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Creating Selections With Smart Albums

Lesson 31 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

Creating Selections With Smart Albums

Lesson 31 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

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31. Creating Selections With Smart Albums

Next Lesson: Advanced Exporting


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

Creating Selections With Smart Albums

In our All Images Smart Album... So this looks at every single image in the session which is anything that's in our Basic Session folders and anything that we've added as Session Favorites. If I hadn't added those as Session Favorites, then this All Images album would've shown nothing basically so it's really important to add those to Session Favorites, and it gave us that nice shortcut ability to switch the Capture Folder. So remember, looking in our Finder, we have Look 1, 2, 3, with all those various different shots in it like so. Now instead of moving to the Selects Folder, which we could do - we could do the same workflow. We could just drag the images from each Looks to the Selects Folder if we wanted to, but we might like to just keep them in their own folder just to be neat and tidy. Otherwise, we're going to end up with three different looks in the one folder. But that's an option. There's nothing to stop you doing that. But like we did in earlier lessons, what we do for selec...

tion is that we will use some Color Tags. So let's just actually go to Look 1, and then what you and I can do together, Jeff, is rather than dragging to the Selects Folder, I'm just gonna use cursor keys, and then we can pick - let's say pick three shots per look like so. So you can either look in this view of course, Jeff, or we can just have the helicopter view like so. And what I do is, if you see a shot that you like, we just hit it with a Green tag. Maybe that one? Okay. So I'm gonna press "7" on my keyboard which, remember from earlier lessons gives me a Green tag, and that shows up in the bottom left hand corner like so. So let's just pop through. Yeah, I would say number... Yeah, that's a good one. Okay. And I think Number 19 there. Number 19. So that gives us three shots. Okay. Happy with that? Sure. Great. So let's go to Look 2. Remember if I want to, I can use my shortcut again to step down to the next Look. So that was Edit, Select Next Collection, Shift+Command+Down. So again we can drive all of this without having to pick up the mouse or pen. So if I go to the next look, use my shortcut for First Image... Yeah, I like that one. Yeah. Then we tag that one green. So then I can just tap through. Maybe that one. This one? Yeah. Okay. And then maybe one that's not as close. Okay. There you go. This one? Go to the next one. That one. This one. Okay. Remember if you just want to quickly verify focus, we could check. Actually, that one's a little off. Maybe that next one? Next one...Let's look at 100 percent. Uh oh. What happened, Jeff? (laughs) Whoops! Wrong shortcut key. Hang on. Even I get shortcuts wrong sometimes. So the nice thing is... There we go. There you go. So if you want to check focus, at 100 percent, it's still pretty speedy. I mean, it's instant, and that's because Capture One is caching that 100 percent view so if we're working collaboratively like this, and we want to bounce back and forth between 100 percent, we can definitely see we've missed it, which we did on purpose of course. Always. (Instructor laughs) And now we know that one is good so I can press 7 like so and then that gives us our three pics. So let's go to Look 3 and do the same process. I like that one. This one? Yeah and the next one down too maybe. Yeah. Okay. And then...Not that one? Maybe that one. This one? Yeah. Okay. Again, let's just check focus. We're spot on with that. Super sharp. Okay, so now we've got in our individual Looks... Remember we can filter by Green, like so, either in the Filters tool or by using our shortcut. Because what we want to do if we look at Edit Keyboard Shortcuts is...collapse this. Find Filters and then Toggle Color Tag Filters. So we haven't made one for Green, that's why. So if I do Option+7 that gives me the ability to toggle that Green Filter on and off. So now in this Look, if I just do Option+7, then we can see that's our final selection. Jeff, are you happy with those? Yes. Okay. Let's go to our next collection. Or previous, sorry. Back to Look 1. Back to next collection. Let's toggle our filters: Option+7. Happy with those? Good stuff. Next collection. Toggle our filters. Happy with those. Yeah. So what we'd really like to see is be able to see all those selects in one go. So if we go to... We can either filter All Images which would work so if we filtered All Images we could see them, or if we wanted to, we could make another Smart Album. So if I say Smart Album, like so... "Green Tag Selects", for example. And then... Whoops. It helps if I actually pick Green. Sorry. Let's say Edit Smart Album. "Green Tag Selects". Color Tag is Green. That's the criteria for the Smart Album. It will populate itself with all of our images. Let's make the thumbnails smaller. So we've got our Look 1, Look 2, Look 3, like so. Any questions on that so far, Jim? Yes. From Kelly Gilchrist. When you change to the different destination folders like Look 2, Capture One retains the last shoot even though it has changed destinations. Correct. Do you need to reset this? Yeah, if you want to reset that after you've, say, fired off a test shot, just hit Command+R and then it will reset. And then the next shot you take will be a default. Or you make a shot, you adjust as you wish, and then the next one will be a default as well.

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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