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Christmas gifts for photographers…

Following the launch of our Christmas Shop last week…

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… we’ll be looking more closely at our Gifts for Photographers section which lists a selection of gift ideas suited to the photographer in the family, or for yourself if you’re feeling a bit indulgent! And to further tempt you, each of the products in this section come with a free Agfa Memory Card ranging from 4 – 8GB depending on the product, allowing you to capture those festive images.

Here’s a selection of the products on offer, all of which some with a free 4 GB memory card:

X-Rite ColorMunki Smile (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • The amazingly simple monitor calibrator
  • Perfect for those new to colour management or colour science
  • Calibrates multiple displays
  • User-friendly, plug and play interface
  • Gives you a colour accurate screen in minutes to view and edit images in confidence

Color Confidence GrafiLite (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • Desktop daylight simulation
  • Produces a standardised light source for accurate image assessment
  • Powerful, energy efficient bulb rated for 10,000 hours
  • Comes with a neutral grey viewing mat
  • View proofs, printouts or images under accurate lighting conditions

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • Standalone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution
  • A must have accessory for any serious photographer
  • Includes an industry standard, 24 patch classic colour reference
  • White balance target for accurate image control
  • Includes image editing software

Booq Python Toploader Camera Bag (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • Designed to carry DSLR and lenses
  • Contemporary, minimalist and practical
  • Shoulder bag
  • Tough, rugged, padded and stylish
  • Storage for flash cards, batteries, cables and phones

Browse the rest of our shop and find yourself a Christmas gift from the colour management world.

Studio View and Studio Photo – complete colour management

Colour management – Wikipedia will tell you this is the “controlled conversion between the colour representations of various devices”. And, broadly speaking, this is pretty much spot-on. Although we prefer to think of colour management from a practical perspective; how managing colour correctly throughout your workflow and various devices can improve your image quality, and perhaps more importantly – your own satisfaction!

With this in mind, a few months ago we created two bundle items to help you start this accurate colour management process. The Color Confidence Studio Photo & Studio View respectively combines various devices and solutions to set you on your way to achieving quality colour results.

But what are they, and why do you need them?

Color Confidence Studio Photo

This is ideally suited to photographers offering solutions to white balance your camera, calibrate your monitor screen to display colours accurately and something to verify/check the colour reproduction of your workflow. To achieve all this, the Studio Photo gives you:

  • an X-Rite ColorMunki Display for accurate monitor calibration
  • a Total Balance – the durable and neutral grey reference to balance your camera
  • a Kodak Check Up Kit that provides a visual verification to check colour accuracy in your workflow

All in all, the Studio Photo is a great way to start achieving accurate colour from capture and on-screen, and to assess how accurately colour is produced throughout your workflow.

Learn more about it here.

Color Confidence Studio View

This one is great for photographers as well as graphic designers and imaging professionals, offering a colour management and viewing solution. It allows you to calibrate your monitor to display accurate colour, the means to shield your monitor from unwanted light and glare than can distort colour representation, and a daylight replication light to proof images under the correct lighting conditions. It gives you this using:

  • an X-Rite ColorMunki Display for accurate monitor calibration
  • a PChOOD to shield unwanted light from your display creating an accurate working environment
  • a GrafiLite formulated to replicate natural daylight conditions allowing for image proofing in the right light

The Studio View is a great way to create the right environment to start accurately viewing and reviewing colour.

Learn more about it here.

Viewing booths and lights explained. Part 5 – Main brands.

Following on from our recent blog entries, you should now be pretty clued up about all things viewing booths. This means you may be fast approaching the stage of actually purchasing one! But, there’s just one more thing to look at before you do – the brands:

Grafilite – entry-level desk lamps ideal for home use in design and photography. The range includes:

GTI (Graphic Technology) – a comprehensive range of viewing booths to suit most requirements.

GTI produce a range of viewing solutions and desktop booths, providing a larger illumination area than the desktop lamps. The PDV models offer A4 – A2 landscape illuminations. You can see the PDV range here.

GTI also produce colour appearance booths for product assessment, otherwise known as the mini-matcher (MM) models. You can see this range here.

Just Normlicht – precision viewing booths manufactured in Germany.

These solutions provide A3 to A2 Landscape/portrait illumination areas, with the option of sidewalls and dimmer switches. The range includes:

  • Color Master series – collapsible booths, ideal for print to screen
  • Color Match series – not collapsible, but often have backlight illuminations
  • Color Communicator series – provides controlled proofing environments for matching the intensity from monitor to booth

Just Normlicht also offer a range of Large Format booths, Colour Appearance booths, Luminaires and Light Boxes and Tables.

The entire Just Normlight range can be seen here.

Happy viewing!