Nostalgic Color -style for Capture One

This time I share a Capture One -style, that I developed some time ago, but haven’t had enough inspiration to publish earlier. This style is not meant to resemble any certain look or film. But at the same time it is meant to look like a generic color negative film of yesteryears, bringing nostalgic look for Your modern photos.

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Homage -style for Capture One

We all have seen those black and white masterpieces from the yesteryears. During certain times the photos didn’t shine with technical perfection, but were more about situation awareness of the photographer, wonderful compositions and intriguing play of light and darkness.

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Bleach ByPass -style

When rumors came that Fujifilm is including a Bleach ByPass -look into their new X-T4 camera, I started researching what the heck is Bleach ByPass. Though I have shot a lot of film in the past times I practically never used any tricks with the films. Those times cross-processing was a famous practice, but of Bleach ByPass I never heard of.

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About Grain

This time I share my preferred grain presets for Capture One.

First of all, so I don’t have to come back to the subject. I hate grain. In situations where I need to take photos of people for documentary uses, there is no way I would add any grain to the photos. You don’t usually look photos at pixel level, but for example in group photos or photos where the person is not “filling the frame” You just loose all the details in the faces with additional grain. This is true for at least part of “street photography” as well as You probably sometimes want to see details of faces. And when You sell stuff and take photos of the stuff – well, no grain, please.

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Double B&W styles for Capture One (portrait look)

This time my new style (or double of styles) sprung from the redesigned NS160 style. Having just finished the P160 -style and the new NS160 -style I was in the mood of creating also a B&W -style that would work with portraits. I imagined the NS160 -style would convert well to B&W and have low contrast look suitable for people photography.

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Making worse images deliberately – or endorsing imperfections

Most of my styles so far have been according to the trend making the photos look sharp and “defined” with raised clarity. Having just read an article about digital B&W photography’s quest for raised contrast and sharpness counteracting the mood, tonality and expression possible with less “defined” look, I started question some choices I have made when making my styles. There are places and need for the sharp and contrasty photos, but how many times You are willing to deliberately “worsen” the image to carve out the expression of it instead of getting “likes” for Your perfect photos?

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My styles based on Fujifilm -curves for Capture One

This time I have made some styles that specifically require the Fujifilm -version of Capture One.

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Classic contrast B&W Capture One -style (updated 12.10.2019)

This was a quick edit. I usually go with low-contrast look with my photos, mainly to preserve the shadows from getting totally black. But after I had some inspiration of looking photos taken with Ilford FP4, I decided to try if I can find similar look that has higher contrast shadows that won’t go totally black. I deviated quite soon from the FP4, not trying to simulate it, as I was satisfied with less flat midrange and highlights. And I anyway liked the contrast and structure (grain and clarity) of the outcome. Maybe with another project I can approach closer the FP4. I call the look achieved “classic contrast”, comparing to my usual low-contrast edits.

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Monochrome+R film simulation

All the merit for this particular film simulation setting goes to Kevin Mullins that calls this setting “Padilla” after Darcy Padilla. You can check Kevin’s thoughts and photos taken with this setting in his site

Why posting about the same simulation setting then? I want to list in my blog the simulations I like and use and give some more photos to show how the setting looks like.

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