Photographer Hugo Rodriguez has created a “new technology” of coloration chart known as the HR-1 SuperChroma that blows your ColorChecker out of the water. Utilizing 999 evenly distributed coloration patches, Rodriguez claims his chart can produce extra correct outcomes than anything available on the market at the moment.
We first heard in regards to the HR-1 SuperChroma in February, when Rodriguez was getting ready to share it with the world. This chart, he claimed, is “the very best decision card available on the market by far,” blowing away even probably the most superior competitors just like the HutchColor chart.
It achieves this in two primary methods. First, by together with extra coloration patches than anything available on the market: the ColorChecker makes use of 24 patches, the Hutch chart makes use of a bit over 700, and the HR-1 SuperChroma makes use of 999. Second, by distributing these patches extra evenly throughout the colour house.
“On charts just like the IT8 or the Hutch, which have been created primarily based on the idea of gradients, there’s a number of patch density in sure areas (particularly close to grayscales) and little or no or no patching between the extremes of most gradient saturation,” explains Rodriguez. “This makes the patch distribution uneven and consequently worse for a coloration profiling program.”
You’ll be able to see this within the chart under, which describes the Hutch chart. Some colours areas, like black and white, have a really excessive density of redundant patches, whereas others don’t:
In distinction, the HR-1 SuperChroma’s patches are evenly distributed, in order that it produces much less redundant info and provides you a extra full knowledge set to work with when making a coloration profile in a program like Lumariver or BasICColor Enter 5.
Mix that with the sheer variety of coloration patches that Rodriguez has included on the SuperChroma, and also you get a lot broader protection of the seen coloration spectrum than some other chart available on the market at the moment. This is applicable particularly nicely to charts printed on chemical paper, which introduces its personal limitations:
The HR-1 is predicated on three years of labor and 17 years of expertise professionally calibrating cameras for dozens of retail shoppers and artwork galleries, and it’s not a model new creation. Rodriguez has been utilizing the chart for a while now, and has loads of examples to show its superiority.
“The HR-1 SuperChroma has been designed primarily to be used in e-commerce and paintings replica,” explains Rodriguez. “Subsequently it might produce wonderful ends in a scene-referred workflow and in addition in an output-referred too.”
On-line shops particularly have a problem with presenting a coloration that’s not correct to the product that the shopper receives. As you’ll be able to see from the examples under, the SuperChroma produces totally different (and Rodriguez claims, extra correct) outcomes:
Admittedly, this will probably be a distinct segment product for under probably the most discerning studio photographers who demand probably the most excessive coloration accuracy. As Rodriguez talked about, industrial product pictures, style, and paintings replica are his primary targets, however loads of different photographers will see this and wish to pursue probably the most true and correct colours doable, no matter style.
To study extra in regards to the HR-1 SuperChroma or if you wish to pre-order one your self, you are able to do so right here. An ordinary reference chart will run 350 Euro, or about $381, and availability will start a number of days after the lockdown ends in Spain, the place Rodriguez is predicated.
And if you wish to dive deeper into the nitty gritty of how Rodriguez can declare that his chart is extra correct than the competitors, he’s shared an in-depth breakdown on Luminous Panorama that’s value a learn.
Picture credit: All photographs and charts offered by Mr. Rodriguez, and used with permission.