Documentary -style for Capture One

After purchasing to Fujifilm system I got interested with the idea of “documentary” -style. How would I define such? I saw a lot of pics taken with the Classic Chrome film simulation and also with Kodachrome, that somehow have defined to me a bit of what could the “documentary” -style look like. I just have not found “my style” with the Classic Chrome.

I have entertained with the idea of cooking a “documentary” -style for Capture One. Some attempts I did make, but maybe I didn’t have a clue what I really was after. Suddenly, yesterday, I had a clear vision how the look should be and I finalized that look today.

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My Capture One Prime B&W -style (and get all the B&W -styles I have made so far)

I have not been so keen B&W photographer in the past. Afterwards thinking, I guess, one big reason for that has been that I haven’t been able to tweak the B&W look and have fallen to use simple conversion from color photographs. And that was one effective reason I so happily chose Fuji X camera as it already has good inbuilt B&W simulations.

I like, as many other Fuji owners, the Acros film simulation. I have seen some master it so that the resulting look is fantastically beautiful. My photos are pale farts compared to those, but I still like the idea of getting more options for my photography… or, maybe I just like technical designing more than photography. What ever the reason, I started crafting a B&W style that is independent of the Fuji’s Acros curve and would somehow look as special as that Acros film simulation but with my own preferences.

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My Capture One Kinematography styles

The idea to try and make this Capture One style sprung in my mind when I watched a document of the very early films taken with Kinematography, the device used by Lumiere brothers. I saw interesting B&W scenes that somehow were very contrasty, but at the same time included a lot of hues. I thought, why would this look not be possible in color. So I went to Capture One to see what I could achieve. I took the K14 style and tweaked to my hearts content (actually, only some minutes 🙂 ). I ended up with two different versions, lighter and darker. Neither of them were truly what I was after and somehow lost my interest to continue. But as time went by I tried those work in progress styles on different subjects, and to my amazement found them very useful and giving interesting look to my photos. Both of them worked in color and black and white.

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NS160 – My Fuji Pro 160NS look a like Capture One style

Edit 12.6.2020: I removed the photos and download link from this post to preserve space for new articles as this style has now newer versions.

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Pro Neg High film simulation

My take on Fuji’s Pro Neg High film simulation is that this is the most Premium of the film simulations. It’s neutral and it looks good. No, there are places for more saturated film simulations, but again and again I think if I REALLY had to be satisfied with only one film simulation, I couldn’t choose the others over this one.

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Astia film simulation

At first, after I had bought my Fuji X-H1, I thought the Astia film simulation is useless to me. It wasn’t as interesting in nature photography as Velvia, and it was quite heavy on colors to be used in photographs that included people or our white horse where the Pro Neg High film simulation was spot on.

After getting to know with photos taken with different films, I found that I wanted to tweak the film simulations more towards some of my favorite films. I began to like three different films, of which one was Kodak’s Vision3 500 ISO tungsten film (goes also by the name Cinestill 800). No, I don’t like the tungsten color balance in that film, but the look, when color corrected, got me deep. I was obsessed with the idea of getting the look with my digital photos. That time i tried again Astia, if it could at some settings offer the look I was after. Astia, after all, had strong colors, as the Vision3 film, but it was too saturated and too contrasty. No, I didn’t manage to tweak Astia that far, but in the meantime I found I liked a lot of a version of Astia that had it’s saturation and contrast tuned down. So I ended with this film simulation setting presented here.

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Acros portrait film simulation and Capture One style

This film simulation is more of a theoretical one for me, as I do not take much portraits and if I do, they won’t be in B&W.

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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 https://f16.click/tips/fujifilm-jpeg-settings.html

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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Fuji Velvia film simulation

There is probably nothing I could add to the vast information available of this film and film simulation. I personally don’t care if the simulation is accurate representation of the film or not, but I really love the bold colors of this film simulation. I use Velvia for anything nature related.

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New blog – the purpose

My journey with Fuji X cameras has been relatively short. I bought a Fuji X-H1 on March 2018.

My photography is quite limited, as I am taking mostly photos of my daughter’s dressage riding, our horse, and occasionally some personal hobby photos.

The X-H1 was the only camera that had low enough shutter sound (and I mean mechanical shutter) for the time being with suitable lenses to be used in quiet very low-light indoor-arenas with relatively high shutter speeds (1/500 sec. minimum).

I previously had a Canon DSLR (that sounded like a machine gun in quiet environments) that had beautiful colors, but I was practically stuck with only one look in photos. Fuji appealed to me also because it had more color choices in-camera, I was especially dreaming of the B&W options as I never was very good in post processing and felt hopeless with raw-converters.

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