Exposure

Exponering / Local Adjustment / Ljusstyrka / Kontrast / Mättnad

Use the Capture One Exposure Tool Tab to adjust exposure, contrast, brightness, saturation, levels and clarity.

Managing Exposure

  1. Press the Exposure Warning icon (see circled) to highlight areas of an image that may be overexposed.
    A (default) red color will fill any areas that may be burnt out. (Find out how to change the Exposure warning settings).
  2. Use the High Dynamic Range tool tool to help recover loss of detail in highlights and shadow areas.
    The Highlight and Shadow slider will also affect all colors and shades.
    Start by trying to carefully recover the information (pixels) hidden in the highlights and then gently adjust the shadow tones. The Exposure tool will change the appearance of colors.
  3. Use Local Adjustments to alter the exposure if there are specific areas of an image that are overexposed.

Tip: The Exposure tool will change the appearance of colors. Tones will often appear over saturated but this can be remedied by reducing the Saturation Slider value appropriately.

Video: Exposure Warning

Learn about exposure warnings in this video tutorial. (Click on the image to the right). Use the Exposure Warning tool in Capture One Pro 7 to adjust exposure, contrast, brightness and saturation.

Adjust Exposure

  1. Go to the Exposure tool in the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. Use the exposure slider to adjust the value up or down.

Note: This slider is calibrated to provide a range of +/- 2.5 stops. It adjusts the exposure in a similar way to the controls on a camera.

Adjust Contrast, Brightness and Saturation

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the Exposure tool, adjust the Contrast slider to the right to increase contrast throughout the image. Move it to the left to decrease contrast.
  3. The Exposure tool also incorporates a Brightness slider that will primarily affect the mid-tones of an image. Move the slider to the left to increase mid-tone contrast or to the right to lighten shadow areas and reduce contrast.
  4. Adjust the Saturation slider to increase or decrease the saturation of an image.

Adjust High Dynamic Range Images

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the High Dynamic Range tool, use the Shadow slider to adjust dark areas and the Highlight slider for bright and over exposed areas.
  3. The Auto adjust button (A) will provide a good starting point. (Press the A icon).

Video: HDR Tool

Learn about the High Dynamic Range (HDR) tool in this video tutorial. (Click on the image to the right).
With the HDR tool in Capture One Pro 7, you can bring out even more details in the shadows and highlights. This tool helps you to perfect high-contrast scenes by recovering blown out highlights and opening up dark shadows.

Adjust Input Levels Pro

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the Levels tool, use the Auto (A) function or adjust by pulling the low/mid/highlight points.
  3. If necessary, press Red, Green or Blue to access and adjust separate R, G and B channels.

Adjust Input Levels Using Shadow and Highlight Picker Pro

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the Levels tool, select the Shadow Picker (see highlighted in orange) and click on a dark area of your image in the Viewer.
  3. Select the Highlight Picker and click on a bright area of your image in the Viewer.
  4. In the Levels tool, use the Auto (A) function or adjust by pulling the low/mid/highlight points.
  5. If necessary, press Red, Green or Blue to access and adjust separate R, G and B channels.

Adjust Curves Pro

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the Curve tool, click on the diagonal line to set some points, then pull/push the curve line.
  3. You can also add points by selecting the Curve Point Picker and clicking on different areas of your image in the Viewer.

Tip: Press the Manage Presets icon and use a Built-in Preset as a starting point.

Learn advanced Curve tool techniques.

Note: Levels are used to control the overall tonal distribution of an image. Curves enables users to remap the area within the shadow and highlight limits that are set by the Levels tool.

Video: The Clarity Tool

Understand how to use the Clarity tool in Capture One Pro 7 in this video tutorial. (Click on the image to the right). The enhanced Clarity tool in Capture One Pro 7 can improve hazy images by adjusting local contrast. The tool now allows negative clarity values, which helps smooth out local contrast in portrait images.

Adjust Clarity – Neutral

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the Clarity tool, select Neutral from the Method drop down menu.
  3. A positive value on the Clarity slider will provide increased contrast and a negative value will decrease contrast and sharpness.

Tip 1: A positive value on the Clarity slider helps to reduce haze. This effect is particularly affective when applied to landscape imagery.
Tip 2: A negative value on the Clarity slider creates a softening effect that is particularly affective when applied to a portrait image to smooth out skin tones.

Adjust Clarity – Punch

  1. Go to the Exposure Tool Tab.
  2. In the Clarity tool, select Punch from the Method drop down menu.
  3. A positive value on the Clarity slider will provide increased contrast and also boost color saturation. A negative value will decrease contrast.
  4. Adjust the Structure slider to increase the definition to local areas of an image. The effect can increase edge sharpness in particular.

Tip: Clarity can also be applied as a Local Adjustment.

Note: The effect of the Clarity tool depends on the image it is applied to. In principle, using a positive value with the Neutral Clarity slider preserves color, increases contrast and reduces haze. A positive value from the Punch Clarity slider increases contrast, reduces haze and boosts color saturation, which gives an image more ‘Punch’. The effect of increasing the Structure slider (value) is particularly noticeable when applied to images that feature complex structures such as a tree where the branch and twigs stand out and become more pronounced.

 

Saturation

Decreasing the saturation will ultimately turn an image black and white. This in turn will change the histogram from RGB to monochrome although the image will remain in a RGB color space as chosen by the output color space. This tool uses ‘intelligent saturation’ so it does more than simply affect normal saturation values. The positive values (attained when the slider is moved to the right) are comparable to what third party software often refers to as Vibrance. Vibrance is gentler to the skin tones and will be able to enhance, for instance, a blue sky without over-saturating the rest of the image. The negative values represent regular saturation settings.

Video Tutorial - Exposure

Peter Eastway demonstrates how to adjust exposure and High Dynamic Range to get the most out of raw files.