Color Management: Custom Camera Profile
Color management is important to all photographers and can be a very daunting task. The goal with color management is to get your colors to match from input to output. This means, your camera needs to capture true colors, your monitor needs to display them correctly, and your printer needs to print a photo that is true to the original shot, and your monitor. That sounds like a lot of work, but, if you establish a color management workflow, the process is a lot easier and the outcome is worth the effort.
The first step of your color management workflow starts with your camera. If your camera is not capturing accurate color, your prints will not represent accurate color. In order to ensure your camera is doing this, you need to use the X-rite ColorChecker Passport and the camera calibration software.
Custom Camera Profile Workflow:
1. If you are shooting to camera, set the in-camera white balance. This can speed up the process by providing a good starting point for the white balance of your image.
(Remember to shoot in camera RAW)
2. Capture the ColorChecker Passport. If you change your lighting condition shoot the ColorChecker Passport again.
3. Go into Lightroom and create a DNG Profile. (If you do not have lightroom, use the ColorChecker Passport Software and then open your DNG file in Camera Raw*)
4. Set your Camera Profile in the Camera Calibration section.
5. Use the white balance tool to select your white balance on the ColorChecker Passport.
6. Synchronize the rest of your photos.
*ColorChecker Passport Software
1. Drag DNG file into ColorChecker Passport.
2. Create camera profile.
This is the first step to the color management workflow and the first step to accurate color and prints. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions, and stay tuned to learn how to color manage your monitor and printer!