You can adjust the quality of your optics in the Lens tool Tab. In this video, instructor Derrick Story shows how to use the Lens Correction tool to improve images in Capture One Pro 12.
- [Instructor] Shooting architecture is one of those times where I want to get the most out of my lens. And up here in the lens tool tab we have a panel called lens correction that can help us with that, help us get every last drop of quality out of our lenses. Now, Capture One Pro is really good about identifying the lens that you're working with, and if it has a lens profile for it, it will show up right here under lens profile. And you can see that in this case I'm using a Panasonic 12 to 35 mm zoom lens, and Capture One Pro knows this lens so it automatically identifies it and does some initial corrections for me right away, which I think is really nice. Now all of this works when you're shooting raw files, so if you want to get the most out of your lens, if you want to do lens corrections, and especially if you're shooting architecture, then that is the situation that you want to shoot raw and give Capture One Pro every opportunity to give you the best quality image possible. Now automatically it will correct for chromatic aberration, and it will work with distortion too, and you can see that it's hiding distorted areas and setting distortion to 100 which is the default setting for lens correction with this application. So we're off to a great start, but it can do more. For example if you've stopped down the lens a bit, in this case we stopped down to f/8, which doesn't sound like a lot, but when you're shooting with micro four thirds, generally speaking, you're at the other end of the aperture range, shooting around f/2.8 f/4, maybe f/5.6. Once you start getting up into eight, eleven, and sixteen with a micro four thirds lens, you're going to start to get some diffraction and we can correct for that right here. Now when you're shooting with a DSLR lens, then we're looking at 11, 16, and 22, when you really want to think about correcting the diffraction that's caused by stopping down the aperture that small. In that case, when you're around those aperture ranges and you're shooting something like architecture I would go ahead and check this box here, and then enter 100 in sharpness, and two things will happen. It will help with diffraction, and then by entering 100 in sharpness you'll also, I'm going to go ahead and do that right now, hit tab to enter that, and then you'll also help with some of the corner softness that may happen as a result of, you know, optical imperfection. And the 100 setting seems to work just fine, I don't think you need to jack it up much beyond that. Now another thing that can happen, you can have a little light fall off on the corners, and you might not notice it at first, until you come over here and play with the slider, and then you can see "oh yeah", and in this case, if I back it off to right about in here, then I get a nice even lighting all the way across the board so any light falloff that may have happened as a result of using this particular lens will be corrected here as well. So this is really a terrific panel because it can help you with CA which would be any of the purple fringing along a line, especially an item that's strongly backlit, helps you with diffraction correction when you're starting to stop down your lens, to get that extended depth of field which can happen in architecture. It helps you with distortion, lens distortion, corner softness, and then off course light falloff. All of this in one panel. Now if your lens doesn't show up under the profile list here, you can always go to straight generic, or generic pincushion distortion, and work with those. You still get some correction, although the ideal situation is if you have a lens that's identified by the application, then you can do the most work in the lens correction panel. Really a terrific tool, especially when shooting architecture.
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