How to Calibrate & Profile Your Camera

Learn the elements of scanner calibration and profiling for photographers, prepress, and printing.

Calibrate & Profile Your Camera

Why should I calibrate and profile my camera?

If you notice the colors and levels from your camera consistently looking "off," you can save time by calibrating your camera rather than adjusting each image in post-production. Custom camera profiles can greatly improve your color accuracy and ensure the right color with the right shot every time.


How do I calibrate my digital camera?

  1. We recommend first calibrating your computer monitor so to correctly assess color balance from the camera. ( How do I calibrate my computer monitor? )
  2. You will need a neutral gray card to photograph as a reference and camera profiling chart. Purchase a new neutral gray card and camera profiling charts.
  3. Gray balance your camera until the RGB values in Photoshop are equal, i.e. 144, 144, 144.
  4. Using the gray balanced setting take a picture of the camera profiling chart.
  5. Retouch the image in Photoshop to remove any blemishes or hairs.
  6. Open camera profiling software. Select reference file for the profilng chart used.
  7. Load corrected camera file.
  8. Crop file.
  9. Save the custom ICC camera profile. Future photograph image colors will be adjusted according to this profile and hence accurately capture the true source colors.

Camera Color Charts


X-Rite ColorChecker Chart
List Price: $77.00

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