Basic Tool Behavior
I've moved into the color tool tab. Which is the one that kinda looks like three circles. You can see at the top left hand side of the screen. Purely just to make you aware of a tool called base characteristics. This one over here. You may never ever have to look at this tool. You may never change anything in it, but it's useful to know what it does. You'll see the first category: ICC Profile. That's the color profile that describes your camera. That's not something, again, you have to worry about. This is a profile that's made by Phase One at the Phase One HQ in Denmark. There's a very long process that goes into color profiling your camera. We don't just put it on a bench, take a picture of a target, press a button, and say it's done. We create around 700 shots per camera to actually build that profile. Even though it starts as a mathematical process, it's very much a hand-tuned profile that works very well for all kinds of photographic situations. Even though you can create a profil...
e at the push of a button this profile has to be all-around, so that it's good for landscape photography, it has a good skin-tone, it works nicely for product work, and so on. It's actually quite the skill to create these profiles. As I said, that's automatic, so if I just kind of move through some of the images, you'll see as we get to this one, it's switched to Nikon shot. Then we're at a Phase One camera and so on and so forth. Regardless of what camera you have, it will be automatically chosen here. This is not something you have to worry too much about. The second part is called curve. Let's just zoom into that a bit. This is if you like the default contrast curve that we apply to the image. If we don't apply anything to the image, it looks super, super flat. Very dingy, very low contrast. We give you some kind of curve that gives you a good start point for general photography. And if you don't change anything, it will be always set to auto. Now, auto, kind of strange, doesn't mean auto. It doesn't mean we're doing any automatic things. Auto means that it will use the curve that we used to create the profile. Generally, that is film standard. So it's standard kind of contrast curve that is a good all around start point for all kinds of photography. If we just open up... Let's just pick. A portrait, for example. If we go to extra shadow, see it just opens up the shadows a little bit more. Let's go back to auto and then extra shadow. This curve is a good choice if you just think you always wanna have a bit more shadow detail going on in your shots. High contrast kinda does the opposite and just gives you a higher contrast default. Film standard is 99% the same as auto. The reason why we have auto is that we have some special profiles for like art reproduction and so on which are created using different curves. But you can be pretty much rest assured with your cameras, it's always gonna be film standard. Then we have linear response which is the super, super flat version. Now, it looks kind of ugly if we just sort of pick up, let's just grab another shot and then we get linear response and it goes very flat, very low contrast. Potentially, you can kind of drag more out of the image if you start with linear response. But the caveat is that there is kind of less handholding by Capture One in the background. So you've got to keep an eye on your highlights, because you don't want to burn those out. And just be aware that you need to be a little bit careful with adjustments, whereas if we use something like auto then there is some care-taking in preserving highlights when we apply the contrast curve and so on. Just be a little bit mindful. But there's no harm in actually clicking through the curves and then just seeing, you know what, this image for example, if we went to this one, this image has a lot of shadow detail. Let's just start by opening up those shadows a bit more, for example. Generally, you don't have to worry about it too much. You'll also see the process engine which is in use. In this case, Capture One 10. The process engine is really the algorithms and the brains and all the stuff that we use to take the raw file and then bring that to you on screen, as such. If you're upgrading from like older versions of Capture One, let's say you were on Capture One 8 or Capture One 9, and you upgraded to 10 and you opened your catalog or sessions into Capture One 10, we do not automatically upgrade your images to the latest engine. What you'll see is there'll be a little upgrade button sitting alongside it. Which means it will then upgrade it from whatever engine it's on to the latest engine. The reason why we don't do it by default, is that it can affect the look of the image. Certainly, from like older version of Capture One, like version seven and version eight, we made quite extensive changes to the raw conversion engine which would mean when you upgrade it would kinda change the image a bit. And it's not down to us to change how your images look. It's your choice, so it's always a choice. But if you have like a hundred or ten thousand images you want to upgrade, you can simply select all of them and click the upgrade button and it would just do everything in one pass. Again, it's of course your choice. With that said, let's move on to basic tool behavior. Just bring up different collection of images. We're gonna go back to the first tool tab, which is kind of known as the exposure tool tab. Something I do, by default it doesn't actually have a white balance at all in the exposure tool tab, but kind of juggling with exposure and white balance is often something I do at the same time. So for me, I like to add the white balance tool into the exposure tool tab. You of course don't have to do that. You can happily stick with it in the color tab. Okay, so the first thing we need to look at is kind of the similarity between all the various different tools. Let's just bring up any old image, it doesn't matter. Let's drag it all out, so that we can see it. Tools in Capture One look like this. They have either one or more sliders. And they have a number of these small icons that sit on the top right hand corner. As you can probably guess when you drag a slider, you change the value of that slider. If you want to preview what a slider does, you can actually click on the name of it and it will give you a preview of that one particular slider. That is a before and after view, like so. Just click and hold on the name and you can see exactly what it's doing. If you want to reset the slider to zero, you can just double click on the slider and it will drop back to zero. Double-tap, like so, back to zero. [Coughs] If you want to reset everything in the tool, then it's this one here, let's zoom in again. It's the fourth one across, so the reset button. If I click that, then it takes everything back to zero. Let's just mess this up again. About by that much. If you wanna preview what the tool is doing, like a before and after, you'll see no on/off button on the tool itself. But if you option click the same reset button, then it will give you a before and after. A tool preview and that's the same for any tool, as well. Remember, all this stuff is common throughout all the tools. We can reset once more, like so. The first one, the question mark icon: Online Help. If you click that, and you're connected to the internet. That will take you to the help page to the particular thing that you're looking at in Capture One. In this case, it would just take you to the exposure tool. A is for auto. If we click that, Capture One will make some assumptions about the image and do an auto-adjustment for that particular tool only. If you want to do a global auto-adjust, then you're looking up here on the toolbar. And if we click and hold, you can say what you want to be is part of the auto-adjust. So I could have white balance, exposure, high dynamic range, and levels. If I clicked that, that would do auto everything. It does actually do a pretty nice job. Don't think of auto being sort of non-professional or whatever. It does do not really a bad job on many images, so it's worth a try. If you want to reset the entire image back to default, it's this one up here. Or as you might have seen me do earlier, just Command R to reset quite so. Take everything back to default. This little tiny one here, we come to afterwards, this copies and applies just single tool values. If you wanted to take the same exposure adjustment and throw that across a whole bunch of images then we can do that here for example. I'll show you a demo of that a little bit later. This one we saw reset, and this one was for saving presets of any particular tool. You can preview your presets. Let's just move this up here. We can preview your presets just by clicking through them like so. That gives you an instant preview, moves the sliders, so you can see what they're doing. You can save your own presets of course, and you can stack presets together, so that will just layer them on top of each other. That's common between all the tools. Just to recap: Press the name to preview, Double click to set to zero, press the, oops, come on, press the reset button to reset everything, and option click the reset button to preview what the tool is doing like so. A for auto, question mark for help, up down arrow for copy and apply, which we'll look at.