Histograms just show you what’s happening in your images, they’re not there to tell you what to do.But there’s an old adage from the days of film photography that you should still be able to see some detail in the darkest and brightest parts of your pictures, and that’s carried through into digital photography.This is the job of the histogram. It shows you whether the … [Read more...] about Histograms aren’t sacred: shadows and highlights CAN be clipped
Montacute House is an Elizabethan mansion in the South West of England. I was there on a pretty dull and overcast day, but I thought the way the sky was reflected in the windows, the texture of the stone facade and the overhanging branches might make an effective composition, even though the image straight from the camera didn’t look interesting at all.Here’s a … [Read more...] about Montacute House in moody monochrome with split toning
Levels adjustments are are pretty basic and straightforward way of maximising the tonal range of your pictures. You move the white and black point sliders to line up with the brightest and darkest parts of the picture, and that’s it – you've got maximum tonal range and contrast.Curves are more complex because they enable you to adjust the brightness and contrast within … [Read more...] about Levels vs curves vs luma curves: ways to adjust contrast in photos
Like other photo-editing applications, Capture One offers one-click preset image effects, which it calls ‘Styles’. These are made with carefully-crafted combinations of image adjustments which you can use as-is or inspect and modify to suit your own tastes.You do get a selection of Styles built in to Capture One, but most are sold separately via the Capture One website as … [Read more...] about Preset picks: Capture One ‘Seasonal’ SN-04
This isn't an image quality comparison, simply a breakdown of the key differences in the Capture One vs Lightroom debate. They appear very similar in terms of what they do, who they're aimed at and how they work, but there are some key differences in the details.If you are struggling to decide which is best, this feature comparison will hopefully make your decision … [Read more...] about Capture One vs Lightroom: which of these high-end programs is best?
The improved Capture One 12.1 X-Trans processing does make a difference and here's an image which shows it... if you know where to look.Phase One says the Capture One 12.1 X-Trans processing has been improved, and it’s easy to accept claims like this as fact, but it’s also good to check them now and again to see just how much significance they actually have.Fujifilm’s … [Read more...] about Does the new Capture One 12.1 X-Trans processing make any difference?
Phase One has released an update to its Capture One RAW processing and editing software, with support for new cameras and lens profiles, improved rendering of Fujifilm X-Trans images and a new Capture One Studio product for multi-user teams and larger companies.The new cameras supported in Capture One Pro 12.1 are the Panasonic LX100 Mark II, Leica DLUX 7, Leica CLUX, Nikon … [Read more...] about Capture One Pro 12.1 announced with improved Fujifilm X-Trans rendering
Verdict: 9/10Capture One Pro’s editing tools and RAW processing are superb, it’s excellent for studio tethering and a sessions-based workflow but also has powerful cataloguing tools. You may still need an external editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, but only for complex composites.ProsSessions or catalog based workflowReferenced or managed imagesSuperb RAW … [Read more...] about Phase One Capture One Pro 12 review
SN-05 is a pretty unromantic name for an image style, but it’s worked quite a transformation on this sunlit winter tree and sky. It’s one of 15 Styles in the Seasonal pack, which is sold via the Phase One website here: Seasonal Styles & Presets for Capture One - Preview Images & BuyThe price is £69 in UK currency but is converted to local currencies wherever you’re … [Read more...] about SN-05 from Capture One’s Seasonal Style pack
I felt this scene needed to be captured with a deep, brooding intensity, and I particularly wanted to hold on to the textured cloud detail in the sky. Capturing a DNG file with Lightroom Mobile gave all the processing leeway needed.Well, I actually think you can. I like taking pictures with my iPhone. It’s partly a practical thing, as it’s the camera I always have with me. … [Read more...] about Can you really take proper pictures with a smartphone?