03 Highlight enhancement
This is looking much better now, but the increase in the Exposure has made the sky a lot lighter and paler than it was originally. I can counteract that by increasing the Highlight slider value – this darkens down the brightest parts of the picture without affecting the rest.
04 Improving the Clarity
This has all worked pretty well, though one of the problems of compressing an image’s tonal range in this way is that it can make the picture look rather ‘flat’. It’s not Capture One’s fault – this is a side-effect of tonal compression in any program. But it is possible to counteract this with Capture One’s Clarity setting. This adds localised contrast to the scene, making objects stand out more clearly – it’s like sharpening, but over a much wider radius.
05 The end result
And this is the final picture. The HDR effect is slightly exaggerated here, but I wanted to show just how effective Capture One Pro 7’s Dynamic Range controls really are.