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Capture One puts on the style with new 'Pacific' and 'Infinite Peaks' Style packs

Capture One Infinite Peaks Styles

Capture One Pro is Phase One’s professional image capture, processing and cataloguing application and it’s aimed squarely at professional and commercial photographers. So as well as producing the software itself, Phase One also releases Styles packs to give your images instant professional ‘looks’.

Capture One Pro is one of the best photo editing programs (opens in new tab) for expert and professional users, and its Styles work just like the presets in Lightroom, applying a set of specific image adjustments with a single click. But where there are countless free Lightroom presets (opens in new tab) flooding the market and a host of paid-for third-party Lightroom preset packs, Capture One likes to produce its own presets in-house, commissioning professional photographers to produce their own distinctive ‘looks’.

The two new Styles packs just introduced are part of Capture One’s ‘Latitude’ series and are called ‘Pacific’ and ‘Infinite Peaks’. They’ve been produced by John Schell and Bryan Minear exclusively for Capture One, and these are pro photographers whose clients include the likes of Sketchers and Budweiser.

Capture One Pacific Styles pack

This is the 'Topanga' Style from John Schell's 'Pacific' pack, part of Capture One's 'Latitude' series.

John Schell’s ‘Pacific’ pack includes seven styles called ‘Malibu Surfrider Beach’, ‘Ocean Beach’, ‘Rincon Point’, ‘San Onofre’, ‘Sandy Beach’, ‘Topanga’ and ‘Venice Beach’. He says, “”Taking inspiration from some of my favorite surf spots on the US West Coast, I used Capture One to push colors and tones far beyond what was previously possible. The result is rich, deep tones and low-contrast images which look like they were lifted straight from memory.”

Bryan Minear’s ‘Infinite Peaks’ pack also has seven styles, called ‘Blue Ridge’, ‘Cascade’, ‘Olympic’, ‘Olympic 2’, ‘Sierra’, ‘Smoky’, ‘Smoky 2’ and ‘Yukon’ (‘Yukon’ is a strong look – we like it). He says, “This pack was inspired by some of my favorite locations around the globe. I’ve spent years developing my personal artistic vision and created these Styles to make it accessible. With contrasty, emotion-inducing looks, I hope they inspire you to become a freer artist and more seasoned traveler.”

Capture One Infinite Peaks Styles pack

Bryan Minear’s 'Infinite Peaks' Style pack is inspired by some of the photographer's favourite locations and can be used across a range of image types (not just mountains!).

How Capture One Pro Styles work

Capture One says that its new styles have been designed to work across a wide range of image types from portraits to seascapes, though as with any preset a lot depends on matching the Style to the subject to get the right ‘look’.

But as well as using the Styles as-is, you can modify the settings to tweak the results, and Capture One Styles can also be applied to layers rather than directly to the image, which enables you to modify the opacity of the Style and even combine it with other Styles.

The Styles themselves take up very little space as they are simply sets of processing parameters, albeit carefully judged and combined by pro photographers. Once they’re downloaded, you simply import them into Capture One Pro where they are then available to apply to any image.

The ‘Pacific’ and ‘Infinite Peaks’ Styles packs can be purchased together at a special price of £49/$49 up until June 30th 2019.

After that, prices revert to the standard £34/$34 per Style pack or £99/$99 for the full ‘Latitude’ Style kit, which includes four Style packs – the new ‘Pacific’ and ‘Infinite Peaks’ packs and the existing ‘Deep Forest’ and ‘Sunbound’ packs.

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Rod Lawton
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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com (opens in new tab) but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com (opens in new tab)