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10 Must-Have Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

Published: Tuesday 27th November 2018

Categories: Color Confidence, Lighting, Photography, Software


The hectic festive period is almost upon us… so this year why not be the smug one and get all of your shopping done before everyone else? You can then be the one who brags about having purchased all of your gifts even before you’ve thought about resurrecting the Christmas tree (easier said than done though)! 


To help you on your way to ultimate Christmas preparation glory, we’ve rounded up the top 10 gifts your camera-obsessed loved ones would appreciate under their Christmas tree this year (or if you’re feeling particularly generous, why not even treat yourself?).


1. ExpoImaging 32in 2-in-1 Reflector- Super Soft Silver/Natural White, £29.95


Top Entry-Level Equipment for Photographers

Published: Monday 15th October 2018

Categories: Colour Management, Lighting, Monitors, Photography

With the increasing amount of high-tech, industry-leading technology being introduced at a faster rate that you can keep up with, it’s easy to be overwhelmed in this frantic world of photography.


You’re in the early stages of your career and you’ve likely bought your first camera, whether that’s a compact, mirrorless or dependable DSLR, you’ve bitten the bullet and taken that first step. So, now you may be thinking how much more do I really have to spend to get professional results?


The good news is, there’s equipment out there that can help you create truly stunning images without breaking the bank! From trusty calibration devices that help you achieve consistently accurate colour, to pocket-sized devices that allow you to create a custom white balance in a matter of seconds; the market is full of gear that will ensure you get the most out of your images. We’ve highlighted a selection of key products that will help you to get the best r...


A basic guide to using the Rogue FlashBender 2 range!

Published: Friday 3rd August 2018

Categories: Lighting

The majority of photographers are required to shoot in various exciting locations, from the top of skyscrapers to secret hidden alleyways; there is no limit to where their camera takes them! This is why the Rogue FlashBender range is so crucial to photographers on-the-go, due to the portable and convenient nature of the range!


 With the majority of the FlashBender 2 range, you simply strap the equipment to the top of your flash, and away you go! To make sure you can use the FlashBender 2 kit with ease, we’ve highlighted how to use various products in the range for your desired images, allowing you to focus on the important stuff, like creating beautiful photos!


 Shaping background lighting


 FlashBender 2 Attachment View


8 Easy Outdoor Photography Tips for Summer

Published: Wednesday 18th July 2018

Categories: Photography

When summer approaches, the majority of the population flock to attractive outdoor spots with the promise of sunshine and a potential tan. Photographers on the other hand, see the summer months as an ideal shooting opportunity without the threat of interruptions from the harsh weather. Whilst shooting outdoors should not be limited to the summer, it is important to take into consideration various factors that can truly make your summer shots perfect!


1. Embrace and research new places


We all have our favourite spots to shoot in; whether it’s the trees in our local park, signposts in a particular street, decor in your living space or even bathroom taps in your house, always remember there are always new spots to discover, and sometimes embracing the unknown and going outside can produce surprisingly stunning results! What’s more, there will be no shortage of outdoor events taking place during the summer, which could lead you to that lesser known place. Some of these are not always well advertised, therefore we recommend doing your own research to find the best locations and events near you!   Mountain View Photograph... </p>
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Smart Colour Management with the X-Rite i1Studio

Published: Thursday 24th May 2018

Categories: X-Rite

Colour management is an incredibly important concept within photography, yet it is a subject that can cause the greatest amount of confusion, even amongst the most experienced photographers.


i1Studio Display Calibration


Nevertheless, there’s an extensive range of colour management solutions in the market to help avoid this confusion, and this is where the X Rite i1Studio comes in.


The i1Studio colour calibration tool is the professional level, start-to-finish colour management solution, created for photographers who regularly shoot, scan, edit and print, but who don’t have limitless time to spend on the process.


X-Rite’s latest release surpasses various other colour management products in the market with its unique features, including:


NEW i1Studio software for displays, proj...


The Photography Show 2018

Published: Friday 6th April 2018

Categories: General News

Every year, the Color Confidence team head to the NEC in Birmingham to attend the UK's biggest show for photographers; The Photography Show. It's certainly one of the highlights of our year, and this year we had a fantastic time exhibiting our products and meeting all of you who attended!

2018 proved to be very busy, despite the unexpected blizzard! We held a variety of exciting presentations from established photographers, including Frank Doorhof, James Ritson and Daniel Bridge, who each demonstrated particular techniques involved in capturing and editing photos at any stage.

At our stand, we exhibited various award-winning products including BenQ monitors, ExpoImaging FlashBenders and lighting accessories,...


RAL COLOURS wins German Design Award for the fourth time!

Published: Thursday 18th January 2018

Categories: Colour Management

RAL COLOURS have won the German Design Award for their innovative product and communications design, for the fourth time! This year, RAL were awarded in the "packaging" category for their newly developed RAL CLASSIC K5 packaging.

With its simple and modest design, the RAL K5 packaging conveys the message of RAL COLOURS to combine innovative product design with the reliability of a global design. The matt fan is located in the semi-matt outer packaging and the glossy colour fan in the specially developed high-gloss version.

"This year we are very happy about this top-class award. With the innovative packaging for our RAL CLASSIC colour fans that have been reliable for more than 90 years, we succeed in achieving our vision of 'Innovative and reliability, worldwide,' exactly to the point" says Jasmin Noorani-Thelen, Communications & PR Manager at RAL COLOURS.

The German Design Award is the international premium prize of the German Design Council, honouring innovative products ...


Rotolight Anova PRO 2 makes an appearance on Dancing on Ice

Published: Wednesday 10th January 2018

Categories: Colour Management

Fans of the much-loved series, Dancing on Ice, may have spotted the recently released Rotolight Anova PRO 2 make an appearance in the glamour and profile shots, helping to create a dramatic new look for the tenth series of the show.

30 lights in total were used, provided in five custom-designed rigs for the filming of the TV idents, with the unique rigs each featuring six lights mounted in large ringlight configurations. Chris Yacoubian, director of photography for the glamour and profile shots for the show sought out the Rotolight lighting based on the popularity and capabilities of the range,

"I saw the Anova PRO 2 clustered together and that just sparked my creativity. The lights are powerful, portable and beautiful in terms of their colour rendition and skin tones. They are a fantastic tool and deliver and perform perfectly. I'm thrilled with the result."

The Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is a pioneering continuous light and High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash for creative...


Rotolight Announce the Launch of the Anova PRO 2

Published: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Categories: Lighting

Rotolight have recently announced the launch of the Anova PRO 2, a continuous light and High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash for creative image-makers! The Anova PRO 2 redefines the standard for professional LED lighting in studio or location, and is one of the brightest LED lights ever launched in its class.

The Anova PRO 2 is the ideal light for photographers, designers, videographers, filmmakers and more. The Anova PRO 2 delivers up to an incredible 10,900 lux output at 3 feet, 70% more power output than its predecessor, with a mere 72W consumption, making it one of the most energy efficient LED panels every designed.

Rotolight's latest launch devliers oustanding colour reproduction (CRI>96, TLCI 91) eliminating the need for expensive post production, whilst featuring electronicslly adjustable colour temperature in both flash and continuous modes (6300-3150K).

"The Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is the perfect light for working in the live television envir...


The PANTONE Color of the Year has been announced!

Published: Friday 15th December 2017

Categories: Pantone

PANTONE have recently announced their Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet! A dramatic and deep shade associated with mystical and spiritual qualities, 18-3838 Ultra Violet has been chosen for its ability to communicate originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

The enigmatic purples have long been a symbol of counterculture, unconventionality and individuality, often showed through counterparty pop culture with music icons including Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix who all brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as expressions of individuality.

Executive Director of the PANTONE Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, said,

"We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination, it is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From e...


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