Today we will talk about the Styles for Capture One Pro, in particular the “Essential Styles” package. We will analyze what this software package offers and how it can be used in the development of your photographs. This package is a weighted collection of the styles of the other packages. It is proposed as the only solution to try a little bit of everything with a minimum expense compared to the purchase of all the Phase One Styles
Among the many RAW development software it stands out Capture One Pro (the software of Phase One) which, unlike the competition, is an “all inclusive” solution designed to allow full file management up to the final print on paper.
The spearhead of Capture One Pro is the color management, many fine adjustments can be made with extremely selective controls. Through these adjustments it is possible to correct all unwanted dominants and add them according to your taste.
With the package Essential Styles it will be possible to have a “complete picture” of what Phase One styles offer. In this package they are included four selected styles from packages Cinematic, Matte, Seasonal e B&W. This gives the world to introduce, with minimal expense, many effects in our photos with minimal effort.
Essential Styles: what does it offer?
Thanks to Essential Styles it is possible to have access to the most used styles for Capture One Pro that Phase One has released over time. These then offer many creative possibilities to photographers who want to include this package in their workflow. At the price of 69 € + VAT, Essential Styles offers 16 preset selected. We can therefore range from a cinematic effect, to a matte effect, to go on a black and white or even take the color of a particular season of the year.
Below we show you the effect of these presets on a photograph:
We had already seen the rendering of these presets in outline in the various individual packages. The beauty, however, is having a wide and careful selection. It is clear that in Phase One’s mind there is the purpose of offering a wide selection of the best it has to offer. A collection that is certainly aimed at amateurs who are attentive to spending. The philosophy remains unchanged: just one click to have in an instant a yield otherwise obtainable with a lot of effort and patience.
The collection of “mixed” presets for Capture One Pro
“Essential Styles” is Phase One’s package that is a bit of an all-rounder. Thanks to it it is possible to have a 360 ° view on the world of Phase One presets. We go from having an excellent black and white, to “opaque”, “cinematic” and “seasonal” renders. Certainly a great help for those who want to have a little bit of everything on hand without spending too much money. Of course, even to “try” is fine.
- The black and white presets supplied are 4 of the “Black & White Styles” package and offer 2 presets with “clean” rendering and two presets with “film” rendering.
- Then we have 4 presets taken from “Cinematic Styles“, Phase One has selected the ones that have proved to be the most appreciated and used by photographers all over the world.
- We then have 4 other presets from the “Matte Styles”. This package, among those I tried, is subjectively the one I appreciated the most. The matte rendering in some genres is truly priceless.
- Finally there are also 4 presets taken from the “Seasonal Styles“. Which opens the doors of this package to portrait painters as well.
And therefore it is easy to understand how this package is aimed mainly at the amateur photographer who wants to try everything a little, or to those who practice many different genres but do not want to invest too much in post production software. A very well structured package that provides an excellent base to start your own post production and / or pave the way for the finer tweaks thanks to the advanced features of Capture One Pro. All this in just a few clicks, so you exponentially speed up your workflow!
Essential Styles: the all-round package for amateurs too
Usually an amateur does not live on photography alone. Indeed often for the latter it is only an expense. For this reason many aim to have the best value for money link in the long chain necessary for the realization of their photographs. This package represents a valid option for all those who want to follow this reasoning: it is the collection of presets with the best value for money among the available Phase One options.
Furthermore, this package could also be of interest to professionals who are attentive to spending. Maybe before buying the other packages they want to test their actual validity by going beyond the “free” packages that Phase One makes available.
The strong point of this software package is the heterogeneity of the available presets. It manages to be a tool capable of correcting / modifying / altering your photos in a simple click. We highly recommend it to anyone who wants to approach the world of Capture One Pro presets with a minimum and “effective” expense.
You can buy the package at this address. We also recommend that you visit the Phase One website for more information.
Points in favor
- Variety of presets
- Package quality
- Speed of use
- Ability to stack multiple presets
- Package that was created to be used also alone
- Great for those who practice many different genres
- Cost perhaps a little high, but certainly justified