Capture One Pro

Before and After with Capture One Pro

Why Capture One?

Before I get started, allow me to give you a little bit of background as to why I have chosen to write about Capture One Pro (COp).  I was a Lightroom user for many years and I’ve been wanting to explore other software out there but never had the motivation to do it as I was already emerged in Li.  Finally Adobe’s latest change had allowed me to look for something different.  I’ve tried a couple of other Software but the one that I have come to like is COp.

One of the main reason I have elected to use COp is one specific feature it has over Li.  In the Before and After image below, you can see that even after  manipulating the image Li still came out short in the colour richness that the image originally provided.  The powerful shadow feature on COp gave me the richness in colour I was hoping for.

Somewhere around Lake Cowichan

The image on the left comes from Lightroom CC, the image on the right comes from Capture One.  Although the cropping is very noticeable, the important thing here is the colours it offers as an end result in comparison with one another.  Again, this was one of the reasons I elected to tackle this new software, because it allowed me to show the image how it actually looked with the naked eye without compromising its quality due to the increase of revealing shadows with Li.


Latest Version of Capture One 11

The latest version of CO11 was just announced that the release of their latest version of their software bringing a few new and powerful features with it.  One key feature that people have been asking is the ability to add handwritten notes or draw directly on the image for the purpose of either reminding yourself of what to do next or what to work on or simply put to share your notes with someone else.  Some of the features are described briefly below:

  • This feature is called Annotations, for more information please visit PhaseOne page.
  • The Layered Workflow is another new feature that makes it possible for layers to be compatible with all adjustment tools.
  • Layer Opacity, once adjustments are made across different tools, simply drag the opacity slider to decrease the overall impact of the layer.
  • Feather Mask & Refine Mask, we all know how difficult it can be to soften up edges of a drawn mask, however with this new feature added in, it is simplified by making use of the The Refine Edge for a more precise edge on your mask.
  • Export Crop to Path, you can now use the Export Path to include the crop as a path when you export to PSD.
  • Duplicate Checker, simply put it aides you in importing the same file twice.
  • Color Improvements, tools such as Color Editor, White Balance and other tools have been re-engineered to show smoother transitions between layers.
  • Editing Speed, obviously this is a no brainier, the better its performance the happier we all are.

For more information on the new features of Capture Pro 11 visit their page or start by viewing some new tutorials:



A few examples on how Capture One handles the vast colour spectrum and provides you with the end result you always expect:

East Sooke Regional Park

As you can see, the shadow details were brought back easily with COp.  Even though I don’t have the latest version (Capture One 11) just yet, I am dying to try it and post my new experiences with it.

Best Sunset of the year so far!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this brief post regarding Capture One and I’m looking forward to your new images coming from COp COp11.

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