At the end of the year, I will be discontinuing some of my older Lightroom Presets. As some of my older presets were designed for much older versions of Lightroom, and as they no longer really sell, I will be discontinuing these at the end of the year. It is part of an effort to clean up some of the older items on my store, and I am planning to have new sets of Lightroom Presets in the new year, which are updated with all the current features of Lightroom.
The Preset Packs being discontinued are:
Film Candy 1 & 2
Quick LUX 1 & 2
In the meantime, if you have any of these Lightroom Presets, please make sure to either re-download and back up the presets, or make a backup copy from your Lightroom Presets folder.
Why are you doing this?
As Lightroom has evolved considerably since these came out, I’m no longer fully happy with how these work in the current versions of Lightroom, and I believe they are starting o look dated. I also want to unify all of the different versions of presets that I have and these were created using the older format.
Beginning in January, I will be releasing some new and updated presets, with newer looks and designed for the current versions of Lightroom.
For the rest of November I’m having a special Autumn sale on all of my Capture One Style Packs. The normal price fo €15 has been dropped to €10 for the rest of November (until the 2nd December 2019) so you can get the styles for a third off the regular price.
All four of my style packs have been reduced for this Autumn sale, and if you’re worried about compatibility, they will all work with Capture One 20 when it is released. The Style packs available are as follows:
With Phase One having already announced Capture One 20, I wanted to just update you on what is happening with my current Capture One Fuji Guide. The guide, which was launched relatively recently, is currently written for Capture One 12.
I intend to release a free update to the guide to support Capture One 20 as soon as possible after the release of the software. It will be a little tricky as not everyone intends to update, and I don’t want to have to have two versions, so I plan to include any potential changes in the book while still covering the instructions for version 12 users also. I think this is the fairest option.
There are a few other updates planned too for the guide, so it makes sense to roll in the changes now. I don’t expect much of the information to needs to change for 20, but as it’s not out yet, it’s not something that I can discuss at this stage. I aim to launch it within a month of Capture One 20 being released.
Anyway, the bottom line is, if you get the guide now, or have already bought it, don’t worry, I will have you covered for Capture One 20. It will be a free update to the guide.
I’ve released a minor update to two of my Capture One style packs in order to simplify the installation process. Previously they needed to be manually installed which was a bit of a chore, but now they can be installed simply by double clicking on a file.
Both Alpine for Capture One and T-Neg for Capture One have been updated. SilverLUX has not been updated with this new installer yet, as it is a little more complicated but it should be soon. If you have already bought either of these, and have installed them, you don’t need to re-install, as it only affects the installation process, but if you need to re-download in the future, this should make things a lot easier.
If you haven’t already bought either of these, they’re both on sale now for €12.50 (Local prices may vary depending on your local vat rate)
With the launch of T-Pan for Capture One this week, I now have two style packs available for the software. The other being SilverLUX. I had a couple of questions from customers and readers over the past few days as to the difference between T-Pan and SilverLUX, and so, here is a quick breakdown of the differences between the two Style Packs.
SilverLUX was designed to be more of an effect. It has a wide range of looks, some of which are quite high contrast. The official blur says: “There are a variety of monochrome styles included, with looks ranging from the traditional black and white film look, to a more high contrast rich black ink look”. When I was creating theses, the goal was to try and capture the broad range of monochrome styles that were popular on various online photo sharing sites, from popular photographers.
T-Pan on the other hand is specifically designed to look like film. T-Pan was originally designed for Lightroom, and T-Pan for Capture One was a port of the Lightroom Presets. I had used actual scanned film, specifically Fuji Neopan and Illford XP2 as my inspiration when creating these, although they’re not an exact emulation, but more of an inspiration. They are less contrasty and more of a rich tonality, trying to capture as much as possible of the feel of analogue film.
To give you an idea of the differences, here is the same image in a selection of styles. First, here it is with 2 styles from SilverLUX
I’m happy to announce that my latest Style Pack for Capture One is now available to buy from my digital download store. T-Pan for Capture One is a set of Black and White styles inspired by black and white film. The look is aiming to re-create the experience of shooting with a professional grade black and white film stock, and creates a rich film like monochrome image.
T-PAN also comes with a set of tools, which consists of a number of different types of grain, and some additional set of styles for creating a “soft” look, to emulate the analog softness and texture of film. There are 10 virtual film stocks, with 3 variations each.
On the 14th of September a new EU wide directive will come into force regulating online transactions inside the EU. Basically, Secure Customer Authentication, or SCA will require that online transactions will require two factor authentication. This means that any online store has to support this in order to continue to take orders. This store is already set up for this, and it may already be in effect.
So what does this mean?
Basically when you go to check out, at the payment stage, your bank will require an additional layer of authentication in order to authorise the payment. This can be anything from a code the bank texts to you, to authentication through a smartphone app. An example of this that has been in place for sometime is 3d secure.
This takes place between you and your bank and is provided by your credit or debit card provider. The authentication is not actually directly part of this store, but rather comes from your payment provider, and is handled by the payment processors that I use on the site, which are Stripe and PayPal. The stated idea of this is to make payments more secure and reduce fraud.
While I appreciate that many people will be frustrated by an additional layer of interaction when making a purchase, it is completely out of my hands. It is a required law, and is done at the payment processor stage, not by the website. However, to add a wrinkle to this, some payments are exempt and some will be automatically allowed, so the user experience may well be different depending on your bank and the cost of the order. Orders below €30 may be exempt, and in this case you shouldn’t see any difference, but this is up to the payment providers to decide. It’s important to note, that this isn’t just for my store, or similar stores, it’s for any online transaction inside the EU.
The upshot of all this is that if you’re purchasing from this store, you may get an additional pop-up from your bank at the payment stage. Your own bank should have details of this too. If you are outside the EU it is unclear how this will affect you. It is supposed to affect users whenever one end of a transaction is in the EU, however, with PayPal, it’s not clear, as they may consider PayPal one end of the transaction. Critics of this new law are concerned that it will affect online sales in Europe, and I can understand the concern. I am curious to see if it has a majorly negative effect on my sales.
I do apologise for the extra hassle, although, as I said its out of my hands. I regularly get people complaining at even having to enter the standard legally required information, so I assume the same people will be extra frustrated at this. While this is currently an EU thing it should be noted that several other countries outside the EU are considering similar legislation.
For more Information, here is a good article from Visa explaining what SCA is and how it will affect you.
For photographers shooting with Fuji cameras, getting the best from your camera’s RAW files can sometimes seem like a challenge, especially if you’ve been mostly using Lightroom. Because of the way Lightroom converts Fuji RAW files, there can often be smearing of fine detail, leading to a water colour effect, as well as issues with strange “worm” like artifacting in areas of solid colour. While not everyone is bothered by these issues, for many, it is a reason to consider other methods of converting RAW files.
This is where Capture One comes in. Capture One is a very powerful image editor in its own right. In earlier versions it was primarily considered a tool for high end medium format cameras, but over the years it has become more mainstream and is one of the primary challengers to Lightroom in the photo workflow space. For Fuji shooters, Capture One uses a different engine that doesn’t suffer the same artefacts that Lightroom does when converting Fuji X-Trans files. While there are workarounds for Lightroom that help improve or solve the rendering of X-Trans files in Lightroom, such as using X-Transformer or the recently released “Enhanced Details” functionality, both of these options require the creation of an additional DNG file. With Capture One, you get the full quality without having to go to this extra step.
But this isn’t the only reason one might consider using Capture One. If you’re using one of the GFX series of cameras, or if you’re using one of the non X-Trans fuji cameras, it works perfectly with those also. The software has many other advantages too with a pretty sophisticated toolset, including some advanced colour tools, layers and many more features that make it a powerful photography application.
Capture One has supported Fuji cameras for a while, but with version 12, that support is taken to a new level. Version 12 of the application increases compatibility with Fuji RAW files, in part thanks to a collaboration with Fujifilm. This has also brought support for Fuji’s medium format cameras, as well as official Fuji film simulation modes for selected models. This, coupled with an extensive toolset, gives Fuji shooters a powerful alternative for processing Fuji RAW files.
Capture One Versions
There are a number of different version of Capture One available, some of the features vary slightly depending on the version. Most of the information in this guide is written for the Pro versions of Capture One, whether that is the Fuji specific version or the full version.
Capture One Pro
This is the standard “Pro”version of Capture One. It offers all the available tools, and it will work with all supported cameras. It is available as both a perpetual licence and as a subscription.
This is the free cut-down version of Capture One. It still offers the same RAW processing engine, and Fujifilm support but its features are significantly limited compared to the full version of the software.
Over the past few months I’ve been busy bringing all of my current Fuji guides up to date for 2019. This included free updates to three of the guides, and one new edition. The exception is my old Iridient Developer guide, which I will no longer be supporting (more on that below)
Over the course of the time since I first wrote these guides, there have been various changes, and for the most part I’ve provided free updates to those.
In addition, I released a new guide for Capture One. The old guide was discontinued some months ago, and the new guide is a rewrite and a significant change. It’s available now, and is currently at version 1.0
As with all things, my plans for future versions of these guides depends on a number of factors, including the development of software etc. For now though, here is a rough guide to what I have in mind:
Fuji Lightroom Guide: This will probably no longer get free updates, and a 2nd edition is in the planning stage. I have no time frame for this yet, but hopefully some time this year (2019).
X-Transformer Guide: This will depend on future updates to the software itself. I am considering combining this with the Lightroom guide for its second edition.
Capture One Guide: As this is only just released, I will continue to provide free updates as long as it makes sense to do so. This will depend on how many changes there are in version 13, but unless there are major changes, I will continue to update it through the 13 release cycle. This may change if version 13 is significantly different, or affects the information in the guide.
Iridient Developer Guide – No longer being updated (for now)
My Iridient Developer guide is no longer being updated. The reason for this is that there has been a significant falloff in interest in this over the past year and also there has been a significant amount of time since the software has been updated. If there is a major 4.0 release of the software, I may reconsider, and do a new version, but if so it will be a second edition and not a free update. I will continue to make the eBook available, and I’ve reduced the price to €3 for the rest of the year at least, and then see what happens in 2020.
I’ve released a minor update to my X-Transformer guide that addresses some of the recent changes in the application. This is a free update to anyone who had previously bought the guide.
The update is relatively minor, and includes a small addition, as well as changing and deleting sections that are no longer relevant. The changes included in this update are as follows:
Version number of the guide changed to 1.6 (to correspond to software version number)
Added section on the new compression options introduced in v.1.5.
Mentioned changes to the default colour profile in v1.6
Updated some screenshots
Added section on installing presets, and updated it for latest versions of Lightroom.
Deleted references to controls no longer in the software
Tidied up language in various places.
The bonus presets that come with the guide have not been updated, so if you are downloading the new version, you don’t need to re-download the presets. I have changed the structure of the preset download to make them easier to install on newer versions of Lightroom, but the presets themselves haven’t changed.
To download the update, you need to go to your account on the store, log in, and then go to the “My Orders” section and then the “Downloads” tab. I have complete instructions on the help centre which shows you how to download updates, including a video if you’re having trouble.
I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally finished my new Capture One guide for Fuji shooters. Called “Processing RAW files in Capture One 12” – snappy title, I know! – It is written to provide Fuji shooters with enough knowledge to get the best results when working with Fuji RAW files in Capture One. It’s not a complete manual for Capture One, and while you don’t need to be an advanced user, you need to know the basics.
This isn’t an updated version of my old Capture One guide either – it’s a completely new book. The old one was originally written for version 8 and then updated multiple times, but as there have been so many changes lately, I wanted a fresh start with v12 of Capture One, so I started from scratch. There are a few paragraphs from the old one (why re-invent the wheel) and a couple of sections adapted from blog posts, but it’s mostly new material.
The guide is broken down into four chapters. The first chapter introduces the guide, and explains what it is and also the advantages of Capture One for Fuji Shooters.
The second chapter looks at quick set-up tips to make working with Capture One a little easier. It also also looks at some common tasks that you should know for use in Capture One that will also help you use the tips and workflows discussed later in this eBook.
Chapter 3 looks at the various settings and workflows for Capture One that are specific to working with Fuji files, such as how to set film simulations, how to match DR settings and so on.
Chapter 4 looks at the importance of sharpening when processing RAW files, and explains the stages of sharpening. It also covers how Capture One’s sharpening and noise reduction tools work as well offering suggestions on how best to set these parameters when working with Fuji files.
There are also some included presets for sharpening and noise reduction.
There are full details available including a complete breakdown of what’s in each chapter, and a sample of the first chapter to download here on the store page. The guide’s normal price will be €5 but for the next two weeks it will be on sale for just €4.50. (Prices may vary depending on local VAT rates)
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