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| p.1 #1 · Help with Capture One Pro 7 Color/Contrast |
I recently got a Fuji X-E1. As you may be aware, ACR/Lightroom sometimes (but not always), has some issues with the demosaicing of the X-Trans sensor on the Fuji (creating a watercolor effect). I downloaded the C1 7 Pro trial to see how it handles the images. I used Capture One in the past as my RAW converter, so I know my way around the program a bit (but a lot has changed too).
Anyway, on the few images where Lightroom takes a dump on these files, I've used C1, and it does a very nice job in many cases. However, since it's the trial period, I've also tried using C1 on many other images (even ones Lightroom does quite well with), and, especially for indoor portraits, I'm finding it very difficult to get decent color, and the contrast by default is much harsher. Lowering contrast or playing with the DR sliders does reduce contrast, but in an odd unnatural sort of way. Since so many people praise C1 for color accuracy and detail, I figure I'm probably doing something wrong, so I wonder if anyone can give me some tips or settings they use for indoor candids.
Also, I've noticed that exposure in C1 comes in about a half stop darker than the same file in Lightroom at default, which is kind of annoying.
Example below, just quick shots of my daughter playing this morning, processed quickly in each. The LR version took me about 15 seconds of minor adjustment and a white balance click. The C1 version was similar, though a little more fiddling done to try and get things looking less harsh. White balance was taken off the same part of the shirt in both programs:
Lightroom, minor adjustments:
Capture One 7, minor adjustments:
And here are how the files look on import:
Capture One, which I see as dark, overly orange and too contrasty:
I know the easy answer is 'just process those images in Lightroom.' And, you have a point. However, before I dismiss C1 as just for certain hand-picked images, I'd like to figure out what I'm doing wrong or get some better default settings to start from a cleaner slate. I've also noticed that saturation adjustments in C1 can go bad quickly...is there a more subtle saturation tool, similar to the 'vibrance' slider in LR?