Whether digital photography or film-based photography, you still need the traditional gray card and color charts. Even though Kodak has a color card, Macbeth has been able to provide professional photography with an international standard reference card, both for colors and for gray scale.
Macbeth has gone through several corporate changes; I know them best as a (former) division of the Kollmorgen Instruments Corporation. Macbeth is now allied with a prominent Swiss company, Gretag. The new combined company is GretagMacbeth (no space between the words).
Despite corporate name-change for the parent company, Macbeth itself is evidently still located at 405 Little Britain Road, New Windsor, NY 12553-6148, tel 1 800 622 2384), 1 800 COLOUR ( Canada ). Fax in USA is (845) 565-0390. web site is gretagmacbeth.com
The images on this page are quickie snapshots, raw (uncorrected). In the hands of a capable graphics artist or digital photographer the presence of these cards will allow color correcting to the original 8th century color of this ancient Maya vase.
Be sure to use a Macbeth ColorChecker and not the Kodak Q-13 or Kodak Q-14 gray cards. Macbeth ColorChecker is the international standard for the digital era. The Kodak Q-13 card was the favorite decades ago, but skip it and upgrade to the Macbeth ColorChecker.
Avoid the Gretag digital ColorChecker DC ; use instead the newer ColorChecker SG. These are if you intend to do ICC color profiling. For basic color balance, continue to use the original Macbeth ColorChecker.
Munsell Color is a division of Macbeth; Macbeth itself is now part of GretagMacbeth . Munsell Color is the international scientific reference for the colors of artifacts. All the Maya pottery of Tikal was recorded with Munsell color references.
Most recently updated Oct. 22, 2004 .