Renowned wedding photographer Jeff Ascough is a busy man. He attends 30 weddings a year around the world with his camera, capturing the special moments of loved ones. Like with any other photographer, time and quality are of the essence for Jeff. So why settle for plug-ins that are both expensive and time consuming when you really only need one software to process everything?

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Jeff used to use Lightroom along with plug-ins to process his B&W images, but switched back to Capture One Pro for its ability to deliver stunning black and white images. As an added bonus, no plug-ins are needed to create the right tonal range, so switching back to Capture One Pro resulted in a more coherent workflow saving Jeff valuable time while delivering images of the highest quality.

“That means if I’ve shot 30 weddings, then I’ve saved a month! Ask me how much that is worth…“ – Jeff Ascough, on switching back to Capture One Pro 7.

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 “When I used Lightroom, I needed plug-ins like Nik’s Silver Efex to get my black and whites looking good. The downside to plug-ins is that you always end up taking the image outside of the RAW software, editing it in the plug-in, and then bringing it back into the software just to get the results that you want.”

“The really cool thing with Capture One Pro 7 is that the black and white presets are exceptional — easily as good as any third party plug-in I’ve used. This allows me to stay in the software during the whole editing process. I can do my conversion, dodge and burn, alter contrast and add grain all in one place. The RAW image remains untouched until I export it, so I’m also achieving maximum image quality, which is important.”

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Seeing the world in black & white

“If I’m working in black & white I like to use the color editing tools to adjust different tones within the black & white image. Simply changing the tint of the original color image can alter the tones in the subsequent black and white image. With my portraiture this is a great way of enhancing flesh tones and make up, something which would be impossible to do in a traditional darkroom.”

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“With digital black and white, the problem is that you want it to look film based — as close as possible. You need to be able to crunch the tonal range and one problem is that a lot of raw software doesn’t allow you to control those tones — where you can produce sparkling images. Capture One Pro 7 brings you close to ideal black and white, then using curves and levels you can bring the highlights and shadows, and then with the brushes and gradients dodge and burn, and finally you have color editing tools that will specifically enhance tones if you want to go that deep.”

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All photographs are © Jeff Ascough and used with permission from the artist.