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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