This post gives an overview of the best Capture One styles I have made.
I personally make all heavy tweaks with Capture One, not in-camera. The limitations in the tuning possibilities of the in-camera film simulations do not allow similar looks that you can get with a good raw editor like C1. I personally don’t like heavy tweaks to the color balance in-camera as the color balance setting affects the whole spectrum including highlights. And one single color balance does not allow to treat colors individually. On the other hand Fuji is offering wonderful options to tweak a particular look for jpeg-shooting and my hope is that they would, at some point, offer a possibility to “insert” your own made film simulations into the camera. This is only a dream at this point, but the demand for this is already emerged and such solutions are available for smartphones. So I hope the first camera company to offer such is Fuji.
My styles should be compatible with Capture One Express that is offered freely for Fujifilm users. This way every Fujifilm user can get these refined looks for their use.
My styles are, of 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. Probably every Fujifilm camera is similar enough with the styles I have done with X-H1, but you might want to do the above with your Fujifilm camera model too. Sorry about this but I offer these freely and have done the big part of tuning the look, your part in getting the best look by changing the profile to correspond your particular camera is very small.
I have done quite many styles after certain film looks. Even though I used many many hours trying to match the look these styles are more art than science, thus having been tuned to my vision and preferences.
Sample photos, Color styles
Sample photos, Black & White -styles
My pick! A personal favorite of mine with a look I relate to Fuji’s -films. This is not modeled after any certain Fuji’s film, but uses a cool color balance and tuning that, for me, resembles Fuji’s color scape. Even though the deviation of the “neutral” look is very subtle, I think this is one of my most refined styles. Works with very wide selection of subjects, but being quite “sweet” in looks doesn’t offer “dramatic look” someone might like.
My pick! Third iteration of this sweet look that is close to the look of Fujifilm’s 160NS -film. Cooler tones, low contrast, selective saturation and signature strong reds. A style to suit people photography unless the reds are too strong for individual subject.
Here I sought after the look from some photos taken in the seventies. It needs a bright scene and there it offers it’s intended look.
A style stylished after some images taken with Portra 400 -film. This one is both warm and light in appearance, being flatter than my average styles. The lightness plays key part here.
Warm style after my preferences. Probably closest in look with Portra 400 but with very warm and saturated palette. To me it has quite good “analog” -look.
My pick! I almost named this style as JAKCA (as Just Another KodaChrome -Attempt). It is what it is, an attempt to reach some of the most appealing aspects of newer Kodachrome films. At the same time when I was fine tuning the colors I tried some new tricks to give the style more film-like look. One important part of it was to write into the stone the white balance setting, here 5.600 Kelvin. When one uses film there is little possibility to fine tune white balance. With correction filters that can happen, but a part of film look is that the color balance changes with the time of the day and light temperature in general. I like this style so much that I think it practically replaces K14 II -style in my books. The style is very picky on exposure and many times needs a positive exposure compensation. The style is balanced and can be used widely for many subjects, but with quite high contrast it works also in street photography which one can not say of some of my other styles.
Older favorite of mine with a look I relate to Kodachrome -films. Strong contrast and “feeling of presence” with very warm color balance. This is a style to be used when I “want to play the blues” with an image. Not the best choice for people photography but everything else looks gorgeous with it. Occasionally benefits from positive exposure compensation.
This is a variation of the K14 II -style. This style has very strong emphasis on the look that I relate to old Kodachromes from around the fifties. Part of the heavy look of this style is very strong brown tint.
This style has a strong emphasis on the nostalgic, kind of a vintage, look. The contrast, colors, clarity and grain have been tuned so that You immediately get the impression of stepping back in time. This is not flattering for people photos but shines on urban or technical subjects, especially on “decaying” scenes. The name implies to a vintage Kodachrome look, but my emphasis here was not so much the imitation of a certain film but getting a certain look. Included is a low grain-version and one with T-grain which I prefer for this style’s intended usage.
A style that tries to mimic a bleach bypass look from film era. This style uses the VintageK -style as a basis, but much like the original process of bleach bypass, is unsaturated and has a raised contrast. This has been surprisingly useful for me when I want to deviate from the neutral digital look.
My pick! A warmish but quite neutral style resembling closest the Kodak Portra 800 film that I like most from the Portra family of films. Especially tuned for people photography with suitable contrast and saturation. Included is a pushed version with higher contrast and saturation and a black & white conversion of the non-pushed one.
This style is a combination of low soft contrast for portrait usage and warm brownish color hue typical for example with Kodak Portra 160. So my aim was not to imitate Portra 160 but name this portrait style with the name of the film that resembles closest my style. I acknowledge that I might later tune it more after the Portra -film, but at this stage it stands in it’s intended purpose without trying to be a replicate of something. Included is a color neutral version, but it kinda “pales” in comparison to the original.
This style is a warm and selectively saturated one and in this case has got it’s inspiration from the look of Kodak Portra 400.
Imitating underexposed Portra 400 film -look this is an unsaturated and light looking style with “Kodakish” color palette.
VisionFilm 500D II
My view of the look of Kodak Vision 3 500T tungsten cine film taken to photography use. Daylight balanced according to my preference, but you have all the power to slide the white balance to cooler side in the amount you like (and slightly blueish white balance looks beautiful with this style). The look is uncontrasty and grainy with a tiny bit of haziness, just perfect for people photography when clinical perfectness is not needed.
This style is an attempt to simulate Kodak Color Plus 200 film. Quite warm all-purpose “cheapfilm” look. Not exactly a master of any trade. This might give your photo or photo series individual look that differentiates from the usual digital look.
This style is not made after any particular film or style I have seen, but it gives you warm and colorful look that could have been from a film of yesteryears. The colorscape aims to bring feeling of nostalgy to Your modern digital photo.
Earth Tones II
This style tries to emphasize the so called “earth” colors. I like and use this style a lot and have even used the colorspace when tuning some other of my styles.
A dark, pale and grainy and uncontrasty look that undresses the scene from anything bold and colorful, to concentrate the attention to the subject. The color balance leans overall more to the gray blue than anything else, but it has slight warmness in highlights. Kind of a cinematic color grading.
My pick! This is my best (or most useful) B&W -style, period. It started as an experiment, but lead to a style that works very well with almost any kind of subjects. It has the right contrast, right color filters and right amount of grain. Okay, the grain is of course not always needed in B&W photos, but in this case it just works well. Everything just works so well together here. Definitely recommended, despite the name I chose for it :-).
Strong Contrast B&W
A more contrasty B&W -style, but not mindlessly so.
Classic Contrast B&W
My take on classic B&W -style with higher contrast is tuned partly after Ilford FP4, but with less flat midrange and highlights. The shadows have rich tones, but black is still black. I would only use this as my B&W style if I hadn’t so beautiful options.
This style sprung from the idea of making tone rich B&W -style that suits portrait photography. I found out that the closest film look was Kodak Eastman Double X cinefilm taken into photography use. This Capture One -style is tuned a bit differently with softer look and my other style DoubleD is closer to the Double X. DoubleA is grainy style and might not appeal so many because of it’s low contrast, but anyone that appreciates rich tones should try this. Included is a version with low grain, if you can’t live with the grainy version, and the DoubleD -style that has more clinical (digital) look.
Dark, heavy old look that I wanted to resemble some of the photos of old masters of yesteryears, being a homage to the photographers of the era. With this style you might want to find the perfect exposure and it most probably is even lower than what I tuned for this style. For me this style is about a black canvas where you can paint something with light.
Dark, heavy old look that has a lot of resemblance with Homage B&W, but still some clear differences. For me this style is looking like a baroque painting in B&W, hence the name.
These styles are offered for free
So far I have had no other cost for these styles but to pay for the Capture One license. I try to keep the size of this blog so low that I can use a free account of WordPress. For this reason I publish lower resolution sample photos (I mention this in case you wonder). As I have a day job that pays me enough and this tweaking of styles is just a hobby, I am not after any kind of payment for these styles. The styles are free to use and tweak for your purposes – but kindly don’t claim them yours and don’t sell them, even as part of any package.
One extra comparison of my styles that could be used for portraits/ people photography
I am not a people photographer and I do not publish people photos that I have taken. And my photographs are anyway worse than what these styles deserve.
With the kind permission (for non-commercial use) from the copyright owner, Daniel Hager (hager.media), I used for the following samples the raw-files offered for retouching purposes in https://boutiqueretouching.com/.