Capture One

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Capture One is designed for a workflow built around sessions. You can think of each session as an individual project, and all the changes that you make in the various tabs are will be held constant while you work on your images. For example if you change the exposure or color on one image, that change will be applied to all images made after the change. Capture One acts as an extension of your camera making it more powerful. Capture One organizes your images using a folder index, making a seamless transition from shooting, to selecting, to editing, to output.

Main Window

The Tools Tab is located in the top left corner of the window and is where you can find the image adjustment tools. - fig.1

fig. 1

1) Import Images

2) Select Previous

3) Select Next

4) Rotate Left

5) Rotate Right

6) Move Images to Selects Folder

7) Move Images to Trash

8) Reset Adjustments

9) Undo

10) Redo

11) Toggle between Primary and Edited Selected Variants

a) Session

b) Capture

c) Color

d) Exposure

e) Lens

f) Crop

g) Details

h) Local Adjustments

i) Adjustments

j) Metadata

k) Output

l) Batch

m) Multiview

n) Primary View

o) Toggle Proof Margin

The Cursor Tools Tab is located in the middle of the top of the window, and is where you can get immedient access to Capture One's adjustment tools. - fig.2


1) Select (p)

2) Pan (h)

3) Zoom (z)

4) Crop (c)

5) Straighten (r)

6) Keystone (k)

7) Remove Spot (o)

8) Draw Local Adjustment (b)

9) Pick White Balance (w)

10) Apply Adjustments (a)

The Assistance Tools Tab is located in the top right corner of the main window and will help speed up the way you work. - fig.3


1) Show Focus Mask

2) Show Exposure Warnings: Shows areas where highlights peak and shadows block up

3) Show Grid and Guides

4) Copy Adjustments from Selected Image

5) Apply Adjustments to all Selected Images

6) Capture Images Using Tethered Camera (Command K)

7) Print

8) Toggle Composition Mode On and Off

The Viewer is where you see your image and make adjustments (it is located right in the center of the window). You can work on one image or multiple images. You can also make a copy of your image to use a side-by-side reference during the editing process. - fig.4


The Browser located directly underneath the Viewer displays the images conveniently to aid in the editing process. In the Browser you can present your images in Grid, List, or Film Strip views. - fig.5


The Library located on the left side of the window organizes your sessions. Organizing your projects in to sessions streamlines your workflow and takes the thought out of organization. The Library can be accessed by clicking the folder icon located on the Tools Tab. - fig.6


Starting a New Session

Every time you begin working with Capture One you will be working through a Session. A Session functions much the same way as a folder does. It is encouraged that you keep images for the same project in the same session folder.

  • To begin a new session click the + button located in the top right corner of the library. After clicking the + a window will open up (fig. g)
    fig. g

    Follow the instructions displayed in the window (fig. h).

    • You can choose a place to save your project by clicking the ... button to the right of the Location section.
    • Capture One allows you to connect your camera to the computer while simultaneously making images and editing them as you go. The Type section is asking whether the session will be tethered or untethered.
    • Capture Subfolder is where all the images that you create will be stored. NOTE this folder disappears if you start an Untethered Session
    • To move your images from the Capture Subfolder to the Selects Subfolder press Command J
    • Selects Subfolder holds all the images that you have designated to edit further. If you are doing an Untethered Session this folder functions as your primary folder, containing all your images for your session
    • Output Subfolder holds the images that are ready for output. The images are edited and ready for export.
    • Trash Subfolder contains images you decided to exclude from your selections.
    • Capture Name corresponds to project name or shoot name
      fig. h
    • NOTE you can designate folders contained on an external devices at the folders for your session. To do this name click OK and Right Click/ Control Click the folders on the external device you intend to use(fig. i).
      fig. i

    Tethered Capture

    To begin tethered capture, start a new session and choose Tethered Capture as the type of session.

  • Plug a camera into the computer tower using the USB plug.
  • You will be able to remotely control the camera from the computer station. You can adjust everything: shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, EV adjustments, file naming, file size, color balance, the ICC profile to apply to your images,

    Remotely Editing your images using the Tools Tab


    Camera settings can be changed remotely under the Capture Tab (fig. j)

    fig. j
  • Under the Next Capture Naming tab you can change the names of your files on the fly. Capture One defaults to name your files with your Session Name and the image number from your Camera Counter.
  • By clicking the ... button to the right of Format a pop-out window will open providing you with different options for naming your files (fig. K).
    fig. k
  • The Next Capture Adjustments Tab allows you to attach an ICC profile to your image. Capture One has a variety of profiles that run generic color management dependent on camera type.
  • Camera Controls allows you to change the Shutter Speed, Speture and/or EV Adjustment. You can designate how the size of the steps by clicking the Step drop down menu. NOTE The program (the camera operating function) can only be changed on the camera.
  • Under the Camera tab you can select the camera type that you are using. Format allows you to switch between file format types. You can choose any format type that your camera has.
  • The Camera tab also allows you to change the ISO and the color balance (found in the Balance drop down menu)
  • The Camera tab is also where you can capture images. To do this press the Capture button at the bottom right corner of the tab.
  • NOTE: You can also use the keyboard shortcut command, k to capture images remotely.

    NOTE If you are interested in making images remotely with your iPhone or iPad, you can do this under the Capture Pilot tab


    Under the Color tab you can do several types of color manipulation to your images to help keep things neutral during your session.
    If you are shooting in the studio and live capturing with Capture One the easiest way to color balance is to photograph a grey card and choose the grey card useing the Eye Dropper in the White Balance sub-tab (fig l).

    fig. l

    The Mode can be changed from Custom to something else for more generic White Balance control

  • NOTE It is possible to create a Custom White Balance based on skin tone. It is a far more subjective of a process, but at the very least it insures that your skin tones look "correct".

    The sub-tab Color Balance allows you to shift the Sue and Saturation of your image. They are both defaulted to 0 (fig. m).
    fig. m
  • If you are interested in making your images Black & White You can do this by checking the Enable Black & White box at the top of the Black & White subtab (fig. n)
    fig. n

    Here you can adjust the Color Sensitivity and change the overall effect of your Black & White image. If the grey tones aren't your thing, the Black & White sub-tab allows you to change and edit Split Tones using a a Hue and Saturation slider for both the highlights and shadows (fig o).

    fig. o

    Use at your own discretion.
    The Color Editor subtab provides you the tools to do selective color adjustments. Using the Eye Dropper tool you can select the color you want to edit and change it seamlessly using the sliders below the color wheel. There are three tabs within the Color Editor, They all function similarly but each is specialized to help mange your color accurately (fig. p).

    fig. p


    This section allows you to program your lens characteristics (the good and the bad) so the computer can correct any issues such as Chromatic Aberration and Pincushion Distortion (fig. q).

    fig. q

    NOTE: LCC (Lens Cast Correction) can only be used when shooting with a digital back, and its use is more applicable to the use of wide angle lenses

  • Adjust the sliders as necessary to correct any issues with the lens (if any)
  • You can also add Vignetting if you are in to that kind of thing.

    Making Edits

    Edits can be made on the fly during a tethered session. Any edits made during a session will be carried over on all images made after the initial edit, essentially batch processing as you make your images.

    Tools Tab


    Under the Exposure tab you are provided with a histogram for your image that you can reference as you make adjustments to your image (fig. r).

    fig. r

    Here you can set shadow and highlight points, adjust curves, and set levels. Making adjustments is fairly straight forward and the sliders function similarly to those in Lightroom and Photoshop.


    This tab allows you to change the composition of your image through the use of Crop, Rotation, Keystone and Overlay (fig. s).

    fig. s
  • Crop you can adjust the ratio (size of crop). Click the crop button and drag until the area you want to keep is covered.
  • Rotation: you can do rotation by hand, using the slider, or using designated amounts.
  • Keystone This attempts to correct the distortion of the camera (the converging vertical lines). Keystoneing keeps things square.
  • Overlay: allows you to overlay text or images for on to the photographs you capture.


    The Details tab is the place to go when looking to sharpen and/or remove noise from an image. Here you can also do spot removal.
    The subtab is equipped with a magnifier window that provides a close view of the areas you want to examine. To focus on a specific area, click the magnifying glass icon on the bottom right corner of the magnifying window and select the area you want to examine in the viewer (fig. t).

    fig. t

    Add Sharpening, Noise Reduction, Noise reduction Advanced, Moire and Spot Removal as necessary using the sliders within each subtab (fig. u).

    fig. u

    Local Adjustments

    Local Adjustments work a lot like layer masks in Photoshop. You paint in an area you want to adjust (fig. v).

    fig. v

    On each layer you can make changes based on Exposure, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and also color adjustments which can be found in the Color Editor subtab (fig. w).

    fig. w

    NOTE if you are interested in making many different adjustment layers insure that you have the background layer selected when you begin you selection.
    You can also do selective Sharpening, Moire and Clarity using the method described above (fig. x).

    fig. x


    Adjustments are generic recipes that can be applied to your images to change the way they look. You can do this one image at a time, or all at once. The choice is yours and yours alone. Capture One has a variety of Styles that you can use to apply to your images, but you can also design your own. To add Styles to multiple images, select the desired photographs and then choose your style.
    To design your own Style press the + button to the right of the drop down menu at the top of the Adjustments tab (fig. y).

    fig. y

    The options are almost endless for creating Styles (fig. z).

    fig. z
  • It may be a good idea to create a style that attaches metadata to your images.


    A tab that allows you to view your metadata. You can also edit your metadata here too.


    To Output images in Capture One you create things called Recipes that function similarly to actions in Photoshop.

    With Recipes you designate how the file is handled as far as the attached Metadata, File Type, Watermark and File Name (fig. aa).

    fig. aa

    As the images are processed you can watch their progress in the Process Summary subtab (fig. bb).

    fig. bb

    Note You can selected the images you want to output from the viewer and click the Process button at the bottom right corner of the Process Summary subtab

    Printing From Capture One

    To print from Capture One press the Print button found on the Assistance Tools Tab (it's the one that looks like a printer). A window will open up and prompt you to print. It will display the image/ images you have selected in the Browser. Before printing assure that the paper size you have selected is correct and that the image in the preview is positioned like you want the image on the paper to be positioned (fig. cc).

    fig. cc
  • It is unlikely that you will print straight from Capture One when working at St. Edward's because there are no printers attached to the computers that run the program. This section is merely to let you know that Capture One does have printing capabilities.

    Keyboard Shortcuts

    The Keyboard Shortcuts were found in the help menu of Capture One and republished here for your convenience.

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