X-Rite ColorChecker Passport 2
SKU code: 45514
- Includes Four Target Profiles
- Colour Reference for DNG Profiles
- Used for White Balance in a Images
- Portable Protective Case
- Eliminates White Balance Errors
- Visual Reference for Colour Spectrum
- Useful for Colour Adjustment with HSL
- Convenient Passport Size
- Includes X-Rite Camera Calibration Software
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport 2 delivers colour consistency in your product, studio and portrait photography while also helping to streamline your editing workflow. Its four targets help you quickly and easily capture accurate colour, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain colour control and consistency from capture to edit.
Superior colour results in a fraction of the time!
The Colour Checker Passport v2 is a powerful ‘capture to edit’ colour solution for any photographer looking for more accurate, consistent colour and creative flexibility. It combines four photographic targets into one pocket size protective, multi-positionable case that adjusts to any scene. Together with the included camera calibration software, you get the ultimate in functionality, flexibility and portability.
Four Individual Targets
The X-Rite Passport 2 is an upgrade on the cult-like original with four targets to help you edit with absolute perfection. The targets include a ColorChecker Classic 24-Patch Target, White Balance Target, Creative Enhancement Target and a 18% Middle Grey Target. Everything a busy photographer would need to satisfy a broad range of shooting scenarios.
The art of colour management is all about getting your colours to match from input to output. That means your camera captures true colours, your monitor displays them accurately, and your printer produces a photo that matches what you see on screen. The ColorChecker Passport is an essential component to attaining a 100% colour-managed workflow. Whether it’s a studio shot, a colourful nature scene or a multiple photo event, you can extend the power of your photo editing software with one-click enhancements that articulate your inspiration.
Creative Enhancement Target
The Creative Enhancement Target provides a higher level of colour creativity and control to your workflow. The Enhancement target includes four rows of colour patches designed for image editing with just the click of an eyedropper. Whether it’s a studio shot, a colourful landscape or a multiple scene photo event, you can extend the power of your photo editing software in virtually any Raw processing software.
Two rows of warming and cooling patches in the middle guide you to create pleasing and repeatable edits. Creatively refine the colour of your image by adding warmth to skin tones or boost the deep greens or blues in a landscape. Simply click through the patches to view the adjustment, and select the one that provides your optimal look. Then, save the setting and apply it to other images that were shot under that same lighting to create pleasing edits – it’s that easy!
When it comes to clipping, the Enhancement target highlights the power of working in Raw. A row of clipping patches across the bottom serve as a visual reference for judging, controlling and editing images for shadow details or highlight clipping. Although it may appear from a preview that shadow or highlight details have been lost, it is possible that the processing software just clipped them and they are still available in the Raw file. With some careful adjustments, you may be able to bring them back.
The clipping patches are separated into two groups: light and dark. The light patches are ordered with 1/3 of an F-stop difference between them. The dark patches are ordered the same, with the exception of the last patch; which represents the blackest patch in the ColorChecker target. The exposure difference between the darkest and next darkest patch is approximately 1/10th of a stop, and the dynamic range of the target is about 32:1 (5 stops). In Adobe applications, use these patches along with the clipping preview to ensure you are not losing details.
Across the top of the Enhancement target, the top HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) row includes 8 spectrum patches to ensure colour fidelity across all hues so you can evaluate and edit for any colour shifts.
Photographing the industry standard ColorChecker Classic is an important step in attaining consistent, predictable colour at capture. The ColorChecker Passport includes a travel-sized version of the Classic 24 patch target. When combined with camera calibration software you can produce DNG profiles of your camera’s response to scene lighting to get consistent, predictable and repeatable results from image to image and camera to camera.
The Classic target also provides a visual point of colour reference. Photograph it in the same lighting as your images; then open it in your photo processing software as a reference to help with colour correction. Each of the 24 colour patches represents the colours of natural objects, such as sky blue, skin tones and leaf green; and each patch reflects light just like its real world counterpart. Each square is individually coloured using a solid tone to produce pure, flat, rich colour without dots or mixed tints.
The Classic can help you make global corrections based on accurate information. If you shoot a large number of images that all require the same colour correction, you know that editing a few key photos and applying your changes can sometimes change colours you didn’t intend to be changed. A shot of the ColorChecker Classic captured under the same lighting as your images will provide a point of reference, so you can see exactly how changes will affect the rest of your colours before you apply them. Since your changes can be applied to one photo or a group of images, you’ll achieve consistency throughout your images.
White Balance Target
Starting with an accurate white balance ensures the colours you capture are true and provides a point of reference for post-shoot editing.
The ColorChecker White Balance target is an all-new spectrally flat target that provides a neutral reference point across different lighting conditions that you encounter during a photo shoot. Since the target reflects light equally across the visible spectrum, creating an in-camera custom white balance can properly compensate for varying lighting.
You'll be able to:
· Eliminate colour casts
· Improve the colour preview on your camera’s display so your histograms are more reliable
· Make post production colour editing faster and easier by eliminating the need to neutralize each image individually
Setting a custom white balance for each lighting situation will make the previews on your camera’s built in display more colour correct, make your histograms more reliable, and speed up post production colour editing. Raw shooters can capture anytime during the session to gain these benefits, while JPEG shooters should make it your first shot.
Gray Balance Target
An 18% middle gray target is the fourth and final piece of this puzzle. This neutral de facto standard target is perfect for ensuring accurate exposures when using reflective light meters as well as for removing unwanted color casts during post production.
Includes X-Rite Camera Calibration Software
Build custom DNG profiles with the ColorChecker Classic Target, the industry standard 24-patch ColorChecker. With the included X-Rite Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom Plug-In, you can quickly and easily build DNG profiles for Adobe's Creative Suite including Lightroom, Photoshop, Camera Raw (ACR) and Adobe Bridge.
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 colour foundation and maintain control of your colours.
· Camera calibration for Raw shooters enables greater capability to calibrate and correct colour
· Accurate colour gives a consistent foundation for creative interpretation
· Minimize colour differences between cameras and lenses
· Adapt for mixed lighting
· Make colour balance match across different scenes
A very powerful feature of the software is the ability to create dual-illuminant DNG 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.
Passport Sized Convenience
The ColorChecker Passport 2's travel-sized case provides the ultimate in convenience. Made of a rugged material, it houses and protects the four ColorChecker targets from the elements and daily use to extend their lifespan. Plus, the handy lanyard makes it easy to transport and keeps it handy during every photo shoot.
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport 2 adjusts to multiple positions to self-stand, allowing you the flexibility to place the targets exactly where you need them. Whether you need a single shot of the White Balance target, a 90-degree shot of the Classic or Enhancement target, or a parallel shot of them together, the Passport case can be perfectly positioned for accurate results, everytime.
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 delivers colour consistency in your product, studio and portrait photography while also helping to streamline your editing workflow.