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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Obsolete III Capture One -style

This style is having it’s third iteration. It has been an ongoing study of making a Kodachrome look-a-like style for Capture One. The first and second iterations had beautiful look but at the same time there were some color problems that I first could not figure out. This third iteration comes right at the heels of the second iteration and finally I think I solved the problems I had with the colors. These problems were technical problems that were caused by my mistake of making overlapping colors in color editor. The third iteration is still beautiful to me, but I lost a bit of deepness in certain colors when I corrected the look. Still, this is worth publishing and especially, while a bit different from the previous iterations, it gives beautiful alternative for my other styles. And I hope I can finally leave this style in it’s current state.

And here is the link to download the style:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kt45b25K0OL2xX5Cp-SWT5tXlaiAQtfl/view?usp=sharing

Monochrome Muted Capture One -style

This style is a study of converting the NS160 III Capture One -style to a monochrome style. The color version is suitable for portrait photography, at least it is mimicking the Fuji’s beautiful 160NS film that was especially meant to be used for people photography. I found out that the monochrome conversion needed some slight tuning, but overall it worked as is as an independent monochrome style.

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Basics Nature Capture One -style

I loved Fujifilm’s Velvia film simulation when I used the X-H1. From the beginning of using Capture One I wanted to make a style that mimics the look of the Velvia film simulation. There were two reasons even while I knew I could get that look for Fujifilm’s raw -files in Capture One. First, I wanted to learn how to tune such a style that works well with nature related subjects like landscapes and animals. Second, I think it is always best to have a style that is not dependent of the camera used.

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Some monochrome Capture One -styles

It has been a while since the last post. I have had many ideas for new styles, but many of them just didn’t work the way I wanted and so I actually have made a lot of styles that just are waiting either to be finished somehow or just deleted. During the experiments I have made three monochrome styles that seem to work for me. Two of them are “clean” versions, very similar to each other but still different enough to name them 1 and 2. I have added to many of my black and white styles some grain to even the contrast or to make them look “film like”. These clean versions are free from additional grain as there are those moments you just want to have a clean version to start from. The third monochrome style was from an experiment to make a flat, or matte, looking style out of my never published third iteration of Earth Colors -style. While the color version still waits approval from me, the black and white version looked nice enough for publishing.

Hopefully some of these gives you ideas for your own style or even work as is. It probably never is bad to have choices and here they are, free as always.

And here is the link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pru3q49ZyfU-MNMPL6GC9kVwXkpOUY11/view?usp=sharing

There is nothing magical or original in these, so I don’t publish many photos to show them, try them yourself. Below is one photo processed with Monochrome Clean 1 and Monochrome Flat. The featured photo is processed with the Flat -style.

Monochrome Clean 1 (left) vs. Monochrome Flat (right)

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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