CAPTURE ONE PRO
Capture One Pro is my editing software of choice. I switched from Adobe Lightroom in 2015 and never looked back. The reason I looked at Capture One was that Lightroom was running unbearably slow on my aging Mac Pro computer. To keep up with my work load, I needed a faster computer or faster software, and moving to Capture One was the least expensive option.
Now that I’ve been using it for several years, I absolutely love it! I find the images have better colour and definition right from the initial download, the controls are smooth with more options for ultimate adjustments of your RAW images.
Capture One also allows you to work in either Catalogs or Sessions. Catalogs are similar to Lightroom, but Sessions are totally unique to Capture One. I use Sessions for my professional work, one for each photo-shoot, which I use to download, edit, and deliver final images to my clients. Recurring clients, my personal work, and family photos are cataloged. Two methods to exactly match your workflow.
The interface is at first intimidating. However, after a few minutes the controls become fairly obvious with similar function and labels as other photo editing software. The great thing about C1, is that you can totally customize the interface to your own workflow or style and save each ‘workspace’ for recall at any time.
For example, the default location for the tools is on the left side of the screen, but being right handed, I find it more easily accessible on the right. Don’t like the order of the tools in the tab? Simply rearrange them to your liking or create your own custom tab with only the tools you need.
You can also drag a tool, Curves for example, out of the dock to place anywhere on your display at any size you like. Some photographers keep the Histogram ‘floating’ so it’
This is a big one! Although you can have similar function in Lightroom using the Adjustment Brush with each adjustment being a different ‘point’ on your image, Capture One allows you to work in actual layers, similar to PhotoShop. You can name the layers so you know exactly what they are and what type of layer it is, i.e. Adjustment, Heal or Clone.
You can create a layer from a colour selection using the Advanced Colour Editor tool and fine tune your layer with a few brush strokes or gradients. A mask displays exactly the area you’re affecting and you can even control the Opacity of that particular layer. All without leaving Capture One!
Black & White Photography
I really enjoy Black & White photography as well, and I find the B&W controls in Capture One Pro to be awesome. The changes in each colour channel are subtle but effective. And the Grain tool is one of the best I’ve ever used. You can select not only the style of grain, but also the granularity and impact the grain has on the image.