Capture One Pro 8 with new processing engine and more released

by JamesNYCSeptember 15. 2014 10:09

Capture One Pro 8 is the new version of PhaseOne’s professional RAW converter offering great image quality with accurate colours and detail from more than 300 medium-size and dSLR cameras – straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. The highly responsive tools give you the power to create stunning images from your camera’s RAW files, in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs. Capture One 8 is available in four versions: Pro, DB, Pro (for Sony) and Express (for Sony).

Capture One Pro 8 adds a number of features and improvements, focusing on improving the workflow of professional photographers. Application performance has been greatly improved. The user interface has been modernised and improved for greater usability. The new image-processing engine adds several new under-the-hood improvements to your images, while giving your even better control of your adjustments.

Image Quality Improvements

  • New Capture One 8 processing engine
  • Improved image quality of HDR (High Dynamic Range) tool
  • Improved image quality of local moiré suppression
  • Improved image quality of luminance noise reduction
  • Improved Black and White noise suppression and conversion quality
  • Natural Clarity method

Tethered Functionality

  • Live View Focus Meter for Phase One IQ and MamiyaLeaf Digital Backs
  • Live View Direct Capture
  • Live View Depth of Field preview
  • Live View Force Orientation
  • Customizable Live View window
  • Hot Folder for Catalogs
  • Tethered support for select Sony cameras

Creative Tools

  • Repair Layers for Cloning and Healing
  • Film Grain
  • Local White Balance
  • Local HDR
  • Local Noise Reduction
  • Local Purple Fringing
  • Target colors and other Curve tool improvements
  • Improved Skin Tone Editor

Digital Asset Management

  • Hierarchical Keywords
  • Synchronization of Catalog folders
  • Differentiated Import between Catalogs and Sessions
  • Export Collection as Catalog
  • Import Catalogs
  • Session and Catalog Templates
  • Refined Metadata editing
  • Metadata editing in the Filters tool
  • Import from Apple Aperture

Performance

  • Faster loading of catalogs
  • Faster thumbnail browsing and smoother scrolling
  • Faster importing
  • Faster processing
  • Faster preview generation for Canon and Nikon files
  • Faster tethered shooting
  • Scalable OpenCL support (utilisation of all available GPUs)
  • Improved and modernized user interface
  • Batch Chromatic Aberration analysis
  • Extended AppleScript (Mac) support for capturing, processing, documentcreation and collection management
  • Layer Selection Points
  • Original Crop aspect ratio
  • Freehand rotation in the Crop tool
  • Click-to-view in Browser
  • Tips Overlay

Camera File Support

  • Phase One IQ150
  • Leaf Credo 50 (Improved colors)
  • Nikon D810
  • Sony A7S
  • Sony RX100 III
  • Sony A77 II
  • Sony A5100
  • Sony NEX-VG20
  • Sony NEX-VG30
  • Sony NEX-VG900
  • Sony QX-1
  • Sony A560
  • Sony A290
  • Sony A37
  • Fujifilm X30 (preliminary)

Camera Tethered Support

  • Phase One IQ150
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Sony A7, A7R and A7S
  • Sony A99 and A77 II
  • Sony a5000 and a6000

System Requirements

Capture One may run on other and older equipment than what’s listed below but to ensure the best possible results we recommend that your computer conforms to the following specifications:

Microsoft Windows minimum requirements

  • Intel CoreTM 2 Duo or better
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of free hard disk space
  • Color calibrated monitor with 1280×800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi screenruling
  • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8® 64-bit
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.2 (will be installed if not present)
  • A PDF reader is needed to read the Release Notes
  • An Internet connection is needed when activating Capture One.

Apple Mac minimum requirements

  • Intel CoreTM 2 Duo or better
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of free hard disk space
  • Calibrated color monitor with 1280×800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • An Internet connection is needed when activating Capture One.

Recommended system requirements

Working with high-resolution images and doing calculation heavy adjustments may put too much pressure on the minimum requirements system to work properly. In such cases and to optimize performance, please follow the recommendations below:

  • Use processors with multiple cores, e.g. Intel Core i7TM or better
  • Have 16 GB of RAM or more
  • Leave plenty of hard disk space free for your images
  • A fast hard disk e.g. a Solid State Disk (SSD)
  • A fast Graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD, e.g. AMD Radeon 7950 (Mac) / AMD R9 290 (Win) or newer, with minimum 2GB RAM. We recommend using the Mac Pro (late 2013) containing the dual AMD D700 GPU

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LEAF introduces a new 50-megapixel CMOS - Leaf Credo 50

by JamesNYCSeptember 8. 2014 10:24

The Leaf Credo 50, from Mamiya Leaf, is the latest medium-format shooter to feature a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. As such, the new digital back follows in the footsteps of recently-released devices like the Phase One IQ250, Hasselblad H5D-50c and Pentax 645Z, by boasting a versatile wide ISO range, improved Live View, and faster continuous shooting than its predecessors.

The 50-megapixel medium-format (44 x 33 mm) CMOS sensor at the heart of the Credo 50 is manufactured by Sony, and is understood to be the same one used in a number of rival cameras. In this case it's paired with a new image processor, to offer faster read and write speeds, and help produce highly detailed images with classic Leaf colors, which tend to be more film-like than many other digital cameras.

With an ISO range of 100 to 6,400, the new digital back should be capable of delivering the photographic goods in a variety of lighting conditions. Its 14-bit RAW files also have an expanded dynamic range of 14 stops. Though it's certainly no sports shooter, the Credo 50 is capable of firing off 1.2 frames per second, and its exposures can range from 1/10,000th of a second to an hour.

While the Credo 50 digital back will be available in a number of mounts for use with different camera bodies, its makers would probably rather you use it with a Mamiya/Phase One 645 DF+. On its rear is a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a 1.15-megapixel resolution. This can be used for improved Live View focus and framing, adjusting settings, as well as inspecting and editing shots.

As full-resolution RAW files can come in at around 50 MB, users might want to stock up on CompactFlash cards if shooting un-tethered. However, if studio-based tethered shooting is more your thing, you'll be pleased to know that the Credo 50 features FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 connectivity, and comes with Capture One software for image capture and editing. Unfortunately though, it lacks the built-in Wi-Fi of the Phase One IQ250.

The Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 digital back will be on show at Photokina 2014, and available later this month for US$27,000 or $31,000 as a system with a 645 DF+ body. There will also be a Wide-Spectrum back option for Near IR and UV imaging.

NEW SENSOR-NEW POSSIBILITIES

The new Leaf Credo 50 is the latest member to the very successful Credo line. It follows the course of delivering legendary image quality and by employing a new high-performance CMOS sensor, it brings high iso capabilities along with fast capture rate, high dynamic range and improved Live View performance.

HIGH RESOLUTION AND HIGH SPEED

The Leaf Credo uses high resolution SONY CMOS sensor with 50 Megapixel, measuring 44mm x 33mm. It can capture at 1.2 frames per second and provides an extended iso range of 100-6400 means more freedom in choosing locations, lighting conditions and capture parameters. For many photographers this means they no longer have to carry another camera for certain type of jobs.

UNCOMPROMISING IMAGE QUALITY

The Leaf Credo 50 delivers the stunning, film-like quality that has been Leaf’s trademark for many years. The new CMOS sensor delivers an unsurpassed 14 f-stops of dynamic range provides unmatched detail, richness of color, low noise and beautiful tonality.

HIGH QUALITY LIVE VIEW

The use of the new CMOS sensor allows for improved Live View image quality with faster refresh rate ald low noise at almost every lighting conditions.

LONG EXPOSURES

The New Leaf Credo 50 digital back can capture virtually noise free images with exposures of up to 1 hour long.

WIDE SPECTURM

The Leaf Credo 50 is available also in Wide-Spectrum version, where the standard IR-cut filter has been replaced with an optically corrected glass. This new back delivers amazingly clean detail in a wider wavelength range due to high NIR sensitivity, high iso capability and excellent long exposures performance. Read more about the WS backs.

CAPTURE ONE SOFTWARE

You are now able to leverage the unique features and workflow environment of Capture One workflow software to optimize and enhance your images, create web galleries and print contact sheets directly from the computer. Together, the Leaf Credo 50 and Capture One are essential tools in producing the results you expect The Leaf Credo 50 offers the best price-performance ratio of any high resolution, high iso single-shot capture device, enabling you to take your photography further by capturing the highest quality, single-shot images possible. The sensor provides the ability to record the finest detail, eliminating the need to use cumbersome multi-shot solutions.

TOTAL CONTROL FROM CAPTURE-TO-DELIVERY

The Leaf Credo 50 lets you shoot anywhere. Featuring a high resolution, touch 3.2” screen, enabling you t o view, inspect and edit your images under all kinds of challenging lighting conditions, both in-studio and outside, as well as offering a wide range of on-screen functions.

CAPTURE SPEEDS AS FAST AS 1.2 FRAMES PER SECOND

Providing the fastest image transfer speed through the use of advanced FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and UDMA CompactFlash technologies, the Leaf Credo 50 is built for speed.

 

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Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign Film directed by Steven Klein

by JamesNYCMay 26. 2014 21:34

A campaign film featuring the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, directed by Steven Klein and featuring Kate Moss.

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Capture One Pro Update: 7.2.1 Released

by JamesNYCMarch 30. 2014 02:02

This version of Capture One Pro Update: 7.2.1 is a service release providing support for a large number of new cameras, lenses, improvements and bug fixes. Read on for more details about the update. 

Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Enhanced color profiles for Phase One IQ250, Olympus E-M10 and Fujifilm X-E2.
  • Fixed an OpenCL related issue on the new Mac Pro with D300 and D500 graphics cards.
  • Fixed a number of live view issues on Mac and Windows.
  • Stitch AppleScript now supports the latest version of Photoshop.
  • Fixed an issue with Regenerate Previews on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue with Delete Permanently in sessions on Mac.
  • Fixed a couple of issues related to style management on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue occurring when shooting tethered to EIP on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue preventing renaming of files referenced by a UNC path on Windows.
  • Improved robustness of catalogs on Mac.

Camera File Support

  • Fujifilm X-T1, XQ1 and X-A1
  • Nikon D4s
  • Olympus E-M10
  • Pentax K-3
  • Sony A390, a3000 and NEX-5T

Lens Support

  • Canon: EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
  • Nikon Waterproof 1: NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6.
  • Sigma (Canon EF): 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A, 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro and 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro, 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro.
  • Sigma (Nikon F): 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF.
  • Sigma (Sony E): 60mm F2.8 DN | A.
  • Sony E: FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SEL2870).
  • Fixed lens cameras: Canon PowerShot G16, Canon PowerShot S120, Nikon COOLPIX P7700, Nikon COOLPIX P7800 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10.

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Maxim Magazine Sold to Restaurant Holding Company

by JamesNYCFebruary 28. 2014 01:02

We've seen this scenario several times over the last few years, and based upon our photographers experience in dealing with magazines in transition such as this; word to the wise: Make sure you get paid as soon as possible and get the money up front when ever possible.

Biglari Holdings Bought the Troubled Men's Title

Alpha Media Group has sold Maxim magazine to a subsidiary of Bilgari Holdings, a holding company that specializes in owning restaurants such as Steak 'n Shake, the companies said Thursday.

Maxim's current management team will continue to run the magazine and it will remain headquartered in New York.

Read the full post on Advertising Age.

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Trade up to the Professional Choice with a 30% discount this week

by JamesNYCNovember 24. 2013 01:32

Click here to buy      Download Capture One

Have you tried Capture One Pro 7, the Professional Choice in Imaging Software?

You may have tried Capture One Pro 7 as part of the 60 days free trial we are offering. We hope you had a chance to experience the great out of the box quality it offers you in your workflow as a professional photographer.
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Capture One Pro 7.1.5 released today

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 22:27

This is a service release providing additional OS support and few bug fixes. Mac Mavericks users now have a supported version. The important thing to remember is to disable App Nap for Capture One Pro 7.1.5 on the mac by clicking on the Application, choose File > Get Info then checking "Prevent App Nap". As always, understand that this is a new release - so there is a possibility of bugs and kinks. Also keep in mind that Mavericks is yet another variable to throw in to the mix. Our tech team will test this release more extensively and relay our technical support. Stay tuned to our blog as we have further developments. 
 
OS Support
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (App Nap must be disabled)
  • Windows 8.1
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with Chinese folder names on Mac
  • Fixed a Windows stability issue on certain hardware/software configurations
  • Fixed a "few additional issues"

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Capture One Pro Alert: 7.1.4 Released

by JamesNYCSeptember 16. 2013 02:00

This is a service release providing bug fixes and additional camera and lens support. One new feature to highlight is the ability to disable default lens correction.

Functionality

  • Option to disable default lens correction.
  • Spot tool introduced in Capture One Express 7

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a number of stability issues.
  • Fixed a number of LCC issues some related to EIP.
  • Fixed some issues related to sorting.
  • Fixed a large number of minor issues across the board.

Camera Support

  • Tethered support for Nikon D7100 and D5200.
  • File support for Fujifilm X-M1.
  • File support for Olympus PEN E-P5.
  • File support for Richo GR
  • File support for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R and DSC-RX100 II.

Lens Support

  • Phase One MF 120mm f/4 Macro.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Phase One Digital AF 150mm f/2.8 IF.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Schneider Kreuznach LS 240mm f/4.5 and LS 150mm f/3.5.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Mamiya Sekor LS 240mm f/4.5, Sekor LS 150mm f/3.5 and Sekor AF 150mm f/2.8 IF D
  • Mamiya Sekor 120mm f/4.0 AF Macro, Sekor 120mm f/4.0 MF Macro, Sekor LS 240mm f/4.5, A 200mm f/2.8 APO, A 300mm f/2.8 APO, A 500mm f/4.5 APO.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
  • Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-M.
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8 ED, AF-S NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED, Nikon AF NIKKOR 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D IF, Nikon AF NIKKOR 35-70mm f/2.8D, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED.
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7.
  • Pentax SMC-DA 15mm F4 Al Limited, SMC-DA 21mm F3.2 Al Limited, SMC-FA 43mm F1.9
  • Limited, SMC-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited, SMC-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR.
  • Sigma 19mm f2.8 EX DN (Sony E).
  • Nikon COOLPIX A.
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX100 II.

 

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Import of Adobe Lightroom catalogs on Mac and Windows (beta)

 

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Adobe rethinks their Suscription model specific to Photographers

by JamesNYCSeptember 6. 2013 04:02

Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program

The Photoshop Photography Program will be available during the week of September 16, 2013

During today's keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe is showcasing how photography workflows will evolve to take advantage of an increasingly connected world. This includes a tour of how easy it is today to use Creative Cloud to make your content and creations available anywhere, plus the power of Behance to showcase work. We also highlight some of the exciting new technologies that we're working on for Photoshop CC and Lightroom; our roadmap for making our photography products even more connected; and a peek at how we're planning to bring advanced Adobe digital imaging technology to mobile devices. You'll see these products and services become available in the not too distant future.

Throughout this week at Photoshop World, we're demoing some great digital imaging innovation and I hope you're as excited as we are about what's available today and what's coming soon, thanks to our talented teams of engineers.

Since introducing Photoshop CC, we've listened to feedback from a spectrum of our customers, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts. One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers. Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. And here is a list of prices for the major regions outside of the US – keep in mind that these prices are exclusive of VAT/local taxes which vary by country.

North America                                       $9.99 USD

European Union                                     €9.99 EUR

EMEA non-EU                                        $9.99 USD

Australia/New Zealand                           $9.99 AUD

Asia Pacific                                            $9.99 USD

Latin America                                         $9.99 USD

Japan                                                    ¥1,000 JPY

UK                                                         £7.14 GBP

This offer will be available the week of September 16th at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2.  Visit the FAQ to learn more.

Beware Facebook's New Terms of Service

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 13:05

ASMP just sent a mass email to all subscribers alerting all of us to Facebooks new terms of service.

Facebook has just claimed the right to use or sell your identity, your content and your data without limit. They have nuked their own privacy policy, removing the right for you to keep anything private.

Download FB TOS as of Sept 05 2013

Proposed Updates to our Governing Documents

Facebook has asked for comments. They can be posted here.

 

Here is a link to information posted by ASMP

 

Here’s the most important language (strikethrough indicates language that is being removed. Bold text is used to indicate the new additions).

You can use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related that content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us, subject to the limits you place. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.

The Section-by-Section Summary of Updates takes pains to claim that Facebook has the right to collect and make use of data that it finds “when you are using Fcebook or when Facebook is running.” This probably gives Facebook a license to collect, use, share and sell most of your web browsing (unless you are running software to block cookies) and much of what your mobile phone is gathering, such as your location, phone calls, etc.

They are already collecting a lot of this information. The screenshot below is from my Facebook feed a few hours after I did a search for a hotel in Reston on a totally unrelated site. Facebook is already collecting, using and selling this kind of information. They are now asking for irrevokable permission to continue, and to add your photos to the mix.

As with the Instagram Terms of Use, I believe that Facebook is asking for open-ended permission here that does not serve the needs of users. This is an overly broad agreement that shifts the control over a person or company’s content and identity too far into the hands of Facebook.

Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. - Booker T. Washington

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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