In this editing example I will show how I make some creative desisions to achieve the look I want.

First off we have the basic RAW file as it comes in to Capture One Pro 12

As we can see the settings are all at neutral.
The image looks fine – basic exposure has captured the tonal range with details in both highlights and shadows.
However it is a bit flat and we can do better, I think.

 

Step 01 – White Balance + exposure + black point

First I will set the white balance.
This is very subjective and I simply eyeball it till I see what I like.

The camera was set to 5300K (C1Pro has that as 5315K).
This is nice and warm, but a bit too warm for my taste, so I have changed this to 4725K.

Next is the exposure.
In order to preserve the highlights I underexposed the image a bit in camera.
I prefer to do this and adjust the exposure later in post.

For this image I am going to overexpose the grass in the field.
I like the faded look it gives the background for this picture. It allows the foreground to stand out as the main focus.

As you can see from the exposure warning (red and blue sections) the added exposure of +1.07 has blown the highlights in the field. I am fine with that for this image.
Basic exposure now looks fine.

I have moved the black point with the Level tool to add back a bit of contrast to the overall scene.

Next we will work on the ferns in the foreground

 

Step 2 – Foreground

In this step we will add some extra contrast to the ferns and grass in the foreground.
I have set a fairly heavy black and white point with the Level tool.

We will paint this in with a brush to the desired areas.

 

 

Step 3 – Leaves

Now I will add some colour to the leaves on the trees.

For this we will use the Color Editor.

With the colour picker I have selected a red colour from one of the leaves.
Then I expanded the colour range to include yellows and greens.
Hue and Saturation was changed to taste.

Some aditional contrast is also added with the Level tool.

This was then painted in with a mask.

 

 

Step 4 – Dodge (lighten)

The deer is looking a bit lost it the scene so I will use some dodging to lighten parts of the deer.

I have added +0.65 exposure and painted it in where wanted.

 

 

Step 5 – Contrast

Next we will add some contrast to the deer to shape the tone a bit.

I have set a black and white point with the Level tool and painted in.

Recomendation: if you are adding contrast to an already contrasty area – use the curve tool for this. That way you won’t over darken and brighten the deepest shadows and highlights.

 

 

Step 6 – Sharpen

As this image has some out of focus areas I will add the sharpening with a mask.
This reduces the noise in the image and provides a cleaner look.

Amount: 412
Radius: 0.5
Threshold: 0
Halo supression: 0

 

 

Final image before and after:

 

That’s it for this tutorial.

 

 

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