Since starting my career as a photographer, one of the more challenging things I found was producing relatively accurate and pleasing looking colors. For a long time, I've been using the ColorChecker Passport from X-Rite because it consistently helped me to produce better-looking colors.
Recently, X-rite updated their popular color reference tool and released the new ColorChecker Passport 2. In light of this, I decided to produce a video that demonstrates how to use the passport and also why I think it's important for every professional photographer to have and use one.
Camera sensors have their respective limitations when it comes to color because most of the colors that are produced are interpolated. Essentially the colors that most camera sensors produce are based on a combination of three color pixels, red, blue, and green. Colors like yellow, for example, don't actually exist on your sensor and are produced based on some very capable algorithms. For the most part, your camera does a fantastic job at producing color; however, it's not perfect and things can go wrong at times. For this reason, I highly recommend using a ColorChecker Passport because I firmly believe better and more accurate colors will inherently improve your photography.
Ultimately, colors or the use of colors are a fundamental of photography and art for that matter. I think it's important that we focus on that aspect as much as we focus on things like composition and lighting. A ColorChecker Passport is a great tool to help towards that aim.
Please check out the video linked above and let me know what your thoughts are on the Passport.