I just started using the X-Rite color checker and find it very useful. The advantages are, it’s small and rugged, so it’s easy to have in your pocket, and it comes with software that automatically creates color profiles for Photoshop Elements, Camera raw and Adobe Lightroom.
It’s also having a target for custom camera white balance for those shooting JPG’s. Here’s a link to Seth Resnick Video show the Color Checker in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V39n1J8IgpA
This is an update to my previous post 6 months ago, I’ve been using the Passport for about 6 months now, and I’m still learning how to use the device, yesterday I watched an X-rite webcast about using the profiler and learned a few tips that will help me spend up my workflow. The question I have about ACR profile management still goes unanswered. I’m still trying to find how to manage my profiles, which the passport creates.
I use this plug in and would not be without it and now with Lightroom support it just got better, because it some much easier to use.
I also use Color Efex Pro Software
From Nik Software. As noted last month, each of our plug-ins is being updated to support Adobe® Lightroom™ 2. Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 Complete Edition for Lightroom is our latest. If you already own Color Efex Pro, it’s a FREE update.
Here’s a link to how to use these plugins.