In case you didn’t know, Capture One Pro supports the use of styles; pre-set adjustments that you can apply to your images. With the click of a button, you can have your photo immediately stylized with very complex and complete adjustments. That’s a real time saver. While you can make your own presets, a company, Capture One Styles, has already made 225 of these styles for you. They aim to emulate, or replicate, the look and feel of old films from companies such as Polaroid, Fujifilm, Ilford, Kodak and Agfa.
Two sets exists; the Original Film Styles Set and Film Styles Extended Set. The first one, which the one I got to try, is composed of 100 styles, 58 of which are colour films and the remaining 42 are B&W films. The second set is made of 70 new colour presets, 30 new B&W styles and another 25 styles that are made to emulate film grain. These are meant to be added to any of the 200 other presets of as a standalone preset to your image. The Film Styles Extended Set retails for $69.95 US and the Original Film Styles Set is $49.95 US (and you can get an even lower price by sharing a link on social media. This will take 10% off your purchase).
Before we get started, I’d like to comment a bit on their website. It is captureonestyles.com and it provides you with all the info you need to fully take advantage of the packs of film. There’s a very clear and helpful tutorial for downloading and installing the presets onto your computer that shows you two ways to do so and a walk-through video that explains how the styles work and how to use them. There are also numerous before-and-after examples as well as FAQs, complete lists of the films included and a few photographers reviews. The layout is really nice and well understandable though the pages a bit a long.
First of all, you need to have the Styles and Presets tab open. Then just hover over a preset and your image will change instantly. When you have found a style you like, you can just click on it and the adjustment will be applied. From there, you can tweak them a little more to get just the right look. I believe that every image is different and, thus, needs to have different settings. In that sense, the styles, to me, provide a ground base for further improvements. What I like about the presets is that they are not overdone. You know, they’re not your typical Instagram filters with very aggressive adjustments. Also, I like my B&Ws to be contrasty and thick and some style such as 017 Ilford Delta 3200 V2 or 032 Kodak T-MAX 400 provide just that, which is really nice. Furthermore, I appreciate the fact that all the styles are very much organised into the B&W Film Styles and Colors Film Styles folders with their numbers and descriptive names. Yes, there is no way to emulate film grain in the Original pack but you can add it manually yourself using the Film Grain panel in Capture One or with the Extended pack. That doesn’t really bother me. Now, if someone were to ask me if I prefer the colours or B&W variants, I’d say that I prefer B&W because it seems to me that there are a lot of images with the colours’ feel out there. The final thing I want to say is that these are not for modern, bold and minimalist product and still life photography. And that makes sense; the styles’ missions is to replicate old photographic films and that’s pretty much the opposite of today’s product photography. I don’t use them for that but rather for other types of photography such as event and Apple Store photography.
If you’re coming from Lightroom to C1P, you’re probably a bit stunned by the amount of presets that exists. The market of presets for Lightroom is filled and saturated with big players such as VSCO. On the other hand, there is far from that many for Capture One Pro. I’m pretty sure that Capture One Styles is the only player in the Capture One sphere. So, if you’re looking for speeding up your workflow or just simply adding more options to it, you definitely can’t go wrong with Capture One Styles. You can download five trials from the original set and another five plus two film emulations from the second pack (they work on Mac and Windows and Capture One Pro 6, 7 and 8 without an issue).
Have you tried these styles? Do you like them? What your opinion? Let us know in the comments below!