Capture One RAW Editing Challenge. May!


What is Capture One RAW Editing Challenge?

Capture One Challenge is RAW editing contest where you can show your Capture One skills and win awesome prizes!
Each month I start a new Capture One RAW Editing Challenge. Basically, there will be 12 contests in 2019 with different RAW images and various prizes. And you can take part in all of them!

May Challenge!

May contest has a couple of features:
1. This month we have Sony and Fuji RAWs again!

If you’re a proud owner of the regular Capture One Pro – you can submit both images for the challenge!

2. In May we have jury voting!
Let me introduce these two noble persons:

David Eaton

David is a talented commercial & lifestyle photographer based on the South Coast.

Alexander Svet

A guy who has accidentally gained access to admin panel, so he has now added himself to the jury list.

May Challenge Prizes

In May I have prepared for you just awesome prizes:

First place:
A year of Prodibi Ultimate Plan subscription (worth $299.88) + Film and Portrait Styles Bundle (worth $134.18)

Prodibi plugin offers several unique features to improve your Capture One workflow:

  • Share images with your clients and get ratings back to your catalog or session
  • Auto-tag your photos with computer vision
  • Update your website or WordPress directly from Capture One

Learn more about Prodibi in my review.

Second Place

Exclusive Phase One Captive Jacket + two style sets of your choice

Third Place
Two style sets of your choice

Regarding everything else, the contest is the same:

1. Download RAW files and edit them solely in Capture One.

Feel free to apply any editing, but don’t forget, that you can edit images in Capture One only and winners provide EIP files of the edits, so I can share them with all of you!
Learn more on how to create EIP files in Capture One.

To download images enter your email below and you’ll receive a link to the RAW files.

2. Upload edited images here.


File Requirements
File format: JPG
File scale: 1200 px long edge
File size: 700 kb max
Color profile: sRGB
Your image will be published as soon as it would pass moderation; we’ll notify you of this.

3. The deadline is May 23st.

For May Challenge you have one week to edit the images.
On the 30th of May, I’ll announce the winners!

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April Challenge Winners

It’s always hard to make a choice, but I was guided by essential criteria:
Your editing should develop image potential.

That’s a basic idea which some of the photographers misinterpret. You might significantly adjust image color and exposure or affect them just a bit. This is not a thing you should care about. What you really need to think of is how your editing develops the image potential.

To better understand my point here, imagine the grading scale from 1 to 10 where:

  • 1 is an image which usually taken by a stranger on a street when you ask them to take a picture of you. Broken focus, broken composition, broken belief in humanity.
  • 10 is a masterpiece. An image you wish to have seen how it was taken. Like to jump into a time-traveling machine, look over the shoulder of your favorite photographer at the moment of shooting and think “Yep, that’s a 10”.
  • Some regular nice images lay between 5-7 marks on this scale.

Now, here is the thing – editing is capable of leveling up your image up to 1-3 marks. Some poor image might become an “ok” one with well-made editing. A nice image might become a good one.
But if you have a nice 5 mark photograph, even some incredible editing would get you only up to 8 marks in the best case. That’s a limit and you have to face it. If you would try to get to 9 or 10 marks with the editing – you will ruin the picture. Your picture will just look fake.

The images I offer for Capture One Challenges have 4-5 marks on this scale, so they have the potential to get to a 7th mark with the right editing skills. Keeping this in mind, you can get the maximum from an image.
This is one of the ideas I wish you to pick up from the challenges – you have to thoughtfully evaluate images you’re working with.
Don’t try to create some amazing images from common shots. Learn to create good images from routine shots and great images from good shots. Practice this and at the moment you would take an 8 mark picture, you will be able to edit a masterpiece.

So, time to announce the winners!

The first prize goes to… Robert Mason!

I just love how Robert tweaked color here and used chromatic contrast to develop the image rhythm!

The second place was taken by Johan Werbrouck with this perfect retelling of a mystic story using the image atmosphere.

The picture was a bit oversharpened and the halos do not look really good, but the overall depth of the editing is simply stunning.

The third prize goes to Yann Cloitre with his Autumnal Serenity work:

That’s a perfect example of an accurate development of image potential!

In the next few days, I’ll contact all the winners and send them their prizes!

The May Challenge is ahead, stay tuned and follow the contest news on AlexOnRAW Newsletter, on our Facebook and Twitter!

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January, February and March Challenge Winners

You can find January, February and March Challenge Winners and RAW file in the contest’s archive.


About Author

Alexander Svet – Professional photographer and photography instructor. Phase One Certified Professional and Capture One beta tester.