- 1 Overview
- 2 Main Window
- 3 Starting a New Session
- 4 Tethered Capture
- 5 Making Edits
- 6 Printing From Capture One
- 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
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.
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
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
11) Toggle between Primary and Edited Selected Variants
h) Local Adjustments
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)
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.
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
- 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).
To begin tethered capture, start a new session and choose Tethered Capture as the type of session.
Remotely Editing your images using the Tools Tab
Camera settings can be changed remotely under the Capture Tab (fig. j)
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).
The Mode can be changed from Custom to something else for more generic White Balance control
The sub-tab Color Balance allows you to shift the Sue and Saturation of your image. They are both defaulted to 0 (fig. m).
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).
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).
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).
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
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.
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).
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).
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).
Add Sharpening, Noise Reduction, Noise reduction Advanced, Moire and Spot Removal as necessary using the sliders within each subtab (fig. u).
Local Adjustments work a lot like layer masks in Photoshop. You paint in an area you want to adjust (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).
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).
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).
The options are almost endless for creating Styles (fig. z).
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).
As the images are processed you can watch their progress in the Process Summary subtab (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).
The Keyboard Shortcuts were found in the help menu of Capture One and republished here for your convenience.