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:
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.
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’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)
Greetings and welcome to the first update for 2019 of what’s going on on my store! I have a few new and updated products in the works that I wanted to tell you about, and also to give you an opportunity to give me feedback should you wish to.
I will be updating some of my eBooks over the next little while. I have also taken my Capture One guide out of circulation for the moment, as I am writing a new version. So here’s what’s currently planned:
Capture One Fuji Guide
The original version of this was quite old and with the release of version 12 of Capture One, it was getting too out of date to update. With that in mind, I am working on a completely new guide, specifically for version 12. It will be a complete re-write. It may take a little while, but I hope to have it out in the first half of 2019.
Fuji Lightroom Guide
I will be putting out a minor update to this in the near future. The changes will be relatively minor, and will focus on updating terminology for newer versions of Lightroom. It will also add mentions of newer Fuji cameras such as the X-T3. While the advice and settings for the X-T3 are pretty much the same as older versions, this is causing confusion to some readers, so I will be adding specifics to address that confusion.
This will be a free update, but it will be the final update to this version of the guide. Any future version will be a “second edition” and will be a new book effectively. This is free update is currently scheduled for sometime in February 2019 but this is only an estimated date. It may be delayed.
There hasn’t been any significant change to the software that warrants re-writing or updating the guide at the moment. I will be examining it to see if there is anything that needs to change in the future, but for now, this will remain at the current version.
I will be tidying up the numerous presets available on my store. I am considering bundling all of the older presets into a single bundle, and the older individual packs will be discontinued. This will apply to the oldest presets that were originally designed for version 4 through 6. I understand that some people are still using this version of the software, but it is not possible to continue to provide support for this, as there is no way to create older presets from the newer versions of Lightroom.
As I am only a small independent photographer, I don’t have the resources to maintain multiple versions of Lightroom. If you had previously downloaded some of these stand alone packs, they will still be available from your account, but they will no longer be available for sale outside of the bundle. I don’t have a set date for this yet, but it will be sometime in the first half of next year.
Capture One Training on YouTube
I have been doing a number of screencasts and tutorials for Capture One on YouTube lately, and these cover the express version as well as preliminary videos on Capture One 12. I am updating these regularly, so check them out if you’re looking for more Capture One information.
What do you want to see?
If there is anything that you want to see, or content that you feel like would make some good training please let me know. Leave a comment on this blog post or comment in the support forums here.
With the release of Capture One 12 at the end of November, there have been significant changes to the software, especially for Fuji X-Trans users. With that in mind, I have decided to discontinue selling my old Capture One X-Trans guide. I am however starting work on a new book, which I hope to have out in the next two to three months.
Why not just keep selling the old version?
The original guide was getting quite old. It was originally written for version 8 of Capture One, and then amended with each additional version. It had become something of a hodge-podge of edits and advice built on top of old advice, and it was getting quite confusing. With the release of Version 12 of the software, which has entirely new interface, and adds Fuji film simulation modes, having the old version still available, in my opinion, could confuse new readers. I had put a notice up on the guide that it was being discontinued and reduced the price for the month of December, but now that it’s January, I felt that it’s time to end the sale of it.
Will the new version be free to customers of the old version?
No. I sell these guides very inexpensively, and to cover the cost of writing an entirely new book, I need to charge for it. The old guide was on sale for several years, and the average price has been just €3. The new book will be a completely different guide and re-written from scratch.
When will it be available?
I hope to have the new version available in the first quarter of 2019. I hope to have it even sooner than this, but I don’t want to set unrealistic targets. If you follow my blog, or sign up for the newsletter, you will be notified of new releases.
Where can I learn about the new software in the meantime?
I will continue to cover Capture One on my blog. I will also be providing a work in progress update to the new guide on Patreon for Patreon supporters. Patreon supporters will also get the new guide for free. I also cover Capture One on my YouTube channel.
A few weeks ago when I launched Alpine for Lightroom, a few people wrote to me asking for a Capture One version. After some work and experimentation, I’m happy to announce that I now have a version of Alpine for Capture One. It’s not exactly the same as the Lightroom version due to the differences in how the software works, but it’s broadly similar.
So what is Alpine? In a nutshell, Alpine for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that is designed to give your RAW images a stylised look. The idea for Alpine was to work with images of forests and mountains, to give the “woodsman” style of effect that is popular certain outdoor magazines. The styles generally work by enhancing the greens and browns in an image and are best suited to photos which contain a lot of these tones. Alpine is also designed to work best with lower contrast images, typically shot on misty or overcast days, although there are also some styles that will be better on sunnier, high contrast images too.
Porting these from Lightroom to Capture One was initially a little more difficult than I was expecting. The reason for this is that some adjustments, while they might have the same names, and broadly do the same thing, actually behave quite differently in different software. The other problem I have is that the starting point for different cameras in Capture One is much more variable than it is in Lightroom.
After a considerable amount of trial and error and tweaking various settings I managed to come up with a set that I was happy with, and captures the essence of the original idea behind Alpine. The Capture One version actually includes a few additional looks that weren’t in the originalLightroom version too, and overall, I think it’s a good package. While it is designed for a fairly narrow set of subjects, the styles should give you a pretty good starting point.
I was recently shooting some Street Photography with my Fuji X-Pro 2 and I was processing the images with Capture One. I was trying various different looks, but in the end I wanted to go with a black and white theme. As I already had a whole set of looks already created, with SilverLUX, I used this as the basis for the overall style of the images.
While there is a whole range of different effects available with Silver Lux, I ended up using a few of the styles the most often. These allowed me to create a consistent theme for the collection. In addition, I also used some of the grain presets that come with the pack in order to add a little stronger grain to the images. Below is a look at the final result, as well as a few before and after examples.
SilverLUX for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that are designed to give your RAW images a black and white effect. There are 25 Styles in total included with SilverLUX. The set also comes with a collection of 20 grain presets that makes use of Capture One’s excellent grain function to give you a range of grain options.
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