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.Continue reading Basics Nature Capture One -style
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.
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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.
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.Continue reading About Nikon’s SOOC colors
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.Continue reading P400 II Gold Dust Capture One -style
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.Continue reading Custom Picture Control profiles for Nikon Z6 II (Classic Contrast B&W Soft and Portra 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.Continue reading Custom Portra Picture Control for Nikon Z6 II
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.Continue reading Nikon Z SOOC photos (Custom Picture Controls)
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…Continue reading Changing camera systems – a hobby in itself
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.
As always I share my styles and hopefully you find it useful as is or tweaked to your taste. The download link is here:
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?Continue reading Manual camera controls – useful?