I used to say that the artistic mess is a good thing and as long as I could find what I needed, things were under control. This worked well until it didn't. For a very long time things such as "keywords", "file management" and "structure" I have treated like boring passages in a novel. Somebody put them out there for some strange reason, and surely there were other readers who enjoyed them, but I was eager to skip them and jump quickly into action.
Take It Or Leave It
Capture One is considered as a difficult software, in my opinion you can make it as easy or difficult as you like. Really. It depends on you. If you enjoy the process you will get enormous satisfaction from the progress you make and from the results that will come. We tend to assume the unknown as difficult. The only way to find out is to give it a try and decide if the thing was made for you or not. Simple, right?
I am writing all this, because I have seen many people excited about Capture One, expecting instant results and quickly hitting a wall. Like expecting to take great photographs without bothering to understand what the exposure is. Well, most of the cameras come with the AUTO mode, but fortunately Capture One does not. You either take it and make it yours or leave it.
Indecisive? No more
Capture One is complex, but not difficult. If you approach it the right way you will definitely enjoy it. To give you one example of an efficient workflow I want to share a video that covers the complete process of culling and rating. Everything you need to know about taming an artistic mess in Capture One's world. Watch the video and learn how to come up with an elegant, simple process of selecting best frames from a photo session.
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