Nik Collection 2018 by DxO - FREE with selected X-Rite products!

X-Rite and DxO have teamed up to offer a full licence to Nik Collection 2018 by DxO completely free with qualifying X-Rite products. This award-winning software is worth £59/€69 and provides a unique set of tools to enhance your creative workflow.

About Nik Collection 2018 by DxO

Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is a series of 7 renowned creative plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom, providing filters, rendering and photo retouching tools to create stunning images.

Includes –

COLOR EFEX PRO

A comprehensive set of filters for colour correction, retouching, and creative effects.

SILVER EFEX PRO

The world’s leading black and white software with darkroom-inspired controls.

VIVEZA

The most powerful software to selectively control colour, tonality and light in your photographs.

ANALOG EFEX PRO

Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.

HDR EFEX PRO

From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.

SHARPENER PRO

Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.

DFINE

Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.

See terms for more information:

https://www.xritephoto.eu/dxo-terms

Passport Photo 2 – even more colour control

X-Rite created the industry-standard ColorChecker Passport 10 years ago. With this new and even more powerful version, you can capture and create more perfectly than ever.

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is ideal for any photographer looking for accurate and consistent colour and creative flexibility. The combination of targets and camera calibration software combined with your choice of Lightroom®, Photoshop®, CaptureOne® or Canon® DPP, delivers the most professional quality colour control possible.

Passport Photo 2 combines four photographic targets into one pocket-size protective case that adjusts to any scene. Together with the included Camera Calibration software and Lightroom Plug-In, you get the ultimate functionality, flexibility and portability for a more perfect colour journey.

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 includes:

Grey Balance Target
Set exposure with an in-camera or handheld meter.

White Balance Target 

Create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent white point across a set of images, with no need to correct each individual image later.

Classic Target

Industry standard 24-patch colour reference target for creating custom camera profiles and for visual colour assessments.

Creative Enhancement Target

Neutralise and create your look with enhancement patches.

Check and evaluate shadow details and highlight clipping.

Control colour shifts.

Camera Calibration Software

Create custom camera profiles based on your individual camera/lens/lighting combinations for both DNG and ICC workflows.

Lightroom® Plug-In

Create custom camera profiles directly in Adobe® Lightroom®.

Portable Protective Case

Adjusts to accommodate multiple positions so that you can easily incorporate the target(s) into any scene. Also, it includes a handy lanyard so that your Passport is always close by.

3rd Party Support

ColorChecker Classic target is also supported by these 3rd party software solutions:

  • Hasselblad Phocus
  • Black Magic DaVinci Resolve
  • 3D LUT Creator

With more colour science experience than anyone in the industry, the ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 was truly created by colour perfectionists for colour perfectionists.

 One passport. A world of colourful creative places to explore.

It’s a passport to a more perfect place,

to a stress-free and consistent state,

to a land of infinite creative possibilities.

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is an indispensable tool that helps you to capture the colours of the world more perfectly and ensures that from capture to edit, you are beginning with the most accurate image possible.

The art of colour management is all about getting your colours to match from input to output. That means your camera captures true colours, your monitor displays them accurately, and your printer produces a photo that matches what you see on screen.

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is an essential component for your colour-managed workflow. It includes 4 targets giving you everything you need for exposure control, white balance, camera profiling and creative enhancements wherever your creativity leads you.

GREY BALANCE TARGET
18% middle grey is the industry standard reference used to produce consistent image exposure and/or colour in film and photography. Use it with a reflective light meter or your in-camera meter to check lighting ratios and light distribution. Plus, it can be used to neutral balance and remove colour casts.

  • Set proper camera exposure
  • Check lighting ratios; important for portrait photography
    • Alternate choice for custom neutral balancing of your camera 

WHITE BALANCE TARGET

Starting with an accurate white balance ensures that the colours you capture are true and provides a point of reference for post-shoot editing. This target is created to exacting standards to be spectrally neutral and reflect light equally across the visible spectrum. This provides a neutral reference point to accurately compensate for different lighting conditions.

  • Eliminate colour casts
    • Improve the colour preview on camera display
    • Speed up post-production – eliminate the need to neutralise each image separately

      Note: Raw shooters can capture this target anytime during the session.
      JPEG shooters should make it their first shot.

“Why can’t I use just any white object?”

White balancing with a piece of paper or other grey element in the scene may seem like a simple workaround, but most objects are not actually neutral under all lighting conditions; and they’re certainly not consistent.

An inaccurate white balance results in colour casts and a lack of consistency as lighting conditions change. This can slow down your post-processing as you attempt to fix the resulting colour casts.

CLASSIC TARGET

Photographing the industry-standard ColorChecker Classic is an important step in attaining consistent, predictable colour at capture. When combined with the Camera Calibration Software, you can produce custom DNG and/or ICC profiles of your camera’s response to scene lighting for consistent, predictable and repeatable results from image to image and camera to camera.

The Classic target also provides a visual point of colour reference so that you can see exactly how colour corrections will affect the rest of your colours before you apply them. Each of the 24 colour patches represents the colours of natural objects, such as sky blue, skin tones and leaf green; and each patch reflects light just like its real-world counterpart. Each square is individually coloured using a solid tone to produce pure, flat, rich colour without dots or mixed tints.

ColorChecker Classic target is also supported by these 3rd party software solutions:

  • Hasselblad Phocus
  • Black Magic DaVinci Resolve
  • 3D LUT Creator

CREATIVE ENHANCEMENT TARGET

The Creative Enhancement Target adds a higher level of colour creativity and control to your workflow. It includes four rows of colour patches designed for image editing that can be instantly applied with just the click of an eyedropper.

  • Two rows of warming and cooling patches in the middle serve as a creative guide for you to create pleasing and repeatable edits. Creatively refine the colour of your image by adding warmth to skin tones or boost the deep greens or blues in a landscape. Simply click and sync your selection to other images that were shot under that same lighting to create pleasing edits – it’s that simple!
  • A row of clipping patches across the bottom serve as a visual reference for judging, controlling and editing images for shadow details or highlight clipping. The clipping patches are separated into two groups: light and dark. Each patch is 1/3 F-stop difference between them with the exception of the last black patch. The exposure difference between the darkest and next darkest patch is approximately 1/10th of a stop, and the dynamic range of the target is about 32:1 (5 stops).
  • The top HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) row includes 8 spectrum patches to ensure colour fidelity across all hues so that you can evaluate and edit for any colour shifts.

CAMERA CALIBRATION SOFTWARE

Now even more powerful - create both custom DNG and/or ICC camera profiles!

Build custom camera profiles using the industry standard 24-patch ColorChecker Classic Target or the ColorChecker Digital SG Target together with either the stand-alone ColorChecker Camera Calibration software or the Adobe Lightroom® Plug-In.

This advanced camera profiling technology provides excellent results with either reference target, producing profiles that work exceptionally well under virtually any lighting condition. Auto-detection will locate the target automatically making the profile creation process a breeze. Whether you are shooting with just one camera or multiple cameras, colour perfectionists can easily establish an accurate colour foundation and maintain control of their colours.

• Minimise colour differences between cameras and lenses

• Adapt for mixed lighting

• Match colour balance across different scenes

Dual-Illuminant DNG Profiles

A dual-illuminant profile combines images taken under two different light sources to create a single profile, which can be applied to an even wider variety of lighting conditions. Dual-Illuminant profiles can be made with any two of twenty-one supported illuminants, giving you the freedom to move between most lighting conditions without switching profiles.

PASSPORT CASE

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 was designed for absolute convenience and portability, so that you can take it with you to every shoot. The travel-sized case is made of a rugged plastic material that houses and protects the four targets from the elements and extends their lifespan.

The self-standing Passport case adjusts to multiple positions, allowing you the flexibility to place the targets exactly where you need them. Plus, the included lanyard ensures your Passport is close at hand during every photo shoot.

 SPECIFICATIONS

 Windows Minimum suggested hardware requirements:

  • Operating System:  Windows 7 thru Windows 10 with all updates installed
  • RAM: 2 GB minimum
  • Display:  Resolution 1024 x 768 or higher
  • 4 GB free hard disk space minimum
  • Internet connection required for software update

Mac Minimum suggested hardware requirements:

  • Operating System:  MacOS X 10.12 thru 10.14 or later with latest updates installed
  • RAM: 2 GB minimum
  • Display:  Resolution 1024 x 768 or higher
  • 4 GB free hard disk space minimum
  • Internet connection required for software update

Supported Profile Format

  • DNG
  • ICC

Compatible Software

DNG and ICC Profiles

  • DNG and ICC Profiles
  • Adobe® Lightroom® 2.0 or newer (Classic or CC)
  • Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 4.5 or newer
  • Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 or newer
  • Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 7 or newer
  • Adobe® Bridge CS3 or newer

ICC Profiles only

  • Capture One Ver 7 or newer
  • Cannon DPP 4

For use in a Raw editor

  • Any Raw editor with click custom white balance capability

LANGUAGE VERSIONS
This product is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Japanese

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 Physical Specifications

  • Size: 125mm (H) x 90mm (W) x 9mm (T)
  • Weight: 80 grams or 3 oz
  • Humidity range: 85% or less, non-condensing
  • Temperature range for normal use of the case: 32° - 104° Fahrenheit / 0° - 40° Celsius

X-Rite

X-Rite Photo & Video offer a wide range of colour management solutions to fit the needs of photographers, videographers, designers and image editors of all levels, that demand accurate colour within their workflow.

ColorChecker targets are specifically designed to control the colour at the start of the shoot, while monitor calibration solutions will ensure that those colours are accurately represented on-screen, saving valuable time and money in the editing phase. X-Rite also offer print calibration products which will ensure that your print colours are right first time, every time. If you value colour, you’ll choose X-Rite.