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Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot

Lesson 34 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot

Lesson 34 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

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34. Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot


Class Trailer



What's Possible with Capture One: Quick Edit


Capture One Versions: Installation Basics


Interface Introduction and Customization


The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts


Image Management Basics


Organization Best Practices


Building your First Catalog


Image File Management Automation


Advanced Catalog Organization


How to Add Meta Data


Searching and Filtering Techniques


Further Catalog Strategies


Basic Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques


Advanced Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques


Basic Composing Techniques: Cropping, Rotation, Straightening


How to Correct for Perspective


Basic Tool Behavior


Tool Basics Part 1


Tool Basics Part 2


Converting to Black and White and Adding Grain


How to Apply Image Adjustments Globally


Sharpening and Noise Reduction


How to Create and Save Styles and Presets


Why Should You Shoot Tethered?


How to Set-Up Your Tethered Hardware


How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project


Basic Session Workflow Organizing And Making Selects


Basic Session Workflow Exporting


Advanced Session Workflow


Creating Selections With Smart Albums


Advanced Exporting


Saving Session Templates


Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot


Using The Color Editor Basic Color Adjustment


Skin Tone Adjustments


Color Grading Using The Color Balance Tool


Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color


Create Masks for Local Adjustments using Brushes & Gradients


Advanced Local Adjustments using Masks


Dodging and Burning in Capture One


Creating Local Adjustments with the Color Editor


How to Use Local Adjustment Masks for Color Editing


How to Remove Objects in your Image


Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments


Exporting with File>Export


Export Strategies and Proofing Previews with Process Recipes


How to Export for Social Media


More Clever Tricks with Capture One Pro 10


Final Q&A


Lesson Info

Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot

Capture Pilot is an iOS app. So that runs on, you know, iPads, iPhones, and so on. And it basically gives you another view to the world of Capture One on a separate device. So it's great for collaboration because it can keep people away from the capture station. And it's great for, sort of, the non-photographer in the room like the stylist, the client, makeup artist, and so on who wants to look at Capture One but you don't want them crowding around the laptop, for example. So there is a Capture Pilot tool which we will bring up here. And before Capture Pilot is gonna work in the first tab Basic, let's move that up. We have to say start the image server. So that will open up a connection to Capture Pilot. And the stipulation is that the host computer, the one that we're tethering to, has to be on the same network as Capture Pilot on your iPad or iPhone. So as long as they're on the same network that's fine. So in the Folder tab we can also decide what folder we're gonna give access to. ...

So does it, is it the Capture Folder, is it the Selects Folder, is it the Output Folder? But let's just go for Look because that's my current folder. And that we're looking at and say Start Image Server, like so. So what happens now is if I bring up Sharing. And I guess we can bring up the iPad on the monitor if it's working. Yes. Okay so Capture Pilot, if I just start that up on the first page you'll see a list of local servers that Capture Pilot can actually see. So if I just tap this one here that will connect and then basically I've now got access to Look on the iPad like so. And then in the mobile tab we can allow the user on Capture Pilot to do certain things like rate images, color tag images, adjust images, and even capture images. Of course if you don't want the client messing around with your camera settings then you'd want to turn that one off. But we'll look at that in a second. So before you start shooting Jeff, what Capture Pilot allows us to do. Oh, if we go back to, there we go. What Capture Pilot allows us to do it gives us that helicopter view of everything. If I tap on an image and it will open it up at full size I can just use basic gestures like swiping through to look at other images for example, if I wanna check focus I can double tap and then that will zoom into 100 percent. So I can see what's going on and pinch to zoom in and out and everything as well. Along the bottom of Capture Pilot on the bottom left hand screen we've got little buttons we can click to see things like the histogram. We can add a star rating. So this is image number 19. So if I swipe across then we can add the star rating which syncs back to Capture One. Can we just change the feed back to Capture One, briefly? So you can see that was image number which is now five stars. If I change it here, let's go three stars, if we can go back to the iPad again, you can see that's now got a three star rating because it syncs directly back and forth, as well. So Jeff, why not, just do a couple of shots. Stay like that. Okay, one more. Right, like that. And then what we'll see is that they actually if I just get myself organized that was our last shot and if we look at Look 1, so that's number 23. Okay Jeff if you just go ahead and just take another shot for me? Right, like that. So images pop in to Capture One. If we want to, if we turn off pause on Capture Pilot which is in the bottom, then they automatically will come up in the iPad app as well. So it's up to you, like if Jeff is shooting. Do a couple more Jeff. So if you imagine I'm sitting on the comfy sofa in the green room watching the shoot, then as Jeff is shooting, as they pop into Capture One, you see Capture Pilot now updates, so as they load into Capture One, they pop in here. If I think, 'Aw I really like this shot' I can pause it, see it's turned, the pause button's turned, change color. So then I can say that's a great one I'm gonna have that as five stars or I'm gonna color tag that to any color tag that I wish, for example. I can also control the camera so if I tap the camera button you see I get control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and capture as well. So if I press this button, it might not shoot if you're on AF, let's try. Do you want me to put it on automatic? Yeah, just put it on manual. So I just put the aperture also to automatic? Oh yeah, do that. Yeah. So, and then I go to manual focus. Yeah, go to manual focus. Via the camera. Because the Sony won't capture if it doesn't find a focus. Okay. So that should work. There we go. So if I tap the capture button in the bottom right hand corner then I can actually shoot as well. And I can totally screw up Jeff's nice pictures by you know changing aperture and so on and so forth. And then shoot again like so. So that's really good if you're a lone photographer in the studio and you basically, you know, if you're working on set and you just need to move a reflector or something and then just pop off a quick shot and then see if that was good, then you can do so as well, so. (laughs) Obviously this is not the best situation to show this as such. I'm a human tripod. Exactly. Is there also live view? There is no live view on the iPad itself but there is live view in Capture One. So we'll have a look at live view right now. Well after, I think that's pretty much what we can say about Capture Pilot. And just remember in the Capture Pilot tool itself if we bring up Capture Pilot, you can go back to auto focus now, if you like Jeff and regain control. So let's get Capture Pilot, remember you've got control over what shows in Capture Pilot. So if I go back to the complete view. If we have the iPad back up on screen again. Thank you. So right now we're looking at Look 1, for example. So that's just the Look 1 folder. But if I change this to Green Tag Selects, then Capture Pilot changes straight away as well. So really you can, if you only want the client to see the really good stuff then you just need to manipulate what's going on in Capture Pilot. You can have bigger thumbnails by pressing small, medium, or large in the bottom right hand corner like so. Remember just double tap to open it up and then swipe normal gestures to go back and forth. Now we're on a pretty good network here so performance is nice and speedy. But performance may vary depending on the speed of your network, how much traffic there is on the network, and so on and so forth. What you can do is if you wanna dedicate a Capture Pilot network is just get a cheap wifi router and just use that only for Capture One, for example. It's free, as well, so you can just download that from the app store. The camera control is an additional sort of in app purchase because that's not necessarily useful for everyone. But Capture Pilot as an app is free except for the in app purchase. Also if you don't happen to own an iPad or an iPhone then actually any other web-enabled device will work as well. So if you look under the web tab in Capture Pilot it will give you an IP address which you can distribute to anyone who's also on the same network so that could be on an Android phone, that could be on a laptop, on a Windows computer, on a Mac computer, so as soon as they go to that IP, then it will open up a web page which pretty much shows you a similar thing. So if I click on an image, it will show me, I can add star rating, I can change color tags. The only thing I can't do is zoom into 100 percent. But it's great as a browser for selecting and rating. Next to the capture button is a small live view button. So if we tap that that will start a live view directly from the camera as well. And the orientation will be based on the camera but remember in Next Capture Adjustments we can force that orientation as well. Whoa, not that one. What is it, 270? Third time lucky. There we go, yeah. You get pretty speedy feed out of it as well. Its kind of 10, 15 frames a second, other cameras might go up to 30 frames a second it just really depends on the frame rate itself. You'll find a few other controls in here as well. You can see the orientation also is a live view control. Some cameras will allow you to change focus as well. Jog and shuttle the focus. So if you're doing still life you can press the buttons to move the focus on the camera as well, if necessary. And it's just a really nice compositional tool as well. We can zoom to 100 percent so if we take the magnifier, oops, and zoom. Oh actually, that's another good difference between cameras. Some cameras allow you to zoom the live view, other's don't. So there, again there's subtle differences between the various different cameras. But if you were to zoom on the camera itself, Jeff, I mean not move, but the actual zoom the LC Display then it will zoom on Capture One. So it's, which I can't remember how to do on the Sony, myself. But again that's the difference. Canon, Nikon for example we can tell the camera to zoom. On Sony you have to do it manually on the back. So again it's just differences between the two. I actually have that button set to something else. Okay, but trust me, it works. It works. Okay, if we come out of live view, there's one other thing that I just want to show you which you can use in live view as well. But in this situation it's kind of more useful I think, Let's just get our Green Tag Selects up, our good shots. Like so, is the overlay mode. So what overlay allows you to do is to superimpose some kind of layout on top of the image itself. So if I just tap on this button here I can choose an overlay and we've got some fake magazine layouts that we made. So if I just open this one and then that will just literally drop it on top of the shot. So if you need to really fit to some kind of masthead or graphics or whatever this gives you a great way to visualize as well. You can have that on screen as you are shooting so if you really need to visualize it you can. You can change a few parameters about the overlay like the capacity, for example. We need to scale it bigger and smaller we can and change its position as well. So we would have something like that. Pretty good fit. So the overlay tool works on an image in Capture One or on the live view as well. So if it's appropriate to do it in live view it makes perfect sense as well. Any other questions on that? Jim? I did. We only have two more questions. Can you shoot full screen, tether full screen? Yes, yeah so if we wanted to go full screen we can say, because I can't remember the shortcut, what is it, enter full screen, F. Well that's pretty easy to know. So if we go full screen then we literally just, yeah, just fire off a shot, Jeff. It should pop up. Although I've got a filter on. Actually one second Jeff. Hold that thought, let me just turn off the, clear the filter, and then we should be, yeah we should be good to go. Let me go full screen, F on the keyboard, shoot. Yeah, there we go. That's actually a really good tip as well because if you don't want all that clutter around as such for the client and they just want to be able to see the actual shot itself it's absolutely perfect. You'll see these two little arrows that have popped out either side, if we just nudge one of those, that will bring up the tools. If we just nudge one of these, that will bring up the browser. If we use our standard shortcuts, we can do Command B just to bring the browser up permanently. So that's actually quite a nice clean interface if you just want image and browsers. And if we do Command T then that will bring up the tools permanently. But that's, full screen works exactly the same way. We can zoom into 100 percent, like so. Totally nice clean interface, no tools no nothing. And then we can still use our shortcuts to move back through the images, for example, like so. Shortcuts to zoom in, shortcuts to zoom out. So we even, you don't have the tools visible, if you know the shortcut then you can pretty much you know get Capture One to do anything in that respect. Next question? Uh, one last one for Jeff, actually, and for David. Folks want to know, how do you avoid and how do you deal with sort of, the, too many cooks in the kitchen when you're tethering situation. Can that happen? It can happen, I mean, that's, I mean, again, there were some tricks that you can use to kind of freeze the image from popping up. And then it's really, you know, you just kind of, it's a little bit of crowd control. Got it, great. You know. Awesome, thank you. Great answer. Crowd control. Bring your nightsticks. And as Jeff said if you want to prevent you know, images popping up, just say Never. And then that way you can just put it on one image you could be shooting, hide the browser, no one needs to know that new images are coming in, if they know that they're not allowed to touch the capture station, then really, there's nothing they can do about it. Or give them Capture Pilot to go and sit somewhere else and then see those images pop in. So perfect. Great. So David, any final thoughts on tethering? I think, the final tethering thought, is that really it's not difficult. It's plug and play. You know, you get your camera, plug in the simple USB cable, start up a session, if you don't change anything from default, everything runs super smooth. Captures go in the Capture folder, Selects go in the Selects folder, Outputs go in the Outputs folder. So if you start with that sort of simple, you know, process, it's really easy. And the joy of sort of shooting and seeing the image pop up on screen, making adjustments on the fly, getting closer to the final shot, right there and then, without having to take the card out of the camera, download, the client says well that looks a bit strange, I haven't done the adjustments yet. Client comfort as well, to visualize that near end result. And you know, just try it. It's dead simple, it's really not like you have to install drivers or go hunting on the internet for other stuff. It's literally all ready in Capture One. Most Canon, Nikon, Sony cameras will tether in phase one, of course. Just go to Look at supported cameras, and we have a special column which shows you whether tethering is available or not. Just remember all the camera manufacturers vary in what's possible, what's not possible, and even from model to model some things are possible, some things are not possible. So the stuff you've seen here today, you might see more possibilities on your camera, you might see less, as such. So, just give it a go, it's a great experience.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials

Capture One Discount Code
Wacom Discount Code
Tether Tools Discount Code

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Workspace Layout Visual
Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Session Users Glossary of Terms
Catalog Users Glossary of Terms

Ratings and Reviews


This is a good overview of Capture One 10. The course is well structured and presented logically and progressively with clear and concise examples. The software is intricate and the amount of details presented will benefit from a second or third viewing, along with sufficient practice. David is an excellent teacher, slow enough to follow, fast enough to keep the listener's interest. I would agree with a previous reviewer that the shooting session was uninspired but the tethered demo was thoroughly useful nevertheless for someone to become an assistant, for instance. If you have ever used LR in this role, you will appreciate the power and stability of C1 for tethering. With regards to the comment about this class being non-creative; before you can run you have to walk and this course is all about understanding how to operate the software not about what you eventually want to do with it. Capture One is well designed, speedy and its homogeneous interface makes it easy to get to a result once you have a good knowledge of its layout and principles, compared for example with LR which is all over the place with modes, inconsistent and slow operations. Likewise, the C1 color editor is miles ahead of LR color functions, in simplicity and overall efficiency. This class is about mechanics for a reason; creativity is a parallel stream. It would have been beneficial to have a module highlighting major differences with LR for people migrating to Capture One as the word on the street is that C1 is hard. I would suggest to listen in to convince yourself of the contrary. All in all, I recommend this class; it is time well invested if you want to become more comfortable with Capture One and discover its potential.


The course is excellent and David does a nice job. However, I'm an advanced armature, not a professional. I had my own personal color darkroom, then Photoshop/Bridge, and NIK which I still use occasionally. My intention is to rely on Capture One which I purchased about 90 days ago. I would have appreciated a SIMPLE, here is how you load (Import) an image, "save" or "save as" and how to simply export an image (Variant). Yes those items are covered but, David has a tendency to casually and very quickly jump from Tool Tabs or Cursor Tools or the Tool Bar and then magically it's done and he has moved on. How did he do it. Based on David's training, I love the results I get with Capture One Pro. Yes, I know this is not Photoshop - it's much better. I never used Lightroom. I added variant to my vocabulary and I understand all the tools. I still struggle with the simple import, save, save as, and export of a image I worked on and cropped, then trying to consistently open that image as I see it in Capture One Pro. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and I don't know why. I will continue to re-review the course materials and I will figure it out. I know there is something simple I missed as David navigated the various tools and pull downs. I recommend this class but it does little for the armature. Capture One Pro is second nature to him and he knows all the ins and outs. I would help me a lot if he just add a 5 minute intro, importing an image from a folder, just crop it, then export the variant and open it in Photoshop.

Maria Baptiste

I recently purchased Capture One because I needed a RAW converter that was more dependable and also more reliable when it came to shooting tethered. I also noticed that many of the photogs I follow really enjoy using Capture One and rave about its efficiency. After looking at a few YouTube videos I decided that I needed something more thorough and of course CreativeLive delivered. This is an excellent course and David Grover is a superb instructor. His in depth and thorough knowledge of the software is obvious but his manner of speaking and the simplicity with which he provides directions makes it easy to learn Capture One and lets you appreciate a sophisticated and expertly engineered software. If you're working with Capture One 11, layers is a little different than in version 10 but otherwise everything David discusses is the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will continue to refer back to sections as needed. Thank you Creative Live and David Grover!!

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