Join Richard Klein for an in-depth discussion in this video Capture One overview, part of Enhancing Exterior Architectural Photos.
For those of you unfamiliar with Capture One, I want to do a brief introduction to the interface. Capture One is laid out like most raw converters with tool tabs in the order that we normally use them. So in this case, we're in the Library tab, and in the Library tab is where we navigate to our files. Capture One works with a file structure called sessions. It also has catalogs like Light Room. But sessions is the traditional way to work. And a session, in, in Capture One parlance, basically is a file structure where it saves folders that have your selects, that have your outputs, that have all that metadata and information that you've used to make your adjustments in Capture One all in one place, designed for easy archiving.
In this case, we're going to use the default session that Capture One creates for us. If you want to get more information about sessions and catalogs and managing your files and in depth tutorials on the interface itself, Phase One has a great series of tutorials on their website. So now, let's take a look at the rest of the tool tabs. So, first up is the Capture tab. And if we had tethered the camera to the computer while we were shooting, this is where we would do our exposure evaluations and handle everything we need to do.
These images have already been shot so we won't be working there. Next up is for color. And this is where we set our white balance and ICC profiles and that sort of thing. After that, we have the Exposure tab. And here we take care of all of our exposure and recovering highlights and shadows. Then we have a Lens tab, and this is for lens corrections. Capture One has an extensive library of lens profiles and camera combinations, so that you can do lens corrections just automatically and very quickly.
Next up is for geometry. Here's where we straighten our perspective and do any rotation and changes. Then we have our Details tab. And in the Details tab, we do sharpening and noise reduction and any moray reduction, those sorts of tasks. Next is the Local Adjustments. Here we do adjustment layers. And this is the place where we would be able to do localized color correction or sharpening or moire reduction. Then we have Styles and Presets. In Capture One, you can create styles and presets to use to apply to images that you'll be using in the future.
In this case, we don't have any so we won't be using any. Then we have metadata, everything we need to know about our images. Next up, we have the Process Tab. And in the Process Tab is where we create our process recipes, where we tell Capture One how we want our images processed out, as well as naming and where to put them. The last tab is for batch processing. We're not going to be doing any batching. We're going to be doing everything individually by hand. So that is the basic once through of Capture One.
Again, if you want to learn more about it, please go to the Phase One website where they've got in depth tutorials.
Want to see where it all started? Watch Richard shoot two beautiful homes, one Zen inspired and one midcentury modern, in Architectural Photography: Exteriors.
- Enhancing details in the raw image
- Sharpening in Photoshop
- Dust spotting
- Processing with the Soft Light blend mode
- Adjusting color and tone
- Removing elements from the final shot