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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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July 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 July winner is Liz Nguyen with her ‘Fun in the Sun’ themed image entitled ‘That’s what I call a holiday…’

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Liz’s winning image ‘That’s what I call a holiday’

Liz is now the proud owner of a DxO Elite Suite worth £319.42 incl. VAT.

Other great entries in the July competition include:

‘RG1 6NS’ by Nick Board

‘Kite fun in the sun’ by Chris Jameson

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‘Sienese Flags’ by Keith Holmes

Enter our August photo competition for your chance to win a selection of Tecco PHOTO high quality inkjet papers (worth £109).

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Colour Management Interview with Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence

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Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence

How many years have you worked in the photo industry? 30 years

What is your current location? Birmingham

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? A creative professional

Do you prefer dogs or cats? Neither, but if I had to choose – cats

Can you briefly sum up what Color Confidence offers? Color Confidence is Europe’s leading colour management specialist into the digital imaging markets. We offer the widest range of products and services from the world’s leading manufacturers including X-Rite, DxO, NEC, BenQEIZO and ExpoImaging, amongst many others, together with our own brand range of calibration and colour management essentials for photographers, designers and anyone with an interest in colour.

How important is colour management to photography enthusiasts? Do they really need to engage in the subject, for instance, if they never print but only post pictures on social media websites?

If you spend any time visually adjusting the colour or contrast of a digital image, regardless of its final use, that decision needs to be made on a colour calibrated monitor. Although it’s unlikely that even 1% of viewers on a social media site would have a calibrated monitor, there are at least two factors to consider:

  • If your monitor was too warm, and you adjusted your images based on the assumption that what you see on the screen is correct, anyone with an un-calibrated ‘cool’ monitor viewing the images will see a massive difference to your intended colour balance. Whereas if your monitor is calibrated, you are limiting the range of colour difference across the range of un-calibrated monitors.
  • Your original image may have been perfect, but if you view it on an un-calibrated monitor, you could end up wasting your time whilst also destroying your image.

How difficult is colour management? Do you need good IT skills, for example? It was complicated fifteen years ago, but nowadays it is straightforward and automated.

Where would you recommend someone start if they want to colour manage their workflow? Is it, for example, necessary to start with the camera and work all the way through to the output device?

The most practical point to start from is monitor calibration. A calibrated monitor enables you to determine deficiencies in your camera, printer or viewing conditions.

There seem to be a great many colour management devices on the market. With a limited budget, what is the first item to buy, why, and do you have any specific product recommendations?

To back up my previous answer, it would have to be a monitor calibrator. A properly calibrated monitor is essential for colour critical work such as photography. A profiled screen gives you a trusted source for viewing your images so that you can be confidence in the results. If budget allows, I would recommend the X-Rite i1Display Pro (RRP £216 incl. VAT), which offers the highest standard of on-screen colour accuracy for displays and projectors. Alternatively, I would recommend the X-Rite ColorMunki Display (RRP £150 incl. VAT), which has slightly less features but is still sufficient for achieving consistent colour accuracy. If you can justify a new monitor, high-end monitors are frequently offered with the benefit of a discount off a calibrator, if purchased at the same time.

The monitor is clearly important, but many people stick with what came with their PC bundle? Is that okay or should they consider an upgrade?

They should definitely consider an upgrade. There is a considerable difference between a £100 monitor bundled with a PC and a £500-£900 professional monitor, and it’s not just the price point. Any editing or decisions on how accurate a photo is, depends on what you see on the monitor screen. That is why it is important to pick the right quality of monitor to suit your needs.

Is there such a thing as an ideal monitor? What should we look for when looking to buy one and what sort of budget will we need?

The NEC SpectraView, EIZO CG and BenQ PG colour critical range of monitors include all the key qualities of an ideal monitor. These are available in a number of sizes and resolutions to suit an individual’s requirements.

A quality monitor will have an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel type. IPS panels offer a much larger colour gamut than TN panels, which are frequently used in laptops. A further benefit of IPS panels over both TN and VA panels, used on standard grade monitors, is the colour consistency and viewing angle. Viewing such panels from even a slight angle causes a shift in the display, whereas IPS panel technology provides consistency from increased viewing angles. Professional monitors will also be validated for uniformity across the display.

Such monitors generally include hardware calibration software. This communicates directly with the monitor for optimised colour accuracy.

Budget constraints are often a factor, and although quality to achieve good colour accuracy over size is a good generalisation, there are some instances when some of the quality features need to be trimmed back, when a larger panel size is crucial. If you can’t justify both quality and the required size, is to worth consider retaining your old monitor for general use and using a second monitor for colour critical work.

With many people buying 4K televisions, is it feasible to use one of these as their editing monitor?

Although the latest 4K televisions offer a much higher resolution than standard HD TV’s, and look a tempting option as a computer screen, they are not suitable as an image-editing monitor. The 4K TV’s are designed to give high contrast, punchy images for primarily displaying TV, films and video, so will display images with increased contrast and saturation even when profiled. We recommend using an accurate colour manageable monitor, and with 4K monitors recently introduced, they should be considered for editing in 4K whereas 4K televisions should be avoided.

The final link in the chain is output. The photographic printer market is dominated by Canon and Epson, what advice do you have for people looking for a high quality photo printer?

Stick to the main photo market manufacturers, Epson and Canon and check that the model is categorised as a photo printer (avoid ‘all in one’ devices as they generally don’t have the colour quality required for photo printing).

When researching a printer, download the manual and look at the key features, especially the print driver colour management options, as this will indicate if the printer will be easily colour managed, and if you want to use third party paper, such as Tecco PHOTO and colour profiles, or create your own.

Printers range from having just 4 colour cartridges (CMYK), to 12 colours. A minimum of 7 or 8 colours that include Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black/Grey provides higher quality prints without visually apparent dots in the light tones. Whereas the addition of Orange and Green increases the colour range with increased colour saturation.

Many people complain of the final print not looking anything like the image they saw on-screen. What advice do you have to get colour correct prints?

I would recommend they purchase an X-Rite ColorMunki Photo (RRP £487.27 incl. VAT) – an all in one entry-level calibration process that delivers fast, accurate matching from capture to display and print. However, even with that, such complaints still arise because the thing people overlook is the viewing light. If the illumination of your monitor isn’t matched to the illumination of your print, one will look lighter or darker than the other. If one can’t justify a viewing booth for standardised viewing conditions, a GrafiLite (£61.27 incl. VAT) will give you a daylight balanced consistent temperature and brightness level to be matched against your monitor.

Most people will have their computer and printer in a domestic environment. Have you any tips to help them get the best possible set-up?

Yes, ideally they should use a monitor hood and a viewing light or GrafiLite. Most professional monitors come with an option of a hood, if not, the PChOOD Pro (RRP £71.44 incl. VAT) is an adaptable hood, which will fit anything from a 15” to a 26” monitor size.

If you had to give just one piece of colour management advice, what would that be?

Ensure that you regularly calibrate your monitor. Your monitor will be gradually changing with time so without monthly calibration, it’s a constant moving target.

Color Confidence announces an exclusive prize draw worth over £1,600 at The Photography Show 2016

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We are pleased to announce that we will be running an exclusive prize draw at The Photography Show 2016. Visitors can complete the entry form on Stand C81 for the chance to win over £1,600 worth of photographic equipment.

The package includes:

During the four-day show, the stand will feature live model photo-shoots, product launches, presentations and technical demonstrations. There will also be a Color Confidence Shop where visitors can purchase products from industry leading brands at special show prices.

The guest line up for the show includes:

  • Sanjay Jogia, who is named one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine
  • Mark Wood, Professional Photographer, BenQ Expert and X-Rite Coloratti
  • Mark Lawrence, Professional Photographer and DxO Expert
  • John Clements, Professional Photographer and Trainer.

We will be exhibiting on Stand C81 at the Photography Show in Birmingham, from 19th to 22nd March 2016, to showcase some of the industry’s leading photographic manufacturers, including BenQ, DxO, ExpoImaging, NEC, Tecco PHOTO and X-Rite.

People interested in attending The Photography Show can use Color Confidence discount code COLTPS16 to save 20% off the price of an adult ticket.

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Visit us on stand C81 at The Photography Show 2016

750px_502px_advertWe will be on Stand C81 at The Photography Show with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers including BenQ, DxO, ExpoImaging, NEC, Tecco PHOTO and X-Rite.

Visit us for live model photo-shoots, product demonstrations, presentations, and of course a big exclusive prize draw that just can’t be missed!

Why visit us?

We have a great guest line up that includes:

  • Sanjay Jogia, who is named one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine
  • Mark Wood, Professional Photographer, BenQ Expert and X-Rite Coloratti
  • Mark Lawrence, Professional Photographer and DxO Expert
  • John Clements, Professional Photographer and Trainer

Key vendors include:

BenQ

 

 

 

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BenQ will be showcasing their colour critical line of monitors specifically designed for photographers and designers that value amazing colour. BenQ will also be launching the PV3200PT – a brand new monitor for video at the show. BenQ evangelist and professional photographer Mark Wood will be on stand C81 throughout the show to demonstrate the BenQ range of monitors and offer help and advice on how to get the most out of your display

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DxO

DxO recently launched the DxO ONE – the world’s smallest 1” sensor camera, which will be demonstrated at the show. The DxO range also includes the award-winning DxO OpticsPro software, FilmPack and ViewPoint. The DxO team will be at the show to demonstrate the complete range of innovative products for photography professionals.

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ExpoImaging

ExpoImaging will be showcasing the latest addition to their award winning FlashBender 2 range at the show. The Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit is a versatile and portable new light modifier for photography professionals. Live demonstrations of the ExpoImaging range will be taking place daily throughout the show.

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NEC will be showcasing their full range of colour critical monitors at the show. Entry and advance level options are available. The state-of-the-art SpectravVew and MultiSync ranges offer you the ultimate colour accurate displays from 23” – 32”.

NEC will also be showcasing the latest 4K UHD (3840×2160) ultra high definition and wide colour gamut displays. Experts will be able to offer you help and advice on choosing the right monitor to suit your individual needs as well as your budget!

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Tecco PHOTO

Tecco PHOTO produces high quality inkjet papers for exquisite digital photo printing. Tecco PHOTO offers you a wide range of paper types, weights and finishes to suit all photography styles, offering superb colour fidelity and fast drying times.

Tecco has recently launched six new papers that will allow you to experiment with new finishes and effects. Come and view the new range at the show!

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X-Rite

Professional photographer Mark Wood will be demonstrating the latest X-Rite products at the show. Sanjay Jogia, who is named as one of the 6 best wedding photographers in the world by Professional Photography Magazine, will be doing live photo-shoots throughout the show.

This will also be the first time the new ColorChecker Video and ColorChecker Passport Video have been showcased in the UK. Visit stand C81 for more information!

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Save 20% on your Photography Show ticket!

Book your ticket to The Photography Show with discount code COLTPS16 to save 20% off your adult ticket. The ticket will then only cost you £10.95!

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Focused on imaging

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…

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… 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!

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

A Tecco paper for every photograph…

There’s more than one way to take a photograph.

And, there’s more than one paper type to print your images on.

You take the time to edit and fine-tune your images to enhance colour, tone and definition, but then continue to print on your standard A4 office printer paper, meaning the image can often looks flat and uninspiring (not what it does on your screen!).

Aside from calibrating your printer to improve results (use one of these to do that…) you should try using different paper weights, styles and textures to enhance your printouts, bringing them to life on the page.

Tecco Paper offer high quality inkjet papers with superb colour fidelity and vibrancy – with a range of finishes and textures to choose from – making them an excellent choice for your inkjet printing. Let’s have a look at some of the range:

Tecco Photo Matt 230

  • 230 gsm
  • High resolution, superb colour fidelity
  • Fast drying times
  • Good, all-purpose paper for fine art prints, black & white or sepia photography

Tecco Luster 285

  • Heavy, 285 gsm
  • Bright white paper
  • Reproduces a high colour gamut for intricate details
  • Ideally suited for portrait, wedding or large format poster prints

Tecco Baryt 270

  • 270 gsm fibre-based
  • Ultra-smooth surface
  • Superb image sharpness and maximum tonal range and separation
  • Suited to fine art printing, colour and exhibition work

Tecco Iridium Silver Gloss 250

  • 250 gsm
  • High quality, silver-metallised paper
  • Iridium like surface with a glossy finish
  • Ideal for high-gloss images with metallic characteristics emphasised

These are just a sample of what papers are available; there is a vast array of Tecco paper styles made to suit various image styles and effects. Browse through their range here to find which paper will suit your requirements the best.

Spring has arrived!

The weather is much better, the sun is actually shining and Spring is very much in the air. Or, at least it was yesterday…

Anyway, to celebrate we have two special Spring offers for you:

1) Get into quality printouts with X-Rite and Tecco

If you buy a ColorMunki Photo this month, you can get yourself a free box of A4 Tecco paper.

The X-Rite ColorMunki Photo will calibrate both your monitor and printer, meaning what you see on screen is what you end up printing out  (one of the most common queries at Focus this year was “why do my printouts look different than what’s on screen?”)  ensuring greater accuracy.

This offer also means you can print out your newly found accurate images on quality paper.

The Tecco paper range includes different types of paper with varying characteristics, helping to add life and depth to your images. For example, Tecco Iridium Silver Gloss is a silver metallised paper perfect for intensifying black and white images, and Tecco Sepia Satin will add a classic/vintage sepia finish to your prints.

We have 5 paper types to choose from – so once your monitor and printer are calibrated, you can get creative with your printing.

Learn more about the offer here.

Then…

2) Get creative with Color Efex Pro 4 for less

So you’ve now got monitor and printer calibration sorted, as well as some quality paper to print on, but what about your actual image editing?

Until the end of April, you can save 20% on Color Efex Pro 4 from Nik Software.

Color Efex Pro 4 is versatile and intuitive allowing you to colour correct, edit and retouch your digital images, making use of Nik’s patented U-Point technology.

The ‘Complete’ edition has 55 filters (10 improved, 8 brand new) which offer combined flexibility and creativity to quickly stylise your images and make them stand out from the crowd.

Along with Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 was one of our most popular and well-received products at this year’s Focus on Imaging.

Learn more about this offer here.

And lastly, don’t forget to come and see us at Sign and Digital UK, stand P94! See www.signuk.com for the lowdown.