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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (MSCCPP)
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- Ideal for photographers shooting still images in a Raw workflow
- Creates professional, custom camera profiles in minutes using the industry standard 24 patch Classic target.
- Combines 3 photographic color-balance targets into one pocket size protective, multi-positionable patented case that adjusts to any scene
- EXCLUSIVE X-RITE TECHNOLOGY! Dual Illuminant profile creation – takes into account two different light sources to create a single profile which can be applied to a variety of lighting conditions
- Easy to use with Adobe® Lightroom® Plug-In or stand alone software for use in other image editing software
- Use Creative Enhancement target to quickly check and evaluate shadow details or highlight clipping; understand and control color shifting or neutralize and create a look with one click.
- Take one step closer to professional results creating custom, in-camera white-balance. Capturing a consistent white point in a set of images allows for adjustments to different lighting conditions and helps eliminate color casting
- Supported by several 3rd party software programs
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Color Control and Creativity for Photography – from Capture to Edit ColorChecker Passport Photo includes three powerful photographic targets in a portable protective case, enabling you to reduce your image processing time and improve quality control in your Raw or JPEG workflow. Quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. You’ll achieve superior color results in a fraction of the time.
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- Microsoft Windows XP 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
- Microsoft Windows Vista® 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
- Microsoft Windows 7, 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
- 512MB RAM
- Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or better CPU
- 200 MB of available disk space
- User must have Administrator rights to install, uninstall the application.
- Monitor resolution of 1024x768 pixels or higher
- Internet connection required for software update
- Mac OSX 10.5.x, 10.6, or 10.7 (with the latest updates installed)
- G4 Processor or higher (Intel recommended)
- 512 MB RAM
- 350 MB of available disk space
- User must have Administrator rights to install and uninstall the application
- Monitor resolution of 1024x768 pixels or higher
- Internet connection required for software update
ColorChecker Passport is a powerful 'capture to edit' color solution for any photographer looking for more accurate, consistent color and creative flexibility. And when you combine ColorChecker Passport with Adobe® Imaging solutions you'll gain even greater benefits. ColorChecker Passport combines three photographic targets into one pocket size protective, self-standing case that adjusts to any scene. Together with the included camera calibration software, you get the ultimate in functionality, flexibility and portability.
There are so many ways to incorporate X-Rite ColorChecker Passport into your Raw workflow. Whether you take advantage of the entire solution, or just a couple of ColorChecker Passport's many features, you'll realize improved quality and productivity almost immediately.
CREATIVE ENHANCEMENT TARGET
Two rows of warming and cooling patches in the middle guide you to create pleasing and repeatable edits. Creatively refine the color of your image by adding warmth to skin tones or boost the deep greens or blues in a landscape. Simply click through the patches to view the adjustment, and select the one that provides your optimal look. Then, save the setting and apply it to other images that were shot under that same lighting to create pleasing edits - it's that easy!
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. Although it may appear from a preview that shadow or highlight details have been lost, it is possible that the processing software just clipped them and they are still available in the Raw file. With some careful adjustments, you may be able to bring them back.
The clipping patches are separated into two groups: light and dark. The light patches are ordered with 1/3 of an F-stop difference between them. The dark patches are ordered the same, with the exception of the last patch; which represents the blackest patch in the ColorChecker target. The exposure difference between the darkest and next darkest patch is approximately 1/10th of a stop, and the dynamic range of the target is about 32:1 (5 stops). In Adobe applications, use these patches along with the clipping preview to ensure you are not losing details.
Across the top of the Enhancement target, the top HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) row includes 8 spectrum patches to ensure color fidelity across all hues so you can evaluate and edit for any color shifts.
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 color casts
- Improve the color preview on your camera's display so your histograms are more reliable
- Make post production color editing faster and easier by eliminating the need to neutralize each image individually
Setting a custom white balance for each lighting situation will make the previews on your camera's built in display more color correct, make your histograms more reliable, and speed up post production color editing. Raw shooters can capture anytime during the session to gain these benefits, while JPEG shooters should make it your first shot.
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 color reference. Photograph it in the same lighting as your images; then open it in your photo processing software as a reference to help with color correction. Each of the 24 color patches represents the colors of natural objects, such as sky blue, skin tones and leaf green; and each patch reflects light just like its real world counterpart. Each square is individually colored using a solid tone to produce pure, flat, rich color without dots or mixed tints.
The Classic can help you make global corrections based on accurate information. If you shoot a large number of images that all require the same color correction, you know that editing a few key photos and applying your changes can sometimes change colors you didn't intend to be changed. A shot of the ColorChecker Classic captured under the same lighting as your images will provide a point of reference, so you can see exactly how changes will affect the rest of your colors before you apply them. Since your changes can be applied to one photo or a group of images, you'll achieve consistency throughout your images.
CAMERA CALIBRATION SOFTWARE 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. Whether you are shooting with just one camera or multiple cameras, you'll easily establish an accurate color foundation and maintain control of your colors. A very powerful feature of the software is the ability to create dual-illuminant DNG profiles. This type of profile takes into account two different light sources to create a single profile, which can be applied to an even wider variety of lighting conditions. Dual-Illuminant profiles can be made with any two of twenty-one supported illuminants, allowing you to create a profile for just about any kind of lighting condition you may encounter. Dual-illuminant profiles allow you the freedom to move between the represented lighting conditions without switching profiles.
- Camera calibration for Raw shooters enables greater capability to calibrate and correct color
- Accurate color gives a consistent foundation for creative interpretation
- Minimize color differences between cameras and lenses
- Adapt for mixed lighting
- Make color balance match across different scenes
SHOOTING JPEG NOT RAW?
You'll still gain many great benefits when you include ColorChecker Passport in your workflow.
White Balance Target
- Ensure your JPEG files are captured with the correct white point
- Eliminate the chance of any extreme white balance errors which cannot be corrected later in JPEG workflow
- Save time on post production edits of each individual shot
Creative Enhancement Target
- Evaluate and optimize shadow details or highlight clipping with gray ramp patches
- Use as visual reference for color spectrum and color adjustment with HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) patches
- Warm or cool images
- Photograph the Classic target in the same lighting as your images and use as a visual reference to help with color correction
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I am not talking about using it as a color picker even though that does come in handy when matching cameras. I am talking about when you are color correcting before your grade.
We all know unless you spend a fortune on the right monitor and calibrate it -- nothing is going to be better than your scopes. Using this to reference accompanied by scopes and other tools we have at our disposal, I do not see how anyone serious about nailing imagery can go on without something like this.
There are too many YouTube tutorials that teach the wrong thing and it is frustrating to see this being done. This is why I like the X-Rite. Let me elaborate.
People teach the wrong way to white balance and correctly white balancing is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL for getting all the color information that was there when you were recording. Especially if you record RAW or ProRes. You want all the dynamic range in not just your highlights and shadows but you want it to show in your colors. Without properly white balancing first; this is not possible. The X-Rite has THE BEST white balance reference on the rear end that I have used and I have used so called 'certified' white balance cards. Simply crop your clip with the white board, set your vector-scope to 2x and boost your RGB levels (NOT SATURATION). Then bring your kelvin (if shooting RAW) or warmth/cool and tint to a point where the cropped white balance card shows as a dot right in the center of your vector-scope. DONE.. NAILED every damn time. White balance in post perfectly every time in less than 30 seconds.
The next thing I like to do is use the clip of the front of the X-Rite to make sure my exposure is perfect a la scopes. Make sure the front of the board is in the light of your scene and adjust your highlights to ensure the white (highlights) are showing as 95 IRE in your waveform, adjust your gamma so the mid-tones (second to last grey swatch) are roughly in the center and adjust your shadows so your blacks (shadows) are right around 0 IRE in your waveform. This way, when you look at the scene with your talent and the highlights are not hitting 95 IRE, you know you are where you should be and don't boost your highlights too much. Then, adjust mid-tones for taste and start your grade. (I don't like crushing my blacks so I will clip them in my grade, not my color correction). I don't usually adjust exposure in the RAW file and will almost always use my levels for exposure. However, if I over exposed a lot in a scene (which I often do when shooting RAW) and highlights aren't clipped (otherwise the footage is scrapped), I may dial down the ISO (RAW adjustment only) so I have a better starting point (general crushed wave is in the center of the waveform scope).
Sorry to turn this into a tutorial but I just feel this is an invaluable tool and worth every penny because of how fast it can help you get a scene color corrected and on to the fun stuff.
Feel free to comment below for any questions.
Again, Canon's raws, even with adobe standard, had a good amount of color and contrast, and weren't that hard to edit. Nikon's raws are absolutely awful in lightroom.
I was on the verge of switching back to canon and the colorchecker passport was my last attempt and making the system work. While I have not yet made camera profiles for every lighting condition, the one I made using daylight works magic on my raws. My god, what a difference! I excepted a change, but not this much of one. Now, using the xrite profile, I'm 80% of the way to an presentable photo, and minor/basic tweaks are all that's needed. Before, I had to mess with all sorts of color sliders, tone curves and pretty much every lightroom module to get my D750 files to look anything like what I wanted.
This thing's an absolute life saver.
Will update review upon receipt of new item.
Update: Upon repurchasing this item direct from Amazon, the new X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, did not have any glue smudges like my previous order (see pics), though it did still have some white shavings inside the package, which were easily blown off with a lens air cleaner. Take care of these chips folks, don't touch them and above all, check them upon arrival for good (proper) quality control from X-Rite.
The reason for a less than optimal rating was that, for the price, you would think that each target (or at least batch) would come with a CD or some media with a data file pertaining to that specific target or batch. You get nothing whatsoever as far as colorimetric data and you have to download that online and hope that the generic file is accurate enough for any target you might receive. They don't even attempt to give you data on paper like you used to get with the original ColorChecker.
Further, there is not even a charge number or batch number anywhere to be found on the target or box it comes in. Just "January 2014 edition" on the back. Seriously, for almost $300 shipped, you'd think they could at least supply batch related colorimetric data.