Collection of Capture One -styles

I transferred here many but not all styles from my old blog. The old blog was updated up to July 2021. This list is updated with new styles.

My styles should be compatible with Capture One Express, that is offered freely for many camera brands (Fuji, Nikon, Sony, if I am correct). There are possibly some exceptions to the compatibility, as I have not tested these with the free version and some settings might be limited outside the paid version.

If you use a fully paid version of Capture One, the styles are, or course, compatible with raw-files from any brand’s camera, but you have to change the camera profile to your camera’s generic profile (and save the style with this change to save you time next time) as there are noticeable differences between cameras.

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About Nikon’s SOOC colors

This is just a short pondering of the SOOC Nikon colors. There are six different main color profiles, Picture Controls, in Nikon Z cameras. Of course there are also many filter-kind of profiles, but as they are more like special filters, I do not count them to the main profiles.

The main profiles are (in no particular order) Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape and Flat. Coming from Fujifilm ecosystem having used and tweaked a lot of different film simulations, I am used to the idea of having different color profiles for different purposes.

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P400 II Gold Dust Capture One -style

In the beginning this style was just an experiment. An experiment of using Dehaze -tool in opposite direction than it kind of is meant to be used. Usually the Dehaze-tool would remove, well, haze, in your photos. And it seems to be very effective in this, though I have only couple of times tried it for it’s intended purpose.

The Dehaze-tool, when used in the opposite direction, giving minus values, does give the photo a hazy look, a bit like with a haze filter in front of your lens. I tried this couple of time, but other tools in Capture One have given what I have looked for and the hazy look just wasn’t for me. But when I saw that the Dehaze-tool also allows using a “tone”, picked with a color picker, I used enormous amount of time finding some nice tone that would enhance the images with this tool. What I thought this could bring to the table was the effect I have seen in some Portra film-photos: a golden glow that I haven’t otherwise been able to reproduce.

I didn’t manage to get the look I wanted and forgot this tool. Some week ago I accidentally found the tone I was looking for. It just happened to be there to be picked. And I did it to my P400 II Capture One -style. And I immediatelly knew this needed to be exploited.

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Custom Picture Control profiles for Nikon Z6 II (Classic Contrast B&W Soft and Portra II)

My previous attempt at the Classic Contrast B&W produced a very strong contrast B&W -look that was aimed at a kind of “urban” look. Backing up a bit with sharpness (and clarity, which added quite a bit of contrast) without touching the tone curve I made a new custom picture profile. The original was set up without color filter. I usually like processing B&W images without filters as I just don’t like emphasizing some colors. But with this profile I used the yellow filter.

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Custom Portra Picture Control for Nikon Z6 II

I like to use Capture One for post processing. On the other hand I love to explore what kind of looks I can get in-camera. And I really want to find some look that I want to use as a base look. So I did A LOT of tweaking with my Nikon Z6 II camera and processed photo after photo in search of a look that I could like. I published in my earlier post some settings that I started with. This time I wanted to explore the Portrait setting more deeply. I compared the Portrait look (Picture Control) to the Portra 400 Capture One -style that I have made earlier. And I tuned this Custom Picture Control to look like that style, not the original film (though the style has been tuned at least to some extent to look like Portra 400 film).

Nikon Portrait color profile has very much similarities with the Portra 400 colorscape. There are differences and as the Nikon Picture Controls cannot change individual colors (their hue, saturation or luminosity) one has to settle to the colors the Picture Control color profiles offer. But as I said the colors are quite close with Portra 400, at least to my eye. And so I tuned a custom curve and custom Picture Control for this look and named it as Portra 400.

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Nikon Z SOOC photos (Custom Picture Controls)

Okay. Coming from Fujifilm and it’s gorgeous film simulations, jumping to the “boring” Nikon was a step of faith. I knew I can get the looks I want with Capture One, especially as I do make my own styles (and even share them here freely). But what can one get straight out of camera? Can you get SOOC images from Nikon that, like with Fuji, stands on their own.

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Changing camera systems – a hobby in itself

As I belong to the group of people that have changed camera systems quite many times in the past, I decided to make a list of the gear I remember that I have owned. I also wanted to mark what positives and negatives all those systems had, in their time. And I wanted to understand what reasons I had that made me make changes to my camera systems, unless it just wasn’t boredom or a hobby in itself to change the cameras. So, if you are interested, read on…

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Basics Portrait Capture One -style

During the time I used a Fujifilm camera I used a lot of energy deciding which of the film simulations work for me best. Surprisingly the one film simulation that I rejected in the beginning started to please me more and more. And that was the film simulation Astia. I liked Pro Neg High for people photos and some others for colorful landscapes for example, but again and again I found so many faces for the Astia film simulation that it just kept coming back and in the end it was the film simulation I used on daily basis.

The main purpose mentioned for that film simulation is portrait because of it’s colors and tone curves, but it worked well for landscapes and with some tweaking I found it worked with everyday subjects best of all the film simulations (subjective, I know).

I wanted to have a similar style to be used with my recent camera’s raw-files and baked a style for Capture One. This style is quite similar to the Astia. The basis I made this style on was my Natural Luma -style. And the colors are matched as well as possible, though these never are exact copies. Especially one can find differences in certain blue hues and the skin gets a bit redder here than with the Astia film simulation. I didn’t name the style after the Astia, but naming it “Portrait”, or more precisely “Basics Portrait”, according to the idea of the style’s origin’s purpose to be aimed for portrait photography.

A street photograph with the Basics Portrait Capture One -style

As always I share my styles and hopefully you find it useful as is or tweaked to your taste. The download link is here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IEvKZTzv_7lZAnmjlVLRtAYxNRKw_qIu/view?usp=sharing

Manual camera controls – useful?

One of Fujifilm’s cameras standout features is the amount of manual control dials. Same is now true with the new Nikon Z FC camera. Are those control knobs and levers nostalgy or a useful thing in a camera that apparently only some understand to benefit by choosing a camera brand/model with such controls?

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New blog, background and purpose

I am a 50 year old guy living in Finland. My hobbies are nowadays mostly related to photography and birdwatching.

I have earlier had some other blogs. One of them was in English and was named according to the photography gear I then owned, specifically Fujitography. I concentrated on that blog to in-camera film simulations and free styles I made for Capture One to be used for example with Capture One Express Fujifilm.

I have never liked making user aliases or blog names according to some gear I own or use because such names becomes obsolete at some point. And at a point I changed my camera-system I decided to start a new blog. The name for this blog is a word-play. I don’t want to limit the content to Capture One, so the name is more broadly about photography’s main element, the moment of “capture”, though you get the hint of Capture One in the name.

So, what I want to offer here? First things first: I don’t want to showcase my photography. It is not good and probably no other than me-myself is interested in it, if even me. But during the long hours used for searching a community that shares free styles for Capture One – I found none. And that is what I wanted to do: share some interesting styles for others, either to be used as is or as an inspiration or basis for one’s own styles.

So I used my previous blog to share the styles. My main goal was that anyone using a free Capture One Express that they can use with Fuji RAW-files could use these styles. But as I understood that the usage of my styles didn’t need to be limited to Fuji RAW-files, the previous blog-name became a burden that probably prevented wider recognition of my efforts.

Now I hope that I can share my, and even possibly your’s, Capture One -styles here to a wider audience. In case you have made styles that you feel possible to share to the community for free, I’ll try to share them too here, with some example photos of your’s possibly.

I might occasionally write something about gear I use or some news I have observed. At the moment I use Nikon Z-gear, more precisely Nikon Z6 II. The reason to change from Fujifilm system based on X-H1 -camera was mostly about predicting the future needs and that awesome viewfinder the Z6 II had. My old eyes gets now long wanted relief with such a sight and I really see clear maturing in EVF quality with Nikon system.

And some copyright notices. All photos presented in this blog are the copyright of their creators. One can not copyright a style, though one could still ask a price for sharing such. The styles marked on this site as free are such, shared without any cost. Just download them and install in Capture One. The styles might not be premium, but I personally test my styles with many many different raw-files to check that they work in wider usage scenarios unless otherwise noted. I don’t specifically fine-tune the styles for different cameras and so you might want to change the camera type within the style and save it to your later use. I use “linear (Response) curve” for the styles that I make so they can be used readily by any camera outputting raw-files.