Tell it with colors

Introducing Capture One 21

The editing software to unleash the power of color

What is the power of color? It’s a question that has driven the evolution of our photo editing software – and why we’ve pushed the boundaries of color editing and reproduction since 2003. To explore the potential of the newest Capture One, we challenged pro photographers to harness a color to tell us about their world.

The Red Story


Solaris by Michelle Watt

During the COVID pandemic, New York-based fashion photographer Michelle Watt found herself on the other side of the country as fires ravaged California. Her series is inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris.

“A woman is trapped on a spaceship orbiting a mysterious planet, which triggers simulations of herself and her past. Are these figures real, or in her mind?”

Far from her studio, Michelle used one model and a DIY set in a deserted office space. “It’s inspired by my experience of the pandemic – I paused my life in New York to be with family in San Francisco. Amidst wildfires and social tension, I feel alienated and trapped while the outside world feels toxic. New and old versions of myself collide as I struggle to embrace the new normal.”

“Red is heat that stands strong even when the air is cold. It is the feeling in your heart that someone you love is nearby, even when in real life they are far away. Red is sometimes unbearable. If blue is protection, red is strength.”

- Michelle Watt

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Michelle Watt – The Red Shoot

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The oldest color.

Humans have been telling stories with red since the beginning of time. It’s the first color newborn babies see – and the first color we used to create art on ancient cave walls. It represents all our most powerful feelings, like rage or love. And from Coca Cola to Netflix, brands love using red to stand out. Red even makes our hearts beat faster – making it one of the most powerful colors of all.

The Green Story

Eat your greens by Maciek Miloch

Still life and food photographer Maciek Miloch created this playful series about his coping mechanism during the COVID pandemic – comfort food.  

“Green usually means healthy eating – I gave it a twist and made it represent candy. The photos also portray a mashup of home office and food settings, which began to blend for me as I worked more from home.”   

With Poland in lockdown and stores closed, the Warsaw-based creative worked with just two collaborators and relied on his personal collection of vintage items to give the shoot a retro-inspired feel. Maciek also created a DIY set by painting his workspace different shades of green with gold and copper tones.  

“When the pandemic first hit, I felt paralyzed – but slowly my creative thinking returned. This shoot was about being creative with what’s available.” 

“I was afraid of green – it took me out of my comfort zone. The human eye can identify more nuances of green than with any other color,  so I had to get it exactly right.  But ultimately I find it a hopeful color, vibrant and positive.” 

Maciek Miloch

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Maciek Miloch – The Green Shoot

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Green – the complicated color

With almost 30 shades, humans can see green better than any other color. It’s what helped our ancestors identify different plants – and why visual creatives must work hard to get the exact tone right. Green is often linked with good health, but it can also kill – in the 19th century, people died after wearing popular green dyes made from arsenic. But with its connection to nature, green will always be a powerful symbol of new life and the protection of our planet.  

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Capture One 21

A powerful color engine. And beyond.

A revolutionary Speed Edit tool. A Dehaze slider for the clearest possible picture. And with new color profiles, even the faintest hues look exactly as they did when you captured the image.