New blog

So, what happened? I went and sold all Fujifilm gear. That was purely intuitional impulse decision. I was about to buy my daughter a new camera and as Fujifilm don’t offer any suitable solution for simplistic photography I tested some Canon full frame options for her. But after coming to the conclusion that the mechanical shutter noise was too high in the cheaper Canon R models I happened to grab in my hand a Nikon Z, Z6 II, while I was still in the shop. And immediately after I had looked into the viewfinder I was sold. So I bought for myself a Nikon Z. And my daughter’s camera purchase is still on hold as she actually received a good different brand camera for a loan for the time being.

I have for a long time wanted to make a new blog that is not solely related to the Fuji-name. And now I got my reason and my new blog is here:
Capture One2Three – by Veijo Matikainen

I still plan to continue to make free Capture One -styles and publish them in the new site. And they are usable with any camera-system’s raw-files, Fuji’s too :-). See you there!

Uninstalled the X-RAW Studio

This might be a rant. Towards Fuji. But I have overcome the moment of having feelings about this. My X-H1 has a broken USB-port. It cannot get connection to my computer and thus to X-RAW Studio anymore. I guess I have had my share of experimenting with the film simulations. It is very unfortunate, that the X-RAW Studio is dependant of the camera. And so eventually there comes a time when the X-RAW Studio becomes useless.

I primarily use Capture One for post processing. But I love that my camera can produce beautiful JPEGs SOOC. I can still tune the looks in-camera, but is is a burden compared to the possibility to test different settings in X-RAW -studio.

Short sigh. Life goes on. And maybe I can afford a new camera at some point.

My in-camera film simulations are based on my previous experience and I have mostly now shot photos with Astia. It just looks so good with different subjects, were it nature, urban or people related. Astia is also a film simulation that can be tweaked to many different looks, though I mostly use only one setup with it.

Now, back to Capture One…

Nostalgic Portra Capture One -style

Having tuned many insignificant styles since my last post I found out that my styles K400 Light and P400 Warm were approaching same goal with very different results. I decided to try how they look when I combine their looks. I had in mind a “memory” of a look that some photos taken with Portra 400 film have. And it was warm and light at the same time.

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Sunny Seventies Capture One -style

This time my experiments lead me to try my hand with a look that I named Sunny Seventies. The look took some cues from some photos I saw being taken in the seventies. I could have taken the look much further but decided to stop at a certain point, for now. There is some color twists going on, and the style won’t work for a wide variety of subjects. It really needs a bright sunny scene and there it offers it’s intended look. Hope You find this study interesting, even if it wasn’t so useful to You. 🙂

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Happy New Year 2021

This blog is niche, I know. Especially as I have “promoted” mainly Capture One Fujifilm version in My blog.

Soon after starting My blog I acknowledged that I don’t want to concentrate to Fujifilm recipes for two reasons. One reason was that the in-camera settings didn’t cater all my needs and second was because there are already amazing amount of recipes available.

One thing I am wondering is that Capture One don’t seem to have gained much popularity amongst Fujifilm users. My main idea for this blog has been to offer free styles for Capture One that work with the free version of Capture One Fujifilm also.

Anyway, even as my Capture One-styles are set up to work with my Fujifilm camera they are compatible with all brands of cameras.

My time with this blog and it’s content has been very limited and I have had to concentrate to mainly for the styles thus neglecting many ideas I have had about experiences with Fujifilm.

Still, I am happy that this blog has been found so well. Statistics tell that the blog has had visitors from 85 countries during the Year 2020. Some of the countries are very exotic to me, but then again my country, Finland, might be exotic to some readers. The amount of visitors is around 2.000. All in all, within the niche area, there still has been interest.

I wish to all the readers and sudden visitors good, happy and photographically even more succesfull Year 2021! Let Your photography be a way to escape from any things that otherwise might put You down, and concentrate to see things others might miss.

Basics CC -style for Capture One

Fuji’s film simulation Classic Chrome was for a long time a favorite style among Fuji camera users. Now it has lost some of it’s appeal for those Fuji camera users that have access to the Classic Negative. Neither of these film simulations have appealed to me. But I wanted to understand better why the Classic Chrome doesn’t work for me. And I wanted to see if there were any way to improve the look for my own use.

I didn’t want to start with the Capture One’s original Classic Chrome style (which is limited to be used with Fuji’s RAF-files) but made a version for myself from the scratch. My version is not an exact copy of the film simulation, but I tried to copy the look as much I could so that I had “right” look to start from.

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Thick -styles and Colored Sepia -style for Capture One

This time I share some of my latest work in progress -styles. The styles started on the experiments based loosely on the reddish look that Immanuel Sander (captn.look in IG) has constantly used in his photos. While experimenting I decided that I try somekind of colored sepia look and that is where the style “Colored Sepia” was born. But my experiments led me to try something deeper looking style. And I tried to achieve a look where the darks get intense and there would be one slice of “right exposed” part in the image. This is where the style “Thick Colored Sepia” was born.

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Mundane BW Capture One -style

Another B&W -style, huh? Yes. This one came into existence as a coincidence when I was trying a color style mimicking the captn.look’s (Immanuel Sander’s) film simulation recipe “Nature Neon” that was published on Fuji X Weekly.

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fPro II Capture One -style

This is a short post to offer a renewed version of the fPro Portrait -style I have published earlier. The first version was very low contrast and while it looks good to me I have later observed that there was a place for a version that has deeper shadows. Practically there were no other areas that I saw necessary to tune. You might want to compare this to the kPro II -style. The kPro II -style is totally new creation that has actually nothing to do with the old kPro -version. This fPro II -style is based on the original fPro -style. Still, I think these two new versions complement each other nicely.

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