Join Phil Hawkins for an in-depth discussion in this video How Capture One Pro compares to other imaging tools, part of Up and Running with Capture One Pro 8.
- Capture One and Photoshop are very similar in many ways, but also very different and it's good to know when Capture One has reached its limit of what it can do. It is surprising, however, just how much Capture One can do versus Photoshop. In my post work, I use Capture One for about 80 percent of my adjustments. I use Photoshop for final cropping and output, for special effects, panoramic stitching, and for use of layers and masking when needed. Actually, if Capture One had masking and layers, I would have little need for Photoshop.
Same for Lightroom. Lightroom's major advantage is the cataloguing, Exif editing, and organizing. Not that it isn't an excellent image editor because it certainly is, but take away the cataloguing and file management and you'd have a pretty basic image editor. Lightroom is a tremendous tool and improves all the time, but a large number of these specific image manipulation tools are found in many other image editing software packages, not the least of which is Capture One. Now when comparing Capture One with Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop, we have to drill down to specific tools and processes to properly define the advantages of one over the other.
Adobe Camera Raw is to Capture One as Lightroom is to Photoshop meaning that the main advantages of Adobe Camera Raw is ease of use and intuitiveness of the menus. But there's zero file management capability in ACR, which makes it a bit of a pain to load multiple images. Plus it's impossible to scan directories within ACR. Now Lightroom is probably the fastest growing photo manipulation software in the world. With expensive new creative cloud subscriptions needed to use Photoshop and geographic limitations on Photoshop's use, more and more photographers are navigating to Lightroom.
It's much less expensive, very easy to use, and has second to none file management capabilities. Lightroom uses ACR as its raw converter. Use Lightroom after you've converted with Capture One and you'll have an unbeatable combination. Lightroom, Photoshop, and other programs provide easy raw conversions, but for excellent quality, use Capture One first for your conversions and global adjustments and then Photoshop or Lightroom for final advanced tweaks.
- Importing your images into Capture One Pro
- Viewing and sorting photos
- Adjusting exposure, color, and contrast
- Correcting lens distortion
- Reapplying adjustments
- Shooting in tethered mode
- Outputting for print
- Converting to black and white