I have been tuning some Portra based Capture One -styles and Kodachrome 64 based Capture One -style parallel to each other. I wanted to create a good base setting for the Capture One color wheel that I could use tuning many other styles too. I published the Portra 400 look-a-like style already, and it is time to publish my efforts with the Kodachrome 64 look. This time I used a quite good reference scan as my base and I think the accuracy of colors in this style is quite high compared to the original scan.
This is a totally new reconstruction of Portra 400 look, or more precisely, the colorscape of Portra 400. Go check it out. The old one (P400 III) has some color problems that I have become aware of, and it just don’t work with every scene. Hopefully this one does it :-).
This style is having it’s third iteration. It has been an ongoing study of making a Kodachrome look-a-like style for Capture One. The first and second iterations had beautiful look but at the same time there were some color problems that I first could not figure out. This third iteration comes right at the heels of the second iteration and finally I think I solved the problems I had with the colors. These problems were technical problems that were caused by my mistake of making overlapping colors in color editor. The third iteration is still beautiful to me, but I lost a bit of deepness in certain colors when I corrected the look. Still, this is worth publishing and especially, while a bit different from the previous iterations, it gives beautiful alternative for my other styles. And I hope I can finally leave this style in it’s current state.
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:
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?
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 :-).
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.
If You like me live in a city and work during daylight hours and have to be “out” at times when there is no natural light You either don’t photograph or have to settle for scenes with artificial light. But the look of these scenes photographed usually look a lot blander than what You see them to be. For me it is a call for a new style.
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?