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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Use Printer Black and White Mode – Capture One Quick Tips

Do you want to print black and white photos in high quality? Then this tip is for you. Good quality printers use more colors for better color rendition and not just black but several gray inks for better tone rendition when you print in black and white.

Step One (Windows)

After you have up everything for printing and before you actually start to print you have to click The Print Settings… button, select your printer and click on Preferences. Now, you reached the printer driver panel, that means it’s different from printer to printer. Here I show you the panel of a Epson Stylus Pro 4880. Epson printers has the so called Advanced B&W Photo mode, that you need to use here and can be selected from the Color drop down. Other manufacturers have other options for this, so I encourage you to read the manual of your printer to find out the best black and white photo printing mode provided by your printer.0

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Step One (Mac OS X)

After you have up everything for printing and before you actually start to print you have to click The Print Settings… button, select your printer from the Printer dropdown. Select the Printer Settings session from the dropdown located in the center of the panel and set the Print Mode to Advanced Black and White. Other manufacturers have other options for this, so I encourage you to read the manual of your printer to find out the best black and white photo printing mode provided by your printer.

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Slide Show – Capture One Quick Tips

Clients are coming and you haven’t prepared anything for them? No worries. Just use the slide show feature built into Capture One.

Step One

Filter the photos in browser view by using the Filters tool as we discussed in Chapter 3. Select the first photo that you want to present in the browser area and then the View > Start Slide Show menu.

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Step Two

Click on the sliders button and set up the slide show settings. You can select various Transition from the drop down next to the label, and the Delay Time. Step backward and forward clicking on the arrows and pause the slide show by clicking on the Pause button any time.

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Crop to Same Size – Capture One Quick Tip

Sometimes, if you want to create postcards from your photos, or just prefer square format, you need to crop multiple images to the same size or aspect ratio. You can crop all of your photos one-by-one, but now I’m going to show you a more quicker and efficient way to do this.

Step One

We are in Multi View, the four squares are selected over the View area. First of all, you need to select the aspect ratio that you want to crop all your images to. Switch to the Composition tool tab by clicking on the two facing right angles icon over the tool area. Select the aspect ratio you want to use, from the Ratio dropdown. Now, I have selected 1:1, because I’d like to create square images.

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Step Two

We’ve already selected all the green labeled photos in the Browser area, but in the View area we have only one image selected, the one, we are working on, right know. Now, we are going to apply this ratio to the first, selected image in the View area. Click on the three dots icon in the header of the Crop tool, and select Apply Ratio from the appearing menu.

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Step Three

Double check, all the images you want to crop are selected in the Browser area and click on the two headed arrow in the titlebar of the Crop tool and click Apply on the appearing dialog.

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Step Four

I’m pretty sure not all the crop fit, but you can correct it quickly, just click inside any crop and move it to its right place, like I did with the second photo in the second row. If you just want to preserve the aspect ratio not the size of the crop, you can resize them by dragging the corners or, if you wish, you can draw another crop too.

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Crop for HD

The printing days are over, we need to present our images mostly on electronic devices. Now, I’m gonna show you how to prepare your photos for presenting them on a TV set individually or as a part of a slideshow.

Step One

The original aspect ratio of a photo is traditionally mostly 2:3 but and HDTV set has a different 9:16 ratio, so if you want seamless presentation you need to crop your photos to fit to the wide screen. First we need to go to Composition tool tab and select the Add Aspect Ratio from Ratio drop down under Crop. (Alternatively you can click and hold on the crop tool over the view area and select the same menu item.) Type a name like HDTV into the first input box and set the Ratio to 16:9 in the appearing dialog box and then click OK.

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Step Two

Now, you only need to select the newly added aspect ratio and make a crop as you usually do and you get an image that properly fit into TV. I know it’s evident but I want to add here: only landscape images will fit on your TV unless your want to turn your TV during the presentation. That’s why we record videos only in landscape orientation too.

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Locate Image – Capture One Quick Tip

When you import a photo into your catalog, Capture One records the paths of the raw material. But what happens when you accidentally rename or move an image into another location using your file manager?

Step One

If those case when Capture One not able to locate an already imported image, you will see a question mark on bottom left corner in the thumbnail of the photo on the browser window and a question mark and an Offline text on the viewer window, indicating that the raw material is missing.

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Step Two

In this case you only have to right click on the image, select Locate… from the menu and browse the appropriate image in your file system. In our case I renamed the photo to Dávid Alexander 15a.IIQ, so after the file browser appeared I have to find and select the file named Dávid Alexander 15a.IIQ and click Open.

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Export as Catalog – Capture One Quick Tip

Sometimes, when you are working together with another photographer or a retoucher, could be handy if you are able to share your work with the others. Let’s assume, as a photographer, you have done the selection maybe assigned the metadata and you want to give your photos to the retoucher to adjust them one-by one.

Step One
First of all you need to select the photos you want to share. In this case I have selected the Studio Portraits > Female > Kaderin Constance collection but you can use any other items that are listed under Catalog Collections or User Collections.

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Step Two
Right click on the item you have selected and click on the Export as Catalog… item from the appearing menu. Give it a name, select the export location (it is usually on an external hard drive or a shared folder on your machine) and click OK. When the export is finished you get a folder with all the images and modifications you have made on them. You only need to give the folder to your fellow and they can open the newly created catalog by double clicking the .cocatalogdb file in the folder

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Invert Photos – Capture One Quick Tip

If you are working with paper negatives or you are intended to create cyanotype or gum bichromate print from a digital photo, you have to turn the photo to negative. Fortunately, you don’t need other software, with a dirty trick, Capture One can do it for you.

Step One
I have already scanned and imported a paper negative of pinhole photo of the Mai Manó House that used to be the home and workplace of Manó Mai, the former imperial and royal court photographer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Hungarian House of Photography can be found here today.

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Step Two
Now you should go to the Exposure tool tab (that little histogram like icon over the tools) and make a cross in the Levels tool. Grab the white point slider on the right side, below the histogram and drag almost all the way left (to make a little space for dragging the black point slider) then drag the black point slider all the way right. Now, you can drag the white point to all the way left and you are done.

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Crop – Capture One Quick Tip

Using the crop tool, you might realized, there is a crop overlay guide based on rule of thirds, what is cool, but can we change this to another one? Sure! And you’ll also get a tip for better crop experience.

Step One

Go to Edit > Preferences menu on a PC or Capture One > Preferences on a Mac and click on the seventh tab called Crop. Here you can find the settings of the crop tool and set the grid type whatever you need. Here I set to Golden ratio.

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Step Two

Close the Preferences panel and drag a selection on your image, and you’ll see the chosen crop overlay over your image.

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Step Three

You might better decide your new composition when the cropped region completely disappearing, not just faded, like in the previous screenshot. If you want to try it, go back to the Preferences and set the opacity to 255 and the Brightness to 24 under Mask session.

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