How to achieve this retro aesthetic look on C1?

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  • BeO

    I don't usually do this retro style, but I wanted to reply so that you don't feel being ignored.

    The easy way is probably buy a film style pack, assuming you find one which you like. 

    Or you can try to fiddle with C1 color tools, maybe curves, and the grain tool, and save your adjustments as presets or styles, so that you can apply them on other images easily.

    regards

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  • SFA

    BeO is right.

    Some aspects might depend on what you are starting with..

    I might choose to study the Histogram of the starting point as a first step to deciding where to start.

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  • Keith R

    Besides, Capture One isn't really about making already banal images look even worse...

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  • Enric Fradera Calonge

    Thanks for your answers guys 

     

    Keith, I think these photos are not banal or bad. Photography often it's not about fine-tuning colors or taking a perfect photo, it's about transmitting sensations and emotions, and for that we may need a more "organic" feeling. So it's true that C1 it's a perfect software for optimize a good photo from camera, but it's so frustrating when we have to achieve some types of aesthetics

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  • SFA

    Enric,

    It looks like you favour a very flat profile for that look.

    If so using a "standard" curve in Base Characteristics will cause you additional work since they are intended to reduce "flatness".

    Try the Linear "curve" as a starting point.

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  • Enric Fradera Calonge

    SFA 

    Many thanks dude, yes you're right, I've sometimes tried to use the linear curve, the photo turns underexposed but you have more freedom to play with the dynamic range and leave a flatter photo. It's a good starting point for that purpose!

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  • Enric Fradera Calonge

    Hi,

     

    Finally I've edit portrait with linear response curve, play with exposure, contrast and HDR, and make low contrast curve on RGB curve. Not bad I think!

     

     

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  • SFA

    It's certainly an interesting look.

    In the right place with the right light I can see it being a  result that differentiates your style from what most others may be doing.

    Reduce contrast, slightly compensate on saturation and using Auto-levels (in separate channel mode) are a regular starting point for me. In your case I would probably skip the increased saturation and maybe do something more specific to experiment with the stronger colours of an image, either with more or less saturation according to the image's needs, later in the post processing steps.

    As a small observation I find the shadow/bright areas in the face in your image a little distracting. Some of the skin shadows seem to shift the skin tone just a touch too far from the more illuminated areas. I'm wondering if the skin tone adjustment feature of of the colour tool could soften that effect a little. You do run some risk in a "flat" and "light" file for suffering from the effects of colour compression when exporting to jpg. It may need some careful handling - depending on your ultimate requirements or those of a client.

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