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Making contact sheets in Capture One

Generating contact sheets using Capture One Pro 7 is a straightforward process. Follow these simple steps:

1. Begin by selecting all the frames you want to include followed by File > Print  (keyboard shortcut = ⌘P)

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2. In the dialogue box that opens:

Use the Page Setup button to select the paper size – A4 or A3

3. Open the Templates Tab and…

From the pop menu scroll down to Contact Sheets – Auto Fit before choosing the configuration that suits your needs.

Then click Print.

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4. In the subsequent print dialogue box choose the number of copies and on the PDF drop down (bottom left) click Save as PDF.

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5. Give it a name and a location before finally clicking Save.

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That’s all there is to it!

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Downloading Capture One Pro 8

In preparation for January and beginning to use the Phase One camera system you ought to be downloading the Capture One software, installing on your Mac & getting a feel for how it works.

Here’s how to do it….

Go to the download page of the Capture One URL

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Then add your email address as prompted and click the download button. The file should go to your downloads folder then open it up and copy to the ‘Applications’ folder.

When you open Capture One for the first you’ll see this dialogue box…

Capture One initial dialogue box

Select the ‘Run DB’ option. This will allow you to process the RAW files that the Phase generates but not those created by a third party camera such as a Nikon or Canon.

Remember that the Phase doesn’t generate anything but RAW’s!

When running Capture One make a point of quitting any unnecessary applications otherwise you may find that you machine crashes.

My opinion of Capture One, for what it’s worth – it’s the business! I find it easy and intuitive to use.

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Using the Capture One overlay tool

In the bad old days of analogue when shooting Time Out magazine covers or Music Sales book covers for Pearce Marchbank he had an ingenuous method for enhancing workflow. He would produce a piece of clear film of the cover showing the position of all the type & in pro to the film format of the camera. I  then placed this in the camera viewfinder so that I could position models, props, etc to work around the typography that he had designed. A second, identical piece of film would be used to lay on top of Polaroids prior to making the final shot on film.

Clearly the guys at Capture One have taken this idea on board when they created the ‘overlay’ tool in the Capture One software for the Phase One. Here is a simple step by step on how to use it….

Import your shots into Capture One & select one frame.

Choose the ‘Composition’ option from the left side of the frame.

Move down to the ‘Overlay’ tab then across to button that carries the symbol ‘…’ to the right of ‘File’. Here you select a file for overlaying and navigate to it in the usual way.

The overlay comes in at 100%. Using the 4 sliders beneath the overlay tab you can adjust; opacity, scale, horizontal and vertical position.

Major adjustments to position can be made with the ‘hand’ tool, afterwards minor re-positioning takes place with the tools beneath the overlay tab (as described above).

This shows crop needed for a 48 sheet billboard poster with type ranged left

By returning to the overlay tab & clicking the down arrow at the right hand end of that bar the ‘Clear Overlay’ option is revealed which allows  the opportunity to remove the existing overlay prior to importing a different one.

In addition it’s possible to position the overlay as desired then crop down using the crop tool thus darkening the unwanted image area and confirm that the shot wrk to a different pro, in this case a 96 sheet billboard.

Crop needed for a 96 sheet billboard poster with type ranged left

Overall this tool is absolutely invaluable, saves great amounts of time and makes you look good in front of clients and in my view is another great plus to the Phase One/Capture One.

A debt of gratitude to PM for introducing me to this technique many years ago.

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Phase One – North Circ & Cold Hands

North Circular Road

Another cold day and I’m out again working at finding urban landscapes. An image here cropped from the original Phase One RAW file then processed using the Capture One software. Applying on camera filtration in the form of Lee ND grads would have been very difficult here if not impossible because of the various structures so I made sure that I held the details in the highlights for the sky then used the Capture One controls to pull out more shadow detail.

And I struggle with poor circulation in my hands so cameras outdoors in winter can prove difficult. the most practical solution I’ve come across is to carry rechargeable handwarmers. They make all the difference.

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 3 secs, f22, 50 ISO, no filtration

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Slip Road – Phase One along the A13

Slip Road

So here I go again. Another unusual situation to place the camera in and see what I’m able to get out of it.

I’ve spent this evening driving along the A13 towards Tilbury. I managed to get locked into a car park near on the Rainham Marshes, the local police station was closed so I was getting ready to dial the emergency services when a man from the nearby refuge site turned up with a key & let me out. I didn’t fancy a 20 mile walk or trying to hitch. I was pulling off the main road at different junctions, parking & then walking to see what oddness I could find.

Living in such a large metropolitan area as London has meant that urban landscapes make up a large proportion of my own landscape material as well as offering locations for the teaching of workshops on the Shadows and Light programme.

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 15 secs, f12, 100 ISO, no filtration

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Phase One in the cold

Still getting familiar with this new camera & every time I put it to use I delight in having medium format once again. It did well on this day as at -3C the re-chargeable batteries held up well. Alex & Sav at the Flash Centre were right when they said that the cold didn’t effect the camera adversely. I came across this horse by chance & as I had no treats he wasn’t prepared to spend too long near me. It was a good opportunity to try the camera in shutter priority mode whilst shooting across the light to keep the sky as rich as possible.

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 1/60 sec, f12, 100 ISO, no filtration

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