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Capture One Pro is known as the world finest image processor, allowing for the best photographic professionals to have easy and streamlined workflows while shooting and editing. Capture One Pro 7 fixes and improves upon a lot of what Capture One 6 started. Until recently, my only experience with Capture One was using it for shooting tethered on photo assignments. Every pro that I've assisted has used it during their. Apr 1, - Our software department has been inspired by this and developed new tools in Capture One Pro 7 to specifically deal with forensic applications.
For the majority of my work I avoided shooting tethered due to the pervasive connection issues that plagued Lightroom - my go-to raw processor for the last few years. I initially suspected that this might be due to the expensive Broncolor lights and parabolics that we used throughout the shoot, but to be sure I decided to pull my images into Lightroom for a comparison. This was enough to encourage me to forge ahead with Capture One and further explore its options. A raw file is a raw file I thought.
When I first got my copy of C1 a few months back, I decided to put this claim to the test and loaded in some images from a recent beauty shoot. My excitement quickly turned to disappointed as the images looked no better, and in fact worse once I began to push the exposure and highlight recovery sliders. My more recent experience made me quickly realize the error I made in my first test. I have since asked the folks at Phase One about this and they have confirmed that it's best not to use DNG files with C1.
One could argue that through a series of adjustments and filters you could achieve the same result as what C1 offers out of the gate, but I still feel as though the image is cleaner from the start and the work is done for you. Another area where C1 shines is the reproduction of tones. They appear more natural and representative of the original scene compared to Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.
Straight out of camera comparison, no raw adjustments Close-up straight out of camera comparison The Interface Although the interface felt unintuitive and foreign at first, it quickly became logical and well thought out. The key to adopting it was to stop thinking in Lightroom terms and treating it as a new product.
The panels are organized in a logical order and can be customized to a large extent. Not only can you enable various sections or tabs , but you can also tailor the individual tools within those tabs.
This is helpful as you can save various workspaces for specific tasks or job types. For example, I can have one workspace for tethered capture which is kept clean and simple, and a more advanced workspace for my editing stage.
As you become more familiar with the interface it becomes clear that it was designed with the professional in mind, hence its level of sophistication and initial feature shock. The more complex yet customizable interface of Capture One The less intimidating interface of Adobe Lightroom Library Management My initial foray into managing my image library with C1 was met with a lot of curse words.
The process was different to what I was accustomed to with Lightroom and so I immediately chalked it up to being worse. As I explored it a bit more and began using it on a more day-to-day basis, the design began to make more sense.
While Lightroom is a collections based system, C1 offers the option of both collections catalogs and sessions. Sessions differ from collections in that they are more portable and transactional. A session is a organized into a session folder containing various sub-folders such as Captures, Selects, Output and Trash.
Furthermore, each session contains a session file that can load the session contents into C1 regardless of where the session is located. Furthermore, the sub-folders help to organize the files outside of C1 for easy access directly out of the file system. In my case, the Output folder contains all the PSD files so I can quickly get to the completed files without searching for them in a large collection.
While C1 is a star performer in many respects, this is the one area where it falls a bit short for me. I would then grab all 4 star rated images and enter the survey view where I would compare similar poses, expressions, etc. While C1 has a star and color rating system, the whole process is just a bit more cumbersome. That being said, C1 also offers a few helpful tools like the focus mask and loupe inspector for quick focus checking which are great when shooting shallow DOF images.
Lightroom's handy survey mode is absent in Capture One Raw Processing Although the initial image quality is great, you may be wondering how C1 stacks up once we begin to play around with the various raw processing sliders. The answer in a nutshell is, very well. In Lightroom for example, shadow and highlight sliders work in both the positive and negative directions, while C1 treats them as recovery tools only. Exposure and recovery tools in Capture One vs.
Lightroom Other Tools In addition to the exposure, white balance and other standard raw processing adjustments, Lightroom has grown dramatically over the years to include features that were once reserved for Photoshop users. A lot of the same options such as spot healing and localized adjustments are also available and perform well. Where C1 outshines Lightroom is in its Color Editor tool shown below.
This tool is almost an application in and of itself by allowing you to specifically target a particular color and luminosity range and make hue, saturation and luminosity adjustments on that range. Combining this with the masking tools built into C1 allows you to make drastic yet controlled changes in an intuitive manner.
Both the Color Editor and and local adjustments sections have well organized layers panels that more intuitive and better organized over what is built into Lightroom. Give the nature of my work, I typically do most of my editing inside of Photoshop but the Color Editor still proves to be useful during tethered capture. Capture One's brilliant color editor tool targeting skin tones Exporting and Working with Photoshop When it comes to getting your files out, once again there are pros and cons here.
Where I would previously open my Lightroom files as Smart Objects or open up multiple virtual copies as separate layers in one file, these capabilities are absent in C1. While opening multiple images or variants virtual copies in Lightroom speak will hopefully one day appear as an option, Smart Objects are simply not possible. Export Tools in Capture One vs. Both are similar in many ways yet fundamentally different. Neither product is right for everyone and neither one is a clear winner overall.
Capture One is designed to work the way most professionals do and its rich set of customizations reflect that. Much like in Photoshop, there are many ways to do the same thing which can make it overwhelming at first. My advice is to stick with it and not to get discouraged simply because it feels unfamiliar.
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