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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

by Pantone
Windows XP, Mac OS X
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
Price: £70.65 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Custom dng profiling for all digital cameras
  • enhance images within your raw workflow
  • batch process multiple images with set profiles
  • new custom white balance target
  • standalone dng profiling application on dvd
  • compact, convenient and supplied in a protective case
  • plug-in for adobe lightroom 2
  • online interactive video tutorial
  • compatible with windows 7

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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport + X-Rite i1Display Pro Calibrator for Monitors, Laptops, Projectors and Tablets
Price For Both: £245.65

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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: Electronics
  • Item Quantity: 1


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 x 4.4 cm ; 209 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B002NU5UW8
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

ColorChecker Passport offers you an unparalleled tool to attain full colour control and customised creative enhancement from image capture to post-processing.

The ColorChecker Passport is an essential component to attaining a 100% colour-managed workflow. Plus, the included Enhancement target helps you take your vision one step further by providing the creativity to quickly and easily edit and express your colours just as you’ve always imagined.

A calibrated Raw workflow minimises colour differences between cameras and lenses, adapts for mixed lighting, and makes it possible to colour match across different scenes. ColorChecker Passport makes the camera calibration experience fast and easy. You’ll have greater capability to edit colour because you’re starting with a consistent foundation. Plus, you’ll be able to take advantage of your Raw processing software to automatically apply your profiles to a large number of images.

WHITE BALANCE TARGET

The ColorChecker White Balance target is an all-new spectrally flat target that provides a neutral reference point across different lighting conditions that you encounter during a photo shoot. Since the target reflects light equally across the visible spectrum, creating an in-camera custom white balance can properly compensate for varying lighting.

You'll be able to:

  • • Eliminate colour casts
  • • Improve the colour preview on your camera’s display so your histogrammes are more reliable
  • • Make post production colour editing faster and easier by eliminating the need to neutralise each image individually
  • Setting a custom white balance for each lighting situation will make the previews on your camera’s built in display more colour correct, make your histogrammes more reliable, and speed up post production colour editing.

    CREATIVE ENHANCEMENT TARGET

    The all-new Enhancement Target provides a higher level of colour creativity and control to your workflow. The Enhancement target includes four rows of colour patches designed for image editing with just the click of an eyedropper. Two rows of warming and cooling patches in the middle guide you to create pleasing and repeatable edits. Creatively refine the colour of your image by adding warmth to skin tones or boost the deep greens or blues in a landscape. When it comes to clipping, the Enhancement target highlights the power of working in Raw. A row of clipping patches across the bottom serve as a visual reference for judging, controlling and editing images for shadow details or highlight clipping. Across the top of the Enhancement target, the top HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) row includes 8 spectrum patches to ensure colour fidelity across all hues so you can evaluate and edit for any colour shifts.

    CLASSIC TARGET

    The ColorChecker Passport includes a travel-sized version of the Classic 24 patch target. When combined with camera calibration software you can produce DNG profiles of your camera’s response to scene lighting to get consistent, predictable and repeatable results from image to image and camera to camera.

    The Classic target also provides a visual point of colour reference. Photograph it in the same lighting as your images; then open it in your photo processing software as a reference to help with colour correction. Each square is individually coloured using a solid tone to produce pure, flat, rich colour without dots or mixed tints.

    CAMERA CALIBRATION SOFTWARE

    Build custom DNG profiles with the ColorChecker Classic Target, the industry standard 24-patch ColorChecker. With the included ColorChecker Passport Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom Plug-In, you can quickly and easily build DNG profiles for Adobe Imaging solutions including Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw (ACR) and Adobe Bridge. This new advanced profiling technology provides excellent results with just the small 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target, producing DNG profiles that work exceptionally well, even in unusual artificial light sources. Plus, software auto-detection will locate the target automatically.

  • • Camera calibration for Raw shooters enables greater capability to calibrate and correct colour
  • • Accurate colour gives a consistent foundation for creative interpretation
  • • Minimise colour differences between cameras and lenses
  • • Adapt for mixed lighting
  • • Make colour balance match across different scenes
  • A very powerful feature of the software is the ability to create dual-illuminant DNG profiles taking into account two different light sources to create a single profile. Dual-illuminant profiles allow you the freedom to move between the represented lighting conditions without switching profiles.

    PASSPORT-SIZED CASE

    The ColorChecker Passport’s travel-sized case provides the ultimate in convenience. Made of a rugged material, it houses and protects the three ColorChecker targets from the elements and daily use to extend their lifespan.

    Box Contains

    ColorChecker Passport

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of kit 26 Jan 2011
    By Boing TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    All in all I found this product really easy to use, and it does exactly what it is supposed to. The software is intuitive and simple and it gave noticeable and pleasing results, which is what you want from any calibrator! Although it was quite expensive it is an essential ingredient in any colour-managed work flow and I would definitely recommend it. I'm going to apologise in advance because my review reads a bit like marketing copy; I just really wanted to do this product justice!

    It's important to use a colour-calibrated monitor when editing and proofing images. But what many people don't realise is that the camera sensor itself doesn't understand "colour"; colour values are assigned according to a software profile from the camera manufacturer. This is a "canned profile" - one size fits all, regardless of minor variations in individual cameras or major differences between different sets of shooting conditions.

    The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport provides exactly known colour values, and with the bundled software allows the photographer to quickly and easily model exactly how their particular camera perceives the colour patches under a given set of lighting conditions. The software can then be used to create a profile which is inserted into Adobe Camera Raw's profile list in the "Camera Calibration" menu (and therefore also in Lightroom's list if you use version 2 or above).

    You can therefore create "canned profiles" of your own, appropriate to camera+lens combinations under different lighting conditions, and apply these to candid and opportunistic images. For planned and studio shoots you can of course create profiles specifically for those conditions, just by including the Passport in the first of a sequence of shots!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars X-Rite ColourChecker Passport 28 Oct 2012
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    This product does exactly as it says on the box. So simple and easy to install the supporting software on my desktop computer (Dell Studio XPS). So pleased to locate an item for checking the colour quality of an image and that is so compact and contains all the features that the dedicated photographer requires.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good as expected, but a little fragile! 30 May 2014
    By mageye
    Verified Purchase
    I believe the package is very good with the software to make the custom profiles. I am pretty sure about the accuracy of colours (not that I am, by any means, an expert).

    My only complaint is about the 'plasticy' nature of the passport. I think it's fairly easy to carry and pack in this format but when it comes to opening the passport it can be a little stiff. One day I tried opening it my fingers slipped onto the actual colour pads and my finger nails scraped one of them ruining the surface. They are not hard wearing and I am hoping that the little scratch I made has not effected the accuracy of the colours.

    I had already read about this in other reviews and still managed to do this by accident. All I will say is that: if you do use this, then please use it with care, because it's not really built for all weathers!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great product but easily damaged 7 Nov 2013
    By Mr M
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    It is a great product for custom WB etc but I had to take a point off for how easily the surface of the large grey patch was damaged. I was fixing it to a light stand and inadvertantly rubbed the grey target against the stand. The result was a mark on the surface which is a) darker than the rest of the target and b)shiny due to the special coating being damaged.

    You can say it is my own fault and not a criticism of the product, however there was no warning given about how delicate the surface is and I thought it would be tougher than this. Now I have a damaged Passport after one week of ownership and I certainly won't be replacing it any time soon. I just feel so disappointed.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory! 24 July 2013
    By Nicky
    Verified Purchase
    Perfect colortoolkit for color management. It has three targets to use in an protective case, very handy to have with me all time.
    The combination to create custom whitebalance and calibrate my cameras sensor with this color referenses in different lights,
    saves lots of editing time. This kit can be used with Lightroom and Photoshop, very easy to create profiles in there, and apply to
    all the other pictures. It is allso easier to add warmth to skin tones, or boost the deep greens or blues in a landscape, with the
    creative enhancement target. Thats the digital attitude it can make you happy, or it can make you sad. I use my tools to get satisfaction.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to do it right.... 8 Jun 2010
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    The availabilty of low-price dSLRs has meant many more people are becoming very serious about their photography. Most of them will come across the problem where the photos they've taken don't look the same on their monitor as they do when printed, or viewed on a friend's monitor. That leads them to monitor calibration and how important that is to getting photos with accurate colours.

    But what about earlier in the process? How do you know that your camera is actually recording the colours correctly? That's where the ColorChecker Passport comes in. You take a shot of the colour calibration chart. Then using either the supplied software, or a plugin for Lightroom, you create a profile. Good software (like Lightroom or ACR) can then use this profile on any raw file to ensure that the image produced matches reality as closely as possible. And it's very easy to do all this, even if you're not quite sure just what it's doing.

    If you're the sort of person who spends thousands on a camera, loads on a good monitor and hundreds on monitor calibration then the price of the Colorchecker Passport is worth it to complete the colour management process.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fixes Sony A77 raw file colour nicely.
    Love this product, colours just come out right whenever I use it. It helps overcome the problem of Adobe software not having decent camera profiles for my Sony A77 - assigning... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Matt Neighbour
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to get accurate colours
    One problem with your typical Nikon and Canon cameras (and everyone else to be fair) is that they change the colours in images to look "better", whatever that means to... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mister R
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    first class item....
    Published 1 month ago by M.A.A. SHAW
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about colour then get one.
    Seems a little expensive for what it is, but this is the going rate. If it maximises the output quality from your camera and reduces editing times then suddenly the price doesn't... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Tim
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this, nicely thought out.
    A quick snap at the start of a set or change of setup and you've got some half decent reference points to help with colour correction including white balance. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by BeansOnToast
    5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be amazed at the results after applying
    As other have said, it is expensive for what it is.

    As a product though it is fantastic. Always in my camera bag now. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by uksitebuilder.net
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Saves me loads of processing time
    Published 3 months ago by John Spencer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Calibration Tool for serious photographers
    Perfect Colour Calibration tool

    This is excellent tool to calibrate any colour variances, that the White Balance in the camera never seems to get right
    Published 4 months ago by Foxfire
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great but watch out for Amazon's returns policy.
    Well for such a widely regarded product it was ultimately a disappointment. The main colour panel had a blemish on one of the squares. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Rob
    5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great piece of kit for anyone serious about their workflow ...
    I wouldn't be without this. It is a great piece of kit for anyone serious about their workflow using Adobe or other DNG profiled products. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Trev-R
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