How to Export for Social Media


Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10


Lesson Info

How to Export for Social Media

So we looked at cropping earlier but we didn't really speak about specific dimensions for certain outputs. And the question that came earlier about say, exporting for SmugMug or something like that and we can kind of help that by using specific feature in the crop tool to crop to the specific process recipe. So let's just grab any image. Let's say I wanna post this up on Instagram, for example. Let's make myself a upload to Instagram recipe, for example, or any other social media of your choice. So I'm gonna grab a JPEG, of course, probably sRGB. We're gonna have a fixed width in pixels. Which, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think for Instagram is 2,048 pixels, like so. If we wanted to we could actually go to 100%. We could then proof, down to my export to really get a good measure of how low could I risk going with the JPEG compression, for example. Remember that's proofing exactly on the fly how that JPEG output is gonna look. So we could judge that nice and accurately. And the next ...

kind of trick here in the crop tool is to choose the output denomination here like so. So if we say output, when I bring up my crop, bring up my c for crop, you'll see, if you look at the label at the top, it's fixed to 2048 pixels like so. So whatever I do to my crop I'm always gonna get that 2048 pixel dimensions. If we wanted to go square for example, let's say dimensions and put in pixels, 2048 by like so. Notice straight away that this label turned red. This label is red because it doesn't confirm, or conform, to the output recipe. So as soon as I grab it again, you see it now snaps to my square format. And however I do this, you can see capture one is gonna scale that output to 2048. If I get too small, you'll see that now this particular image we don't have enough resolution to give me 2048 pixels with the maximum upscaling that capture one can do. So you might reach a limit for example, but now I've got my nice square export which I can then go on and export out. So if we were exporting to Instagram because we have to upload by our phone for example, here would be a good case to select folder and then put it in our Dropbox for example so that it goes to my phone and I can then upload it to Instagram. What I do is I put a sub folder in here of the current date, current date like so. So when I make an upload, day, month, year, is that I know that that's the one I've just uploaded to my Dropbox and then I can jump that straight over to Instagram for example. So if we were to trigger this process recipe, let's do that. And remember you can just do command d to process. If you're not a fan of the shortcuts you can just hit the process button down here as well. Or, additionally, if we customize our toolbar once more, we can grab the process button which looks like a cog, put that somewhere convenient, and then if we tap that will process that image out. And if we go to my output location for this particular process recipe which is right here, you see we've got today's date, and my output which is scaled nicely to 2048 by 2048. I can then go to Dropbox on my phone, pull that off, and then upload to Instagram. So we can make any number of process recipes conforming to particular dimensions very simply. Just remember in the crop tool you need to pick the output denominator there and that will force the crop to look at the output dimensions and go for that. So if you have specific dimensions, choose the dimensions here. We've also got height, width, fixed, which is purely by scale, long edge and short edge as well. Capture one is capable of upscaling too so if we go to fixed we can do a maximum, I think it's 250%, we go 300 it turns red. So 250% we can upscale the image. Capture one does pretty good job as well, also downscaling too.

Class Description

Imagine if you could capture, tether, adjust color gradient, and manage files in one program? Enter Capture One and, David Grover, a Capture One educator and expert. In this class, you'll learn how to maximize every shot. Here's what you'll learn: 
  • The interface and tools, so you can customize a workflow suited to your needs 
  • Techniques to grow a searchable and automated image catalog  
  • Ways to simplify your workflow so you can tether and adjust your RAW files WHILE you shoot 
  • Tips on using the color management tools to get that cinematic crisp look
With Capture One, manage your photos and edit all-in-one program for a simple streamlined process. 

Software Used: Capture One Pro 10, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.4 - 2015.8


1Introduction 2What's Possible with Capture One: Quick Edit 3Capture One Versions: Installation Basics 4Interface Introduction and Customization 5The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts 6Image Management Basics 7Organization Best Practices 8Building your First Catalog 9Image File Management Automation 10Advanced Catalog Organization 11How to Add Meta Data 12Searching and Filtering Techniques 13Further Catalog Strategies 14Basic Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques 15Advanced Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques 16Basic Composing Techniques: Cropping, Rotation, Straightening 17How to Correct for Perspective 18Basic Tool Behavior 19Tool Basics Part 1 20Tool Basics Part 2 21Converting to Black and White and Adding Grain 22How to Apply Image Adjustments Globally 23Sharpening and Noise Reduction 24How to Create and Save Styles and Presets 25Why Should You Shoot Tethered? 26How to Set-Up Your Tethered Hardware 27How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project 28Basic Session Workflow Organizing And Making Selects 29Basic Session Workflow Exporting 30Advanced Session Workflow 31Creating Selections With Smart Albums 32Advanced Exporting 33Saving Session Templates 34Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot 35Using The Color Editor Basic Color Adjustment 36Skin Tone Adjustments 37Color Grading Using The Color Balance Tool 38Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color 39Create Masks for Local Adjustments using Brushes & Gradients 40Advanced Local Adjustments using Masks 41Dodging and Burning in Capture One 42Creating Local Adjustments with the Color Editor 43How to Use Local Adjustment Masks for Color Editing 44How to Remove Objects in your Image 45Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments 46Exporting with File>Export 47Export Strategies and Proofing Previews with Process Recipes 48How to Export for Social Media 49More Clever Tricks with Capture One Pro 10 50Final Q&A



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!!