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ColorChecker Passport and Medium Format


by Brenda K. Hipsher – February 19th, 2010

by Brenda K. Hipsher

The ColorChecker Passport is an ideal tool for photographers working in a variety of shooting conditions and workflows.  Passport is great for medium format  and DSLR shooting in both RAW and JEPG workflows.

The Passport hardware includes three targets for white balancing and color correction, identifying and correcting image clipping, and creatively warming and cooling images. These targets come packaged together in a rugged case that doubles as a stand, so you can safely transport your targets and place them exactly where you need them in your shots. The durability and portability of the Passport makes it a photographer’s dream come true!

The importance of capturing accurate color is a given. The Passport includes two targets to help you do just that. The ColorChecker White Balance provides a spectrally neutral white reference in a size that can be used for in-camera white balance and is an outstanding reference for pre or post shoot editing. Passport also includes the industry standard 24-patch ColorChecker Classic for visual reference; providing the same quality tool photographers have relied on for years.  This is the same ColorChecker target we used shooting film just in a smaller size.

A unique and exciting aspect of ColorChecker Passport is the ability to creatively adjust white balance. The patches on the Creative Enhancement target allow you to warm and cool your images with just the click of an eyedropper, resulting in consistent, repeatable edits.

In addition, Passport includes software that allows you to produce DNG camera profiles.  Adobe applications like Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw support custom DNG profiles. Other programs such as Hasselblad’s Phocus, Phase One’s Capture One and Leaf Capture use ICC profiles. And while these DNG profiles are not recognized by software programs that use ICC profiles, DNG profiling is only one aspect of this X-Rite package. Passport does MUCH more to help you capture accurate color and incorporate your creative touches. We’ve been using the 24-patch ColorChecker Classic in medium and large format workflows since film days!

Thanks to ColorChecker Passport, the days of time-consuming manual adjustment are gone. Adding the ColorChecker Passport insures color consistency and faster, more accurate editing in your studio.  DSLR or Medium the ColorChecker Passport gives you the tools you need for great color in your digital photography.

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28 responses to “ColorChecker Passport and Medium Format”

  1. eNo says:

    Thanks for this tip. I like to travel light with my photo gear, and this looks like just the right size/weight for my small backpack. Going off to look for one right now… Thanks again.

  2. Asher Kelman says:

    So many of us use Capture One to process RAW files even though we also love Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop products. Is there some way we can use the XRite Passport with Capture One to process RAw files. If you can do this ,it would be a great value to a lot of serious photographers who really prefer Capture One as the beginning of their workflow.


    Asher Kelman

    Open Photography Forums


    • Asher,
      Thanks so much for your comment. We are always actively researching new ways to develop our products to better meet our customers’ workflow needs. Customer feedback is an important part of that process, and we’re really happy to hear from you that you would value adding more integration with Capture One software.

      Of course the white balance card, the colorchecker classic, and the enhanced target provide tools for white balance (both neutral and warming and cooling options) as well as visual references for your work. And you are quite right in pointing out that the profiles produced by the ColorChecker Passport software are not used by Capture One at the present time.

      Although we can’t always discuss future plans for our products on our blog, please be assured that your comments do receive serious consideration from our product development team. The best way to be the first to know about improvements and new features in our products is by following our blog, Twitter and Facebook feeds, or by registering to be included on our mailing list. Thanks again for your comment!

      Brenda K. Hipsher

    • Mike Watson says:

      This was 2010, now 2018 and still no visible progress on anything for capture one…

  3. Frank Hoppen says:

    Yes, with all the power Capture One for targeted color tweaks building a profile for the Nikon D3s and D3x would make a lot of sense. Much more useful for a application like capture one than for lightroom in my opinion

    Looking very much forward to this. Please keep the good work up and release a capture one plug in and let us know.

  4. maerz anna says:

    I would so much like this product to work with Capture One. Having to chose between Capture One and the ColorChecker Passport, I choose C1. I have the Passport but ´can’t use it at all.

    • Thank you for your comment. The input profiles used by Capture One are a different kind of profile than what is produced by ColorChecker Passport software at this time. We are aware that many professionals who use Capture One are in this category and we are always working toward better products to help photographers do what they want to do!
      Remember that ColorChecker Passport provides you with a high quality neutral white balance, the 24 patch ColorChecker classic which has been the preferred means of visual check for photographers for 40 years, in addition to the warming and cooling patches on the new Enhanced Target.
      We appreciate you taking the time to write a comment here.

  5. Daniel Schweinert says:

    Yes I also hope you guys don’t rest on your laurels. It’s really time for you to release a plugin for Capture One Pro to work with ColorChecker Passport. Right now the Passport is useless for us. If the Passport will work with Capture One Pro in the near future Im considering buying it for my work.

    Im also owning the ColorMunki Photo that produces ICC profiles so that can’t be such a problem to write a new piece of software for your development guys.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you for your comment. We are always interested in comments from real world users and comments from the field. Thank you so much for taking the time to pass along your thoughts.
      ColorChecker Passport does provide some very valuable and useful tools for Capture One Pro users in addition to the profile capabilities that .dng profile users enjoy.
      The newly formulated white balance target is a great neutral balance card featuring a large high quality neutral target for use in your workflow.
      A ColorChecker Classic target is also invaluable for use in any color workflow as a metric and visual reference.
      And the hue ramp, expanded gray ramp, and the warming and cooling neutral balance patches on the Enhanced Target can also be used in any raw workflow with great effect.
      We appreciate the fact that Capture One Pro users would love to have the option to use camera profiles made with ColorChecker software. In the meantime there are man other great uses for ColorChecker Passport in your workflow.
      Thanks again for your interest in ColorChecker Passport.

  6. Phil Giles says:

    Can anyone tell me what the latest news is on the ColorChecker Passport – Capture One pro situation? Is there a plug in so we can the ColorChecker Passport with Capture One?

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      The challenge is that ColorChecker Camera Calibration software constructs DNG profiles and software programs like Capture One require ICC input profiles. We suggest you utilize the ColorChecker Classic target in much the same way that we have used it with film for decades as well as utilizing it in a variety of ways for setting levels or curves, color balance, etc.
      We forward your suggestions and requests to our engineers and product development folks and will certainly do the same with this request.
      Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading the X-Rite Photo Blog!
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  7. Art Trejo says:

    Thanks Benda. I have a question. When you mention Medium Format, do you mean film? If so how exactly do this? Can I take a pic with medium format camera and then “fix” the color in lightroom? Would I be able to do this via scanned negative that has been scanned into a tiff file? Thank you so much.


    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      When I refer to medium format I’m speaking about medium format digital backs so this would be a digital capture. Of course you can use a ColorChecker Classic in a variety of ways if you’re scanning film as well. But the workflow would not be consistent with what we’re describing here for digital capture.
      Thanks for the question!
      Brenda k. Hipsher

  8. Hi there, I just wanted to chime in as well.. Having just switched my workflow over to Capture One I am eagerly awaiting a plugin or other solution that allows me to once again take full advantage of my beloved ColorChecker Passport! (Sooner Than Later, Please!)

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Thanks for your comment. We will pass along your request to our development team. We appreciate you letting us know what you would like to see in our color management solutions.
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  9. Jason T says:

    would really love to see a Capture One solution being that I have recently switched over from Lightroom.

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Thank you Jason. I’ll pass this along to our R&D team. We are always listening to the market for the solutions you need to achieve color perfection.
      We appreciate you taking the time to let us know what you would like to see.
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  10. Randy B says:

    Brenda said: “We are always listening to the market for the solutions you need to achieve color perfection.”

    Your replies on this page have not changed in over 2 years. At some point you should stop listening and start producing a solution. If you are not really working on this (which seems likely), then give an honest reply.

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      I assure you that I’m a real human being reading your comments, passing them on to our research and development teams, and advocating for your requests in every way possible. Please be assured that we are listening and continually trying to innovate and bring to market solutions that our customers need. We absolutely value our customers. Thank you very much for your comment. We appreciate you taking the time to place a comment here.
      All best wishes to you and yours for a Happy New Year in 2013.
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  11. Peter K. says:

    Hi there,Can anybody tell me: does the colorchecker Passeport software works with the IIQ Raw files of phase One?
    Because if I load the Raw Files of the IQ 180 into the software It just starts loading and does not sop loading…..
    Is it possible to get any result with these kind of Raw Files?
    I am thankful for any answer!

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      We have had reports of medium format files that exceed the file size limitation of the software. What is the file size you are currently working with?
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  12. Diego says:

    I’m also really looking for a Capture One Pro 7 plugin for my colorchecker passport. I use it for LR but I’m now switching over to Capture One because it’s so much faster in tethered shooting when shooting hundreds of products. Please make a plugin for us to make a custom ICC profile in Capture One!

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. We will pass your thoughts along to our development team. Your comments mean a lot to us.
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  13. Andrea says:

    Hey! I know this is an old chain but 6 years from the original still no capture one plug in or the posibility of creating icc profiles … there are more and more of us that changed to Capture one for control and better colour… will you guys ever go icc too or is there no real use for the CChPss on capture one?

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Thank you for your comment. We are always listening to the market and doing our best to respond to your needs and requests. We appreciate you taking the time to share your needs with us.
      You can use the 24 patch ColorChecker Classic for white balance and for a visual reference. But you are correct that Capture One requires an ICC profile.

  14. Anders Damsgaard says:

    Hello, I’m really hoping for XRite to include ICC profile generation in an update to the ColorChecker Passport software.

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Thank you for your comment. We are always listening to the market and doing our best to respond to your needs and requests. We appreciate you taking the time to share your needs with us.

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