ColorPlus style for Capture One

When Fuji announced that they are going to add new film simulation into their newer cameras, the Classic Negative, I was curious what to expect. Now I have not seen very many SOOC photos taken with it, but I played for a while with the Capture One -curve that works with their newer camera raw-files. I saw that the new Classic -simulation certainly will get it’s userbase even among those that have used Classic Chrome film simulation previously. What surprised me though was that the new simulation wasn’t of some premium film but a “consumer” film. Anyway, I had already made one style before the Classic Negative that looks quite similar and felt not so much left out even though my camera does not support the new simulation.

But I have a much better resource for different looks, make them my self 🙂 And I have done quite a few different styles already with Capture One. Enough already, or still some look missing?
Yes, the old itch came back and I started browsing through flickr for new looks to get ideas for Capture One -styles. Suddenly I found the competitor’s cheapest film in front of my eyes: Kodak Colorplus 200. I was teased to try to copy something from the look of that cheap film. Of course I knew I could not replicate the look, but maybe I could get some ingredients of it to a new style.

Old Barn, Viikki, Helsinki, ColorPlus Capture One -style

I ended up with a new style that is worth sharing, I hope. As a first thing of this style I bring up the subject of the exposure. I could have given this style some positive exposure compensation, somewhere between +2/3 to +1 EV. But as I left it at zero I see there is now possibility to change the look of the style by simply using exposure slider. Both the “normal” exposure and the “overexposed” photo looks good, though different.

For the look I browsed through photos taken with the Colorplus film and I read many reviews of the film. Based purely on my eyes and the reviewers impressions I found a look that is balanced and new to me. I had to decide between two different looks that the photos taken with this film had. The other was kind of a pale (shadows overexposed or rather underexposed and lifted) and the other was more contrasty. Contrary to my first impression I rejected the paler version in favor of the more contrasty look. And one thing is sure, this style is certainly warm, even bronze in appearance.

A pony, Ruskeasuo, Helsinki, ColorPlus Capture One -style

I have partly accepted the fact that You cannot get rid of the digital look so easily and I made the look “analog” to the extent possible without special tricks. And I did not replicate the graininess in the extent the Colorplus 200 had but tuned the graininess to a more acceptable level. So the look is on purpose different from the film it got it’s genes from, but maybe it can be appreciated at it’s own, what it itself is. Like a more clever son of an appreciated chap.

The girls behind the window, ColorPlus Capture One -style

So here we have a kodassic (did I just invent a new word, meaning classic kodak) all-purpose look to compete with other “cheap film” -simulations. Hope You find it useful or at least interesting option for photography. Me, I did get my satisfaction succeeding in making the style balanced and still special (original) enough. For me this is a nice addition to the previous styles like Nostalgic color -style.

And here is the link where You can download it:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18fRWNpYVWmiDpsqpIxUULGTglsB7yXFD

The photos in this page probably show this style is not very strong in any department. Maybe You should try it for Your photos. Please comment below if You find these free styles useful or at least interesting 🙂

A view over Pyhäjärvi, Tampere, ColorPlus Capture One -style

7 thoughts on “ColorPlus style for Capture One

    1. That statement certainly always gets me interested. What kind of settings do You shoot jpegs with? I sometimes have entertained myself with an idea to shoot with some very simple jpeg setting, like Pro Neg Std or Eterna and make Capture One -styles that enhance the look of jpegs. But never had enough motivation to try. Anyway the possibilities to tweak would be even more limited than with film simulations, but just sometimes I have had the idea to test it. Maybe later. From film simulations I love Velvia, Pro Neg High and sometimes Astia. Velvia and Pro Neg High are hard to beat with any settings in Capture One. But making these styles for Capture One is kind of a hobby and mental exercise.

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      1. the other day (yesterday?) I made a comment under your post about Velvia: I couldn’t get anything better for all round soocs ProNeg Std with shadows +1, highlights -1, color +2, wb sunlight -1 red, DR200. I don’t like skintones being waxy, still it is more or less pastel and nice.

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      2. Yes, thanks for sharing the settings.

        I think one can succesfully live with just ProNegStd, we probably just get too enthusiastic with all the choices in Fujifilm cameras. I have now faced the fact that most of the film simulation tweaks are quite useless as real all-around settings. Especially tweaking the color balance leads to looks that You can, as a photographer, appreciate as a change to the “usual” or as a specific setting for certain situations. Most of the “other” people don’t just care about them and possibly don’t appreciate color shifts at all. Though in the past when one used a film camera You got what You got out with that film and You didn’t question it’s colorscape so much.

        I’ve reverted now from making much tweaks and my only real tweak is the look I’ve dialled in to mimic the VintageK Capture One -style. The film simulation setting stands possibly on it’s own, but I probably never use any of those or that tweak directly but use Capture One instead. With people photography I try to find a pleasing film simulation setting that works SOOC and rely on Fuji’s beautiful and well thought out simulations.

        Your setting is very useful for people photography and I now did dial ProNegStd into one slot for neutral look (my preferred settings seem to be DR200, Grain OFF, AWB with shift R-1B+1, both highlights and shadows at 0, Color +1, sharpness +1 and noise reduction -4).

        I just took some photos of my relatives that weren’t the best playground for heavy tweaks and found again liking Astia with DR200, AWB at 0 shift, both highlights and shadows at -1, color at -2 and sharpness 0. I later seemed to find wb shift of R-1B+1 more to my liking than the 0, but this is subjective. Subjects and other relatives liked what they saw. 🙂

        Anyway, I have to raise hat for how beautiful choices we have in-camera with Fujifilm cameras especially for people photography.

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  1. Hi Veijo,
    when C1 load all ”my” images it reads them as the recipe I had on the fuji
    so my question is: do you apply your styles on to the Provia (std) in C1 or over any recipe that gets on the RAF??

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    1. Hi! In Capture One You can base Your style on different curves and once the style is saved the curve is that certain one You chose before saving the style. You might also base the style on auto curve in which case a Fuji raw file includes the information of the used film simulation like Velvia. My styles are based on a certain curve, either Capture One’s standard curve or Capture One’s linear curve. When I use Capture One’s curves the styles work with any cameras raw files. I have also made some curves on top of certain Fujifilm’s film simulation curve and those styles require a raw file from a Fujifilm camera. So to answer Your question I don’t allow auto curve “ever” but control the choice of the curve before saving a style.

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      1. And the ColorPlus -style was based on Capture One’s linear curve. You can find some styles based on Fujifilm -curves here: https://fujigraphy.home.blog/2019/10/12/my-styles-based-on-fujifilm-curves-for-capture-one/

        One comment more: If one would use the auto-curve as a base for a style, the tweaks in the style would suit possibly one or some of the fujifilm-simulations and others not.

        This conversation is remindind me that it would be lovely to spend some time again and tweak new styles based on the Fujifilm curves. Though I would need to get a vision what I wanted to achieve with them.

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