Capture One is one of the most powerful black and white convertor there is. It has extremely powerful curves, vignette, glow (i.e. IR Aura), and color-to-bw profile controls. The ability to very precisely define the "film-response" (e.g. popping red skin tones with glow but sinking greens into shadow) is as powerful as there is anywhere. It can also fit absolutely seamlessly into a heavy workflow including DURING tethered or untethered shoots. However, the INTERFACE for using it (the color editor) is VERY slow to work to develop a "look" compared to (for example) photoshop's black and white click-and-slide tool.
The point is if you want to use C1 as a BW convertor you can do so with extremely good and powerful results - but it will take you longer to figure out how to do that. Once you've established your own B+W looks you can preview and apply them VERY quickly to one raw or a thousand raws.
To that end we are posting a set of styles later this week that include some presets to help you understand how to use the very powerful black and white conversion in Capture One.Doug Peterson
Head of Technical Services, Capture Integration
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