Introduction and pricing
Recently Alexander Svet, Phase One Certified Professional and person behind excellent Capture One Blog, contacted me asking to review their Film Styles preset collection for Capture One. I agreed. If you’re interested to learn more about the presets, visit their official web site:
In case of Adobe Lightroom there are tons of both free and premium presets but the presets market on Capture One doesn’t look so good at the moment (hopefully that will change!) so I was even more eager to give those presets a try.
The presets cost 49.95$ and for that price you get 100 presets – 58 color presets and 42 black & white ones. They are good for Capture One 7 and Capture One 8.
Installation of the presets is a piece of cake – you can either move them to a correct folder (on Windows it’s C:\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Local\CaptureOne\Styles50\) or import them directly from Capture One.
Each of the preset was created to replicate the film effect it was named after. The name of the preset also includes ISO value and sometimes variant of the preset if there is more than one available. And naming of the presets is my biggest concern with this set. Although many of the presets look very good, a lot of photographers started their “career” in digital era so names like Fuji Provia 400X v1 might mean very little to them. And in fact they do mean very little to me. Even though I started taking photos in the film age I wasn’t really passionate about it at that time – I was shooting with Fuji films by the way – I became serious about photography when I switched to digital which made it much more affordable for me. So I had to do a lot of guessing to choose the right preset for my images as their names didn’t provide me with enough information to choose wisely.
Now, as I said this is the biggest issue – other than that the presets are very useful and they give photos quite unique and nice look – the images indeed look like if they were taken in the film age. There is something soft about this look. Something that was lost when we moved to digital. I also really liked a lot of B&W presets as they somewhat filled the gap caused by the fact that I can’t use my beloved Topaz BW Effects from within Capture One (if you don’t know this already: Capture One unfortunately doesn’t support any plug-ins…). Also it turned out a lot of colour ones are a good starting point for my landscape photography.
Below you can see some photos and how they look when they are processed with presets from the collection – image on the left is original unedited image and image on the right is the same image after applying one of the presets. No other adjustments were added by me:
1. Fuji Velvia 100
2. Ilford HP5 Plus 400
3. Fuji Provia 400X
Summing up, I already mentioned in my review of Capture One 8 that this software works very well in replicating look & feel of photos from film age and the Film Styles presets from Alexander Svet take this concept one step further by providing very good representation of various films.
Presets included in the collection are great starting point and with so many to choose from (there are 100 presets in the collection) everyone should find something that will fit their needs & post-processing style. Not only photographers who miss shooting film.
- a lot of presets (100) to choose from
- presets indeed give film look to the pictures – and they look beautiful
- they are good starting point for post-processing images
- reasonable price
- presets have names that will be meaningless to many photographers
- presets don’t simulate grain despite the fact there is now option in Capture One to create grain. There is, however, new set from the same authors called Extended Set which contains 100 presets some of which emulate film grain.