Patrick Ross had his first professional photo shoot the day after he graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography. He credits his education there for helping him develop his craft to a very high level and prepared him well for the “real” work world.
He transitioned from film to digital photography, by way of scanning 4x5” film to create digital files. He tried to integrate 35mm dslr camera systems along the way, but has told us that he could not achieve the quality he and his clients required.
His current gear incudes technical cameras with the Phase One IQ260 digital back. He’s even shot under conditions in which a digital SLR might have solved a particular problem, but the client has told him not to use the camera because the sensor was too small and he loves the quality from “the big camera”.
“My background and training, plus the move to Phase One distinguished me from other photographers in my region. My clients have often invested years of their lives in designing and building of a project, so it’s essential that when they work with someone, they receive the extra care and attention to detail necessary to end up with the highest quality images.
In the field
As Patrick describes his work, you get the sense that he almost takes Capture One Pro 7 for granted. Yet, as we explored his use of the software in greater detail, it became clear that certain aspects of Capture One Pro 7 were key to helping him achieve the results he sought during his architectural shoots, even while shooting with one of the best cameras in the world.
“I use technical camera bodies with the Phase One back to get things correct “in camera.” But there is a place in even the most serious architectural photographer’s bag of tricks for some of the features in Capture One Pro 7 -- such as the keystone tool.
“For example, I was on a catwalk today photographing a new and very large basketball arena. Many of the ultra wide technical camera lenses don't have the largest image circle. I had to point the camera down instead of just being able to level the camera and fall the lens severely. Leveling the camera on two axes and falling the lens would ensure an accurate depiction if the lens had had enough image circle to cover this. But it didn't. In this instance, I had to point the camera down to get the desired subject matter in frame and used the keystone tool to make the image “architecturally correct”.
“I create an LCC just after I have finished photographing a scene. It is shot under the same lighting conditions as the scene and using the same lens f stop. After processing the file and applying it to images, it renders a completely corrected representation of the scene by removing lens color casts and correcting falloff. The falloff is something you can correct anywhere from 0-100 percent. So if you want the upper corners of the images a little darker -- say, if you were doing a large rise -- you can have any level of falloff you would like.
“The ability to mask in Capture One Pro 7 is great. Many scenes have multiple light sources of different color temperatures and at different intensities. You can use a mask on each source to neutralize any color shift and bring down the exposure.
“In photography, time of day and putting in the effort are still everything: capturing the fleeting moment. As our general craft degrades down paths of convenience and HDR “auto-pilot” practitioners, we all have an opportunity to keep “real” photography alive. We have the greatest set of tools ever available to any photographers with the Phase One backs, incredible lenses and Capture One Pro 7 software. It would be a real shame not to use them to their fullest potential and to keep excellent photography alive and desirable.
“Of all the features in Capture One Pro 7 that I most rely on, it has to be the lens cast correction (LCC) tool. It’s crazy how much cleaner an image you can achieve than ever before (and I’ve been shooting with Capture One Pro since version 4).
“Overall, Capture One Pro 7 is wonderfully flexible. You can layout your work space just the way you want it, and even in the most basic auto adjust mode, it’s very intelligent.”