I'm back with yet another editing contest, but this one has a twist you'll either love or hate. As I was recently in San Francisco teaching alongside Dave Gallagher, CEO of Capture Integration, for our course on CreativeLive, it occurred to me that almost no one (at least) that I knew personally edited solely in Capture One. That is, taking an image to completion using nothing but Capture One, which would mean not using the sacred Adobe Photoshop in any way. Challenge accepted?
I am issuing yet again another raw file that I shot (as I have done before) totally straight out of camera. (Download the raw file in question here.) It is an image of Alessandra Sironi, shot on South Beach in Miami earlier this year. The image is hardly perfect, and it was a simple overcast day and I shot it with totally natural light. The file will be available for about a week, depending on how many submissions I receive.
To enter, take the raw file to completion using Capture One Pro only. Remember, Capture One was never intended to be or to replace Photoshop in your workflow, (Capture One was the was what Adobe
copied drew inspiration from to create Lightroom, but I digress). Capture One Pro has always been a powerful piece of software, and it has really become a rather functional retouching system more than ever with the latest release, version 9.
Phase One refers to Capture One as "imaging software" (as opposed to "retouching software" I guess?) and there notable differences between it and your seminal and beloved Photoshop or Lightroom. That said, you can — and many artists do — complete photos entirely in Capture One without involving an Adobe product at all.
EIP That Sucker
So here is how it is going to work for all you Capture One fanboys and fangirls because there have to be some ground rules to keep things fair.
If you're not aware, Capture One has a proprietary format that you can export as, or pack, called EIP (which stands for Enhanced Image Package). Basically, this allows a Capture One user to export their raw file with all settings, adjustments, and metadata without processing the raw so another Capture One user can open said raw file and see it with all the edits. This is not entirely unique to Capture One of course, but submitting your edit as an EIP ensures that you cannot use Photoshop in your edit. In other words, you can't cheat — so there!
The raw processing engine that Capture One uses is not compatible with Adobe Camera Raw (as found in Lightroom or perhaps using a Raw Smart Object in Photoshop). To get your image to Photoshop from Capture One, you have no choice but to process/output it as anything from a 16-bit TIFF to an 8-bit PSD to, well, a few other file formats.
To be clear, exporting your raw file from Capture One to Photoshop can work, but you lose all your Capture One adjustments to the file when you do; it's essentially starting over.
Upload Your EIP and Email Me a Download Link
Your EIP will be a a lot larger than a downsampled JPEG, of course, so you will need to upload it to wherever you prefer (Dropbox, for example) and then email me a link to download it. Please enclose your name and contact information as well, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. (I strongly recommend against trying to email me the EIP directly, as mailbox quotas will be breached almost immediately, and I will never receive your file.)
What Does the Winner Get?
Well, how about a free download of the Fstoppers Joey Wright Swimwear Photography Tutorial — will that work? Good, because that's what the winner of the Capture One Retouch Challenge gets! Who picks the winner? Me, that's who. The stakes are high, and the contest is officially a go. Have at it, Capture One-ers!
Missed where to download the file? Just click here, no worries. Let's see what ya got, Capture One peeps!