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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport - MSCCPP
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- Starting with an accurate white balance ensures the colours you capture are true and provides a point of reference for post-shoot editing
- The all-new Enhancement Target provides a higher level of colour creativity and control to your workflow
- Photographing the industry standard ColorChecker Classic is an important step in attaining consistent, predictable colour at capture
- ColorChecker Passport is so convenient and portable. Make sure you take it with you to every shoot!
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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.
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.
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.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Mac 10.6/10.07/10.08/10.09
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
It's all very well having a colour-calibrated monitor (a LaCie 526) but if the camera isn't also calibrated, an unknown variable is introduced into the workflow and while the Nikon D3 can be expected to produce excellent results, and it does - it's still an unknown.
I installed the provided software (and immediately updated it to the current version) without issue and it correctly identified the ColorChecker I'd included in one of my images. Once the profile was created and saved I applied it (Lightroom under Win7 Pro 64-bit) to some RAW images and they came to life in a subtle yet impressive way - a clear improvement.
As a Lightroom plug-in is also provided and automatically installed the process is easily incorporated into the usual RAW workflow without having to use an external program so rather like a white balance card (which the ColorChecker also incorporates), it's a simple matter to include a snap of it during any photo-shoot session to obtain excellent accuracy irrespective of lighting conditions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Colour calibration's essential when you take your photography to the next level and this compact X-Rite (formerly sold as GretagMacbeth) ColorChecker gets the job done in a travel... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter B.