File Basics: How to Color Calibrate A Camera
by Jeff Lazell – August 19th, 2014
Welcome to File Basics, a new feature to the X-Rite blog where I hope to demystify a lot of the settings and terms associated with building an effective post processing workflow. I worked on the production side of the photo industry for almost a decade and I know that focused, succinct explanations are not only the best way to learn, but can sometimes get you out of a sticky situation. Today I would like to feature a webinar I recorded last month on how to color calibrate a camera.
When beginning to build your photographic workflow getting clean, accurate color out of your camera is an essential first step. Now unlike display calibration, calibrating a camera on the hardware side is not possible. So, our profiling process must be done on the software side once we move into post production. This is where the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport comes in. It is a very simple and powerful tool for calibrating color on the capture side. The embedded video will teach you how to color calibrate a camera and take you through everything there is to know about the ColorChecker Passport. This is a very easy edition to any photographer’s workflow and it will make a world of difference.
I hope you find this information useful when setting up your own post processing workflow. If you have any questions please post them below. When I get enough questions about one topic I will turn to the answer into an article like this one. I hope that with the help of the readers of this blog I can create a good resource for photographers and production artists.
Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with color management solutions from X-Rite at www.xritephoto.com.