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How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project

Lesson 27 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project

Lesson 27 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

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27. How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project


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

How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project

To set up our session, simply file, new session. And then we need to give our session a name, so let's just call this basic session, like so. As before, if you wanna change the location of the session, then you can just click on the little button here and then that will take you to standard file browser and you can choose where you want to place that. But I'm just gonna put it in my pictures folder. Other than that, leave everything else on default. So if we say okay, that will pop open our basic session like so. I'm gonna right click at the top so you can see exactly what Capture One has made. So we end up with, I'll just make that bigger. We end up with a folder here, basic session, has the same name as the session. And then Capture One will automatically make four folders. Capture, output, selects, and trash. And the basic session workflow is that we shoot into the capture folder, we can move some selects to the selects folder, then we can process to the output folder, and anything ...

we don't like, goes in the trash. So that's our bare bones session workflow. So if we look in Capture One itself, the first tool tab, which if you remember from earlier lessons, is where we managed our catalog. This is kind of similar, but it's basically where we manage our session. I'm just gonna start up my little mouse highlighter, which I didn't do. So, yes, in the library tool is where we manage our session. So if we look over on the left hand side, it's split into four different categories. So, session folders, session albums, session favorites, and system folders. We only today, in this first kind of basic session, is really concentrate on session folders. So this gives us a shortcut to the capture folder, the selects folder, the output folder, and the trash folder. And by default, if we don't change anything in here, we shoot to the capture folder, selects will go to selects, processed images will go to the output folder, if we leave everything stable as it is. Which is what we're gonna do in this first session. The second tab, which you didn't see yesterday, as I had it hidden in my workspace, this is what we call the capture tab. Pretty obvious to see, looks like a small camera. And this is where we have all the various tools that relate to working with a tethered camera connection. So before we get to shooting, if I just bring this one up the top so it's easier to see, you can see that we have our camera connected. A Sony a7r mark II. Is that right Jeff? Right. Yup, yup. Oh, we can see it there. There we go (laughs). And this basically is the control hub for your tethered camera. Now, depending whether you're tethering a Canon, a Nikon, or a Sony, the availability of options here might change a little bit. So kind of over on the left hand side in this section is all the, sort of, exposure data and settings for the camera. So we can see Jeff's in manual mode, cause he's a professional. Right? (laughs) We can see our shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and also battery indication. Now, if you want to, you can actually drive the controls of the camera from Capture One itself. So in this kind of situation, Jeff's gonna generally, control the camera because he's, we're going to be shooting a real live living thing, as such. If we're doing studio, like still life photography, then of course you can drive the camera directly from Capture One. Now, if you're a Canon user, a Nikon user, or Phase One user, for example, then what you see here and what is available may be different, 'cause none of the camera manufacturers operate in the same way, of course. So, what's available here and what isn't available here will depend on the manufacturer and what kind of camera that you have connected. We can also trigger a capture with the large button here. And we can also look at live view, which we'll look at a bit later as well. So that's a live view, kind of, video feed direct from the camera, which is great for rating composition in still life and so on. Also, you can see quite usefully we can manage, monitor rather, the battery level of the camera. So we can keep an eye on that, especially if you're kind of working on your own and shooting product or still life. And also if we right click and customize our toolbar, you'll find, if I can see it, a battery status indicator which we can also put on the toolbar itself. So that way it's actually a live graphic. It'll get reduced, like, kind of like the icon on your mobile phone, of course. And if we click on it, we can actually see the percentage of the battery as well. So if I zoom in there. So that's a really nice visual way just to keep an eye on when your battery's going to crater so you don't have to suddenly switch it out halfway through a shoot. In the rest of the capture tool tab, we'll go through a few more as we go, but really the first thing that we need to do is kind of set up our naming convention. And we saw it briefly in earlier lessons when we talked about the concept of tokens in Capture One. And we can use tokens to automate our naming convention just to make life a little bit easier. So again, if we look at next capture naming, this tells us our naming format. I'm just going to zoom in a little bit closer. And this is where we can pick and choose those tokens to set up our naming format. So, again, if we click on the little box with the dots in it, this opens up our naming format window. So we have some presets up the top here, or you can pull from any of those tokens that we saw earlier as well. And to take out the sort of, the, human error element of remembering to name things, remembering to do counters, and so on, we're going to use tokens to automate the naming so we don't have to think about it at all. So I delete those tokens. And the first thing we're going to find is the token cord document name, which kind of sounds a bit weird, but that's the name of our session. So it's called Basic Session. And then we're simply gonna find a counter, like so. So you can see by default it's a one digit counter. I imagine we're going to shoot more than nine pictures, I would think Jeff (laughs). So, next to the token you see there's a small arrow that points down, and if we click on that, we can choose. Let's go for a four digit counter. So that basically gives us the naming convention. Oh, and I should add, in between tokens you can put dashes, dots, whatever you want, just to help split up those tokens. So if I do an underscore like so, and then tab out, then we've set up our naming convention, like so. So let's bring out the next capture naming and zoom in a little. So, it gives us a sample, Basic Session, and the digit counter like so. So we don't really have to manually type any naming convention. It's kind of done it for us through the use of that token. Now you can see that the counter is set to number two. So we want to be able to manage the counter, like, reset it, for example. So there's a couple of different ways you can do that. If you click on the sub menu of next capture naming, you'll see a reset capture counter option. Let me zoom in so you can see better. A reset capture counter option and set capture counter. So if you need to shoot from a particular number, like number two, three, four, five, you can set that. And you can also set the increments. So if you want to count up one, two, three, four, five. If you want to count up two, four, six, eight, ten, you can. You might wonder why you would ever want to do that. But if you imagine you're copying a book, then you tend to copy even pages first. So you do page two, page four, page six, and then you do odd numbers. You do page one, page three, page five. So, there's a reason for all these kinds of strange settings that you might see. Now you can set the counters here, but again, it makes sense to invoke a shortcut to do that. So in our edit menu, you can see under counters, we've got various different shortcuts for resetting import counter, capture counter, renaming counter, and so on. So what I've got, F12 on my keyboard, to reset the capture counter. So you can see right now it's at number two. So if I tap F12, then we're now back down to number one, like so, and we're ready to go. So all I have to remember to do, really, for simple fuss free naming, is use tokens, use a capture counter like that, and then we're pretty much good to go. There's a few other things in here which, I'll mention one now. Let's just bring this out to the front. Again, very quickly, Jeff, maybe if you just wanna, just tweak, let's just change shutter speed or aperture or something like that 'cause what you'll see is in the camera tool here, see it sync directly back to Jeff's camera. So as he's making changes, then it pops up directly here. Which is also good for the collaboration aspect, because if you're working with a digital tech, then the digital tech has eyes on the camera settings and can say, hang on a minute, Jeff, why are you shooting at ISO 1600 in the studio? Hang on a minute, your aperture's changed from the one we agreed which was f8, and so on. So it's another pair of eyes on the same thing. The camera settings tool goes a bit deeper into more settings that you can change on the camera itself. Now again, depending if you're Canon, Nikon, Sony, Phase One, you might see a longer list, you might see a shorter list. So it just really depends on the camera model that's attached. But you can drive quite a lot of settings directly from the camera itself. You'll also see a couple of sub-options here, like going back to defaults, inverting shutter speed, inverting the aperture. So plus, can either open the aperture, or close the aperture, depending on how you think. So, let's drop that back down. And you see by default, and remembering this basic run through we're not going to change anything from the default to make it super simple. So the capture's when we start to shoot. We're going to go to our capture folder, which if you remember, is right there, like so.

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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