Mastering Color Grading in Capture One: A Step-by-Step Guide

The intricacies of color grading and its impact on the final presentation of a photograph cannot be overstated. This helpful video tutorial will show you how to achieve an expert color grade using Capture One.

Coming to you from Prince Meyson, this comprehensive video will guide you through the process of color grading a studio image using Capture One. Meyson begins by comparing the original, straight-out-of-camera image with the final, color-graded version, showing just how far a color grade can take an image. He highlights the importance of white balance adjustments, contrast enhancements, and selective color manipulation to make the subject stand out using Capture One, wildly considered one of the best options for color grading work. 

Furthermore, Meyson's tutorial delves into the utilization of Capture One's AI features for selective editing, allowing for precise adjustments to the subject and background separately. This technique is particularly beneficial for photographers aiming to create a distinctive pop in their images or to correct specific elements without affecting the overall composition. The ability to work with multiple layers and adjust them individually offers creative flexibility, and such, they're a tool pretty much every photographer should know well. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Meyson.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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