Union, NJ—Hasselblad’s latest improvements to its Phocus software deliver a richer postproduction experience. The update gives Hasselblad H and X system photographers more creative options. Phocus 3.4 brings additions to both tethered shooting and image adjustment workflows.
The latest deployment of Phocus offers greater tonal adjustability with enhanced shadow fill and highlight recovery tools. Moreover, the detail slider allows users to fine-tune localized contrast alongside the clarity tool. Also, more adjustment layer tools improve localized editing. In addition, the augmented noise filter assists with areas of fine detail with wide-angle lenses.
Furthermore, correction profiles for Hasselblad’s newest XCD lenses round out the editing capabilities of Phocus. And an expanded live view aperture setting improves efficiency for users that take advantage of Hasselblad’s live view video preview when photographing tethered to a host computer.
Hasselblad Phocus 3.4 Upgrades
Enhanced Shadow Fill and Highlight Recovery
To give photographers access to the greatest amount of image detail from their captures, shadow fill and highlight recovery were enhanced. This enables photographers to utilize the dynamic range available in their images. Moreover, the original algorithms are still available under a selectable version option for compatibility with previously corrected images.
By expanding the number of adjustments available within the adjustment layers tool, shadow fill and clarity corrections are now applied as local adjustments, as the This is done using the brush tool or a linear and radial gradient.
Also, a new addition to the exposure tool set of Phocus 3.4 is a detail slider. The slider controls the degree to which clarity affects fine detail in the image. Used in conjunction with the clarity tool, the detail slider enables more nuanced control of local contrast to fine-tune images.
Expanded Live View Aperture Option
Moreover, for users working in a tethered capture environment, the new live view aperture option permits the camera to automatically open to the widest aperture possible. It also enables it to use the selected aperture instead when activating live view. This is especially useful when photographing with flash in-studio, where the strength of modeling lamps is not suitable for viewability due to the camera’s exposure settings.
Enhanced Noise Filter
In addition, a new option within the noise filter tool corrects images that may exhibit unwanted patterns when using third-party wide-angle lenses or extreme tilt and shift.
Phocus 3.4 Adds Lens Profiles for XCD Lenses
Phocus 3.4 also includes lens correction profiles for the previously announced XCD 2,8/65, XCD 1,9/80, and XCD 2,8/135 with X converter 1,7 lenses.
To download the latest version of Phocus or view tutorials, visit hasselblad.com/phocus.