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Come and discuss all things Dry Lab at Focus On Imaging

15 Feb

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


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


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.

Focused on imaging

13 Mar

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:

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

4 Apr

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

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

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

28 Mar

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 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

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


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.


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

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


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!

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

A visit to Focus-On-Imaging 2011 (part 1)

21 Mar

Focus-On-Imaging is the centrepiece exhibition of the year for all things photographic, digital imaging and beyond and a default entry in the diary of any serious photographer from hobbyist to professional.

Focus 2011 was the biggest event yet and combined a really eclectic mixture of big brand exhibitors along with a real mix of smaller, more niche manufacturers and service providers which made for a fascinating event that provided real inspiration and food for thought.

Alongside the opportunity to take a look at the latest products and see them demoed by the experts, there was also a great chance to see some incredibly illuminating lectures, attend workshops and sit in on seminars to truly sharpen skills, learn creative tricks and leave the event with a little more in the skill set armoury.

I enjoyed a great opportunity to spend an afternoon taking a look at those new products, watching those demonstrations and sitting in on those seminars for myself and came away with the opinion that, if you have any interest in investing in your photography skills, a trip to Focus in 2012 is absolutely essential.

Getting to Focus is easy too. The show takes place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, which is well served by both the Motorway and rail networks and is also conveniently adjacent to Birmingham International Airport if you are flying in as many people do.

Parking is plentiful and well sign posted, and although perhaps a little steep at £8, you do enjoy a full day in a security patrolled car park that is only a short walk from the main exhibition halls.

Refreshments, eating and drinking are also plentiful too, both in the actual exhibition hall in the shape of a dedicated self-service café, offering drinks snacks and light meals and in many branded franchise outlets such as Subway and a Wetherspoons public house in the outer atriums that surround the main hall.

So, all in all, easy to get to, refreshments are plentiful and the show itself is unmissable!

So what was new from a product perspective?

As I said, one of the great things about Focus On Imaging is the eclectic mix of exhibitors that you will encounter.

You are just as likely to see the latest innovations from Sony and Nikon as you are specialist frame makers and innovative solutions from tripods and lenses to handmade albums and further education options.

Color Confidence

Europe’s largest Colour Management and Digital Imaging specialists occupied a vibrant central stand that offered a great mixture of new products from the likes of RAIN design, Hanvon and NEC displays.

What really differentiates Color Confidence from their competitors is the depth of knowledge and expertise that their technical experts possess and this year that was harnessed in their free Colour Clinic surgery where visitors to their stand could enjoy face-to-face advice on any aspect of colour management or digital imaging.

In addition, a limited edition ‘introduction to colour’ magazine was on offer to visitors to the Color Confidence stand which was a tremendous way to gain an initial understanding of workflow and how to get the very most out of digital imaging.

From my vantage point, the Color Confidence stand was buzzing and lively all day with a combination of demonstrations, seminars and lively debate along with lots of sales making it a great year for these leaders in their field.

You can learn more about Color Confidence by visiting


Sony dominated the left hand side of the exhibition hall with a stylish and expansive stand, manned by a number of the black shirted technical gurus who spoke to a seemingly endless stream of Sony aficionados keen to discuss the latest innovations and doubly keen to try them out.

Much of the Sony team’s activity and when I spoke to one of their advisers myself seemed to be focussed on their Nex-5 and Nex-3 cameras.

These great looking cameras which are available in a range of striking metallic colours represent the world’s smallest digital interchangeable-lens camera and it looks great.

As their brochure, which I picked up from a very helpful Sony adviser describes them:

‘The revolutionary new Sony Nex-5 and Nex-3 both deliver spontaneity, interchangeable-lens creativity and DSLR image quality in a stylish, ultra-compact package. – wherever and whenever you need it. Combining the thoroughbred heritage of Sony’s digital SLR system with outstanding operating ease and full HD video recording, the Nex-5 and Nex-3 take ultra compact photography to the next level’

A fantastic little camera, bursting with features that demoed very well on the day and well worth a look in my opinion.

You can learn more about Sony’s incredible range at

The Image File

One of the smaller exhibitors at the show who were promoting an interesting concept that one of their team took a great deal of time to explain to me in a a really clear, informative way was The Image File.

The Image File offer web solutions for the serious photographer.

Since 2002, The Image File has been dedicated to providing  not just great web sites and online sales solutions but a complete web strategy fro serious photographers.

The Image File provides a browser driven system, allowing you to log in from a PC, Mac, iPod or smart phone and no software ever needs to be installed.

The Image File currently store more than 20 million images for their users.

A help desk and numerous online articles are available 24/7 to support their customers every step of the way, from registering a domain name and forwarding a dns to creating great special offer pricelists encouraging your customers to access and buy your images as quickly and easily as possible.

You can learn more about The Image File and enjoy a free, no obligations trial for a month by visiting

In Part 2, I will overview what the expansive Nikon stand had on offer, take a look at the Epson printers stand and also work my way around some of the smaller exhibitors who were offering some really interesting new products.

See you next week!

Simon Baker

It’s Focus time!

22 Feb

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!


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

Time for some Focus (again)

27 Jan

We’re a little bit earlier this year than our previous blog leading up to our last Focus on Imaging post, so we have a bit more time to talk about what we’ll be up to at the show!

First of all, if the phrase ‘Focus on Imaging’ doesn’t mean that much to you, let us explain…

Focus on Imaging is an annual imaging show that takes place at the NEC in Birmingham, usually at the beginning of March.  It’s also Europe’s largest – meaning all your needs and queries from image capture, to output and more are covered. 200 exhibitors from leading global brands and manufacturers mean there’s a world of knowledge and expertise to take advantage of. In short, if you’re involved with imaging in any shape or form – from hobbyist to professional – you really should be at the show!

If you need further convincing, the highlights video from 2011 is well worth a watch.

For those of you who have heard of the show, you’ll have probably already registered and saved yourself 20% off the regular admission price.

So, what will we be doing this year on Stand C11 in Hall 9?

Well, we have a brand-new, rather swish stand this year – although it’s still under wraps so we can’t really talk about it yet, but if you did come to visit us last year, we can definitely say it looks completely different!

This year is all about the new products on show.

X-Rite i1Display Pro, ColorMunki Display, the latest Spyder4 range, Cruxcase, Color Confidence Studio Photo and Studio View to name a few will all be on display and ‘on-demo’ by our colour experts. This gives you the perfect opportunity see the products in action, and learn about how they work and how they can improve your imaging workflow.

We’ll also have the latest Booq Python Camera bag range on show and professional graphics tablets from Hanvon.

And as is always popular; the latest colour accurate monitors from Eizo and NEC will again be on display for you to see first hand.

Focus on Imaging 2012 promises to be a great one – keep an eye on our dedicated Focus microsite for the latest updates, and to claim a £5 show voucher.

See you at the show!

Time for some Focus

25 Feb

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: 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?


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

TIPA Award-winning Optics Pro 8

23 May

Congratulations to DxO!

As we tweeted a few days ago, Optics Pro 8 from DxO Labs has picked up the TIPA 2013 prize for “best photo software”.

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) is composed of the biggest photography magazines in the industry said;

“When you combine the expertise of DxO Labs in image quality with a full-featured Raw converter and image processor, photographers will discover a powerful software tool for image enhancement in one workspace.”

You can read the full release here.

We’ve had DxO as part of our product range for a few months now as we strive to fill the hole left by Nik Software. You may well have seen us demoing it at this year’s Focus on Imaging.

DxO Optics Pro

DxO – particularly Optics Pro 8 – works in harmony with your camera and lens combinations. The software will automatically recognise your camera and lens to provide image corrections based on your kit. Downloadable corrections can also be sourced.

Think of Optics Pro 8 as precision image correction meets creative effects. The idea is to spend more time perusing your passion (taking photographs) and less time in front of your screen editing images.

The DxO website gives a fantastic overview of the product, with lots of interactive demo images and examples.

You can also pick your copy up from us here.

Choosing a monitor (updated) – a buyer’s guide.

15 Mar

Back in 2011 we blogged about choosing an NEC or Eizo monitor to suit a specific budget.

Monitor choices

With Eizo launching new models in the New Year, we thought we’d re-visit your options to include these new monitors.

Something for the professionals.

Much of what we said last time is still applicable today. 24″ remains a popular size for most professionals, although we had a lot of interest in our 27″ NEC’s at this year’s Focus On Imaging. Top grade panels and high colour accuracy are still standard, as are monitor hoods and calibration software for your higher-grade models.

So without bombarding you with too much information…

The 24″ choice:

Consider whether you require the IPS panel of the Eizo or the newer P-IPS panel of the NEC. The Eizo has a larger native resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to 1920 x 1080, but the NEC has a higher Adobe RGB coverage of 98% compared to the 97% of the Eizo. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

Again your choice is between an IPS (Eizo) and P-IPS (NEC) display. Consider the Eizo’s 16:10 ratio, 1920 x 1200 resolution and digital screen uniformity feature compared to the NEC’s 16:9, 1920 x 1080 and no digital screen uniformity option.

The 27″ choice:

These are the ‘bigger brothers’ of the 24″ versions mentioned above. The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio and 97% Adobe RGB coverage of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio and 98% Adobe RGB coverage of the NEC. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio, 97% Adobe RGB coverage and digital screen uniformity of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio, 98% Adobe RGB coverage and no digital uniformity feature of the NEC. Neither monitor comes with hood or calibration software.

Still out of your price range?

If these are still out of your range, consider either dropping down a monitor size or to the next grade of monitor.

  • Eizo SX2462W or NEC PA241W (from approx. £696 to £839 respectively)
  • Eizo CS230 or NEC P232W (from approx. £590 to £450 respectively)

Bear in mind stepping down in price range or grade often reduces the size of the screen and the feature-set included. Granting, these choices are excellent ‘entry-level’ options. They will all benefit from the addition of a monitor hood that can be purchased separately. None will come with their own calibration software.

As ever, your best bet when choosing a new display is to specify what features you desire and then ‘compare and contrast’ which monitor best fits your requirements.

We’ve created a monitor comparison chart to help guide you through this comparison.

If you still can’t decide, comment below or get in touch and we’ll do our best to help!

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