First Impressions: Capture One Latitude Style Packs (Very Versatile)

The new Capture One Latitude Style Packs deliver some of the most versatile looks of any style packs yet.

Today, Capture One is announcing two new style packs under their new Latitude series: Pacific and Infinite Peaks. These were put together in collaboration with photographers Bryan Minear and John Schell. They’re designed for a variety of different needs; both of these shooters come from different backgrounds. In each style pack, which will run you $34 for a limited time, you’ll get a few presets (or styles) to apply to your imagery and manipulate however you’d like. If you want both, you’ll be able to grab them for $49 for a limited time. Like all other Capture One style packs, they’re easy to import into your software and immediately begin working with. We took a look at them before release and they may be our favorite official packs, even over the Editorial. However, they’re still not beating RNI Films.

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Cityscape Photography: Composition, Gear and the Application

All images and text by Bryan Minear. Used with permission.

When it comes to cityscape photography, I truly believe that every city has a unique “soul” to it that you have to find and visualize. Let’s begin by talking about your mindset when approaching a new city. Sometimes it takes a little time to acclimate to a certain place in order to really get the “vibe”.

For example, I have been to Chicago about 10 times now. But it wasn’t until my 3rd or 4th trip that I really started to mesh with the city and shoot the kind of photos that were portfolio-worthy. The same can be said for NYC, which is wildly different than Chicago. I still absolutely love looking back at photos from my first or second trip there, but it wasn’t until later trips that I found my groove. All in all, just do what you can when you are visiting a place. When I vacationed to London, I only had four days before we were on our way to Florence and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to just come back to shoot anytime that I wanted. So I had to do the very best that I could in the time that I had.

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On the Creative Thought Process Behind a Photograph

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All images by Bryan Minear. Used with permission. Be sure to also follow him on Instagram.

In today’s world where we are constantly bombarded with photos of spectacular locations, it takes nothing to pull up a location search for an area you are visiting, find the shots that you want to take, and go shoot the same thing that a hundred people before you have taken. But that doesn’t mesh with me. As an artist, I hold my personal creative vision above all other things. It far surpasses the gear that I use as well as the locations that I visit.

The majority of the personal work that I shoot, I do so within 15 miles of my house. And I don’t live in a particularly “epic” location that is known for its scenery (i.e. the PNW or Cali). But even though I only live in the midwest, I still get to be an artist. I just have to try harder and put a ton of work in to my craft. A lot of that comes down to scouting my locations in advance, and waiting to shoot at the perfect time, with just the right combination of weather and light to add that dynamic mood and interest. I’m not saying that taking the iconic photos is bad, but it can put you in a rut where you are only going through the motions.

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Why I Have a Full-Time Job

This is a syndicated blog post from Bryan Minear. It and the images in this post are being used with permission.

There seems to be a divided mindset between the freelancers and their freedom, and the 9-5 creatives with their security and benefits. My story has less to do with those things and more to do with getting the most i can out of my job, and keeping my passion for the things i love. Let’s take a bit of a step back into my past so I can walk you through to where I currently am and hopefully give some insight to anyone in a similar situation.

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Bryan Minear: On Mobile Photography and Landscapes

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All images by Bryan Minear. Used with permission.

Photographer Bryan Minear loves using his iPhone just as much as he loves his Fujifilm cameras. He is an Ohio-born photographer and designer currently based in Detroit. A professional since 2007, he’s had his hands in nearly every form of photography. “…it wasn’t until recently limiting myself to only shooting stuff that I care about (weddings, landscape, and architecture) that it has really blossomed for me both as a business and as an art form.” says Bryan in his initial pitch email.

Since earlier this year, he’s been using Instagram to create at least one photo a day. This includes not only shooting but editing and sharing older photos. He’s currently working on a portrait series that he is calling #HoldStillTheSkyIsCrazy where he uses the Average Camera Pro App on the iPhone to take dynamic portraits with crazy sky movement. “Something that was inspired by my love of ND filters and long exposure daytime shots.”


Bryan has had a love of photography since his youngest days, and today he uses his Instagram to show off lots of his work. Much of that work that you may be captivated by are his landscapes.

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