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Spring is here!

5 Apr

Apparently.

daffodils

Despite being April, you’d think we’re still in the middle of January with the cold wind and patches of snow we still have on the car park.

Nevertheless, we thought now would be a good time to run through a couple of products a photographer will find useful for the longer daytime hours and sunshine (fingers crossed).

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

An essential accessory for any photographer. ColorChecker Passport features a series of colour targets to ensure you can ‘calibrate’ your camera in all environments and conditions. Just make sure the first photo of your shoot includes the Passport, and then use the included software (or Photoshop) to correct your images using the Passport’s standardised references post shoot.

Key feature: portability

X-Rite ColorMunki Display & i1Display Pro 

Calibrating your screen is the one thing above all else we recommend you do. One useful feature of these calibrators – and relevant to longer daylight hours in spring – is an ambient light measurement capability. You can get your screen automatically adjusted to the lighting conditions you work in as they change. This means you can be sure your screen is accurate regardless of where the sun is in the sky and how much light is coming through your window.

Key feature(s): speed of calibration, regular lighting condition adjustments

Booq Toploader

With spring in the air the likelihood of nipping out to take a few pictures increases. Get yourself a booq Toploader camera bag to ‘nip out’ in style, and be assured your DSLR is protected against the elements. There’s enough room for a DSLR and lens (plus lens caps, memory cards etc.) so you’ll only take what you need when spontaneity strikes.

Key feature: compact, minimalist toughness

Franzis HDR (editing coolness)

Once you’ve been out and about, edit your RAW or JPG pictures with the latest HDR effects from Franzis software. Add filters, enhance and correct your images and create original effects to add some extra impact.

Key feature: bracketing feature to work on multiple images simultaneously

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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!

P.S.

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

Working in a winter wonderland…

25 Jan

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.

Merry Christmas from Color Confidence

21 Dec

Well, before the world ends, there’s just enough time to wish you all happy Christmas!

This will be our last blog post of 2012, so a big thanks to all those loyal readers that have subscribed to us over the last 12 months, and to all those who read our posts with interest.

We’ll be taking a more technical help angle for 2013; reviewing products, product comparisons and buying guides, as well as explaining how the somewhat complex world of colour management is actually pretty simple and hugely beneficial to your work.

Enjoy the holiday season, we’re off to get some strong coffee after the entertaining Color Confidence Christmas do last night.

See you in 2013 (hopefully) – we’ll be getting the year off to a flyer by attending London SWPP in January. Stay tuned for more details…

Grab yourself a bargain at our Clearance Day…

14 Dec

Once in a while we can offer a range of colour management related hardware and software products at extremely low prices.

These special offers range from clearance items to end of line stock and ex-demonstration/previously used products. All you need to do is come and visit us on Thursday 20th December at our Birmingham HQ and choose your bargain.

Come and see our selection of:

  • Epson 4880 printers
  • Agfa films/memory cards/USB sticks
  • Wacom Graphic Tablets
  • Image enhancement software
  • Inkjet paper
  • NEC Monitors
  • Epson Scanners
  • Complete PC Workstations
  • and selected other items

And better still with every on-the-day purchase, we will print out a few of your personal images in 6 x 4” format using our professional Epson Surelab D3000 printer, for Free! Just don’t forget your memory card… These items are in addition to the many clearance items already listed in our clearance section, which you can see here.

So come and join us next Thursday and get yourself a bargain.

And while you wait, make sure you have a search through our Christmas Shop

Color Confidence November 2012 update

16 Nov Eizo ColorEdge CX240

Welcome to our November update where we review specific news and new products for the month

Eizo launch new ColorEdge CX240Eizo ColorEdge CX240

A new, versatile ColorEdge monitor from Eizo is now available. The CX240 is an ideal display for photographers and graphic art professionals with its wide colour gamut and uniform display brightness from corner to corner. It’s a 24″ monitor, covers 97% of Adobe RGB, and has a built-in self-correction sensor to keep your screen as colour accurate as possible (although, it will still greatly benefit from the addition of a monitor calibrator).

Learn more about this display here.

Get leading standardised lighting technology with Just Normlicht

Just Normlicht are world-renowned produces of controlled, standardised lighting solutions. By ‘standardised lighting’, we mean a light source that replicates natural lighting conditions, normally coming in the form or 5,000 kelvin (D50) or 6,500 kelvin (D65) temperatures. New in for November, Just Normlicht have launched 4 new desktop viewing booths for the accurate assessment of proofs and colour.

The colorFrame series offer space-saving desktop booths available in two sizes: 46 x 34 cm illumination area and 64 x 40 cm illumination area. These are also available as dimmer switch versions for greater control over the lighting.

For more information about these, and for controlled lighting in general, click here.

Nik Software acquired by Google

Big news confirmation for November. As you may be aware, Nik was acquired by Google in September. As a result, we will no longer be distributing boxed products, and once our stocks are depleted, only electronic downloads will be available direct from www.niksoftware.com

So if you prefer having boxed software – act now to avoid disappointment and get your copy while stocks last!

Get your free Tangerine Tango iPhone 4/4S case!

While stocks last, claim your free iPhone 4/4S case in Tangerine Tango (Pantone colour of the year 2012) with every Pantone Capsure order. The Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately match colour to almost any surface, meaning you can take inspiration from almost anything.

Learn more about it here.

onOne Perfect Suite 7 and a whole host of new products

19 Oct

We’ve just entered (probably) our busiest quarter of the year, so now would seem as good a time as any to introduce you to a host of new products on offer…

Perfect Photo Suite 7 from onOne Software is here (nearly)!

Most of you will be familiar with Perfect Photo Suite 6 – their next generation plug-in suite – and how easy it was to use. Well, now there’s a new version.

Perfect Photo Suite 7 gives you everything you need to realise your photographic visions in one package. Create images that are even more extraordinary with powerful new tools, new intuitive interface, improved performance, and direct integration with your workflow in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. It will also work as a standalone application in its own right, allowing you to edit images in whichever way suits you best.

Stock is expected at the end of October – you can pre-order your copy here.

New, contemporary style with Booq Mamba

The Booq Mamba collection now boasts four new bag and case styles; providing elegant design with efficient practicality for transporting your laptop or MacBook in safety.

  • Mamba Courier – messenger style laptop bag available for 13 – 15” machines
  • Mamba Daypack – the old-school, vintage backpack for up to 15” laptops
  • Mamba Sleeve – Premium 15” laptop protection for the latest MacBooks
  • Mamba Slim –Sleek, natural fibre bag built to protect 13-15” laptops

You can view these, and the other stylish Booq bags here.

NEC introduce three new SpectraView displays

NEC now have 3 new monitor additions to their colour accurate SpectraView range – giving you all the advantage and benefits a SpectraView has to offer. Take a look:

Even more new stuff…

If you’re in the graphics industry and need to reproduce accurate skintone colours – take a look at the Pantone Plus SkinTone Guide, designed to give an accurate skin colour reference.

There’s also a new Rain Design laptop stand available – the iLevel – which gives dynamic and height adjustable features for your laptop.

Happy shopping!

PS, speaking of shopping, why don’t you have a nose at our eBay store

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