Explore Capture One 21 with Paul Reiffer

Photographer Paul Reiffer walks us through 4 key updates in the newest Capture One 21 release, and how they’ve elevated his workflow.

It’s time to say hello to the very newest version of Capture One photo editing software –Capture One 21.

2020 will be an unforgettable year for many reasons – as photographers, many of us have finally found the time to go through old images, and looked to editing them once again with fresh eyes and the latest tools.

So given the extra advances that already hit our screens in in version 20.1 earlier this year, it’s great to see the team at Capture One continuing to improve the photo editing system that gives me the best possible output from my efforts to capture the world.

With version 21, the team have presented four main updates:

Dehaze Speed Edit ProStandard ICC Profiles Catalog & Import improvements

In this post, we’re going to explore each of these, and how they will transform your photo editing workflow going forward.

Dehaze

Haze comes in many forms, from pollution, to marine fog, to city glare and many more, and for that reason we often need to use different tools to deal with each haze situation.

So, I’ll admit I was skeptical about the capabilities of a new one-slider “dehaze” feature.  However, I’ve found the Dehaze tool can be a really useful addition to our toolbox of editing functions.

What the Dehaze tool is not: A one-click magic wand that delivers perfect results from an image shot in less–than–perfect conditions. What the Dehaze tool is: A fast and efficient way of reducing different types of haze by a reasonable amount, allowing you to make fine adjustments with other tools for tuning and refinement.

One really exciting aspect of the new Dehaze tool is the “Shadow Tone” picker.

Sure, you can use the “Auto” setup and slide the numbers along to see the difference, but if you look closely in any complex scene, you’ll notice that while it’s cutting out the unwanted haze, it might also be cutting out some of the details too.
However, by using the Shadow Tone picker we can tell Capture One to focus its efforts on reducing a particular tone of haze, delivering far superior results.

It’s quick to get the hang of – just select an area in the shadows which has been affected by the haze you’re trying to remove, and you’ll see results which are better tuned to your specific image, especially if there is quite a variance in the brightness of different areas:

Now of course, if we want to get the very best out of that shot, we might also consider adding some Clarity and HDR recovery to really help it “pop”, but with a few simple clicks, we’ve improved the image significantly, without touching Curves or Levels even once.
It’s that Shadow Tone Picker that really comes into its own when dealing with the different scenarios that we shoot over time.

In a city, you might find the resulting image is a little darker than you expected – mostly because the haze was also brightening up the scene. In the mountains, you may find a slight colour-cast creeping in if left to decide for you in “auto” mode:
But in each and every case, if you’re not

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