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As a fashion and beauty photographer, I shoot in the studio 70% of the time. I rarely shoot by myself but rely on a creative team – a fashion stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist, set designer, etc., and often there’s also a client. Shooting directly to Capture One on my computer using tethered capture means the team and client can make adjustments as we go – and I can focus on directing the model.

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I shoot with Fujifilm GFX 50S, which is a mirrorless medium format camera. As opposed to a typical DSLR, I can see the result of every single shot right after I snap it – in my camera’s viewfinder. It’s really convenient that I don’t have to look constantly back at the screen.

Capture One supports a range of Fujifilm Film Simulations like Fujifilm Provia and Fujifilm Velvia when working with Fujifilm RAF raw files.The different Film Simulations are available from the Curve drop-down menu in the Base Characteristics tool in the Color tool tab when working on an applicable Fujifilm RAF raw file. Capture One is a professional-grade photo editing software designed for pros and serious enthusiasts. It was first created with tethered image capturing in mind, but quickly branched out to a more full-fledged image processing program. Use File Import Catalog LightRoom Catalog and select the appropriate.lrcat file in the well named and sensible location you used to store the LR Catalog (eg Pictures LR to Capture 1) Problem: The RAW file is initially displayed by default in monochrome. Buy Capture One for Fujifilm The gold standard in photo editing software, made exclusive to Fujifilm cameras. Includes Fujifilm Film Simulations. Buy or subscribe today. The latest dot release for Capture One 12, that would be Capture One 12.1.5, supports a wider range of cameras than Capture One 12.0.0, for instance, or any previous dot releases for this version, but using Fujifilm X-T4 with it would still not be possible.

Meanwhile, Capture One’s photo editing software isn’t just for post-production – it also makes the shooting process easier with tethered capture. This feature lets you connect your camera to your computer and customize the settings directly in Capture One – with lots of customizable options for your capture and detailed camera settings right in the software.

I’ve been using Capture One for about 7 or 8 years now, and I love the wide range of adjustments this photo editing software provides. I’m especially happy that it supports Fujifilm, as my camera has a really wide dynamic range and range of colors captured in RAW format, and Capture One has Fuji specific ICC profiles and Curves corresponding to film styles of Fujifilm cameras. A lot of photographers love Fuji for its Fujifilm Film Simulations, and you can select from several film options as you shoot (even if you shoot RAW!), that really helps with an overall color and contrast direction for the shoot. But if you didn’t choose any or you have changed your mind, you can select another Fujifilm Film Simulation directly in Capture One!

Because my camera is medium format, this means large files and lots of data. I’ve never had issues with Capture One processing and applying adjustments to files as I shoot. It has never slowed me down, which is really critical when you are working with other people and to a strict schedule on-set. And what I love about my GFX 50S is how much I can do to the RAW files in post production. Even if you severely underexpose or overexpose an image, there is so much information in the file so it can easily be recovered!

Left – After, Right – Before

Creating colors

I do a lot of color correction and color grading in my work. I plan out a color palette before the shoot, of course, but often you can’t get the exact colors you want in-camera.

Sometimes I shoot with color gels to create different effects, knowing what I will do to this or that color in post production using my photo editor. For example, the above image on the right-hand side was shot with a 1/4 magenta gel on a tungsten light. When I added cyan and green to the image in Capture One, it helped me get closer to natural, slightly vintage skin tone look I was after, while making the background green.

Temperature and Tint adjustments. Color Balance adjustments.

The Color Balance tool is probably my favorite tool in Capture One. It allows me create a certain mood and add a personal touch to an image. I usually do my tonal range adjustments and color grading on two separate layers. That allows me to turn them OFF one at a time and see if I want to adjust them further.

Left – After, Right – Before the color grading, see the layer on the left is OFF.

To save time on color grading with Luminosity masks in Photoshop, I often do additional layers in Capture One and use the Luma Range tool for a precise selection of tones. For example, in the image below I wanted the highlights and the background to be a bit cooler to add more depth to the image. So I used the Luma range tool to select the lightest areas in the image and apply Color Balance specifically to them. If not all the selected areas (shown in red below) are needed, it is easy to erase parts of the mask with the eraser tool.

Left – applying mask to lighter tones only. Middle – part of the face, neck and shirt erased from the mask.

Using the same principle I can make a separate layer with the Luma Range Mask just for the hair which is the darkest part of this image. Here is the image before and after the Luma Range layer is applied.

Left – After, Right – Before

The difference is subtle, but that’s what you need the Luma Range tool for – subtle color grading to achieve more depth in an image, and overall more finished look.

The most powerful image processor

Overall, Capture One is a critical part of my studio workflow. I find that the photo editing software processes RAW files unlike any other RAW editor. And it improves with every new version! I’ve compared files processed in other software programs to the results in Capture One, and the result is very different. Capture One just sees more nuances in color in different parts of dynamic range.

It’s also crucial for editing skin tones and for fashion photography. Because you’re dealing with designer clothes, professional models and creative lighting – you need to get the most out of your capture!

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Kristina Varaksina

Russian-born Kristina Varaksina has resided in the USA since 2010 and currently lives and works in New York.
Kristina is recipient of multiple prestigious photography awards, like Prix de la Photographie, Communications Arts Photography Annual, Int’l Photography Awards, PDN Faces, and many more.


Varaksina’s focus is to capture human emotions and the psychological impressions of her subjects’ mind – permitting the characters to project their internal reality. Kristina Varaksina’s personal works are etherial, projecting the psyche onto the corners of a room. Through a conscientious attention to light and a soft palette these allegories come to life and absorb the viewer into their microcosm.

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If you are an editorial, portrait, product, landscape or commercial photographer, there is a great chance you’ll be needing fujifilm tethering to Capture One Pro once in your professional career. You might want to show your work directly to your client, or through the computer to avoid the small screen and apply some settings.

The fujifilm tethering is the ideal way to allow your client, art director, or the whole team to see the work on a larger screen, with images displayed live, with or without a specific development mode applied.

This article will clear things up for those of you who might want to try but find it really complex. How to configure the Fujifilm bodies, how to connect to Capture One Pro, and what we can now do with it (further versions of Capture One Pro and firmware updates from Fujifilm will soon allow more features).

Gear needed

First of all, you need some gear, basically what you need is a cable to connect your computer to your camera, the rest is a nice to have, makes life easier, but it’s not necessary to start tethering.

I personally use Tethertools cables to connect my fujifilm X-H1 or my Fujifilm X-T3 to my computer. In my case I need the USB-C to USB-C for one camera, and USB-C to USB-3.0 for the other. But one important thing to take into consideration when buying the cable is to get one long enough. We often start with a short one, but it’s too short from day 1. Go for the 4.6 meter one, the longest from Tethertools, you’ll never be bothered by it being too long, but you’ll always be missing it if you purchase the short one when shooting through any tethering such as in this case fujifilm tethering.

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Nonetheless, in the setup i’ll be showing below, i set it up with my Apple USB-C to USB-C cable from my computer, the shoot was going to last 1-2 hours, the computer lasts for 10, I knew i was safe and didn’t have any problem tethering that way over my tripod.

Fujifilm tethering to capture one step by step

  1. On your Fujifilm Camera , open the menu and go to Tools
    1. Connection settings
      1. PC Connection
        1. Set it to USB Auto or USB Fixed
  2. Then connect your USB cable to your camera (if you try beforehand it won’t work), and to your computer.
  3. Finally, once the cable is connected to camera and computer, you can open Capture One Pro
    1. Go to the Tethering tab and you’ll see your camera and all the settings… you’re done and ready to shoot !

From now on, you can shoot and you’re tethering to your computer. Furthermore you can shoot by pressing the shutter from CaptureOne Pro or from your camera, both will work and images will be transferred directly. However, at this stage you can’t set film simulations nor can you set the speed, aperture from Capture One, you’ll have to do that from the camera.

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My setup for fujifilm tethering to Capture One

  • Fujifilm X-T3 or Fujifilm X-H1
  • Stable & Solid tripod

To assist you in your first setup and trying tethering with your fujifilm camera, you’ll find a simple setup. I use the gear listed above to create a single post, on location, tripod based tethering station. In this case i’m just using my iPhone cable as mentioned above, it works perfectly for shoots requiring compositing for example.

Hoping that this post can be useful to you, and can make it easier for you to try some fujifilm tethering with capture one pro and your fujifilm cameras, I wish you a lot of pleasure in your shoots, and look forward to meeting you through my website, by comments at the bottom of this article, by the newsletter, by email or simply in real life. Do not hesitate to leave me a message, I will answer you with pleasure.