When I started editing the vast majority of my photos in Capture One two things happened. Firstly I got people telling me that my photos look better. I have heard that people love the shift I took towards color work, they were asking me about color grading process and telling me that now simply the colors in my images are cleaner, more vibrant. And secondly many fellow photographers shared their opinion that quality of my images improved - the details became sharper and noise in shadow luminosity ranges got reduced. All this in combination with mentioned already clean, natural colors made people to email me and ask how they can make THEIR images look better too. So I have decided to expand my knowledge on Capture One over the areas that in my opinion are a bit less exciting, such as asset management, keywords, tags - all this sort of things and to make a big, comprehensive course that will show others how to get better results with their images.

 

"What makes Capture One superior over other photo editing applications?", "What is the compelling reason to switch to Capture One and to take the effort and learn another new software?" and "Why should I care about Capture One?"

 

These questions keep popping up, so here is my answer: you simply should not. Unless... (This is a short version). And to elaborate a little bit on this: the only one person who can decide if C1 is good for you is you. Let's break down the decision process:

 

1. outline your needs
2. learn what C1 does and what it does not
3. if the pros exceed the cons - give the software a (free) try
4. decide for yourself

 

While I cannot help you with naming your needs, I can definitely share my own experience in terms of C1's capability and performance. Before I begin I want to make a disclosure - those of you who took any of my courses know this already - I am not a tech oriented person. If you expect to read about technical comparisons, parameters, numeric values and so on, you will be disappointed. Instead I am an artist. What matters to me are results, plus patience is not my biggest virtue - so I like fast results. I have one hundred ideas per second and if don't act quickly - they are gone.

RAW EDITOR

So getting back to the point - C1 is a photo editing software, which strength lies in its raw editor. Because it takes the full advantage of the data stored in Raw files it has excellent capabilities when it comes to rendering the image. You can open the same Raw file in C1 and other raw editor and check the difference. I am not going to oversimplify and say that what you will see in C1 will be better, because it depends on several factors. One of them is the camera you use - C1 has a custom color and lens profiles for the majority of the brands (see the list supported cameras here. So make sure that your camera model is on their list and then give it a go. Quite a cool C1's feature is that it gives you access to all profiles, so you can check how let's say Nikon's raw will look like after applying Leica's ICC profile.
I promised myself that I'm not going to get into any C1 vs Lr discussions, so I will avoid any comparisons, just want to mention here that Lightroom treats all Raw files the same while the quality of a Raw file depends on the camera system you use. C1 recognises the system (if the brand is supported of course) and takes advantage of it, while Lightroom does not. This is the reason why the very same Raw file (RAW, NOT DNG) looks differently in different Raw editors.
Plus C1 gives you the ability of working with the least enhanced by the camera Raw file - I am talking about the Linear Response Curve feature. This can be super useful if you are after finest detail, particularly in the highlights range, that is lost when rendering the Raw as Film Standard. The video below is an excerption from the course "Capture One Pro 20: Your Fast-Track To Unforgettable Photos", where I explain the benefits of working with the Base Characteristics Tool and its option - Linear Response Curve.
The video below is an excerption from the course "Capture One Pro 20: Your Fast-Track To Unforgettable Photos", where I explain the benefits of working with the Base Characteristics Tool and its option - Linear Response Curve.

This is the first post from the series, where I will try to cover your questions related to Capture One. In the next upcoming posts you will read about:

2. Set Up, File Organisation & Session Culling
3. Color Tools, Color Grading & Automation with Styles
4. Local Editing Techniques (Layers, Masks & Selections)
5. Best Landscape Workflow

 

If you didn't get a chance to fill in the survey, you can still access it HERE and send over your two biggest questions related to Capture One.

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