Fine Tuning Preview Size for Your Monitor – Lightroom Quick Tip

If you are working mostly with landscapes you can save a lot of hard disk space if you set the Preview size to Standard at import. Lightroom creates a smaller preview in this case and it processes the details only when you zoom in. The factory setting of the Standard Preview is 1440px but if you are using retina or a 4k display you need to bigger standard preview.

Just go to Edit > Catalog Settings menu and in the File Handling tab you can find the Standard Priview Size dropdown. Set it to 1680 pixels or 2048 pixels to a full HD and 2880 pixels for a retina or 4k monitor.


Controlling sliders by using keyboard – Lightroom Quick Tips

This is a sexist tip, only for male. I realized, females used to drag the sliders in Lightroom while the picture looks best, but guys always want the values to be round. Values like 79 bother us, 80 looks much better isn’t it?

If you like the values divisible with 10 (or the exposure correction in 1/3 or 1/10 step) this tip is for you. Just click on the slider and use the arrow key for smaller or hold Shift key while pressing the arrows if you need bigger steps.

How to Create Your Own Black and White Film Style in Capture One

There are two main things you need to know to mimic a film in Capture One are: 1, the spectral sensitivity of the emulsion of the film and 2, the type of the grain it has.

Spectral Sensitivity

Select your favorite film (now I have selected the FOMAPAN 100 Classic) and download the technical sheet of product. Search for spectral sensitivity curve, that should look something like that.


This figure displays the sensitivity of the film from the blue to red across the colors of the rainbow.

Set the sliders of the Color Sensitivity tab on Black and White tool to match the curve. Moving the sliders to the left is increasing, moving to the right is decreasing the sensitivity of the specific color. You should also try to maintain the overall brightness of the image while you are setting the sliders.


Adding Grain

Capture One has a very good grain engine that simulates multiple type of grains. Most modern film can be simulated by using tabular or fine grain engine, but the actual values depends on the developer you have used, so I recommend to choose your preferred combination and try to mimic it.

Now I’m going to show you how to mimic the stand development of FOMA 100 in Rodinal. In that case I’m going to use Harsh Grain simulation (to match better the characteristic of Rodinal) in the Detail tool tab.


Fine tuning

Using Rodinal creates high contrast negative, so we need to set the contrast in Exposure tool tab. Increase it a bit, and we are ready to go. You can also use the sliders under Clarity tool to set the local contrast too, if you need to.


Now, you just have to save the style, and you can use it any time when you want to convert a digital photograph to an analog one.

Please feel free to download this style or take a look at my Capture One Analogue Styles for more.