elegantly ensconce a 7.5cm 460k-dot touch control LCD. The camera fits your hand and shooting style perfectly. Touch control maximises fun and efficiency, whether navigating the user friendly menu interface or enjoying fingertip control over most shooting and playback functions. This model is also available in five funky colour choices.
  • S3100 – Elegant styling and an 18.4mm ultra-slim body conceal the functional beauty of a precision 5x zoom NIKKOR lens with 26mm wide-angle coverage teamed with 14.0 megapixels of imaging power and Nikon’s high-performance EXPEED 2 image processing engine. This model is available in a choice of seven vibrant colours
  • L120 – Compositional freedom is yours with a 21x optical zoon NIKKOR lens that covers a focal range from 25mm wide-angle to 525mm super-telephoto. 14.1 megapixels of imaging power and Nikon’s EXPEED C2 Image Processing Engine maximises image quality and system performance.

You can take a look at and learn more about the entire Nikon range by visiting www.iamnikon.com

And that’s it, another year at Focus On Imaging comes to a close!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my series of articles detailing my visit to the show this year and that they helped to give you a flavour of the event if you weren’t able to make it and reminded you of some of the highlights if you did.

I look forward to doing it all again next year!

Simon Baker
Copywriter

A visit to Focus-On-Imaging 2011 (part 2)

In the second part of my report following my visit to Focus-On-Imaging 2011, I take a look at some of the latest products and innovations from many of the manufacturers you will know and a few interesting ones that you won’t.

That’s the great beauty of Focus, you will see industry giants like Nikon within shouting distance of a niche frame maker, which is why a day there is such an informative, eclectic and illuminating treat for any photographer or anyone interested in getting the very most out of their digital imaging work.

So let’s take a look at some more examples of who was exhibiting what…

Kodak

Kodak offer a great range of affordable pocket video cameras that combine great styling with real power and are just great fun to handle and use.

On the Kodak stand, you could take a look at the really funky Play Sport pocket video camera, which was no bigger than a Smartphone, offered a range of really funky colour choices and backed that styling up with genuinely powerful video capturing power at full HD 1080p, 720p and offers WVGA recording modes plus 5MP stills.

The Play Sport also boasts numerous features including on-camera editing, expandable memory and comes complete with a free HDMI cable.

As the name suggests, the Play Sport is all about the bump and grind of taking video out in the field and really does make an impact while allowing you to take video with impact! It is waterproof to a depth of 10ft, shockproof to a drop height of 1.5m and dust and grit proof.

A cracking little video camera, earn more about it by visiting http://bit.ly/hNe9Cp

I Am The Future Of Photography…

In my third and final article in this series, I will be devoting my attention to what Nikon had to offer at their spectacular central stand.

But in advance I would like to highlight their stellar ‘I Am The Future Of Photography’ student photography competition which offers a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity for aspiring students looking for a career in photography and needing that all important boost.

The winner of the competition will win a paid three month internship with fashion and celebrity photographer, John Wright – a literally priceless opportunity.

Any final year student studying a higher education photography based course at a college or university in the UK or Ireland can enter.

To learn more about this fabulous opportunity, visit www.nikpnfoundation.co.uk

Epson

Over on the Epson stand, there was a great opportunity to take a look at numerous examples from their market leading range of printers, with fantastic helpful advice on-hand from their incredibly knowledgeable team of experts.

For the home user like me, I was particularly interested in the Epson Stylus Photo PX660.

It is a great desktop printer that allows you to take real pride in your photography, with this superior home all-in-one.

It not only prints photos that exceed lab quality but also scans and copies making it great for archiving photos and as a great addition to your home office.

www.epson.com

BXRi

Studio lighting specialists BXRi were in attendance and as usual offered a definitive range of lighting solutions with brilliant back up support and advice, helping customers to make the right choices that best suited them and their personal projects.

BXPi’s attendance at Focus 2011 followed their recent award win for “Best Studio Lighting’ in SWPP’s 2011 Trade awards.

BXRi commented:

“We were delighted to receive the SWPP award for ‘Best Studio Lighting’ for the Elinchrom BXRi 500/500 kit. With stiff competition from the Elinchrom Quadra Kit, the Elinchrom D-Lite-it 400 kit, Bowens Gemini 500 and the White Lightening Ultra 1800, we believe our BXRi is a deserving winner and are very grateful to the many members of SWPP who thought so too!”

Learn more about the BXRi range of professional standard studio lights and buy now by visiting http://bit.ly/h3tYBL

Going Digital

As well as the latest products and solutions, Focus is also a fantastic place to learn and sharpen your skill set with free seminars, lectures and demonstrations on every corner.

You could spend a whole day just moving from seminar to seminar all of which are hugely informative and superbly presented by some of the best in the industry.

Its also a great opportunity to talk with professional course and training organisers and to book up too.

‘Going Digital’ offer photography workshops about getting the very best from the a Lumix G camera, in more than 100 locations across the UK.

The aim is simply to help attendees to get the very most out of their photography using this benchmark Panasonic camera easily and enjoyable in small, friendly groups.

You can learn more, find the nearest course to you and book, by visiting www.goingdigital.co.uk

Panasonic

The Panasonic stand was fantastic.

As you would expect, there was a fabulous opportunity to take a look at and try the very latest generation models in their hugely successful Lumix range of cameras with expert advice readily on hand.

What really caught the eye though was their ‘Is Britain Great’ photo exhibition which showcased everdyay images of Britain from abandoned roadside cafes and crumbling bridges to vibrant street scenes and busy days on the beach.

All images were captured using the Panasonic Lumix G1.

A fantastic exhibition of images that really captured the people and modern urban geography of the UK from the mundane to the inspirational.

It was brilliantly presented too, using as it did, an old two wheel caravan that wouldn’t look out of place on ‘Carry On Camping’ serving as the gallery!

www.panasonic.co.uk

In the third and final part of my series of articles about Focus On Imaging 2011, I’ll take a look at what Nikon had to offer and wrap up what was a fantastic event – and one that I wholly recommend that you consider attending next year!

Simon Baker
Copywriter