A FREE color checker for the camera bag

Use this free Color Checker to get better photos!

I am not one to buy something just because it may work. But I was thinking of using a color checker for a while.

Then today I was watching a video I saw the presenter was using one I thought that I would make my own color checker and see if it works.

What is a color checker?

So what is it? It is a color checker for helping you to adjust the colors in your digital file. It will help you compensate for any problems with the white balance. So far I have to say it works GREAT!!  I do a lot of color sensitive shooting. Like real estate and artwork reproductions where color is important. I wanted to get something that would help me to tweak the colors to as close as possible, and this does that.

Paterson Photography Color chacker
Free color checker for the photographer

How does a color checker work?

That is a good question and I am glad that you asked 🙂

You take your pictures then using the same settings you take a image of the scene that you are shooting with the color checker in the image. 

When you are done shooting you open the sample image in Photoshop. Then using curves you click on the white, grey and black. The curves will take the color of your image to what it should be. 

Then you apply this correction (adjustment layer) and apply it to the rest of the images. 

Please understand this is only one way to use it. There are a number of ways, or similar items, to use but I was looking for something inexpensive and quick and this does it.

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Using the color checker

The image of the objects on the shelf shows just what can be done with a quick color adjustment.  I took the image then in Photoshop used Curves to adjust. It took less than ONE MINUTE. 

I clicked on the black, grey and white and it was done.  The left side that is not corrected would have passed. Unfortunately the wall is a slight light blue and you can see the right side is 100% accurate.

Colour Checker
Using the color checker the color is adjusted in a couple of clicks.

TEST 2 – The bird cage is in a room that not only suffers from the color of the light but from the colors on the wall. It is a little harder to notice but if you look on the wall or the picture above the cage you will see a difference.

The color checker removes the yellow cast and corrects the image.

Learn more about how to use a color checker on my YouTube channel

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