Get consistent and accurate color from your camera!
In a new, comprehensive guide, photographer Simon Maxwell will guide you through the process of creating custom camera profiles with the X-Rite Color Checker Passport. With sections on Lightroom, Photoshop and Capture One, we believe this is the most thorough guide available on the subject, and will become an invaluable resource for all photographers, amateur and professional alike, who are looking to achieve consistent and accurate color in their shooting and processing workflow.
XRite Color Checker Passport placed in still life of bowl of tomatoes

How "red" should "red" be? Using the X-Rite Color Checker Passport to create a custom camera profile for your camera and lens combination will ensure that your output colors will be consistent and conform to ICC standards....

The Benefits of a color managed workflow

Adopting a fully managed color workflow conveys a professional approach.
With a custom camera profile you can shoot in total confidence, knowing that the colors you are capturing will be recorded faithfully. Whether this is for a commercial assignment or amateur work, color fidelity is a must.
Shoot events or products with multiple cameras/ photographers with consistent and harmonised results.
Save valuable time and resources, with no more wasted test prints.
Simon's clearly written and thorough guide will enable you to nail camera calibration once and for all!
Still life of cow sculpture with X-Rite Color Checker Passport

For color critical product and artworks photography, the inclusion of the Color Checker Passport in the scene enables a profile to be created specifically for that camera, lens and lighting set up so that accurate and dependable colors can be achieved. 

Topics covered

Color calibration explained
Shooting the Color Checker Passport for best results and in the most efficient way possible.

Comprehensive guide with detailed and precise instructions to creating profiles in:
Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop/ Camera Raw
Capture One
Managing profiles: staying organised using the X-Rite Profile Manager
Creative Enhancement: 
using the Color Checker to the max
White balancing options to suit landscape and portrait subjects
Creating Dual Illuminant Profiles
Be prepared for any lighting situation
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport target patches

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport target patches will enable you to achieve consistent and optimal color from all of your capture devices.

The e-book is available to download for just $1.99 : yes : less than the price of a coffee! You can pay with Paypal in your preferred currency, in total security, via my third party delivery system.  You will receive a download link to the PDF e-book by email on cleared payment. Your contact details will not be revealed to any individual, including myself, but you will be able to email me if you have any questions or issues with download. Please visit my online bookstore at the link below: for a small investment, you can take one really important step towards achieving a fully color-managed workflow.
Hit the button below to be taken directly to my online bookstore, or feel free to check out the full contents and sample pages further down the page: any questions, just email me direct!
SAMPLE PAGES FROM THE E-BOOK:

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The Color Checker Passport from X-Rite is the key to getting accurate camera profiles
The Color Checker Passport from X-Rite is the key to getting accurate camera profiles
Shooting a bracketed sequence of the target patches to ensure optimum exposure
Shooting a bracketed sequence of the target patches to ensure optimum exposure
Creating camera profiles in Camera Raw
Creating camera profiles in Camera Raw
Using the target grey patches to assess exposure
Using the target grey patches to assess exposure
Creating profiles using X-Rites own software
Creating profiles using X-Rites own software
Creating camera profiles specifically for use in Capture One
Creating camera profiles specifically for use in Capture One
Creating camera profiles specifically for use in Capture One
Creating camera profiles specifically for use in Capture One
Using the Profile Manager to keep your profiles perfectly organised!
Using the Profile Manager to keep your profiles perfectly organised!
Sample image with a standard profile (left) and a custom profile (right) applied
Sample image with a standard profile (left) and a custom profile (right) applied
Using the X-Rite Color Checker Passport for creative white balance setting
Using the X-Rite Color Checker Passport for creative white balance setting
Using the X-Rite Color Checker Passport for creative landscape settings
Using the X-Rite Color Checker Passport for creative landscape settings
Why this Guide?

Every section of the book is accompanied by in-depth and clear illustrations: no need to pause videos to follow along!
Interactive table of contents: with a link to the table of contents on every page you can review specific subjects super fast.
Written by a photographer for photographers! This is an impartial guide to the subject and not a “hard sell” for the products mentioned.
The e-book is available in accessible PDF format and can be viewed on just about any device.
Table of Contents 
(with page numbers)

1. Introduction 

Why the big deal with Color Calibration? 6
What’s a color profile? 6
How customized is “Custom”? 11
The XRite ColorChecker Passport : two solutions in one package 12
A target to aim for! 12
The Other Half : a creative post processing tool 13
The other two panels: White balance/Mid Grey 14
Is it worth it? 15
Canned profiles can only be so good 15
Save time in processing 15
Insurance in case of misunderstandings 15
More general but still customised profiles 15
ICC or DNG: what’s that all about? 16
2. Installing the software 

Checking the Lightroom Plugin location 22
Preparation : ensure your monitor is calibrated! 24
3. Photographing the Target

Make it easy on the software! 25
Select RAW 25
One of the most important shots you will take… 26
Do’s and Don’ts 27
Shoot as parallel as possible to the target 27
Avoid filling the frame when profiling super wide angle lenses 27
Ensure the target occupies at least 10 percent of the picture area 28
Focus sharply and avoid camera movement 28
Avoid shooting in dappled light 29
Aim for uniform illumination 30
Avoid obstructions! 30
Use the Tri-fold design 31
More about getting even illumination 31
Sunlight 31
In the studio 32
Nailing the exposure 34
Avoiding clipping in the shadows and highlights 34
Shooting bracketed exposures 34
How critical is it? 35
Shoot the target with all camera and lens combos 35
Make less work for yourself ! 35
Keeping track 36
White Balance : in camera or in computer? 36
4.Creating a color profile in Lightroom 

Checking the installation of the Lightroom Plug-in 37
Importing the target image 38
Method 1: Exporting the file to XRite Presets 38
A quicker method : using the Xrite export preset 42
Navigating the Colour Profile Browser in Lightroom 43
Locating the Color Browser in older versions of Lightroom 48

5. Creating a color profile in Photoshop 

Open your file in photoshop 51
The Camera Raw interface 52
Determining Correct Exposure for the Target image 54
Opening the DNG in the ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software 58
Locating and Applying the custom profile in Camera Raw 63
Footnote : checking the Camera Profile is also added to Lightroom 67
6. Creating a color profile in Capture One 

Introduction: 68
A new option for Capture One users 68
Shooting the target 68
Initial adjustments: the Base Characteristics tab : 69
Cropping 72
Exporting the TIFF file 72
Special settings for the exported file 72
Creating a saved process recipe 73
Opening  the TIFF in the ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software 74
Applying the profile 78
Applying the profile during tethered operation 82
A final note 82
7. Locating, organising and editing profiles 

Introduction 84
The need for Spring Cleaning 84
Profiling every commercial shoot 84
Where are my profiles? 84
An easy way and a hard way! 85
Locating Camera Profiles folder 85
Windows: 85
Mac 85
A shortcut for easier access 87
Editing profiles in the CameraProfiles folder 88
The DNG Profile Manager : the easy way! 88
Downloading 88
The Interface 89
Listing Profiles 90
Displaying and Sorting profiles 90
Enabling Profiles 91
Searching for Profiles 91
Deleting Profiles 92
Renaming Profiles 93
Exporting DNG Profiles: be safe! 94
Quickly access the profiles folder 96
The Illuminant Columns 96
Locating and editing ICC profiles used in Capture One 97
A simpler way… 98
8. Evaluating results with real world subjects 

Evaluating the results/ comparing different profiles 100
Syncing color adjustments to other multiple images in Lightroom 101
Syncing color adjustments to other multiple images in Camera Raw 102
Syncing color adjustments to other multiple images in Capture One 102
Some comparisons 103
Keep a critical eye 105
9. Creating a Dual Illuminant Profile 

What is a Dual Illuminant Profile? 107
Shooting the target in different lighting conditions 108
Creating a Dual Illuminant Profile: Lightroom 108
Creating a Dual Illuminant Profile: Photoshop 110
Camera RAW step 110
ColorChecker Camera Calibration step 112
Capture One Limitation 115
Dual Illuminant Profiles in the Profile Manager 115
Are Dual Illuminant Profiles worth the extra effort? 116
10. The Creative Enhancement Target in action

The other side 117
Color hues adjustment with the Color Rendition Patches 117
Introduction 117
Hue, Saturation and Luminosity controls 118
Creative Color Adjustments in Lightroom : the  HSL/ Color tab 119
Creative Color Adjustments in Photoshop Camera Raw :  the HSL Adjustments tab 121
Creative Color Adjustments in Capture One : the Color Editor 122
Creative White Balance : Portraits 124
When it’s good to depart from the “correct” 125
Which patch does what? 125
Creative controls for Landscapes 128
Help with Exposure Verification 131
11. Conclusion 

APPENDICES 

Appendix A. Reference Chart and target values 136
Appendix B. Resources and Useful Information 136
Appendix C. Troubleshooting 136
In the Camera Calibration software, the “Create Profile” tab is grayed out: 136
If you receive a “Crop Marks Not Detected” warning when running the Lightroom plugin: 136
A warning message “Error extracting color patches” 137
Profiles not showing up 137
Appendix D. Monitor Calibration 137
Appendix E : Location of Camera Profiles 138
Appendix F : Dual Illuminant Colour temperature options 138

Note
Requires possession of the XRite color checker passport (original version or latest version 2) to get maximum benefit of all features, or 24 patch X-Rite ColorChecker table (any size) as a minimum, to enable creation of custom camera profiles.
Watch my video about using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport in Capture One below....
Watch my video about using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport in Lightroom below....
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