I’ve been slowly but surely pruning back my collection of art books. It is truly amazing what 6+ years of hoarding monographs can do to a person’s bookshelves. While sifting, I found this book of Danish artist Per Kirkeby’s etchings that I lusted over and finally splurged on when I was studying printmaking at the University of Nebraska. At the time, I was obsessed with the intricacies of creating and employing a personal abstract language in my prints. In hindsight, I find myself stuck between the clear cut boundaries of conceptual art that I incorporated into my practice in grad school and the nuanced, detailed “views of the personal interior” that I see in Kirkeby’s work.
As a heatwave continues to sweep across Southern California (estimated 126°F in Death Valley!), I’ve been hiding out in my darkened studio space and processing RAW files. I need something to do in order to avoid the sun so a RAW conversion software comparison seems appropriate. My tool of choice for RAW conversion has always been Adobe Lightroom and I’ve been a steadfast user since version 2.0. However, during my time working as a digital capture tech of sorts at my last job, I became aware of the strengths and possibilities of processing in CaptureOne Pro from PhaseOne.
For those folks who are unfamiliar with CaptureOne Pro, it is a RAW conversion package has typically been used by pro photographers that have fancy medium-format PhaseOne digital backs on their Hasselblads, 4X5 view cameras, or on PhaseOne’s DSLR bodies. I picked up CaptureOne Pro and started learning its intricacies via the CaptureU online training series.
Anyway, in this instance, I’m going to compare two identical RAW files from my Canon 5DMKII, one processed in Lightroom the other in C1 Pro. I’m using the latest version of Lightroom 4 (4.4) and the latest version of C1 Pro (7.1.3).
Both pieces of software offer auto modes that are intended to give a quick enhancement to images. For some reason, I love to see what the software “thinks is right” before I dive into an edit (maybe I just love clicking buttons, after all). I’ve decided to see how they stack up… My methodology is by no means comprehensive or scientific, and I’m just pulling in a RAW file, choosing auto mode for every correction I can and then exporting a JPG @ 75% quality to see what we end up with.
One should never be in such a hurry that pausing to commune with the perfect Japanese Maple tree is not possible…
Become as nondescript as possible. My goal is to be as forgettably vague as a mid-90s Buick skylark.
Photograph the “work trucks” of LA. There are generally two types of vehicles on the road in Los Angeles: luxury sedans driven ny the affluent and the small trucks driven by the everyday workers.