EIZO video series: Colourclass Namibia – Fascination Africa


It is a dream of many photographers: to take a trip through Africa and to banish landscape and animals to the sensor of their camera. Those who undertake such a journey must be optimally prepared. This is exactly what the brand new video series provides Colourclass Namibia by EIZO and also inspires photographers who do not (yet) plan to travel to Africa.

EIZO video series: Colourclass

Two years ago, monitor manufacturer EIZO produced the colourclass Lofoten video series together with the professional photographer Serdar Ugurlu. The german-language YOUTube channel of EIZO The film series has six parts, which now have more than half a million views. EIZO now wants to button on this success and has a strong continuation in petto with the Colourclass Namibia. The eleven films from South-West Africa deal with the foundations of numerous photographic themes. In addition, topics such as filming with the camera and color management in camera and software are not neglected.


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» The three protagonists of the Colourclass Namibia are Alexander Heinrichs, Christian Ohlig and Stephan Klein (from left to right). Heinrichs is a professional photographer and photo coach. Ohlig is a photographer and color management expert at EIZO. Stephan Klein is a cameraman and captured the two-week journey through the south-west of Africa in a moving image.

Second EIZO Colourclass

The Colourclass is a film project by the monitor manufacturer EIZO in cooperation with well-known professional photographers. In 2018, Christian Ohlig, photographer and color management expert from EIZO, was on the Lofoten in Norway together with professional photographer Serdar Ugurlu. Around 200 kilometres above the northern Arctic Circle, the two photo experts recorded a six-part video series in the freezing winter with countless tips and tricks for nature fans and landscape photographers.

With the second season of the Colourclass in Namibia, Ohlig has embarked on a much warmer region with professional photographer Alexander Heinrichs and filmmaker Stephan Klein. For two weeks, the three professionals travelled to the south-western part of Africa to impressively capture the diversity of the country. “With deserts from deep red to light yellow, stone information like from a science fiction film and of course the fascinating wildlife, Namibia really offers motifs and themes full of things”, ohlig says when asked why the second Colourclass chapter took place in Namibia of all places. Ohlig has made it his goal to explain panorama and astrophotography in Namibia and to get a real professional to support him in advance with the ColorEdge-Ambassador Heinrichs. “Through the choice of Namibia, of course, different topics were set around wildlife photography. And with Alexander, I also had an eloquent and competent expert by my side.”Ohlig says.

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The Colourclass Namibia includes a holistic photo documentation from the journey to the final print.

– Christian Ohlig, color management expert

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» Unique nature: Namibia is a paradise for wildlife photographers.

(Image: Alexander Heinrichs)

» Photo motifs wherever you look: On the safari through the desert, Ohlig, Heinrichs and Klein always encounter new motifs.

New focus on moving image

Compared to the first colour class in Norway, not only the location has changed, but also the content and the number of episodes. The Colourclass Namibia consists of a total of eleven episodes (see overview below), which deal, among other things, with filming with a digital camera and the subsequent post-processing on the computer. “For the topic of filming with the digital camera, this time we brought our cameraman Stephan Klein, who has also filmed the Colourclass Lofoten, in front of the camera”, reports Ohlig and continues: “Stephan starts with a video about time-lapse photography. He also shows how to get started in filmmaking. I find this extremely helpful, because filming is very different from photography.”

Monitor Tip: EIZO ColorEdge CS2740

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2740 is the latest model from the renowned monitor manufacturer for ambitious photographers and filmmakers. The top model of the CS series convinces on a diagonal of 27 inches with IPS-Wide Gamut panel and an Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. In this way, the image material can be assessed in full sharpness on the monitor.

To ensure a uniform, homogeneous image for as long as possible, the Color-Edge CS2740 can be hardware-calibrated in just 90 seconds. The monitor controls the huge AdobeRGB color space 99 percent and displays color commands with a color depth of 10 bits. Another highlight is the USB-C port, through which the transmission of video and data signals as well as the power supply of a notebook, for example, is possible.

www.eizo.de | Price: 1,547 Euros

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» Easily explained: Christian Ohlig goes into the correct color settings and working color spaces in the video series.

View of the equipment

Technology-interested readers are likely to burn a question especially under their nails: “What equipment was used?” The three-strong professional team has Sony Alpha 7R IV photographed and with the Sony Alpha 7 III Filmed. In addition, tripods and panoramic heads from Novoflex necessary stability for the various photographic topics. In addition, the team around Ohlig was able to create a prototype of the Color Edge CS2740 (see above) in advance.

Calibration is essential for a monitor to display the correct colors. Using the new ColorEdge model, Ohlig shows how to create calibration targets correctly. It also explains the color space settings in cameras and Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The end of this series provides an insight into the softproof workflow of photo service provider WhiteWall. By the way, the video series gave all this its name: Colourclass.

(Image: Christian Ohlig)

» From the helicopter: The photographers also photographed Namibia from the air.

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Now available on YouTube

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» “How did the picture come about?” This is an often asked question for professional photographers like Alexander Heinrichs. In the Colourclass Namibia he solves the puzzles about his photo techniques with easy-to-understand tips.

The free Colourclass Namibia can be found on the website www.eizo.academy. There you will find all eleven episodes (see below), Behind the Scenes impressions and three free wallpapers for your home monitor. We are sure that the Colourclass Namibia will impress you as much as we do and hope for a continuation.

Our tip from the DigitalPHOTO editorial team: Take many more free tips and tricks on topics, among other things Filter photography, Printing And Color and lots of wintry Norway impressions take a look at the high-quality Colourclass Lofoten.

11 episodes

The video series Colourclass Namibia is divided into eleven episodes. You can expect this content in detail:

1 | Arrival & Equipment

The first episode is all about the basics. The photographers rely on Sony cameras.

2 | Panoramic photography

Large-scale landscape photography: Photo pro Alexander Heinrichs reveals what to look out for.

3 | Astrophotography

Here you will learn how to optimally stage the starry sky at night.

4 | Timelapse Photography

Record the course of the sun and the change in light: here you will learn how to do it.

5 | Wildlife photography

Long telefocal widths and wild animals: Heinrichs gives helpful tips for all nature photo lovers.

6 | Tips for the photo safari

Christian Ohlig from EIZO gives tips for the photo safari in Etosha National Park.

7 | Autofocus in detail

For fast motifs, a suitable AF setting is required. Alexander Heinrichs gives advice.

8 | Filming & Storytelling

Watch professional filmmaker Stephan Klein over the shoulder in the eighth part of the Colourclass Namibia.

9 | Color & Calibration

Christian Ohlig explains color settings in camera and software as well as the choice of calibration target.

10 | Video editing

The penultimate part of the Colourclass is all about the post-processing of moving images.

11 | Softproof for laboratories

The softproof workflow using the example of WhiteWall – the Colourclass Namibia explains the print preview.

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» To the print: Colourclass Namibia closes with a visit to the printing service provider WhiteWall.


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