X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

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The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is a set of three objective targets designed to create accurate white balance, corrected camera profiles, and objective targets for corrected image color enhancement. The Passport includes a true spectrally-neutral White Balance target, a 24-patch ColorChecker Classic, and a ColorCheck Creative Environment target.

While useful as a general objective target, the Passport offers one of the easiest ways to create a custom camera profile in Lightroom, Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements. Photograph the ColorChecker Classic target in the lighting scenario; then load the file into one of the listed software programs to output to DNG.

Drag the DNG file into the window of the Passport software and it is automatically identified. Just click, and it creates a custom camera profile. This profile loads into one of the Calibration menus, and the new files are adjusted. The system can also be used with a Tif output in Bibble or Capture One software.

What is excellent about this system is its dual-illuminant function, where a capture of the targets in two different, but frequently mixed, lighting scenarios is made. The Passport software will read both targets and create a dual-illumination camera profile.

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport’s hard plastic case opens like a booklet for a free- standing display and comes with a lanyard for easy carrying. The cost of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is $99. More info at www.xrite.com