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Best of 2010 – Using ColorChecker Passport for Camera Profiles


by Brenda K. Hipsher – December 28th, 2010

by Brenda K. Hipsher

This post contains a link to what is still one of the most concise and useful videos on using ColorChecker Passport to create custom camera profiles for use in Adobe applications.  Take a first look if you haven’t seen it and a second or third look if you have seen it. I’m still learning new ways to use and utilize ColorChecker Passport. We hope you enjoy this repost over your New Year’s holiday.  And here’s wishing you and yours all the best in 2011!

How-To Video for ColorChecker Passport!

There’s a new video in town.  It’s a 5 minute walk through that shows you how to make custom camera profiles for your DSLR camera with ColorChecker Passport.  If you’ve heard about custom camera profiles in your RAW workflow and how easy this can be using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw then take 7 minutes just to have a look at the quickest, simplest answer you can imagine to getting good color every time you shoot.  That’s seven minutes to better, faster, more consistent color in your color workflow saving you time and money and making photography fun and predictable again!

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4 responses to “Best of 2010 – Using ColorChecker Passport for Camera Profiles”

  1. Ole says:

    This is about how to make a DNG profile for Lightroom or Photoshop – not how to make a camera profile. Camera profiles goes into the camera!

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Yes this does seem a bit confusing. What we’re talking about is camera profiles utilized by Lightroom and Photoshop. While “camera looks” and other settings are available in the camera, profiles are utilized by the software that is processing the raw file.
      Brenda K. Hipsher

  2. Ole Thielemann says:

    Just have a few questions / clarifications needed.
    I’m using Nikon equipment (D700/D300) and Adobe Lightroom.
    For now I’m using adobe Labs profiles Camera D2X mode 1 in both my cameras and when importing pictures in LR. Works like a charm together with some WBR measurement using grey cards.
    But I have been in situations where the colors on my monitor / printing have been doubtful (both are 100 % calibrated). So I was planning on buying the X-Rite Color passport but after reading your article (and several others) to me there seems to be a problem – this is where I need you clarification.

    Let’s say I’ve been shooting a round of pictures using X-Rite called 2012-A. Pictures has been calibrated in LR using a profile worked out by x-rite etc. etc. let say that the profile is called 2012-A.

    Now I shoot a completely new round of pictures using X-rite one more time called 2012-B.
    Of course I need to create new LR profile since lightning conditions is different. So a new profile is stored inside LR as 2012-B.

    Now it gets tricky because I will end up getting quite a lot of profiles in the end – actually one for each shooting where x-rite is used. If I chose to reuse the LR profile name tex. If I chose to reuse 2012-A profile for both shooting sessions then when I open the pictures from session 2012-A but using the profile of the same name but overwritten in session 2012-B this will actually render pictures with wrong colors.

    I think there is a problem since the x-rite profile is rendered into the picture every time a picture is shown in lightroom. What I’m trying to say is that profiles should have been stored as part of the LR catalog file and not in Lightroom general catalog.

    I assume that one would use x-rite the same way you use grey card – measuring each series and even several times during a shooting pending on lightning conditions – but data sampled as part of the WB measurement is not changed before a new WN measure has been done – but will do if you are reusing the profile.

    Somehow using the x-rite tends to address a problem in the workflow if I’m right?
    I’m in no doubt that x-rite is what I need but the workflow is not supporting the way it’s working – or is a clarification needed?

    Really appreciate if you would comment my note so that I can decide to go for a x-rite or not.

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      We’re having a little trouble understanding the issue but if I’m getting this right what may be helpful is a little piece of software called DNG profile manager. You will receive a download link for the utility when you register your ColorChecker Passport. Go to http://www.xrite.com/registration. You will find your serial number for Passport in the bottom left corner of the last “page” after the white balance target.
      The DNG Profile Manager will allow you to rename, delete, move, store, export, and import profiles made with X-Rite ColorChecker targets.
      We hope this is helpful to you. Thanks so much for commenting on the X-Rite Photo Blog.
      Brenda K. Hipsher

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