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X-RiteColorChecker Passport Photo
 
4.7

(based on 594 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (463)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (111)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (168)
  • Easy to set up (156)
  • Easy to use (133)
  • Lightweight (83)
  • Small footprint (81)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (13)
  • Price (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Small viewing area (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (78)
  • Studio (59)
  • Landscape photography (48)
  • Travel (36)
  • Everyday (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (205), Professional (41), Pro photographer (39), Budget shopper (30), Business user (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (84)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (33), Mac (30)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (246), Personal (179)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

X-Rite Rocks

This product works period. My workflow was slow and tedious, having to manual color correct everything because the preset white balance straight from camera never gave me what I felt was perfect white...Read complete review

This product works period. My workflow was slow and tedious, having to manual color correct everything because the preset white balance straight from camera never gave me what I felt was perfect white balance. Creating custom color profiles for your camera/lens/strobes are easy.

For flash photography follow the below instructions.

1) Set your cameras white balance to "flash" or daylight if your camera doesn't have an option for flash.

2) Double check your settings to verify you are shooting in RAW file format.

2) Set up your lights in which every style you would like. If you're using 1 light or 10 lights, set up like you normally would.

3) Properly expose for your subject. I personally use a Sekonic light meter for this, but you can take a few test frames and chimp to verify you have proper exposure.

4) Open the X-Rite so it makes a "T" shape, and have the model hold it on the plastic back and date card. DO NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE COLOR SQUARES, OR GREY CARD.

5) Have your subject hold the card on the key light side of their face, this is the closest to the main light source. Make sure it is oriented the correct way with the little icons of the sun and mountain on the upper portion.

6) Be sure the subject holds the X-Rite parallel to the camera.

7) When framing, the X-Right should fill 50% - 75% of the frame. Tip: Don't worry if part of your subjects head or face is cut off, we are trying to capture the X-Rite, not the subject.

8) Take the shot, doubling check to verify the exposure and framing are good. Then have the subject set down the X-Rite and continue on with your shoot as usual.

POST PRODUCTION PROCESS
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1) Import your photos into Lightroom

2) Bring up the photo with the X-Rite in the develop tab.

3) Go to File and select Export.

4) Under the left side of the window below the title that says "Presets" select X-Rite Presets, then select "ColorChecker Passport".

5)Give your custom profile DNG a name, make sure to include subject name, camera body used, lens used, and type of light IE: flash, sunlight, shade.

6)Select "Export". Lightroom and X-Rite will find the color checker passport to create a custom profile. When it is finished you MUST restart Lightroom.

7) After you've restarted Lightroom, Bring up the photo of the X-Rite in the Develop tab again. Then scroll through the setting options on the right hand side until you see "Camera Calibration".

Under Camera Calibration, select the drop down arrows next to where it says profile. You will find your newly created color profile at the bottom of this list. Select it and watch as the colors magically shift and come to life.

8) Now to correct white balance take the white balance eye dropper tool towards the top and select the row squares towards the top of the X-Rite that have the picture of the little sun and person to the left and right. The one to the left is "neutral" and get warmer as you select squares to the right.

Pro Tip: Having a properly calibrated monitor will help with adjusting other settings like "black" , "whites" , "contrast" , etc. It also allows you to view the photo in proper color so you're not fooled into thinking the colors are not where they should be and adjusting for that only to find they look different in your prints.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to create consistent photos, from the first to last shot. If you want dead on accurate colors this product is for you. It's hard to think I went this long with out it!!

One word of cation, The X-Rite is a little stiff to open, I sure it was designed this way to keep it open, but can be little difficult at first. All in all, this one product that is worth every dollar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Check software works with your camera first

The color checker passport concept is good but the software needs to be upgraded to work with a high mega-pix camera such as the Canon 5DS/R.

I got this kit...Read complete review

The color checker passport concept is good but the software needs to be upgraded to work with a high mega-pix camera such as the Canon 5DS/R.

I got this kit to build my own color profiles for my Canon 5DSR. At first I was caught out by the faulty software which cannot handle a 5DSR RAW file and just gave me error messages.

Fortunately I found a work-around on the internet suggesting only to shoot MRAW-files (a compressed RAW-file format) and using the smaller files to build my custom color profiles for Adobe Lightroom.

The color profiles I have built are much, much better than what you get using Adobe Lightroom. This is especially true for the 5DS/R were Adobe has made a very poor job of their color profile.

Buying X-rite is however, something I do not recommended before X-rite fixes the problem with their software.

I also find it strange that X-rite does not mention the limits of their software anywhere. When I contacted support they answered that they were working on a solution, but this is not mentioned anywhere on their site - also not under the "known issues" faq.

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5.0

Finally Consistent Color

By Wes

from Lititz, Pennsylvania

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Works very nicely with Lightroom to create color profiles that give much truer colors compared the the Adobe standard profile. It is nice to now have a consistent color reference. Would recommend to any photographer.

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5.0

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo

By JTGraphics

from Gardena, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Works great with my workflow making color corrections fast and easy when needed.
If you need a color correcting system you can not go wrong with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo.

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4.0

Great purchase

By Mr. Speedman

from Sao Paulo, BR

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Excellent!!!

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5.0

It changed the aspect of my photos

By jjfabien

from Mauritius

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

This kit has really brought a new aspect to my photos for the best. Colors are now really well balanced. I find the same professional color look I see in magazines and advertisements. It's amazing how it can change the impact of your pictures.

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5.0

Time saver

By Karen

from Birmingham, AL

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

This has saved me so much time with work flow!

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5.0

A step up ...

By Axiz

from Oklahoma

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Do you think your colors and WB are spot on? I did too... I was very wrong. perfect color every time no matter what you shoot, where you shoot, or how you shoot. With the CC you have decided to take your skills to the next level ...

The better question to ask is... Can you afford NOT to purchase one.

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5.0

Amazing tool.

By Zach

from Dallas, TX

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

I didn't want to purchase the passport video because it was almost double the price and I use it primarily for video. This thing works equally as well and rocks! Works amazing when shooting log and need a quick and accurate color. Throw the footage into resolve, grab your chip chart tool, and boom accurate corrected color.

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5.0

Perfect color reproduction

By Duncan Fox

from San Antonio, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

      I was using a grey card in my workflow, which is easy to carry around in a billfold and cheap to replace, but you do get some slight variation in color temperature if you buy the cheap stuff. The only way to get your colors just right is high-quality X-Rite perfectly color calibrated products, which are durable and portable. Maybe not stick-it-in-your-wallet portable, but about the same as an Otterbox phone case, or a Pelican SD card holder. You pay a premium for good, durable stuff and it's definitely worth it.

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      5.0

      ColorChecker Passport Photo

      By JTGraphics

      from Gardena, CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

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      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Faster work flow
      • Quick color corrections

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

          The changes can be small but but if your serious about getting the color right and cutting down on post processing time this may be something you may want to check into but you must be shooting RAW so if your not you do not need this.
          To get best results you do need to calibrate your entire work flow this is just one part of the entire process monitor should also be done with something like the X-Rite ColorMunki.
          Sekonic light meter can be calibrated to match the camera sensors dynamic range making the entire system match.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Software didn't work

          By Ebin

          from Phoenix

          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

          The included software did not work. Went to the website and downloaded it there and had no problems. Otherwise using the passport makes a huge difference. Will definitely buy another one in two years.

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          5.0

          Best thing since sliced bread!

          By Photo Dakota

          from Stanley, ND

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great White Balance

          Cons

          • Update Not Noted Clearly

          Best Uses

            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

            It makes white balance a piece of cake. I'm sorry I did not get this long ago. It works great.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Best thine since sliced bread

            By Photo Dakota

            from Stanley, ND

            About Me Quality Oriented

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            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good White Balance
            • Great Color

            Cons

            • Update Not Mentioned

            Best Uses

            • Getting The Color Correct

            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

            I am just getting going on it and it is great. I am sorry that I hadn't tried this before now. My only con on this is that I didn't know about the update until I bumped into on their website. The version that came with it would not let me name the profile. Once I update the program, it works wonderfully!!!!

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            ColorChecker Passport Photo by X-Rite

            By Pico

            from Miami

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                Excellent results very easy to install to Lightroom

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Product Must have for pro photos

                By Phil Parrish

                from Kansas

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                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                    Works well. Improves image colors to be more accurate. I waited way too long to buy one. Wont make miracles happen but a good improvement and easy to get a basic color grade on images. I have used it for photographing artwork and automotive photography.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    Great Tool!

                    By James

                    from North Carolina

                    Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                    The X-Rite Color Checker Passport was required for one of my college classes and I'm glad it was. It's a useful tool that makes it easy to get exact color calibrations and white balancing in my images.

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                    5.0

                    Small and Durable

                    By Phillip

                    from Plano, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Small

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                        The ColorChecker Passport is small but durable, fits perfect in my back pocket, and works great editing in Adobe Lightroom and DaVinci Resolve for video!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

                        By Jewell35

                        from UK

                        Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                        Great product and an absolute must for the Sekonic L-758 light meter

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great one

                        By Julian Phoenix

                        from Lima, perú

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                            Helps alot in the color balance. It's easy to use. THe only thing it shocked me is that it says you need to renew it in about two years.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            works

                            By h

                            from Toronto

                            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                            It does what it claims to do

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                            3.0

                            Maybe

                            By nightstreets

                            from Dallas

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                            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

                            While this device certainly doe what it claims, you should be clear on whether that's what you really need.

                            I have used this device creating single illuminant profiles for bot a Nikon D800e and a Leica M240 M-P. In both cases, the created profile was close enough to the Adobe Standard I was using i Photoshop as to be of little consequence.

                            If you use AWB in your camera I have nothing to offer as I don't use that function. I make a custom white balance for each photo session and shoot in manual mode.

                            What I had been expecting was to match the color rendition from the Nikon and the Leica, and that's not what this device does.

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                            • Personal

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