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Shooting Tip | Controlling Your Color Accuracy In Camera

By Wendell Weithers on January 11th 2018

As you progress in photography, you become increasingly aware of the importance of focusing on the details. These are the finer aspects of the process that you previously left unattended because you either didn’t know they mattered or, if you did, didn’t know how to address them.

When you bring your images into an editing software, one of the first things you begin to notice is that the color from shot to shot can vary. This isn’t a problem in many cases but, in some genres, there is a need for greater control of all the variables of the shoot. One box to check in your quest for color control is calibrating the color in your camera and if this has been a challenge for you in the past, Radhakrishnan Chakyat from Pixel Village provides an inside look at the process.

In-Camera Settings

  1. Choose your camera’s uncompressed RAW format
  2. Choose the highest bit-depth your camera offers 
  3. Set Color Space to Adobe RGB
  4. Use Auto White-Balance

Next, you’ll create a color profile to make adjustments to your images.

Using the Color Checker

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport$92.79

The Color Checker has industry standard pigments that provide a frame of reference to which the colors captured in camera can be compared. You’ll take a test shot to create a color profile in Lightroom and, once you capture images, you can use the profile you create from the Color Checker to correct the color in your images.

I should also note that along with your camera, you should calibrate your monitor as well. Color accuracy requires a comprehensive approach that demands consideration of multiple factors; good lighting, camera calibration, and screen calibration. Check out the articles below to find out more about screen calibration.

Datacolor Spyder5STUDIO Color Calibration Bundle$499.00

Datacolor Spyder5Express$120.50

The Problem With Your Workflow You May Not Know You Have | Calibration

Lightroom Better: Use & Benefit From The Camera Calibration Tab

Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

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2 Comments

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  1. Karl Petersson

    I think it might be mentioned that this is an applicable technique only when using Adobe Camera Raw in PS or Lightroom (the video only says Lightroom) but is only applicable as a gray card when using in an app that does not use the DNG profile system unless you use an app like Basiccolor Input if you would be using apps like Capture One to create icc profiles.

    I know the Adobe apps are dominant in the market and even more in the non commercially working users area but the fact that Adobe created its own dng profile system and not use the icc system that was a standard long before the ACR system does not mean it is the only option.

    Also it should be mentioned that Datacolor only edits the HSL settings (at least used to) but that Xrite creates a unique DNG profile and then you can edit the hsl setting in the addition to the profile.

     

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  2. Vangelis Medina

    Set color space in camera makes no difference when shot RAW.

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