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X-RiteColorChecker Passport Photo
 
4.7

(based on 683 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (530)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (127)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

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.

VS

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.

Reviewed by 683 customers

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5.0

Photographer

By Alberto

from Undisclosed

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

This thing make a lot sense, and it work. I really recommend this unit for photography work

 
5.0

Simple and Amazing

By Darren

from Undisclosed

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Like many others have said, I wish I would have bought this years ago! It almost feels like I'm cheating now in Lightroom it's so simple. All of the hard work is done so quickly! If yo care about colour and white balance, don't hesitate, buy this. You'll save so much time processing and more time shooting.

 
5.0

A Must for Product Shots

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

If you're trying to sell anything where the appearance of the product is important this is a very handy gizmo for corralling wayward colors.

 
5.0

Would buy again

By Denzal

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Great product! Professional results every time.

 
5.0

A must have studio item

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Great tool to use to make sure colors are exactly as they should be for product photography. A necessity in my studio.

 
5.0

Good with Lightroom Color Calibration

By Nathaniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Have used it and found when processing in Lightroom makes it easy to calibrate color.

 
4.0

Almost perfect

By MK

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

It's almost perfect, just wish it had a couple of tabs to be able to better hold it. These would help your subject to hold it without getting fingers in the shot or prevent them touching the color tabs.

 
5.0

Won't take another picture without it

By Mine

from Undisclosed

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

I won't take another photo without it. This little unit saves me tons of time in post processing. Combined with a calibrated monitor you will no doubt see the difference.

 
4.0

Standard equipment for raw shooters

By Matt

from Iowa

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

I use this often as the lighting changes and to adjust to local reflections (walls, ceilings, grass) affecting color temperature. They want you to change it out every 2 years but I tend to go longer. Works well with Lightroom to get an initial color balance then season to taste.

 
5.0

A no-brainer purchase

By Sean

from Undisclosed

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Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Sometimes auto white balance works and sometimes it doesn't. I could manually dial in the K, but when shooting in event spaces or on a time limited editorial shoot, who has time for that? This hard covered pocket sized color tool helps not only white balance, but also insures colors are true. That is especially true with the red spectrum for me. Should have bought this years ago, instead of messing around with those white balance caps.

 
5.0

Neat little tool, I should have bought one sooner!

By Josh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

I have seen these little gadgets around for years but never wanted to spend the money. When B&H had a daily deal with these nearly half price, I couldn't pass it up. After having one and using it for a while, I wonder how I ever got by without one. It's a great little tool that is extremely easy to use. It's also a wonderful tool to match the output of multiple cameras, even those from different brands.

 
5.0

Would recommend every photographer own 1.

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Does the job it claims to.

 
5.0

passport to excellence

By Barbaraa

from undisclosed

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Will use this again and agin as I work through the projects

 
5.0

Well-made and easy to use

By Stephanie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Well-made and easy to use

 
5.0

Does The Job

By Al

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Works great for getting accurate colors.

 
5.0

i have bought this product before and will again

By Randy

from Sugar Land Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

i have been using the checker for many years it was just time to replace it.

 
5.0

Recommend!

By David

from undisclosed

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Colors have never been better since using this must have tool.

 
5.0

Don't know why I worked without a color checker

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Don't know how I did headshots without one of these! Not to mention products. Makes perfect color a guarantee with proof it's perfect every time. This falls into the "wish I bought it sooner" Catagory

 
4.0

Definitely worth the money - perfect color is everything!!

By Antonio

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Very lovely, worth the investment for all types of photographers!

 
5.0

I Was Scheptical But Now I Love It

By Juan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo:

Calibrating my monitor was one of those things that I knew were important but I always procrastinated doing. After getting a new 4K monitor in which the color didn't match my old 32" Dell monitor I was in desperate need of put the color issue to rest once for all. I also have always wanted to try using the color passport. I was expecting to get better color accuracy and correct color balance. I tested yesterday during a sledding session my my kids and I was immediately sold. Not only the white balance was perfect, but my images were taken to a whole new level after correcting the RAW files with the ColorChecker Passport. Everything seems more vibrant, and alive. It is like I took my pictures with a very expensive medium format Hasselblad. I highly recommend calibrating your monitor and using the Color Checker passport.

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