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Shooting Tips for the Festive Season

Published: Tuesday 18th December 2018

Categories: Photography

The festive season often brings with it plenty of photo opportunities, whether it’s family pictures, picturesque winter landscapes, or Christmas markets; the merry period is an ideal time to capture beautiful memories, and whilst the weather may let us down over winter, there’s no reason why your images have to suffer!

 

Festive Shooting Tips with John Clements Banner

 

To make sure you capture stunning pictures this Christmas, photographer John Clements has rounded up his top ten tips for shooting over the festive period:

 

1). Prepare equipment before the season gets into full swing. Ready flash units, charge batteries, format storage cards etc.

 

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Living Coral is the Pantone Color of the Year 2019!

Published: Thursday 13th December 2018

Categories: Pantone

It’s that time of year again… the time when Pantone announces their Color of the Year and settles any speculations over the choice of colour for the next 12 months! Their colour for 2019 is Living Coral; an animating and life-affirming coral hue that embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort in our continually shifting environment.

 

Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 - Living Coral

 

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

 

Following last year’s Ultra Violet, a dramatic and deep shade associated with mystical and spiritual qualities, Living Coral takes a turn in the opposite direction, instead focusing on environmental preservation, and particularly the beauty we see in nature such as coral reefs. Lying at the centre of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocati...

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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

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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...

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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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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."

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