How to Use Your ColorChecker Passport in Capture One

For the longest time, I've been trying to move away from using Lightroom and instead use Capture One all the time. Even with the latest update, Capture One is still much faster and more effective for editing, especially when it comes to the high-resolution files I normally work with. The only thing that prevented me from switching over completely was the lack of support for the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

Recently I came to know of Lumariver, which is a fantastic piece of software that allows you to use your ColorChecker Passport in Capture One. The process does take a little longer than it does when creating profiles in Lightroom; however, the results are significantly better. The ability to select specific curves in Capture One really impacts the end results. The profiles you create in Lumariver are ICC profiles, which are more widely accepted and flexible compared to the profiles you create in Lightroom. This allows you to use these profiles in Photoshop as well as Capture One. 

Looking at the images above, you can see a huge difference between the image created in Lightroom vs the image created in Capture One. The colors in the Capture One image are much more accurate and more pleasing to look at. Even with both images having the white balance set to 7500, they look vastly different. The sky at blue hour looks much more accurate and the skin tones don't have those odd greenish tones in the Capture One image. Also, the colors in the bokeh on the right of the frame are more distinct and can be differentiated more effectively. 

Check out the full video to see how to create these ICC profiles.

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Usman Dawood's picture

In all honesty, I don't know much about the baked in stuff or what C1 is doing when it's supposedly removing it. I simply went with the information I was given so I personally can't comment on that. You might be right I just don't know.

What I do know however is that although it is a longer process to complete in C1 the results are significantly better and worth the extra few steps. I don't actually use the CCP anymore and instead, I now use the SG digital. I simply have a bunch of ICC profiles created for each camera and lens combination I use. I only use the CCP for white balancing now.

Dear Usman,

Thx for this really great info.
Just had 1 question. Before you export the 2 tiff files and go to LumaRiver to create ICC profile do you need to white balance in C1 the shot of the color target? On what patch do you suggest if white balancing is needed?

Thx for the update.

Usman Dawood's picture

You don’t have to white balance before youmprofile because the actual image you apply the profiles to will still be a RAW in C1. Correcting white balance is a good thing I just didn’t want my image to be so warm in this test I didn’t like the white balance from the grey card for this individual test.

But WB is relatively easy to fix and adjust.

Thx Usman, very helpful!

Christoph .'s picture

Unfortunate to see all this negativity on a really solid video.

As someone who has been perennially displeased with Adobe's profiles and how they render colour compared to Nikon's own software/in-camera (to the point of reverting to NX-D), this is really perfect content. While C1's standard profiles are getting better, they're still not perfect.

I did find lumariver profiler a while ago (looking at their HDR software approach for interiors) and I have their site open in my jungle of open tabs of things to get on to, a really concise video on something so crucial and timesaving from another working professional is just perfect.

Just a shame that people who likely spend hours tweaking images on stock profiles/in LR to try and undo Adobe's terrible rendering cannot see the value in this content. Thank you!

A quick question: how often would you see fit to create new ICC's? I shoot a lot of interiors and would love to try this but I might not use this approach if I would need to create a profile for the different colour casts of each room or house.

Usman Dawood's picture

Thank you so much that’s really nice of you to say, I really appreciate it.

Personally I no longer need to create profiles because I use the larger SG digital and once you create profiles for your common lens and camera combinations they’re more than sufficient.

Having said that I will still create the odd profile here and there using my CCP depending on what and where I’m shooting.

"Just a shame that people who likely spend hours tweaking images on stock profiles/in LR to try and undo Adobe's terrible rendering cannot see the value in this content."

I use Lumariver to create camera profiles in LR. It is a big help.

Great information! The only question I have is, do you see a big difference in the created icc profile and the one C1 has stored? Again great information.

Usman Dawood's picture

I haven’t done a detailed side by side so nothing conclusive but so far the created ICC has definitely been better.

Thank you for the comment :-).

Thank you sir for the reply. If you do find a difference of any significance can you post here? Just would like to know since I would only use the software to create the icc profile. If I don’t have to spend the money then I’ll save it.

1. “All RAW files have some adjustments done by the camera.” This is not quite true. In order to open a RAW file, the software must do some interpretation. The software can follow the instructions that the camera puts in text area of the RAW file, or ignore them and follow their own recipe. Going Linear and removing added color removes Capture One’s interpretation and allows Lumariver to add it’s own color and tonality later on.

2. The Repro edition of Lumariver is for making prints (reproduction).

3. Selecting color temperature in Lumariver: you skipped a step in exporting from Capture One. You should select the same color temperature in Capture One before exporting your TIFF files.

4. Adjusting the tone curve in Capture One after applying the new profile: There are settings in Lumariver to add the tone curve you want before exporting the profile.

5. Comparing with Lightroom: It's important to mention that Lumariver can make Camera Profiles for Lightroom. That is how I use Lumariver. It is a huge step up from stock profiles, or from using any other software to make camera profiles for Lightroom.

Capture One plus Lumariver may be better than Lightroom without Lumariver, but I wonder if it is significantly better than Lightroom with Lumariver. In your comparison, did you use Lumariver to make Camera Profiles for Lightroom?

6. For people who want more info, the Lumariver user manual is very good.

As far as I know, Phase One was making ICC for cameras with the whole dynamic range for cameras with numerous colour patches. I wonder if it is a perfect way to work with just 24 colour reference from the Checker with just normal light but not a High CRI and even lighting environment? I suggest handling the raw with its own gamut within the raw like "color editor" in Capture One or "HSL" slider in LR while not touching the ICC since gamut clipping and banding may happen

I have my doubts about this process. First of all, you need to buy extra software. But Let’s put that aside for now.
You need to create an icc profile, load that into C1, and then make some adjustments to exposure contrast and white balance to “kinda make it look right”? You might as well not bother and go straight for the “kinda make it look right” approach.
As for lightroom, why wasn’t the image calibrated using the xrite plugin in lightroom to show us the effect?
Also, comparing two differently calibrated images that rely on different camera calibration profiles (icc profiles) in software that can use only one profile at the time (applicable to all software), simply cannot give you a compare. The only way to do that is by having both software open and do a screen compare directly.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe C1 produces better results, I just don’t believe this process works.

Why not just create the profile with the xrite software and load that into C1?