I was a PL3 & PL4 user for a while, then made the move to Capture One. I have to say that it suits me from a workflow and output results perspective, but I have been having problems that CO have been unable to resolve so I am trying to make the transition to PL6.
My problem with PL6 is that I am struggling to achieve the same style of output as with CO. I’m not saying that output is the the best and only version, nor that it is the only way a particular image can be processed, but comparing with a CO processed image is a start point.
I find PL6’s Highlights difficult as it seems to affect the whole image very quickly, making it very muddy. So it seems to me that it can only really be used with a mask of some sort. I am also finding that PL6 adjustments (of many types) seem to get more aggressive, more quickly. As a silly example, CO’s Clarity on full setting produces unsatisfactory results on most images - but PL’s seems to totally destroy it. Now, you may say, if you use 10 on CO then use 5 on PL6 - but that does not seem to work as well. By comparison, my PL6 images seem more colourful (not overall saturated, but, say, the yellow of the hillside scrub vegetation is more of a green colour, without me having made that type of adjustment) and is generally more ‘crunchy’.
Now, please, this is not a CO vs PL debate (though it looks like it could have been) - but it is the only way I can explain in words the problems I am having. I’m not criticising PL6 at all, but I, personally, am having problems making the transition.
Can anyone offer any general guidance and also, can you direct me to any tutorials on how to tackle an image (and not those on youtube that spend more time telling us about what they have, how good they are and then finish off by saying casually that they prefer X over Y).