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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 – Digital Medium Format (DMF)

So, December has been spent getting to grips with the Phase One DMF camera system & what a beast it is. With the IQ160 digital back I’m able to produce 60mb RAW files which, after processing through the Capture One software, generate a 175mb TIFF.

Coming to Phase One after 30 years using Hasselblads requires a mental shift on my part however this camera is fairly straightforward to use & the interface is certainly intuitive, a huge bonus for a non propeller head like me! Perhaps the biggest adaptation that I have had to make is using an eye-level viewfinder in a pentaprism. I’m so used to waist-level finders & an image that is flipped left-right that I need to stop & think. I notice this acutely at this time of year when shooting outdoors from a very low camera position – I have to lie on the floor which is either cold, wet, muddy or all three…

If you’re interested in these cameras & are UK based I’d recommend that you talk to Alex & Sav at The Flash Centre. They’re a solid, reliable supplier who know their stuff, also tell them that you know Julian at Shadows & Light.

To give you an idea of what the camera is capable of here’s a mixed light urban landscape shot.

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 4 secs, f22, 50 ISO, no filtration, mixed lighting

Ghost Bike, Kings Cross, London

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