Using multiple cameras is common practice for some photographers. For example, wedding and event photographers often use more than one camera at a time. In some cases, there will be more than one photographer using multiple cameras. To complicate things, these photographers might be using cameras or lenses from different manufacturers. No matter how many cameras are used on a shoot, color harmony is important to help tell a cohesive visual story. Datacolor SpyderCHECKR can help make this easy and precise.
After calibrating your monitor and profiling your printers, the next important step in colour accuracy is profiling your camera. There are several devices out there to let you do this, but there’s two main ones. One is the X-Rite ColorChecker (or Passport), and the other is the Datacolor SpyderCHECKR (reviewed here). I still use both systems, and always pack at least one of them for a shoot.
But do you really need one? And how do they work? This video from The Slanted Lens talks us through some of the colour problems we can face on a shoot, and how colour charts can overcome those issues. While not everybody will care all that much about colour consistency, once you start using one, I think you’ll find it difficult to go back shooting without it.
When DataColor announced the Spyder5CAPTURE Pro package a few weeks ago, I had to get my hands on one. So we had a chat with DataColor and they sent one over for me to check out. The whole bundle includes four of DataColor’s popular calibration and profiling tools. There’s the SpyderLENSCAL, the SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCUBE and Spyder5ELITE.
My current workflow comprises a mix of X-Rite and Lastolite tools. A ColorChecker Passport, the i1 Display 2 and an Xpobalance. They’ve served me extremely well, so the Spyder5CAPTURE Pro suite has a lot to live up to. The DataColor setup does, however, offer some very distinct advantages over my current system, which we’ll get to throughout the course of the review.
So, let’s have a look at what’s in the box.