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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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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Velvia -style for city nights

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.

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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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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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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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