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Where in the World is Your ColorChecker Passport? #ColorCheckerContest

Where in the World is Your ColorChecker Passport? #ColorCheckerContest
Where in the World is Your ColorChecker Passport? #ColorCheckerContest

#ColorCheckerContest

Where in the World is Your ColorChecker Passport?

 

This summer, share all the colorful places you and your Passport have been.

Simply tag your image with #ColorCheckerContest via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to enter for weekly prizes and our Grand Prize drawing judged by Coloratti Greg Gorman.

HOW TO ENTER

To enter, you simply need to take a photograph of your X-Rite ColorChecker Passport anywhere in the world and then submit that photo to Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram and hashtag with #ColorCheckerContest and the location of the shot. For example #greatwallofchina

WHAT YOU CAN WIN

Each week of the competition a winner will be selected by the X-Rite team with weekly prizes of X-Rite calibration equipment, including the ColorMunki Display, i1DisplayPro and ColorMunki Photo.

At the end of the competition X-Rite Coloratti and world-renowned portrait photographer Greg Gorman will select one final Grand Prize winner. They will have the opportunity to have a personal conversation with Greg to choose a signed 13” x 19” print of one of Greg’s photographic masterpieces.

HOW WE CHOOSE THE WINNERS

The competition starts on the 23rd of July and finishes on the 15th of September, with weekly judging taking place every Thursday and winner announced Friday.

TIPS FOR ENTERING

Make sure your photos are public! Also, make sure we can contact you via your social page – if you have no contact info, we cannot notify you that you won. And we want to reward you for being awesome!

Click HERE for official contest rules and prizes

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Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with color management solutions from X-Rite at www.xritephoto.com.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter“Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.

The Anatomy of a ColorChecker Passport

The Anatomy of a ColorChecker Passport
The Anatomy of a ColorChecker Passport

Whether you work in the photo industry, or pursue photography as a passion or hobby hopefully you have come across one of my favorite color management tools at least once. The X-Rrite ColorChecker Passport.

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Now, I am sure that many if not most of the readers of this blog are familiar with what all these little squares of color are and what they do, but today I thought I’d go over the whole thing from top to bottom in hopes of clearing up any confusion and to provide a resource for those just dipping their toes into the world of color management on the camera level.

The ColorChecker Passport is very simply put a set of calibration cards for you to include in test shots while shooting.

Not unlike a photographer’s gray card. In fact it does include a gray card in the set. This can be used to set a custom in camera white balance while shooting. Of course the procedure for this is going to be different from camera to camera, so its best to just check your manual for instructions on how to do that for your own camera. But in general the process usually involves taking a photo in the light you are looking to calibrate for filling the frame with the grey card and then following the steps in the camera’s menu to set the white balance.ColorChecker Passport.006

Now let’s move on to the two more colorful cards. The way to use these cards is very simple. For every lighting situation you encounter take a test shot including these two cards.

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So, if you are shooting in a room lit by tungsten lights include the ColorChecker in the first shot and then continue shooting as you would. Then if along the course of the shoot you move locations, say go outdoors, take another test shot with the checker because the light has cahnged. One test shot for each lighting condition. Also, if you for some reason switch cameras, take a new test shot. Please note though, for the ColorChecker to be fully effective you must be capturing in RAW. You will still of course get some benefits from the ColorChecker if you are capturing in jpeg, but because of the nature of the file a lot of the color information we want to work with is lost in the the compression.

Once you have finished shooting and have moved on to the processing stage you will begin to see just how powerful a tool the ColorChecker Passport is and how easy it is to integrate into your workflow.

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The top card is referred to as a creative custom white balancing tool You can use this in any software that allows you to set a white balance by using a dropper tool.

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But first up top here we have a set of color patches. These are mostly for reference. Like if you had a very specific red you needed to reproduce, this is most useful for things like product photography.

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On the bottom there is also another set of patches for checking your shadow and highlight details. If you set exposure warnings or “blinkies” on your camera or software this can be a very quick reference.

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In the middle are the gray patches for setting your white balance using a dropper tool. Both of the highlighted ones above with little bumps in their frame are neutral gray. Clicking there will immediately neutralize your white balance. First and foremost this is intended to be a time saver. No more clicking and hunting trying to find something white in a scene to set the white balance from. And now you can click with confidence, because you know that these patches are and always will be neutral. Every time. The unfortunate truth of using a dropper to set a custom white balance is I think it leads people to belive you have to set the white balance off of something white in a scene. This is actually large problem because it is very rare to encounter things that are actually “pure white” in the world. So, when you set your white balance by clicking on something that isn’t truly neutral you are in a sense stumbling right out of the gate color wise and now that little variance is going to follow you through out the rest of your workflow. Always having a good bit of neutral grey with you makes sure that does not happen.

Now, what are these other gray patches for then?

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They are for tweaking your white balance, quickly without having to mess with sliders or anything like that. So, say you shot someone and they ended up looking a little pale when you neutralized the white balance? You can just move your dropper tool up to one of the warming grays and there you go.

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Conversely if you had a scene you wanted to cool down some, you can just move your dropper down to one of the cooling grays.

Again this is all about speeding up the color correction process, it gets you to the fun part of editing sooner. It also adds consistency to your edits, no more vaguely moving sliders until it looks right and because we are working with constants, this step is always repeatable.

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Last of course we have the color checker itself. Now, this is a collection of very specific colors that work with the included software and a Adobe Lightroom plug-in to make a custom DNG profile for you specific camera. It is important to remember at this step that setting a white balance is not color calibration. You can have the white balance perfectly set and your camera could still not be correctly rendering certain colors. In fact you could take 3 brand new, identical cameras off the assembly line and they would all be slightly different color wise. This step of the process will correct for that.

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X-Rite’s stand alone software and Lightroom plug-in uses the colors in this card to run a test on your specific sensor, in your specific camera, in that specific lighting condition. The result is a non-destructive DNG profile that you can then apply to all the files you captured with that camera in said lighting condition. Basically what these profiles do is correct for where your camera’s version of color varies for whatever reason from ICC standards. An added benefit of this is that since you are calibrating to a standard, you can use this method to calibrate multiple cameras to the same standard. Which is to say if you shoot with multiple camera bodies or with other photographers you can now make those cameras all match color wise by making and applying DNG profiles. Also, the more you use the ColorChecker  you will begin to amass a library of profiles specifically tailored to your gear, which will again get you through the editing process faster and more accurately.

Combining the use of a ColorChecker Passport with a properly calibrated monitor will go a long way to solving whatever color issues you may have and give you the confidence to know that you are getting true, consistent color every time you shoot. Adding it to your workflow is not only going to save you time, but it also the color headaches that sometimes come with digital photography. I hope this little run though helped, if there are any more questions be sure to leave them in the comments or check out our webinar archive here.

 

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Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with color management solutions from X-Rite at www.xritephoto.com.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter“Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.

ColorMunki Display ColorChecker Passport ONE Day Sale USA

ColorMunki Display ColorChecker Passport ONE Day Sale USA
ColorMunki Display ColorChecker Passport ONE Day Sale USA

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April Webinar Features Coloratti Chris Orwig

April Webinar Features Coloratti Chris Orwig
April Webinar Features Coloratti Chris Orwig

California-based photographer, author, educator and X-Rite Coloratti Chris Orwig has a reputation for bringing practical experience, technical expertise and passion to the teaching.  He will lead a April webinar entitled “Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos” on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1pm EDT. This webinar is designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.

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Using his own images from start to finish, Chris will highlight how photographers can use an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Adobe Lightroom, to make better photographs. Attendees of this live webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Chris Orwig.

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Coloratti Chris Orwig shares his teaching talent with us in April’s X-Rite webinar.

Here are some specifics of what will be discussed:

•  Lightroom New Features

•  Working with Catalogs and backing up your work

•  Creating Custom Profiles with the ColorChecker Passport

•  Organizing with the Library Module

•  Enhancing your photographs with Develop Module

•  Crafting expressive photographs

•  Lightroom Workflow from start to finish

“The April X-Rite webinar featuring Coloratti Chris Orwig covers a wide range of information and topics including digital workflow and color management. This solid foundation knowledge is important and should be of great interest to all serious photographers,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “Learning from photographers like Chris Orwig who are both creative and technically proficient, should be on every photographer’s bucket list.”

Date: Friday April 11, 2104

Register Now Button Orange_1Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Title: Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos

Presenter: Photographer Chris Orwig

Check out Chris Orwig on Lynda.com. And enjoy one of our favorite TEDx talks featuring Chris below.
 

 
X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Chris Orwig uses X-Rite color management solutions to ensure that his photo and video workflow is under control.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter, “Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.