Color calibration workflow for Hasselblad cameras using X-Rite ColorChecker
It took a while until I figured this one out. On the X-Rite site it even stated, that Hasselblad is not supported. I figured out a workaround though. Here we go:
- Shoot a reference photo of your Color Checker Passport
- From Hasselblad Phocus, export this image as DNG to project folder
- Open the Color Checker Passport software and import the DNG and let it create a new DCP (=DNG camera profile)
- In ACR (Photoshop) open the DNG and apply the new DCP by choosing it in the “camera calibration” section.
- Do a white balance using the eyedropper on the third brightest grey patch
- Open in Photoshop.
There is another way as well, you can open the Hasselblad raw file (.fff) in ACR and export it as DNG from there, and then do everything else (steps 3 to 6). However the result will be slightly darker! I think it’s because ACR interprets Hasselblad raw files differently and frankly I don’t trust Adobe enough to do it absolutely right. So it’s better to create the DNG from Phocus.
The downside is, that you aren’t able to use the full power of Phocus to convert your raw files – e.g. use the superior shadow recovery. However your colors will be spot-on and in newer versions of ACR, all Hasselblad H-lenses’ profiles are already there to do the proper lens corrections.
I hope this helps anyone fighting with this question as well.