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| p.1 #8 · Nex Processing Thread |
Just for kicks - download a trial version of Capture One 6 and see how you like the RAW conversions. Phase One has some great on line tutorials which should make it quick for you to pick up. I really like their default color conversions with both my Nex 5n and 7.
To answer your original question, I import my raw files using Photomechanic, browse and select in Capture One 6. I always correct exposure and use the highlight shadow sliders as appropriate and sometime correct for contrast in C1. I export unsharpened 16 bit ProPhoto RGB tiffs, which I open up in Photoshop where I use the Photokit Shapener plug in for capture sharpening and for output sharpening after I save a version of my final Tiff in the final print size. Sometimes I crop and straighten in Photoshop and sometimes in C1.
If I've corrected contrast in C1, I just resize a copy, output sharpen in Photokit Sharpener and then I'm done. For some images in which I need to add a little something, the Tiff that I export from C1 is not corrected for contrast, looks a little flat and then I use the Nik ColorEfex plug in to adjust contrast using either the Color Contrast Range, Pro Contrast or Tonal Contrast filters. Sometimes I also use the darken corners/brighten center tool in ColorEfex.
When I first got my 5N and then 7, I did several conversions of the same image in ACR (same engine as lightroom) and then C1 and I consistently prefer the C1 conversions and find the files need much less work for my vision.