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How to Add Contrast in Capture One

In this post, I am going to show you three tools that you can use to add contrast in Capture One. Check out the following video:

The first tool that you can use is the contrast slider in exposure tool tab. Basically it pushes the highlight to be brighter and pushes the shadow to be darker at the same time. Other than that, you don't have much control. It is easy to use, but not flexible. That is why I don't use it very often.

The second tool is levels. You can add contrast by setting the black point, mid point and the white point. If you want to stretch or compress the histogram, it is a great tool for that purpose.

The third tool is my favorite when it comes to adding contrast, and that is the curve tool in Capture One. It is flexible because it allows you to control which part of the photo you want to add contrast and how much contrast you want to add. I usually add contrast in Luma channel because that allows me to add contrast without adding saturation. That way, I can go back to the exposure tool tab and add saturation separately. That allows me to have separate control over saturation and contrast, which makes the photo editing more flexible. 

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Capture One is Better for Fujifilm RAW Files Compared to Lightroom

If you are a Fujifilm X series shooter and you are getting some artifacts when sharpening your Fujifilm RAW files in Lightroom, you are not alone. It is actually a well-known issue in the Fujifilm world that Lightroom doesn't know how to handle the RAW files properly. There are a couple alternatives that can help you work around this issue. One of the most popular options is Iridient Developer (currently only available for MAC) and Iridient X-Transformer (available on Windows). But to me, the extra step to convert the RAW files to DNG is not very productive. So I chose to try another popular option which is Capture One. I have to say, compare to Lightroom, Capture One does a pretty good job at rendering Fujifilm RAW files. In this post you will see an example.

We will be looking at the following photos as an example. The same RAW files opened in both Lightroom and Capture One. Here is the original photo, then we will zoom into 200% so that we can see the noise pattern clearly.

We will zoom into 200% to check the noise in the shadow cast by the lens

We will zoom into 200% to check the noise in the shadow cast by the lens

Next we will zom in to 200% scale to take a look at the shadow cast by the lens to determine the noise pattern. The first image was taken at ISO 200 and opened in Lightroom, and applied sharpening amount 100 in Lightroom

Lightroom, ISO 200, sharpening amount 100

Lightroom, ISO 200, sharpening amount 100

Now, let's take a look at the same RAW file in Capture One. In Capture One, I applied sharpening amount 1000 which is the largest sharpening amount you can do in Capture One. Also I removed all noise reduction.

Capture One, ISO 200, sharpening amount 1000

Capture One, ISO 200, sharpening amount 1000

Now let's take a look at a RAW file captured at ISO 800. The first image is Lightroom and the second image is Capture One.

Lightroom, ISO 800, sharpening amount 100

Lightroom, ISO 800, sharpening amount 100

Capture One, ISO 800, sharpening amount 1000

Capture One, ISO 800, sharpening amount 1000

As you can see above, when sharpening in Lightroom, if you are not careful but just simply raise the sharpening amount, it is really easy to get the wormy artifact. but in Capture One, the noise pattern is much smoother and natural.

 

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How to Add/Reduce Fog in Capture One

How to Add/Reduce Fog in Capture One

If you are familiar with Lightroom, you know there is a "DeHaze" slider that allows you to reduce or add haze/fog/mist in your photos. There is no dedicated "DeHaze" slider in Capture One, but you can still produce similar effect in Capture One. Today in this video, I am going to show you how to use the levels tool, plus some contrast and saturation control, to add or reduce haze, fog, or mist in your photos. This is actually very simple to do.