Join Phil Hawkins for an in-depth discussion in this video The basics, part of Learning Capture One Pro 8.
- Now we're getting to the fun part. You'll find that, powerful though it is, using Capture One is very intuitive. It takes minimum time spent becoming familiar with the tools, and you'll be generating tremendous conversions in no time. So let's first take a look at this toolbar up here, and we'll go through each one of these individual areas to show you what they do. This is the Color Adjustment area, and we click on this to bring it up, and we see the histogram, we can go into these ICC Profiles that Capture One generates, white balance adjustments, color balance, black and white, and the very detailed color editor.
And we'll go into more details on how all this works later, but just, as a brief overview of what this toolbar will give you, if we click on the Exposure tab, we see again, more adjustments for exposure, clarity, we have the Curve dialog box down here, which is very, very helpful, and then looking at the Lens Correction tab, we click on this and see that we've got a number of different things that we can do in terms of correcting normal, unavoidable lens distortion, especially on wide-angled shots.
When we click on the Crop tool, we see all the variations that can be brought to bear when you're cropping your image. Now let me just show you this area up here, it's kind of duplicated, but if we click on it, the dropdown list will give us a number of choices on how our crop will look. We can either go unconstrained, or the original aspect ratio, we can do a square, or any kind of combinations in composing your image. Go ahead and click on that to get rid of the dropdown menu. Next is the Details tab, it looks like a magnifying glass, and again, we can look at things like sharpening, noise reduction, we can look at film grain, we can either add it or subtract it, depending on whatever your preference is, getting rid of moire, and spot removal.
And we click on the Local Adjustments tab that looks like a paintbrush, and we can do localized adjustments to different areas of the image, in other words, if we want to add sharpening to just her face, this is the area where that is done. And if we click on the Adjustments box that looks like a list, then we can see that we can save some of these presets, in other words, any adjustment that you could do on an image, can be saved as a preset to be used in the future. We'll click on the Information tab, and we see all of the areas where you can add IPTC information, and we look at the camera EXIF information here to give you all the details about how the image was shot.
If we click on the cog wheel, which is our Output tab, we can see the process recipes for converting your image, and of course, we just want to mention that we should always export as a 16 bit .tif, full size, in the Adobe RGB color space. But all of those things can be adjusted in this tab. And last but not least, if we click on the Machinery tabs, this is the Batch panel, if you have 10 images that you're trying to convert at the same time, it will show you how many are left and how many that you've already converted.
And the History gives you all of the images that you've converted in this specific session. Now if we look at this area in the top-center of the workspace, we can see different tabs, and really these are not so much adjusting the quality or the brightness or the color of the image, but the way the image is presented. And we've been over the Crop tool, and this is the Straighten tool, it gives you a very quick and efficient way of straightening your image, if it happens to be crooked. And the Keystone Correction tab lets you very quickly bring into alignment those elements within the image that need to be parallel, such as trees and buildings and such.
The Spot Removal tool allows you to get rid of sensor dust, spots on your lens, etcetera, very quickly. Now, this is your Masking tool, and we will get into details on how that works in a future movie, but this is where the masking is done. You can either draw a mask or erase the mask, or create what's known as a 'gradient mask', and we'll get into details on that later. This is your Eyedropper tool that allows you to do things like pick a white balance, sample, skin tone adjustments, pick the shadow level, etcetera.
All kinds of different chromatic adjustments in color can be done with this eyedropper tool. So those are the basics in allowing you to use the tools to adjust your images in Capture One.
- 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