For the last 14 months I’ve been paying for CaptureOne at £12 a month (£168 so far). Or, you could buy a full license for €279. Either way, it is a lot of money. I’ve only just realised that as a Sony user I could have just paid for Pro at £45 (€50). And so can you!
Until today I’d known my Sony A7II could handle the shadow world, but I could never bring myself to push it. Mainly out of fear, no actually entirely from fear of losing the image. Recently I had the absolute pleasure of working at Rebecca Bathory’s place I decided to test the range once and for all.
Capture One is generally touted as the only real Lightroom alternative. Overall, many say that it produces better results, or at least better starting points, but does it really? An interesting article by Martin Evening in the current issue of Photoshop User Magazine suggests that the differences between the two are less than you might think.
The article attributes the better initial look of Capture One to more aggressive default sharpening and enhancement of the images. A pretty stark contrast to Lightroom’s more subtle default settings. Lightroom tends to be quite conservative on sharpening and noise reduction in comparison in order to preserve actual detail.
It might not be as ubiquitous as Adobe Lightroom, but Capture One Pro is arguably a better piece of software for those wanting to truly get the most out of their images. Today, Phase One has launched Capture One Pro 9, the latest and most advanced iteration of its post-processing software.
This article will take you through a journey to the perfect tethering solution. It is a curvy path, but the end is very fine tuned.
Before we even start, I would like to stress out three things:
- The camera screen is scrap
- Memory cards are prone to errors
- This article only contains information, no colorful photos :)
So, you want to connect the camera to a computer and view the photos directly on a (hopefully calibrated) screen. This is called tethering or tethered shooting.
The RAW converter now enables you to separately tone shadows, highlights and midtones via the improved 3-Way Color Balance tool.
The software’s extensive adjustment tools will benefit from an updated processing engine and the entire workflow is said to be faster and more stable.
Other new features include Dynamic Locations, high-res previews for 4k and 5k monitors and improved graphics.
The 8.2 update is free if you have a Capture One Pro 8 license, and available for a 30-day trial if you don’t.
As someone who, admittedly, still hasn’t entirely accepted the Creative Cloud (and as someone who prefers their editing programs to be desktop based), I confess that I’ve been moonlighting with the Capture One Pro software as a potential replacement for when/if I’m ever ready to branch away from Adobe. I also admit that I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to taking the time to learn and establish a workflow using the Photoshop alternative. Needless to say, I was pleased as punch to see Michael Woloszynowicz from FStoppers do a full walk through video of his post production process using only Capture One Pro 8.
Even if you’re not interested in the Capture One software, the video still provides you with an excellent tutorial on non-destructive fashion and beauty editing, so be sure to jot down some notes!
Having a good workflow from camera to web is key. It should be noted that this workflow not a wedding workflow or a image heavy workflow and is one of the more expensive setups. I guess you could call this a premium workflow or a high end workflow. It is designed for photographers who are all about quality over quantity. If you are putting out 8-10 high end images per shoot, have paying clients, you have busy sets and pressure deadlines, this might be the set up for you.
Capture One (Capture) > Capture One (Develop) > Photoshop > Lightroom > SmugMug > WordPress
The interesting here is that each step is using the best program or tool.