During our workshops we often show people how to set colors using only the Levels. For many it is an awakening experience. For us it is the most natural and yet powerful method of manipulating color in Capture One. We like to think of it as a selective White Balance tool. Let’s dive into the details.
The very first step in our post production workflow is to analyze the image and try to decipher what it means and what we want it to mean. How our eyes perceive it, what parts of the image we want to draw attention to and which colors will represent the emotion in the pose and story…
Should I be working in 8 or 16-bit? I have been asked this question more than a few times by various people, who felt unsure, if they should be working in 8 or 16-bit mode. Should they develop always to 16-bit and then convert to 8-bit in Photoshop, if 16-bit of information is unnecessary for the image, or maybe always go with 8-bit? I had asked myself this question many times in the past, but only when I really sat down and thought about it, had all the ins and outs become obvious. So if you are one of those people read on!
People often discuss the many techniques to achieve the “best” or most “natural” effect, for example for skin retouching. Although it is true, that proper techniques should be used to retain the structure of the skin, textiles, etc., in my understanding, it is just as important to understand what should be changed using these techniques, and not only concentrate on the how.