Earth Tones Capture One -style (updated 26.9.2019)

I am not so fond of the usual color gradings taken from cinematic purposes to photographs. One of those not-liked-by-me grading is the very common Orange-Teal look. So, why did I jump into the bandwagon? Just because of the challenge. This style I now offer here is probably a Work In Progress -style that will be tweaked when my understanding of the subject grows and I get better hang of the Capture One’s capabilities. Very simple play with colors and tones and curves and I am one step at a time approaching the so called Earth Tones with my style.

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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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