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
Capture One is an all-in-one image capture (tethered shooting), cataloguing and editing software from Danish company Phase One. Born out of its medium format studio camera products, Capture One is now a professional RAW conversion tool for DSLR and mirrorless camera owners too. It’s a premium product and its closest rival is probably Adobe Lightroom.
We’d like to think that white balance is a science, right? And that the Temperature and Tint values that form the basis of white balance adjustments are universal constants that we can expect to be consistent across all software applications?That’s not how it is. If you’ve ever suspected that different RAW converters interpret white balance settings differently, here’s the … [Read more...] about 3 RAW converters, 3 different white balance settings!
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?
Sunsets don’t always come out the way you want them to, so here's a quick way to enhance them with a white balance adjustment and a graduated filter effect.This picture was shot using the auto white balance on a Nikon Z6 and while the colours are a pretty reasonable representation of how the scene actually looked, I wanted a warmer ‘sunset’ tone and a bit more depth and … [Read more...] about How to enhance a sunset with white balance and graduated filter adjustments