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Colour profiling my ZenFone 5 with the ColorChecker

I’ve really liked my new ASUS ZenFone 5 since I initially took it out of the box. It’s got some nice improvements over the ZenFone 4, particularly when it comes to the cameras.

They’re a little sharper, with a tad more dynamic range, and they really do show off the scene well when I use it to get photos when location scouting.

But I like to shoot DNG RAW with my phones so that I can process them on the desktop rather than on the phone itself. This way, I can quickly batch process them and schedule them on social media using Hootsuite.

DNG colour from smartphones isn’t perfect, though, which is where the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport steps in. It solves all my DNG colour issues and makes the post work a breeze.

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Calibrating an iPad Display!

So, this is interesting, and while datacolor have had a Spyder option for a while, its calibration is limited to its own software (unless it’s changed since I last took a proper look at it).

This new offering from X-Rite, released in March, looks rather good, though, and it seems it has an API that allows other app developers to add support for the profiles it creates (meaning other software can show your images correctly, too – Hello? Lightroom Mobile? You listening, Adobe?).

There are, however, a couple of things that annoy me slightly about it, although one kind of negates the other (for me anyway).

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ColorChecker Passport

Thus far, I’ve only used this blog to post about Linux stuff, but I also created it to write about photography related things as well.

First of those photography related things is the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (CCP), as I’ve had a number of people asking me about this recently.

So, what is it?  Why use it?  Should I buy one?  Or am I just throwing away good money?

Well, to describe it as simply as possible, it’s a sort of grey card on steroids, but also much more.

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