We've all been there. You've got a shot that's fundamentally sound but lacks rich, strong colours or any kind of atmosphere. They can be tricky to fix and you can spend hours experimenting with settings that don't seem to get you any closer – and you don't want to resort to flashy and obvious effects filters. • Capture One Pro 11.1 review So there's a three-step technique … [Read more...] about Do your pictures need a boost? Try this wild three-step fix in Capture One!
You can't keep every picture you shoot – but how do you know you're keeping the right ones? We all shoot more than we keep, and the obvious thing to do is make a first pass of your images and delete the ones that look wrongly exposed, flat or lacking in colour. Obvious, yes, but smart? Technical problems are relatively easy to fix, but bad composition, awkward expressions … [Read more...] about Are you missing your best shots? Capture One’s Auto Adjust tool could tell you with a single click
Capture One lets you save adjustments for re-use in the future, but it can be confusing because it offers user 'presets' and user 'styles' without being terribly clear about the difference. In other programs, 'presets' usually refer to sets of adjustments applied all at once, but Capture One presets are subtly different. So to make the difference clear, and to … [Read more...] about Capture One presets vs styles: what’s the difference?
Capture One Pro has some very good localised adjustment tools. You can create gradient filter effects and paint on manual adjustments, just as you can in Lightroom, but I think Capture One Pro's system of adjustment layers and masks works a lot better. I'm going to show how simple and effective they can be with this picture of an ornamental candle. The base of the candle … [Read more...] about How to use the Capture One adjustment tools
Keystone correction is usually used to fix converging verticals in architectural shots – that's the most obvious use for the Capture One keystone correction tools – but this vertical keystone correction isn't the only kind you'll need. Keystone distortion happens when you tilt the camera relative to your subject, and this can mean horizontal tilt as well as vertical tilt. … [Read more...] about Capture One keystone correction tips
Newcomers to Capture One may be confused by its talk of 'Sessions', which are an alternative way of browsing, selecting and editing pictures that's still available, even though Capture One Pro now offers Aperture and Lightroom style image catalogs. 'Sessions' exist because Capture One isn't just another image cataloguing and editing tool. In fact, its roots lie in parent … [Read more...] about How do Capture One sessions work?
Export sharpening is a setting that's often overlooked when you generate images for online or on-screen viewing, but it makes a big difference to how sharp your pictures look. Every time you resample an image, you introduce a degree of blur because the software has to interpolate new pixel values – and this applies when you're downsizing images for web use too. In part 1 I … [Read more...] about Export sharpening part 2: DxO Optics Pro 9 and Capture One Pro 7
Editor's note: This was written back in 2013 and I know it needs an update. The broad conclusions still apply – that different RAW converters produce very different results – but I do need to re-test the latest versions to bring the results up to date. Rod Lawton All RAW converters are not the same! I'm surprised at how many people use Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom (it's the … [Read more...] about DxO vs Lightroom vs Capture One Pro – which is best?
The Capture One Color Editor is designed for subtle manipulation, not wholesale colour substitutions. It has much in common with the Replace Color tool in Photoshop and Elements, but restricts itself to modest hue shifts rather than complete colour changes. It's really useful where the image as a whole is more or less right, but individual colours are slightly off-key or … [Read more...] about How to use the Capture One Color Editor to fine-tune your image’s colours
If you use a digital SLR, it's hard to avoid dust spots on the sensor. But if you're using Capture One, you can fix the dust on one image and then apply the same correction to a whole batch. You can do this because sensor spots don't move. Once you've got a spot, it'll be in the same place every time (unless your camera's dust-removal system dislodges it, or you clean the … [Read more...] about How to remove sensor spots automatically in Capture One