Chip Happens

Chip Happens, SXSW 2017 - Austin, Texas

Chip Happens, SXSW 2017 – Austin, Texas

If you’ve followed along the last week or so, you know I’ve created and posted several black and white portraits, which I photographed during this year’s SXSW festival. I shot Becky and Coop with that intention. The actual JPEG exposure was not ideal and as I worked the RAW file, I discovered the color version was far more appealing.

What resulted kind of reminded me of a movie poster, which is apropos, because these guys are actually promoting an upcoming movie. I didn’t know that at the time. I just made a few quick exposures and I was on my way, taking in the rest of the SXSW transformed 6th Street.

I later discovered that the local Voodoo Doughnut was converted into the D-Hole for the Chips movie promotion, which I read about here. I didn’t partake in the odd drinks and doughnut combination but I’m happy that I made this portrait.

Incidentally, I’m using my new Capture One based software workflow for a while, continuing to make the switch from Apple’s Aperture. I’m getting great results processing my images with tools not available in Aperture. This is one of the resulting images. I’ll talk about post-production with Capture One, in an upcoming post.

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4 thoughts on “Chip Happens

  1. Hi,

    I’m happy yo hear that you’ll be writing about your Capture One experience soon. I”m just in the middle of a Aperture replacement search and would really like to hear what you have to say. I’ve held off on Capture One because of the price, but it seems the closest to Aperture in it’s DAM functions which is what I really need. So any comments on that aspect as well as ease of exporting would be most helpful.


    1. Hi Rene, thanks for your visit and comment.

      I haven’t tried all the photo management/editing programs out there, but certainly compared to Lightroom, Capture One is a lot more similar to Aperture 3.

      Capture One, at least for me, has done a decent job of importing Aperture Libraries too. The virtual layer of folders and projects above the file system is what makes Capture One and Aperture 3 similar. It’s something that Lightroom does not have.

      I also don’t like Lightroom’s modal interface where there is a Library module and Develop Module etc. Capture One is integrated into one like Aperture.

      The import process and going through the photos on Capture One seems slower than Aperture, however. It’s not a deal breaker for me. I have a 5K Retina iMac. My boot drive and application is on a SSD but my library is on an external USB 3 drive.

      The RAW processing and image manipulation is much better on Capture One, for the most part. There’s no skin smoothing, in Capture One, that I’m aware of. I also read, but have not personally verified that Capture One’s RAW processing is superior to Lightroom.

      I hope this helps.

      1. Hi,

        Thanks for your response. It pretty much affirms what I’ve been reading and hearing about Capture One, so that is actually quite helpful. As you know, one can’t always trust what you read in reviews and comments, but I do respect your opinion.

        I’ve also been looking at ON1 and Affinity, as well as several others, which are more reasonable in price, but they all seem to have some other flaw/issue I don’t like.


      2. Yeah, Capture One is pricy. You can google to find 10% off, which I did. I heard, once in a while, there are larger discounts available. I decided not to wait and start my new catalog at the beginning of the year.

        Also, I liked the RAW conversion results I was getting so much that it encouraged me to move away from Aperture 3.

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