Thank you for the kind offer - images of legal model age women please. I'm interested in skin tone because that is where my Canon cameras are weakest. No still lives.
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I have gone to a few Phase One Road Show seminars and learned quite a bit as well as spent some time with a dealer recently. There are so many features in the Capture One software that really optimize the performance of their backs.
It is highly recommended that you get in touch with a dealer or one their area sales managers to get a comprehensive demonstration. As technical as you may be, having a demo performed by someone who does this day in and out will show you the full potential of the products.
Here are a few things that I have learned more recently that may assist you.
Did you adjust any of the noise control settings in Capture One Pro to see if you got better detail in your P30 images? The control for this is located in the focus check window on the Mac. There is a drop down arrow that gives you some advance image control options. This option can give you more details in the shadow areas and affect the overall image quality.
Also in Capture One you have the ability to edit any of the base profiles that are included with your Phase One back visually through the Color Editor. So if one of the portrait profiles is a little off you can correct it and resave it for future use. It is probably one of the most powerful, but under utilized tool in Capture One. To use it have an image in your preview window, and then under the image menu select Color Editor. A separate window then appears with your image in it. You then select with the eyedropper tool areas which have the shade of color you wish to edit. You may add as many points as you wish. Once you click a shade, you can narrow or widen the range on the color wheel. You can then adjust the HSL for each individual shade. At the top of the window there are two happy faces, one with the color wheel and one without. This is the way you can toggle back and forth to turn the profile on and off. Once you are satisfied you can save out the modified profile and then it can be applied in the Gray Balance menu (third icon over, looks like a CD on the Mac) under the ICC profile drop down, your modified profile will be under the other menu profiles menu choice. I have seen many examples of how this tool works such as in catalog production of jewelry, where the stones looked lifeless, you edit the colors on the stones to make the look like you want them, save out the profile and then your subsequent shots with those same color stones, automatically have the correction. Makeup color matching was another example that they showed, where they had a number of products in a scene including compacts with blush and mirrors, when they edited the blush, it was automatically corrected in the reflections. This may not work in every situation, but there are creative ways to use it to make it fit. You do not have to go into Photoshop and do mask corrections. I can go on and on, that is how cool this tool is!
Also speak to your dealer/area sales manager, as there may be some other profiles that may be out there that have not been widely distributed yet.
There are also great features that are unique to Phase One such as B&W profiles that are distributed that provide true B&W conversions that look like the traditional process.
As far as colorcast goes on the Alpa or any other technical/ultra-wide angle solution, yes you can use the LCC creator to make a custom LCC profile for the specific lens/movement combination, but Phase One has some additional profiles that correct for most of the colorcasts that you may see. These are called the “Easy Grey” profiles and work quite well. I have used them in a number of situations, and if they do not solve it you can then always create a custom LCC. Even though view cameras are not officially supported in the literature from Phase One with the P30, I have seen people use it and the results are acceptable.
Yair mentioned that their back has an OS embedded in it that will allow you to do custom things on the fly, well Phase One does this in the Capture One software. There is a feature named Styles in Capture One. The Styles feature allows you to create a combination of basically all of the settings that you have access to in the Capture One software (tone, levels, profiles, gray balance, etc.) and create a “package”. This package of settings as I like to refer to it as allows you to create custom looks and or corrections on the fly. Once you have created Style you can then set that as the default and shoot right into it so your previews come up with those settings being applied. You still have your RAW files to go back to. These can also be batch applied as well during your RAW processing to an output file as a batch. There are several Styles included including looks like Ektachrome Agfa Look, 70’s look, and you can make your own. I saw a video at a Phase One seminar where a photographer made a ‘push’ type look and shot his fashion shoot tethered, and all the while the art director was watching the screen and seeing how the shoot would appear as the final result on screen. No developing and then taking to Photoshop and then doing all the work. It is a real time saver.
There is a technical document up on Phase One’s website that goes over a number of things that I mentioned above. It is available at :
I gained a lot of this information attending a few of the Phase One US Roadshow events that Phase One held across the US this year. I have been using Phase for many years, and until attending these events , never utilized the software or hardware to its full potential. A lot of this information is documented , but very hard to find or not explained well. There is something to be said to watching a pro in action using real life examples.
Hope this helps.