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| p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Why do D4 images look bad on Lightroom 4.3? |
I think you're over-reacting to the word "custom profile". It's not in any way as hard as you think, and you don't need that many of them.
Since you already have a Passport, you have a good starting point. The card is good, but the X-rite PP software is (in my not so humbe opinion) unfortunately pure cr*p. Their more expensive solutions for profiling is rather ok, but -expensive-. Try the results from Adobe's free ProfileEditor in stead.
Custom profiles are actually quite necessary for many occasions. There is quite simply put NO WAY to manually edit say 1000 shots from a badly lit indoors game in an arena with poor quality light and get good color results.
On other occasions - no need to be so picky. You CAN use the same profile for both sunlight (everything from heavy overcast to mid-noon blue sky) and studio flash, and get very good results.
I normally use four "standard" profiles. Sun, Flash, DeepShade, Fluorescent.
When the accuracy demands are higher, or there are "special circumstances" that I know will make a lot faster and easier to use a profile made for the occasion (than to try and manually edit something) - I do the custom profile. With the right tools, it just takes a few seconds, and it can litterally save hours later in an editing session after a click-intensive shoot.