Review on Colour Checker Passport by X-Rite
Now that we have Photoshop classes for beginners to intermediates, it is time to get in to a very important topic in photo editing, which is COLOR. White Balance in Digital photography has a big role for capturing right colour. In our digital photography workshops we cover the White Balance in detail. Here I am just going to introduce a very helpful tool to all level photographer.
First lets see how we can adjust White Balance. There are two techniques for creating right colour,
– Adjusting the White Balance while taking photos. This is the best practice and saves you lots of time in post processing.
Most of the colour balance tools in the market can be used for adjusting White Balance (Custom White Balance) or being used as reference for post processing.
I have used several different tools and they all work relatively good. There are things that separate Color Checker Passport by X-Rite different from the rest. Here is some of the highlights.
Size and design
It is very small in size, exactly the size of a Passport. It has a nice and solid cover
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It is design by X-Rite and Pantone Color. So you can trust the accuracy of colours.
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Ease of Use
It comes with a very informative DVD that walks you through all different steps. It shows you all new techniques and teaches you how to get the best uses of your investment.
Color Checker Passport can help you while taking photos by adjusting the White Balance for you as well as a very easy to use reference for post processing in any editing software such as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Aperture, Capture one Phase One, Etc. The X-Rite DVD shows you how to use its software with Lightroom but you can apply the same steps for almost all the other softwares as well. The only part that works only with Lightroom is Profiling.
Below is a photo that I took using Auto White Balance
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As you see the colour is off, it is cold. Camera could not measure the light temperature properly and that is why I ended up with a cold image. Then I opened the picture in editing software and used the colour reference chart to adjust the colour:
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In next photo I used the grey card that is part of the Color Checker and set the Whits Balance:
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I highly recommend the Color Checker Passport by X-Rite. as I mentioned before I have used several different tools before but Color Checker is the most accurate and easy to use.
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