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)

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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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

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.