Challenge: How Well is Your Ability to See Color?

October 22nd 2012 10:00 AM

So you are a discerning photographer looking to get all the colors correct in your images. You use a grey card or an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport to calibrate the white balance and color of your photo. You have also calibrated your monitor.

So the question really is, how well do you see colors? X-Rite has a test on their website that lets you see how well you can differentiate similar hue tones. It’s a simple test to do. For each row, the first and the last color chips are locked in, and all you have to do arrange the other color chips so you get a continuous gradient from the first to the last chip.

X-Rite Color Hue Test

The lower the score, the better, with a score of zero being a perfect score. I got a 4!

My Result

So take the test through this link, and be sure to post up your result here! Best result gets a cookie ;)

(Via Popular Photoraphy)



Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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  1. 1
    David Nouls

    Much to my surprise I scored 0!

  2. 1

    that’s cool.  I scored a 15, but I also didn’t take a lot of time on it.  that’s my excuse. ;)

  3. 1

    I scored a 40! same demo group

  4. 1

    Scored perfect! yey

  5. 1
    Michael Kokott

    Your score: 15
    Gender: Male
    I am surprised a bit, guess it is not that bad at all.

  6. 1
    RJ Zabala

    Can I get a cookie?

  7. 1

    I scored an 8

  8. 1
    Sam Short

    Woo! 0… not that hard…

  9. 1

    I got a zero! Do you have any gluten-free cookies?

  10. 1

    I got an 8.  It all looked ok to me, but there are a few places where I am a bit off, apparently.

  11. 1
    Ryan Green

    I got zero! now if i could just do something about these pesky glasses.

  12. 1

    i like the ips technologie :D
    Your score: 0Gender: MaleAge range: 16-19Best score for your gender and age range: 0Highest score for your gender and age range: 1520

  13. 1
    Rakeda Sharber

    I scored a zero!

  14. 1

    I scored a perfect 0, as I figured I would :D http://i926.photobucket.com/albums/ad102/PM_DMNKLR/myFM100HueTestperfectscore10-22-2012.jpg

  15. 1
    Erin S.

    I got a 14… I seemed to struggle a little with the greens.  I found the longer I looked at it, the harder it got to discern differences.  Probably should’ve closed my eyes for and let the cones reset!

  16. 1

    I got 48 :(  I wonder does it make a difference that I did it on my work laptop with a horrible, badly lit uncalibrated monitor under fluorescent lighting!?  :)  I hope so… 

  17. 1
    Aaron Kershaw


  18. 1

    I got 3. My eyes need a bit of a rest now though.

  19. 1

    I got an 11. Not too shabby

  20. 1

     Your score: 26Gender: MaleAge range: 30-39Best score for your gender and age range: 0Highest score for your gender and age range: 1520

    Oh my……….my sore eyes …………is this bad?

  21. 1
    Otis J. Gore

    Your score: 3
    Gender: Male
    Age range: 40-49

  22. 1

    I got a 4 too.

  23. 1

    Your score: 3Gender: MaleAge range: 20-29
    The three I missed, I countless times rearranged. Of course I got it wrong at the end!

  24. 1

    Perfect color acuity here.  Quite surprised.  

  25. 1

    I scored an 8-female 40-49. 

  26. 1
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  27. 1

    I scored an 4-female 40-49

  28. 1

    I’m with ya Joe – got a 4 for a 30-39 male.

  29. 1

    perfect score – 0

  30. 1

    wow! thought u were lying, but i scored 0 as well. female 20-29. I´m very surprised, this was fun.

  31. 1

    I scored a three and now feel a little crosseyed

  32. 1
    Aaron Jesse

    I’m a 20yr old male, scored a 4. Now my eyes hurt.

  33. 1
    Ryan Paulsen

    I scored a 3. Looks like the blues/purples is my weak area.

  34. 1

    its a 0 ! (how often do you get happy about scoring a zero !)
    just glancing from left to right once arranged throws up any discontinuities

  35. 1

    I got A 8 good for me

  36. 1

    I got a perfect score :)

  37. 1
    Chris Tamayo

    I scored a 92…..

  38. 1

    40 year old guy – scored 8 – not too shabby

  39. 1
    Nick Li

    I scored 23….aged 15…on a crappy Dell laptop monitor.

  40. 1
    Patricia Dumond

    10. Female. 56. I was rather pleased with that score.

  41. 1
    Sachin Myneni

    11. Male. 36. Not happy. I am going to see everything in B&W from now on. Screw color!!!

  42. 1

    Scored a 15 (male 70+) but best score = MINUS 160 makes me a bit suspicious!

    I suppose getting cateracts in one eye is not helping.

  43. 1

    ha ! i got 149 … thats why i love to shoot B&W

  44. 1

    ha ! i got 149 … thats why i love to shoot B&W

  45. 15
    Ed Rhodes


  46. 25
    Joseph Prusa