Lightroom Plugin for ColorChecker Passport.
by eduardoangel – September 29th, 2009
by Eduardo Angel
Using the Lightroom plugin for the ColorChecker Passport to build a DNG profile is pretty simple.
First things first, download and install the ColorChecker Passport software.
Good, now open the properly exposed RAW image of the ColorChecker target that you shot took. Check this handy link for more info regarding “Exposure Verification and Correction.”
Remember that the target has to be a RAW image, a JPG won’t work. The software will analyze the image and make all the adjustments automatically, so there’s no need to make any changes including White Balance.
Now, let’s go to File>Export.
Under “presets” (on the left), you should see “Color Checker Passport”. Click it.
Name your profile. I always use my location and the lighting situation, for example: Hawaii_Cloudy. It is not necessary to include the camera model in the name because the resulting profile will only be available when you are editing images from that camera. Nice.
Now you should see a progress bar in the upper left corner. Either get some coffee or continue working while Lightroom finishes the profile.
The new profile will be created automatically and placed in the location where Adobe stores DNG profiles for Camera RAW and Lightroom.
Make sure that you relaunch Lightroom before selecting the new DNG profile.
To apply your brand new profile, go to the Develop module and select the image you want to work on.
In the right panel, scroll down, down and down to “Camera Calibration” and select the Profile pull-down. Choose the new DNG profile from this list.
Done. Any questions?
Keep in mind, this new profile can also be used by all ACR applications, such as Photoshop, Bridge and Elements. If you want to create DNG Profiles in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements click here.