General info

All of our lighting checkers were designed by visual effects artists with an extensive experience in film and television together with photographers, specialised in visual effects projects, working on the film set on a daily basis. This collaboration results in a first class product that meets the necessary requirements to work on set and digital postproduction.

In akromatic we believe that the partnership between those responsible for collecting information on the set and those responsible for processing this high-quality visual content is essential to create a functional and manageable lighting checker, consistent with the demands of a lighting and look-dev department.

Our products are made from top quality materials, handmade built and assembled using stainless steel, aluminium, and iron. Painted with high precission neutral gray paint for accurate sampling. Highly resistant and durable, ideal for travelling or for the high-speed pace of the work on set.

All products are made in the EU.

We thought about all the different types of users who wish to approach the world of photography to visual effects, therefore, we have created different solutions in various sizes, keeping in mind large visual effects studios, small post-production boutiques, universities and specialised schools, students and aficionados.

We have a solution for any profile.

Need a customized solution?

At akromatic we love challenges! If you think your role requires a different solution other than our standard products, drop us a line and we’ll happily discuss the design and production of your customised project.

Availability

All our products are made to order in the EU, please allow us 15 days to process your order.
Color charts NOT included.


Technical specs

Materials: All of our lighting checkers are made of stainless steel and carbon fiber.
Size: The diameter of all the spheres is 20cm
Color: The grey color is exactly a N4 Neutral Gray in Munsell Scale which is 17.6% reflectance of the light.

Munsell Scale

Munsell Scale

Paint sample

Paint sample

 

Lighting checker "Mono"

This is the lightest and handier lighting checker of our catalogue, we kept in mind its portability and functionality.

This lighting checker is designed thinking about photographers and visual artists who need to travel with reduced photographic equipment.

If you move alone, by foot and with a backpack where you keep all your gear, the small version of this product will be your best ally.

Its use in the film set is perfectly valid.

Thanks to the dimension of the sphere you can be far enough from the camera and capture the lighting and reflection information luminous around the set from and advantage point. 

It is built over a of a single stainless steel sphere, half neutral grey and half mirror. 

You’ll need two exposures to capture all the information needed, doing just a simple twist of the wrist to rotate the sphere.

 

Price "Mono" 280 €
See some pictures from the workshop here.

Lighting checker "Dynamic"

This lighting checker is designed to capture lighting and reflections information dynamically.

The size of the spheres and the separation between them is ideal when placed at a medium or long distance from the camera and to capture streaming moving sequences by moving the mast from top to bottom in horizontal position or from left to right in upright position.

This way you can capture all the information from a global environment, being an ideal product for outdoor shots, or for indoor shots with different light sources, where the subject is greatly affected when approaching a light source.

To capture all the luminance range within the physical size of a shot using video, is an increasingly common practice in any visual effects studio.

In the centre of the mast we have placed a small platform with a magnet (included) to place an optional colour chart (not included), essential for these purposes.

Using this gadget, you’ll only need one shot to capture all the information needed.

The back of the checker has a handle that allows you to move the mast easily, especially when you need to capture the sequences moving the lighting checker up and down or vertically along the set.

 

Price "Dynamic" 400 €
See some pictures from the workshop here.

Lighting checker "Twister"

This lighting checker is designed to capture all the necessary information with a single photographic exposure, combining both spheres in a single space.

The spheres are of different sized so that both can coexist in the same space, gaining verticality and reducing the lateral sizing. 

The larger sphere will allow you to read better the details of the lighting and the neutral grey sphere doesn’t need a larger size to draw the direction of the light.

The size of the mast and the distribution of the spheres will allow you to be at any distance from the camera, and you could use this checker both in small environments or large rooms.

The distance between the mast and the spheres is ideal for situations where you need to raise the checker above your head, or when the person using it has to be bent or in other difficult positions.

Like all other akromatic products, we have built a small platform with a magnet (included) to place an optional color chart (not included).

Move this checker vertically or horizontally to collect the lighting information sequence in one single pass, which is extremely comfortable.

Price "Twister" 350 €
NOT AVAILABLE

Lighting checker "Twins"

This lighting checker is designed to be mounted over a conventional tripod and to be used in the studio or on set, being a key piece to collect light information in the digital doubles sessions, for either characters or objects.

This will create HDRIs that will later be used by the texture and look-dev departments, who’ll be able to recreate the exact lighting setups created by the photographers, polarized (for textures) and non-polarized (for look-dev and shading).

This checker can be easily dismounted from the tripod and can be also used as a hand-held checker, making it a portable, functional and lightweight solution, ideal for exterior locations or movie sets. 

As usual, we included a magnet base so you can place an optional color chart (not included), with a single exposure being necessary to capture all the necessary information.

Price "Twins" 380 €
See some pictures from the workshop here.


akromatic lighting checkers being used on set

pictures from our workshop

All prices include shipping & handling to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Gibraltar, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Canada and USA.
We ship worldwide.
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