fPro and kPro portrait -styles for Capture One

It must be odd that I am not a portrait shooter but I am all the time enticed by that genre to make new styles that are meant to be used for portraits. I like technical challenges and I decided to try making style with following goals:

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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?

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My favorite styles and my new in-camera film simulations (updated 11.2.2020)

Small but not insignificant update 11.2.2020: I made a neutral color version of my P160 -style. It is included in the package You can download from the link of this page.

My journey with Capture One Pro started because I wanted to have more different looks available than what I had in my Fujifilm camera.

The film simulations available in Fuji cameras are very beautiful and very “finished”. What I mean with finished is that they are balanced in appearance and thus appeal to wide audience and they don’t look like gimmicks as many “filters” do. They also set a very high standard for my kind of people who wants to make own styles with Capture One.

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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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P160, or my brown Portrakind of style for Capture One (updated 11.2.2020)

Update 11.2.2020: I included a color neutral version of this style in the package. I should have done it right away, but for some reason did not even think about it then. But now is now and I think the color neutral version is a nice addition for portrait shooting.

In my endless quest to find beautiful look for styles I went through what kind of looks I have made so far. Comparing to the most popular Fujifilm film simulation “recipes” I acknowledged that many film simulation setups for Fuji cameras seem to be based on color balance that looks brownish. People like brownish, for sure :-).

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Modern and Prime ColorFilm -styles

I’ve done quite a lot of tweaking to my Prime and Modern color -styles in search of some way to break the digital look more to an analog look. I guess You would need some magic tools in the microcontrast department to achieve more analogue look, but I’ve made my attempts with the available tools I am familiar.

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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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My Prime Color Capture One -style

As a Fujifilm camera user I have used the Classic Chrome film simulation for some photos, but I have envied people that get the best out of that film simulation. I haven’t found it to work in my photos and have neglected it mostly nowadays. But the temptation to the simulation has been great and I have began to think how the simulation should be changed so that I could find it fit for my use. One hindrance has been that I have intuitively thought, that I have to start from the scratch, and not by just tweaking the version that Capture One Fujifilm version has. And I haven’t been able to replicate the original look so far, so there hasn’t been any possibility to tweak it further either.

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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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