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Capture One Overview & Long Term Review

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

In today’s video we’re gonna do a review of capture one version 10


Ok so here we are I’m already have already at capture 1 version 10 opened I’ve been using the software for a very long time now I don’t know why it didn’t come to me to do this this review earlier but I recently uninstalled Adobe Lightroom and I’m fully in the process right now migrating thoroughly over to capture 1 so I wanted to do kind of a review from a more of a long-term long-standing review for someone that’s been using the software now and what are some of the options that are available as far as it being a better alternative in my opinion to

Adobe Lightroom not to say Lightroom is bad both software’s are absolutely excellent I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom for years as well and I’ve been using capture one now for about a year and a half up until this point though it was only a software I’d used to kind of tether and some of the if you’re new if you’re not new here then you’ve seen some of the behind the scenes of me connecting to the computer and shooting and the photos magically appear on the computer and part of the reason why ultimately had downloaded originally because Adobe

Lightroom for whatever reason had I had a hard time setting it up to tether with my my Sony a7 it does support tethering but it just I don’t know I’d never had any good luck actually initially connecting it and setting up the tethering support and in that kind of connection so long story short I downloaded capture one way back in the day about a year and a half ago give or take and I’ve been using it ever since to tether and and kind of use it to I guess select images and kind of cull through images that I take in a photo shoot but today I want to walk you guys

through some of the different parts of capture one and I also want to do a review from the more long-standing user and a long-term review of the software and then as we kind of go on over the next couple months I will do more videos as far as organization workflow actually navigating certain aspects of the interface and using certain functionality capture one is very complicated it’s just as complicated as Lightroom but it’s it’s organized in a different fashion it’s a little bit more technically organized and more more of like an engineering standpoint as

opposed to Adobe Lightroom which is is more fun it has a better user interface in my opinion but ultimately they both do the exact same functionality so let me kind of walk you guys through that’s kind of just the introduction and what we’re gonna kind of cover in today’s video but let me guys why let me walk you guys through some of the the main headline features of capture one I just kind of reformatted and started over my computer here so I don’t really have any images and things of that nature imported so I don’t have a huge gallery of images to show

you guys but ultimately when you when you import images in capture one is organized in a multitude of different tabs the first one is library over here is your shooting tab for your camera settings right here is a lens your lens specific tab in terms of correcting your lens cropping Keystone compensation things that nature will cover that here shortly right here is your exposure control or sorry this is your color your color control right here is your exposure control histograms dynamic range curbs clarity Vanier right here is going to be your fine detail sharpening

noise reduction film cream etc right here a lot of people overlook this but this actually local adjustments which you can do in capture one I didn’t know that had this feature for a very long time it’s kind of commonly overlooked I don’t see a lot of people that are using capture one use this for whatever reason but it’s very powerful you can actually have layers in capture one and over here is going to be more of your your global your global presets that you can then basically copy and paste and duplicate on to other images and that’s just your adjustments your global adjustments tab info panel which is going to show you your keys your keyword if you want to add keywords to images to basically start organizing them so you can search in the Finder window here to find all the shots that I did at pools or however you want to organize that

your metadata is also here as well and then you have more processing recipes your output your output file is right here how you want to actually create custom recipes on how you export images whether they be Tiff’s or a certain type of JPEGs what’s the bitrate that you’re using etc and then this right here is a batch processing which I personally never use at all so that’s kind of an overview of the window there’s a lot of different ways to organize capture one in terms of a workspace they have organizations and and workflow that suit dual monitor setup so you can have capture won’t have a library on one window and then if you have an external monitor you can just see the full res image which will allow you if you’re shooting on set and you’re doing beauty for example to make sure the eyes critically sharp you can see all the details and

that proves to be very beneficial I don’t have a dual monitor setup setup so I haven’t been able to take advantage of that specifically but it is in here and something I will be taking advantage of as soon as I get an external monitor but ultimately it has a lot of different workflows that you can customize it works incredibly well with tethering which I will show you guys in another video how to kind of connect it and some best practices when it comes to tethering you can also copy and paste adjustments directly from the first image over here using the the exposure panel you can actually make these adjustments and then every shot that kind of comes in will have the same exact adjustments and you can start actually basically tailoring and customizing your images as they’re shot which is an amazing feature I don’t know if Lightroom supports

that functionality in terms of copying adjustments as they’re imported actually it does but it’s a little bit more complicated setup but ultimately there are some different things you can play around with there but this is kind of a basic overview of the application I will kind of just preface by saying my experience overall has been fantastic I’m in the like I said before I’m in the process right now of migrating full time to capture one and moving away from adobe lightroom just because i want a little bit more flexibility I do like the way that it’s organized it just has

more of a professional I don’t know has a professional vibe to it has a professional structure and organization all the tools are here and it just suits more of that that I guess more of the studio and editorial kind of demand one thing I do want to preface as well by helping you guys out when it comes to local adjustments if you don’t know about this you can add multiple layers is the background layer which has just the image you can’t like duplicate that background layer in the same way you can do in Photoshop but you can actually appear right here and you can

draw masks and you can just paint and you can there’s a setting to make it show but basically you can you can actually draw mass in the same exact way that you can with Adobe Photoshop so you can just you know write whatever on there and you can actually do masks and you can just hide the mask and it works exactly the same way as Adobe Photoshop which is something in that most people may not know but ultimately my my long-term experience with capture one has been very positive and I will be moving full-time over to capture one as soon as I get my hands on capture one version 20 I will do an actual first impressions and first look at that but this is just a preface to start a new series of us doing capture one videos and us kind of moving away from using Adobe Lightroom for the tutorials that you’re gonna see on our

channel so part of the reason why I wanted you to review is so you guys kind of a basic overview as we do more tutorials for capture 110 specifically or version 20 if we move over to that version you have a basic understanding of where some of these tabs are what’s in them I will go through these more in depth as we we kind of start the series but I want to give you guys a brief brief overview a little bit of a long-term review and then we’re gonna start working through some more organizations and file structure using some of these specific tools and etc to come so overall my experience is fantastic I hope you guys check out capture one download the demo if you haven’t downloaded it already it is fast fantastic software incredible application for tethering purposes if you’re shooting connected to a computer otherwise great culling abilities

just like Adobe Lightroom you could just press 5 or whatever and you can color coordinate your tabs I’ll go through that more specifically in another video but overall fantastic definitely check it out if you guys haven’t already thank you for watching today’s video I hope you found the contents of today’s video insightful and added value to you if you’re new here please consider subscribing if you haven’t done so already also leave us a like and a comment in the description down below let us know if I overlooked something or I missed something covered in today’s video it’s Devon Linux you know where to find us

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.