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ColorChecker® Passport Photo

Exc VAT: £83.33 Inc VAT: £100.00
SKU: XRIT250

Color Control and Creativity for Photography – from Capture to Edit

 The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is a must have for any serious photographer. It  offers a stand-alone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution for use within Adobe applications.

Passport model shoot

Reduce your image processing time and improve quality control in your Raw or JPEG workflow with the powerful color capabilities of the ColorChecker Passport Photo. Quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. Ideal for photographers.

 

Overview

 

Superior color results in a fraction of the time!

ColorChecker Passport Photo 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 Photo with Adobe® Imaging solutions you’ll gain even greater benefits.

 

ColorChecker Passport Photo combines three photographic targets into one pocket size protective, multi-positionable 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 ColorChecker Passport Photo 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.

 

 

Passport Enhancement
Creative Enhancement Target
 – neutralise and create your look with enhancement patches; check and evaluate shadow details or highlight clipping; check and control colour shifting

 

Passport Classic
Classic Target
 – industry standard colour reference target for creating DNG profiles and for evaluating specific colours

 
 

Passport White Balance
White Balance Target
 – create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent white point in a set of images, eliminating the need to correct each image later

 

Passport Software

Camera Calibration Software – includes both a desktop application and an Adobe® Lightroom® Plug-In for creating custom DNG profiles

 

 

Passport Case

 

Portable Protective Case – adjusts to accommodate multiple positions so you can adjust the targets to any scene. 

 
 

 

JPEG WORKFLOWS

You’ll still gain many great benefits when you include ColorChecker Passport Photo in your workflow. Each target provides added value.

 

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 optimise shadow details or highlight clipping with grey ramp patches
  • Use as visual reference for colour spectrum and colour adjustment with HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) patches
  • Warm or cool images

 

Classic Target 

  • Photograph the Classic target in the same lighting as your images and use as a visual reference to help with color correction

 

3rd PARTY SOFTWARE SUPPORT

ColorChecker Classic target is supported by these 3rd party software vendors:

  • Black Magic DaVinci Resolve for color grading in a video editing workflow
  • Hasselblad Phocus for ICC camera profiling
A Colour-Managed Workflow that Inspires Creativity
 
Passport model shoot

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

 

The art of colour management is all about getting your colours to match from input to output. That means your camera captures true colours, your monitor displays them accurately, and your printer produces a photo that matches what you see on screen. The ColorChecker Passport Photo 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. Whether it’s a studio shot, a colourful nature scene or a multiple photo event, you can extend the power of your photo editing software with one-click enhancements that articulate your inspiration.

 

Shooting Raw provides greater flexibility to colour-adjust images based on how a particular camera captures colour. 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 Photo 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.

 

If your Raw processing application does not support custom DNG profiles, you can still use ColorChecker Passport Photo to provide a physical reference for colour editing. The Enhancement Target also offers such things as exposure evaluation and one-click white balancing for Raw editing packages that support these features. 

 

The ColorChecker Passport Photo includes the following features: 

 

 
WHITE BALANCE TARGET
 
Passport model shootStarting with an accurate white balance ensures the colours you capture are true and provides a point of reference for post-shoot editing.

The ColorChecker White Balance target is a 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. Raw shooters can capture anytime during the session to gain these benefits, while JPEG shooters should make it your first shot.

 

Why can’t I use just any white object?

White balancing on a piece of paper or other grey element in the scene may seem like a simple workaround, but most objects are not actually neutral under all lighting conditions; and they’re certainly not consistent. An inaccurate white balance will result in colour casts and a lack of consistency between lighting conditions.

 

CREATIVE ENHANCEMENT TARGET
 
The Enhancement Target provides a higher level of color 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. Whether it’s a studio shot, a colourful landscape or a multiple scene photo event, you can extend the power of your photo editing software in virtually any Raw processing software. 
 

Warming and Cooling images

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. 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 colour fidelity across all hues so you can evaluate and edit for any colour shifts.

 

 
CLASSIC TARGET
 
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Photographing the industry standard ColorChecker Classic is an important step in attaining consistent, predictable colour at capture. The ColorChecker Passport Photo 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 of the 24 colour patches represents the colours 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 coloured using a solid tone to produce pure, flat, rich colour 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 colour correction, you know that editing a few key photos and applying your changes can sometimes change colours 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 colours 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.

 

3rd PARTY SOFTWARE SUPPORT

  • Black Magic DaVinci Resolve for color grading in a video editing workflow
  • Hasselblad Phocus for ICC camera profiling

 

 
CAMERA CALIBRATION SOFTWARE
 
Software Screengrabs

Build custom DNG camera profiles with the ColorChecker Classic Target, the industry standard 24-patch ColorChecker. With the included ColorChecker Passport Photo 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 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 colour foundation and maintain control of your colours.

 

  • 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. 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.

 
PASSPORT-SIZED CASE
 
Passport StandingPassport TshapeColorChecker Passport Photo is so convenient and portable. Make sure you take it with you to every shoot! 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. 

The Passport case is adjusts to multiple positions to self-stand, allowing you the flexibility to place the targets exactly where you need them. Whether you need a single shot of the White Balance target, a 90-degree shot of the Classic or Enhancement target, or a parallel shot of them together, the Passport case can be perfectly positioned. 

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


Hardware:

 

  • Size (H x W x T): 125mm x 90mm x 9mm
  • Weight: 80 grams (3 oz)
  • Humidity range: 85% or less (non-condensing)
  • Temperature range (for normal use of the case): 32-104 degrees F (0-40 degrees C)
  • Chemical substance regulation: Reach compliant regulation EC 1907/2006
  • Packaging dimensions: 135mm x 180mm x 26mm. Package weight: 140 grams (5 oz)

 

Software:

Minimum requirement - Windows:

 

  • Microsoft Windows 7® 32 or 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8® 32 or 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1® 32 or 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 10® 32 or 64 bit
  • 512MB RAM
  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or better CPU
  • 200MB of available disk space
  • User must have administrator rights to install/uninstall the application
  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher
  • Internet connection required for software update

 

Minimum requirement - Macintosh:

 

  • MacOS X 10.11x, 10.12x or 10.13x (with latest upgrades installed)
  • 512MB RAM
  • G4 processor or higher (G5 recommended)
  • 350Mb of available disk space
  • User must have administrator rights to install and uninstall the application
  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher
  • Internet connection required for software update

 

Compatible software supporting DNG profiles:

 

  • Adobe Lightroom 2.0 or newer
  • Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 or newer
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 or newer
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or newer
  • Adobe Bridge CS3 or newer

 

RAW Editor:

 

  • For use in any RAW editor with a click custom white balance capability

 

ColorChecker Passport Physical Specifications
 
  • Size: 125mm (H) x 90mm (W) x 9mm (T)
  • Weight: 80 grams or 3 oz
  • Humidity range: 85% or less, non-condensing
  • Temperature range for normal use of the case: 32° - 104° Fahrenheit / 0° - 40° Celsius

ColorChecker® Passport Photo

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