X-Rite Digital ColorChecker Passport, Exposure & White Balance System.

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About X-Rite

Combining the powerful color capabilities of the ColorChecker Passport & AdobeImaging solutions into a RAW workflow will undeniably reduce image processing time and improve quality control.

Quickly & easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits & landscapes & maintain color control & consistency from capture to edit. Achieve superior color results in a fraction of the time.

ColorChecker Passport combines 3 photographic targets into one pocket size protective case that self-stands to adjust to any scene.

Creative Enhancement Target: neutralize & create your look with one-click warming & cooling white balance patches; check & evaluate shadow details or highlight clipping; check & control color shifting.

Classic Target:
industry standard 24 Patch Classic color reference target for creating DNG profiles with included camera calibration software & also for evaluating specific colors

White Balance Target:
create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent white point in a set of images, eliminating the need to correct each image later.

Camera Calibration Software Build custom DNG profiles with the ColorChecker Classic Target, the industry standard 24-patch ColorChecker. With the included ColorChecker Passport Camera Calibration Application & Lightroom® Plug-In, you can quickly & easily build DNG profiles for Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements & Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

This advanced profilinG technology provides excellent results with just the small 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target, producing DNG profiles that work exceptionally well, even in unusual artificial light sources.

Plus, software auto-detection will locate the target automatically. Whether you are shooting with just one camera, or multiple cameras, you'll easily establish an accurate color foundation & maintain control of your colors.

• Camera calibration for RAW shooters enables greater capability to calibrate & correct color
• Accurate color gives a consistent foundation for creative interpretation
• Minimize color differences between cameras & and lenses
• Adapt for mixed lighting
• Make color balance match across different scenes

Create Dual-Illuminant Profiles:
A very powerful feature of the software is the ability to create dual-illuminantDNG profiles. This type of profile takes into account two different light sources to create a single profile, which can be applied to an even wider variety of lighting conditions.

Dual-Illuminant profiles can be made with any two of twenty-one supported illuminants, allowing you to create a profile for just about any kind of lighting condition you may encounter. Dual-illuminant profiles allow you the freedom to move between the represented lighting conditions without switching profiles.

Portable Protective Case:
self-stands so you can adjust the targets to any scene.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (38),Lightweight (34),Reliable (29),Durable (22),Easy to set up (9),Accurate (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (34),Studio (32),Landscape photography (22),Everyday (18),Travel (16),Macro photography (14),Home (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (17),Semi-professional (14),Enthusiast (9),Quality oriented (9),Budget shopper (4)

X-Rite Features

  • In-Camera White Balancing
  • Having a consistent white point in a set of images reduces editing time because there is no need to individually adapt white points per image
  • Creative Enhancements
  • For creative and pleasing white balance in just one click
  • Visual Color Controls
  • To check and control shadow details or highlight clipping,
  • Fully supports the RAW workflow
  • Enables any shot in a representative lighting to be used to create a profile as well as to correct exposure, color and white balance.
  • Corrections from one image can be applied to another shot taken in the same lighting, or to 1,000 shots taken in the same lighting.
  • Helps maintain similar color between different cameras and lenses
  • Ensures smooth workflow with minimal file handling to save time
  • DNG profiling for RAW shooters
  • Enables greater capability to calibrate and correct color
  • Multiple targets in one
  • No need to carry multiple cards
  • Robust plastic case
  • Protects against the elements and bending - take it everywhere!
  • RAW workflow enables any shot in a representative lighting to be used to create a profile as well as to correct exposure, color and white balance (not just the first shot)
  • Corrections from one image can be applied to another shot taken in the same lighting, or to 1,000 shots taken in the same lighting

Reviews about this item

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4.7

(based on 54 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does the trick

There are time when color accuracy matters. A bride knows the color of her lipstick, her bridesmaid's dresses, etc... X-Rite ColorChecker Passport allows you to re-capture the true colors in post-processing, and, brings your shots back to the life and vibrancy you saw on the viewfinder when you process using Lightroom. It has simplified my post-processing workflow and taken out alot of guesswork in trying to get accurate colors when it matters.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Accurate colors? Keep searching

I purchased the x-rite Passport based on the company's claims that it would match colors across different models of cameras and give me accurate colors overall. However, after much frustration poor results, I decided to conduct my own test. I discovered that not only was the Passport producing inaccurate colors, it was actually worse than the Adobe Standard profile! Using two Canon DSLR's, I took photos of the Passport in the same light and then went through the camera profile creation and co...

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I purchased the x-rite Passport based on the company's claims that it would match colors across different models of cameras and give me accurate colors overall. However, after much frustration poor results, I decided to conduct my own test. I discovered that not only was the Passport producing inaccurate colors, it was actually worse than the Adobe Standard profile! Using two Canon DSLR's, I took photos of the Passport in the same light and then went through the camera profile creation and correction process for each one. I also set the white balance using the square two over from black. I then compared the color values I obtained after correction to the LAB reference values provided on X-rite's website (using a,b and not worrying about L) here: http://xritephoto.com/ph_product_overview.aspx?ID=1257&Action=Support&SupportID=5159. The results were unsettling: First of all, the colors from the two Canon DSLR's were not even close, contrary to the claims made by X-Rite. Secondly, as mentioned above, after WB correcting, the Adobe Standard Profile produced more accurate results for each camera than X-Rite's Passport. I attempted to use curves in LAB to correct the individual color squares, but after correcting one, the others moved further away from the reference values, and correcting multiple squares resulted in poor overall color. In August, I sent an e-mail over to support with a summary of my findings and the RAW files. The response from customer service was that they were going to conduct their own testing. Now, a month later, I have not heard anything back from them. I'm very disappointed with their customer service and engineers. They should be open to finding and fixing flaws. Instead, it looks like they are intent on stalling and hoping this issue goes away. Yes, when you use the product and go through the process of camera profile creation, you will find the colors change, but will they be accurate? Don't rely just on looking at the screen. Conduct your own tests, as I did.

Reviewed by 54 customers

 
5.0

Precise

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from New York, NY  -  Quality Oriented

A very specialized product. If you need this, you know why. Creates perfect white balance under any lighting conditions.

 
5.0

Compact, easily carried to locations

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from Montrose, CO  -  Quality Oriented

I will use this product with my Sekonic light meter to obtain correct color balance for difficult lighting conditions.

 
5.0

Must have for any serious photographer!

By

from San Antonio, TEXAS  -  Quality Oriented

This product is easy to use. Once I have an exact exposure (hint: use light meter), I have my client hold the Colorchecker Passport in their first picture. Once my session is done and I import their pictures into LightRoom, I set my profile to that of the ColorChecker for exact color! I also click on the White Balance with balance selector in the Develop Module on the White Balance portion of the picture with the ColorCheck Passport AND ALL of my pictures have perfect White Balance and Perfect COLOR. So easy and fast!

 
5.0

Excellent color profiling

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from Greater NYC  -  Quality Oriented

Easy to use monitor and tablet/phone color profiling. Essentially plug in and follow screen instructions.

 
5.0

Simple color management for your DSLR

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from Georgia  -  Value Oriented

Easy to set custom white balance if needed. Colorchecker allows for solid color profiling with your camera. Lightroom uses profiles based on camera shown in photo metadata/EXIF, which may have some color shift based on your sensor. Colorchecker establishes correct colors for use in Lightroom and Photoshop. Watch the videos at Adorama for a better understanding. Perfect for studio or natural light work.

 
5.0

Good product. It is as advertised

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from Raymond, WA  -  Quality Oriented

To use as a

 
5.0

Great Product

By

from Long Island, NY  -  Value Oriented

I use this product to get the best white balance and color. I use it with Lightroom 5. It is easy to use.

 
4.0

Guarantees color accuracy

By

from Cincinnati, Ohio  -  Quality Oriented

The X-Rite Colorchecker Passport has really improved my color accuracy when sending images to print and guarantees consistency between camera, monitor and print.

 
5.0

easy to use

By

from ranco cucamonga  -  Quality Oriented

all in one checker, from white balance to product quality color grade

 
4.0

A great 1st step.

By

from Cromwell, CT  -  Quality Oriented

Color calibration should be the 1st step in every shoot and will be for me from now on. It really does make a difference. The colors really pop and appear more accurate now that I've used it on a few shoots.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
WK A  I take a lot of Macro flower photographs in outdoor lighting situations. Without camera profiling (Lightroom v.3 for me.) I cannot achieve the critical color accuracy that I require. The subtle colors get lost, even when shooting properly exposed raw exposures.
Shopper  How long is the color accuracy guaranteed?
MARK B  I do not think there is a guaranteed length of time, but if you take care of it and keep the case closed up when not in use it should last years.
Shopper  Is the color checker software compatible with Apple Mountain Lion OS ?
MARK B  Yes. See X-Rite's site but does work will all Mac OS after 10.0
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