Capture One Pro – Low Key


Continuing my learning curve with Capture One Pro I am amazed at the amount of control over an image I have available. Now at version 11 of this software from Phase One, the software become better with each release while still maintaining incredible speed on my 5-year-old mac.

A quick capture of some images of Tulips bought from the supermarket. Using only window light from the right-hand side and a plain ‘Mocha Brown’ wall with poor light shadows.

The light hitting the background looked wrong, with window light coming in from the right, the background was set back a couple of feet causing the right-hand side of the background to be much darker than the left-hand side. The Tulip was receiving a good light from the window and lit well on the right-hand side. My other problem was the light itself, a cloudy day, but late afternoon and had a yellow tinge.

The images looked ok(ish) in live view and I knew how I wanted the final images to look and knew I would be doing the post-processing to get what I wanted.

Firstly was to correct the white balance, and also reduce the vibrancy of the colours, The greens and pinks were separately lowered in saturation. An adjustment layer was added with a left to right gradient mask, and the exposure lowered to make the left-hand side darker, the colour saturation was also lowered.

A further adjustment layer was added this time with a short gradient from the bottom, to fade out the stem of the tulip by reducing the exposure.

The overall exposure of the image was taken down a touch and an adjustment to the curve to render the background to near black. Finally, a little clarity was added and a further adjustment layer with some slight highlights increased on the tulip.

The before and after images can be seen below.



Garden Photography from visart

Garden Photography | Deep Red Osteospermum

You love your garden and the flowers, plants and produce your garden presents you with. Garden Photography from visart  can have your plants, flowers and produce captured in finely detailed photographic images.

Your chosen images can be turned into prints to display in your home,  greeting cards to send to friends and family, a luxury photo book, or for use in your own website or blog.


Garden Photography in your own garden

Garden photographer Andy Sears is a qualified ‘Licentiate’ member of The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.  Andy is based in Graveley, Hitchin offers garden photography in and around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire both in the studio and also on-site in your own garden. Whether you require a single image for a print or a complete set capturing various plant and flower and views of your garden.

Garden Photography using Nikon Camera and Sigma macro lensAll year round your garden changes with the seasons and whether your garden is offering spring bulbs, summer colour, autumn leaves or winter frosts, the seasons give it its own unique look. We can capture the characteristics of your garden during any season knowing the images taken will be completely unique.

Fully insured and using Nikon and Sigma digital SLR cameras and lenses we will treat your garden with the respect it deserves. We will capture the images and each image will be post processed using the latest Photoshop software to remove blemishes, correct colours and ensure your images and subject look their best. All images will be placed online allowing you to view and choose which images you require, these can also be supplied as printed proofs if you do not have access to view online.

We are able to capture full garden scenes, single blooms and even close up stunning macro images from the contents of your garden. In addition to visiting your own garden, we are also able to provide studio still life photography for produce, cut flowers, potted plants using controlled lighting and backgrounds. For more information on our studio still life photography please contact of your garden captured in fine detail.


If you are planning a project in your garden, we are able to provide before and after images, or maybe a set of images depicting your garden through the seasons as it matures and comes to life.



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