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Camera Calibration Profiles

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Does anyone know of a plug in for Aperature to calibrate the colour profile of a camera?   I have seen a process used in Lightroom with an xrite ColorPassport and software to create a colour profile to apply across a set of images to correct to a calibrated image set.    Looking for an equivalent process in Aperature.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 7:27 PM (in response to jonoc26)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 5:44 AM (in response to jonoc26)

    The section after explaining that if you shoot RAW you don't need to do this does explain how to profile a camera.

     

    Also searching for calibrating digital cameras for aperture brings up this RAW Colour Calibration using Aperture 3 - wentbackward (among others).

     

    So basically the answer to your first question is there a plugin for Aperture to do this is no.

     

    regards

  • ButchM Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    Frank Caggiano wrote:

     

    The section after explaining that if you shoot RAW you don't need to do this does explain how to profile a camera.

     

    Yes, though, that explanation is for using that color profile in the camera ... which Aperture is likely to ignore the profile once the image is imported and apply the canned one-size-fits-all profile that Aperture uses in the background.

     

    What the OP is referring to, in Lightroom/ACR you have the ability to apply several canned camera calibration profiles, as well as any user created profiles. Using these profiles can fine-tune color rendition before any other adjustments are applied ... in other words it eliminates the need for processing presets for a more user preferred starting point which allows all sliders to remain at their default points ... as a bonus, profiles can be created to match color across multiple camera bodies including different models ... and even different brands ... once created they can be applied as default upon import based upon camera serial number and/or ISO as desired ...

     

    While I much prefer Aperture ... I do find the ability to create a color rendition starting point of my own choosing quite a nice feature ... if Aperture is to be considered a "professional" app ... Apple should strongly consider adding the feature in the next iteration ... whenever that will be ...

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 11:49 AM (in response to ButchM)

    I agree (after all, that is what profiles are for), but ... I spent a couple of days creating a profile for my Sony a850 using X-Rite's Passport.  The best I did was inferior to the one built into Aperture.  I learned that:

    - the supplied profiles are (or can be) good

    - it is time-consuming to make a profile

    - it requires very good equipment and some expertise to make an excellent profile.

     

    YMMV.

  • ButchM Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 12:42 PM (in response to Kirby Krieger)

    Kirby Krieger wrote:

     

    I agree (after all, that is what profiles are for), but ... I spent a couple of days creating a profile for my Sony a850 using X-Rite's Passport.  The best I did was inferior to the one built into Aperture.  I learned that:

    - the supplied profiles are (or can be) good

    - it is time-consuming to make a profile

    - it requires very good equipment and some expertise to make an excellent profile.

     

    YMMV.

     

    I think I may have spent no more than hour on a single camera profile ... all I used was the Color Checker chart I already owned and the free Adobe DNG Profile Editor app (which is misleading because the profiles work with the native RAW files, you only need to use a DNG file to create the profile)  ... nothing too time consuming or expensive about that ...

     

    While I am not too disappointed with the canned profiles that Aperture uses, though what the effort of creating custom profiles for ACR/Lightroom afforded me was the color rendition I prefer, not the rendition that a software developer created for everyone ... Each camera has it's own traits, each photographer has their own expectations ... it's not always about 100% color accuracy, rather it is mostly about pleasing color that reflects your personal taste and expectations vs. one-size-fits-all ...

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