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WINNER Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is the ultimate workflow solution, giving photographers the power to catalogue, process Raws, edit and output their work in an effective and efficient manner. Its module approach progresses the user intuitively through workflow stages, irrespective of experience. Adobe offers different subscription plans, including the option to subscribe to Photoshop and Lightroom. In its classic form, Lightroom enables desktop editing, but with an additional cloud- based service, you can edit on the move.

WINNER Permajet Titanium Gloss 300

WINNER BenQ SW321C Pro 32in IPS

WINNER Datacolor SpyderX Elite

Permajet introduced Titanium Gloss 300 to its enormous range last year, and it’s proved a popular material. On its 300gsm heavyweight, resin-coated base sits a smooth, silver gloss finish. Its deep blacks and vibrant colour reproduction make it perfect for images of metalwork, jewellery and glass, but don’t rule out its impact with other subjects. It’s not for everyday use; reserve it for those images that really deserve a unique look. SHORTLISTED • Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique II 310gsm • Da Vinci Fibre Gloss Silk 310gsm • Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300 Signature • Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic • Ilford Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm • Innova Exhibition Photo Baryta 310gsm • Tetenal Spectrajet Photo Satin 270gsm

BenQ has dominated this category for some years, meaning its triumph with this awesome 32-inch LCD monitor is no surprise. It’s already scooped major awards, including the TIPA World Awards 2020 for Best Professional Photo Monitor. Now, Photography News readers have recognised its brilliance as well. On top of 4K resolution, it’s capable of displaying 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and offers consistent colour performance.

A workflow with great colour management makes your photographic life so much easier. It ensures what appears on your screen is represented accurately later – on social media, your website or in print. Datacolor SpyderX Elite is powerful, simple-to-use and good value for money, too.

SHORTLISTED • Datacolor SpyderX Photo Kit • X-Rite i1 Studio

SHORTLISTED • BenQ SW271 Pro 27in IPS • Eizo ColorEdge CS2740 • Philips 329P9H 32in IPS 4K • ViewSonic VP2785-2K

SHORTLISTED • Anthropics Portrait Professional 19 • DxO PhotoLab 4 • Phase One Capture One Pro

• X-Rite iDisplay Pro Plus • X-Rite Color Passport 2


• Serif Affinity Photo • Topaz DeNoise AI

WINNER Hahnemühle Natural Line range The Hahnemühle Natural Line range comprises three papers: Agave, Bamboo and Hemp, made from the cellulose of those plants. Each one grows quickly, requires minimal attention and needs less water. It’s all part of the brand’s pursuit of sustainability. That alone deserves recognition, but these 290gsm papers, free of optical brighteners, perform exceptionally, with lovely, gently rough matte finishes. For a broad subject range, they’re a fantastic choice.

Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300 Signature

Serif Affinity Photo

Philips 329P9H 32in IPS 4K

X-Rite i1 Studio

Photographers and printers are blessed with

Affinity Photo is a powerful editing software for

A great LCD monitor is just the ticket to really

Colour management isn’t the most gripping subject,

an incredible choice of papers. I’m particularly a fan of baryta papers, because the smooth semi- gloss finishes remind me of the air-dried, fibre-based gloss prints I used to get out of the darkroom. My current favourite happens to be on our shortlist and, while it didn’t win, I was happy to bestow it with my own little award. It performs really well for colour, as well as black & white images.” Will Cheung–Editor

Windows, Mac and iPad that’s packed with features. The program boasts plenty of highlights: it can process Raw files, stitch panoramas, focus stack and HDRmerge, and it has unlimited layers and smart object support. Affinity Photo also functions seamlessly with its sister software programs, Designer and Publisher. And let’s not forget, it has a great outright purchase price. With those credentials, I feel it deserves extra recognition.” Will Cheung–Editor

appreciate your images on screen. This model has a high spec and represents good value for its level of sophistication. It features Philips’ UltraClear 3840x2160 UHD resolution and a USB-C 3.1 docking station with power delivery. As such, it’s possible to connect a wide array of peripherals. An integral webcam intuitively appears during use, sliding back into the monitor frame when you’re done.” Will Cheung–Editor

but it’s an essential part of workflow. That means it deserves special attention. The X-Rite i1 Studio is a powerful solution that calibrates monitors, papers, printers and digital projectors. It’s easy to use, accurate and takes the pain away from colour management. That alone makes it thoroughly deserving of recognition here.” Will Cheung–Editor

SHORTLISTED • Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

• Da Vinci Soft Textured 315gsm • Fotospeed Platinum Etching 285 Signature • Innova Photo Cotton Rag 315gsm • Permajet Museum Heritage 310

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