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Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

Lesson 41 of 48

Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!


Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

Lesson 41 of 48

Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!


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Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!

Hey, welcome back to creative lives. So in this final segment, with just freestyling bit and enjoying doing some image editing So everything that we've learned up until now we just combine into 67 Also different image edits, picking up various different techniques. So the selection of images that I've got here, I've just tried Teoh pick a few different things so that we can explore the various different techniques that we've learned. A swell. So the 1st 1 that I'm going to start with from photographer Andrew Link, Uh, this is how it looks at a camera, and I think that's that's pretty astonishing that it's almost ready toe deliver straight off the bat. So this is, ah, good lesson in the fact that we don't necessarily have to playing Distort Onda just everything to get a good result. But if I was to edit this one a little bit and I should say I I did sort of a number of practice runs through the run throughs yesterday. Andi, To be honest, I never seem to manage to edit the image the same...

way twice. So will be interesting to see how these images look once you've gone through the but going back right to the start of the course. You remember my preferred first step is to go to the crop. Tops are going to change that back to unconstrained on, then throw on some kind of crop on If you remember, that's important because the hissed a gram that we see is based on the crop tool itself. Now, first of all, looking at their levels. Let's just move these up a little bit. We can see it's slightly under exposed, but, you know, maybe that's not a bad thing. I think it would be a shame if we sort of almost corrected it. We've lost some of that drama mystery of what's going on in this cave and really are subject. Is this guy in the suit but the front? So I would be a little bit reluctant to push it too much. So just a tiny bit of exposure correction and then bringing in the levels just to take away some of that flatness. As before, I click a full auto and turn on our exposure warnings just to make sure that we're not losing anything hovering the cursor over here, we're fine I mean, this is sitting around 2 50 This is sitting maybe just a little bit too dark. Once again, I don't want to ruin this sort of drama, So I think I just left the shadows ever such a small amount. So that's a good start point where we can maybe do a few more advanced things. It's generally a bit flat, but if I change the contrast, we're probably gonna undo what we just did in here in the cave. So if we did go for more contrast, then it's just gonna block up really quickly. So once again, my preferred choice here would be clarity. And if you remember, clarity only effects the middle part of the history. Graham. So we've got some nice patterns down here in the ice, as you can see and up here in the rocks. And probably a small amount of clarity would just help bring that out nicely. So once again, if we click on the name clarity, weaken, see before and after, and equally because of all this fine detail, I'll bring up the structure a little bit as well. So going pretty good so far locally. I don't think I would really do much in the way of local adjustments. What I want to do, though, is again. This is our central subjects that be nice if we could perhaps brighten him up a little bit. So if we go to a color editor, let's bring the color red. It's around so it's easier to manage and see. Make it a bit larger. And I'm going straight to the advance tab because the basic tag, remember, has those limitations on those segments. So I'm going to go straight to advanced, grab my picker, click on the suit, consuming a bit just so we can see a little bit easier. So let's click on the suit like so I'm gonna turn on view selected coloring to now It's highly unlikely that really anything else is has been affected by this pick. But it's, you know, habit. I get into just to turn this on to make sure that we're not going to affect anything that we don't want to. Just by grabbing lightness here we can lift him up a little bit and make it more saturated. So just so, he's really standing out against the background. Let's collapse the Colorado. It's a damn. And remember, if we want to see that before and after, we can hold our option key down and click on the reset button up here. So before and after, like so not many adjustments, but really simple to do but makes a big difference to the final image. The only thing that I might be tempted to do if we bring up the shadows a bit more like if I wanted to peek inside the cave a bit more, I don't really want to do a general shadow lift. I'd want to just bring up the shadows in the cave a little bit more. Maybe just on this bit, so we have an idea of what's going on. So if we go into our layers to, I'm gonna make a new field layer first of all, so that if we press em on our keyboard, that shows us that it's a layer on the whole image. So, like an adjustment layer and photo shop, it's gonna happen on the whole image Now. The reason I'm doing this is just so I can kind of get an idea of what this adjustment might do. So if we bring up the shadows. I'm just looking specifically in this section. We can go to something around that, and I think that would be quite nice. So now I'm going to right click and clear the mosque, so it's gonna keep my shadow lift, but just clear the mosque so I can brush it back in now we should always remember to Neymar layers. Let's call that cave, grab a brush right click to look at our parameters. So I'm probably going to keep it nice and soft, and once again, we can see the flow is set to a nice low value around six. And if you remember, what the flow control does is that with every pass of the brush, we're building up our adjustment in 6% increments if you like. So I've got quite a lot of brushstrokes to do before I get to my full adjustment. So now if we just do a few gentle brushstrokes around here and at the top just to give a little impression of what's going on in the cave, So now if I turn this layer off and back on, we can see quite nicely what's going on in the cave. Let's go to 50% whips 50% like so turn this layer on and off and it's just opened it up a little bit. But if I'd done that on the whole image than it would have destroyed the drama somewhat, one thing that we didn't look at much throughout the course was this tool, the vignette ing tool. So if you like, this is the kind of precursor to drawing proper radio Grady in Mosques. But to be honest, if you just want a simple vignette on the whole image, the vignette in Till does a really good job. It bleeds in on a really nice, gradual percent or path into the image, and it's not very noticeable. So if I want to do is like win yet, then I can do so funding. We spend all this money on buying lenses that don't vignette, and then we go ahead and we do raid your masks on vignette ing and put them back in. So let's go to something like that. So if we want to compare before and after, actually let's do a new variant, so that would give me a virtual copy without any of the adjustments so we can put them next to each other. It's quite up, rails on, hide the tools so you can see what we did again. Not very many adjustments, but just goes a long way into just lifting it little bit. We can see kind of what's going on in the cave and using the color editor just to brighten him up specifically as well, really easy to do.

Class Description


  • Understand the interface and terminology in Capture One Pro 12
  • Setup your workspace and shortcuts to fit your habits
  • Build a workflow and editing strategy to save time and maximize results
  • Control the dynamics of color and texture with Capture One’s RAW conversion engine
  • Tackle a wide variety of image problems with photo editing
  • Learn the new features inside Capture One Pro 12
  • Master advanced image editing techniques
  • Shoot tethered photos -- and edit as you shoot


Capture One Pro 12 allows you to seamlessly capture, organize and edit your images all in one space. But the wide variety of tools and customization options in the photo editing program from Phase One can make the software a challenge for new users.

In this course, David Grover, a Capture One educator and expert, shows you how to overcome the initial hurdles of learning this program so you can hit the ground running. From basic techniques to advanced edits, you'll learn start-to-finish photo editing and asset management inside Capture One Pro 12.

Whether you are new to Capture One, are coming from an older version of the program, or are switching from another photo editor, you'll master everything from import to export. In this class, David shares everything from workflow to editing, exporting and even shooting tethered- all the while giving you helpful examples and visual aids to drive home each lesson. By the end of this intensive course, you’ll be ready to manage and edit your photos in one streamlined process.


  • Beginner and intermediate Capture One users
  • Photographers in need of a post-processing workflow that are working with one of the more than 500 compatible camera models
  • from Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon, Phase One, and others
  • Photographers who want to enhance RAW images and make them look extraordinary
  • Photographers incorporating tethered shooting into their process
  • Professional photographers switching from another editing program


Capture One Pro 12


As a member of the software team behind Capture One, David Grover is an expert on the ins and outs of Capture One Pro 12. But with experience running weekly webinars on the photo editing software, David is also a respected educator in the industry. Shooting since the age of 16, David is both a photographer and a photo editor. He lives in the UK with his wife and two children.


  1. Interface Overview

    Get acquainted with Capture One Pro with a quick overview of the program, including where the different controls and options are located. In the first half of the class, David walks through a quick start of the software before diving into the advanced tools.

  2. Customizing Your Workspace and Keyboard Shortcuts

    Capture One Pro offers full control of your workspace, allowing you to customize where the controls are situated. Learn how to design a workspace that works for you, along with tips for creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts. In this lesson, David also notes the differences between running the image editor on Mac and on a PC.

  3. Making Your First Catalog

    With a workspace in place, begin working with your images by creating your first catalog. Learn how to create an organized home for your photos in the editing software. Here, David also shares tips for organizing images and maximizing performance.

  4. Importing Your First Images

    Add your RAW files to the catalog in this lesson, picking up tricks for including subfolders and avoiding duplicate images. Work on asset management essentials like where to save files and renaming images.

  5. Virtual Organization

    Starting Capture One Pro with a basic organization scheme will save time and trouble in the long run. Pick up basics on getting images organized inside the imaging software -- and keeping them that way. Work with moving files, managing folders, finding images on the hard drive and more.

  6. Basic Tool Behavior

    Jump into image processing by learning how the different tools work. Pick up essentials like the hidden tools for returning the settings back to zero and reviewing the before and after of just a single adjustment. By starting with an understanding of the options that comes with each type of control, you'll be better poised to diving into the nitty-gritty of photo editing.

  7. Starting Approach to Editing

    What do you edit first? Establish a basic editing workflow and optimize both your time and the image quality. Dan shares tips on which edits to tackle first and why. Work with tools like exposure and white balance, then move into levels for adjusting shadows, mid-tones, and highlights.

  8. Next Level Editing

    Continue layering on adjustments. Learn the difference between the brightness slider and the exposure slider, then move to next level tools like saturation, clarity, contrast, the RGB curve, and the luminosity curve. See a comparison between similar tools to see the difference between each one.

  9. Color Tools Overview

    Fine-tune the colors in images using the color editor and color balance tools. Learn the difference between the two options and how to use each one. Then, move into specifics like the skin tone tool and adjusting specific colors.

  10. Basic Copy Paste Workflow

    Capture One Pro includes tools to help you avoid repetitive work. See how to copy the adjustments from one image to paste them onto the next. Then, adjust the default options on how the tool works.

  11. Basic Export

    Once you are finished with a basic edit, images need to be exported for sharing or printing. Navigate the different export options like file type, recipes, and more.

  12. Getting Started on an Edit

    Capture One is good for more than just quick edits -- get started in more advanced editing tools in the second segment of the class. In this lesson, discuss topics like how much editing is too much, planning the edit, and more.

  13. Adding Layers to Your Toolkit

    In Capture One Pro, layers allow you to apply local adjustments, or changes made only to a small portion of the image. Learn how to use separate layers and masks to fine-tune an image using the brush tools and other local adjustment options.

  14. Radial and Linear Gradients

    The linear and radial gradient masks allow for creating layer masks that follow a shape for local adjustments without painting on with a brush. Work with these two types of masks to fine-tune the image through more local adjustment options.

  15. Luminosity Masking

    The luminosity mask tool adjusts images based on light, applying the masked effect to just the shadows or highlights, for example. Master this more advanced local adjustment to fine-tune the photograph.

  16. More Advanced Layers

    Now that you know how to use layers for local adjustments, see them in action. In this lesson, David walks through layer adjustments on a handful of images to demonstrate the different possibilities of these tools.

  17. Removing Simple Objects and Local Adjustments

    Learn how to remove an object from a photograph inside Capture One Pro. Using the clone and heal layers, remove distractions from images with this toolset.

  18. Advanced Color Edits

    Head back into the color editor tool and build in advanced techniques. Learn how to select and adjust specific color ranges, including helpful shortcuts.

  19. Using the Color Range to Select Just What You Need

    Put those color tools in action on sample edits. In this lesson, David demonstrates how to use the color editor tool to adjust a single object, without affecting the rest of the image.

  20. Editing Colors in General

    Expand your color editing repertoire with several real-world samples. Learn how to use the color tools to enhance the sky in a landscape image or to remove distractions in street photography.

  21. Editing Skin Tones

    Capture One Pro breaks out skin tones into a dedicated tab to better help photo editors easily work with portraits. Find out how to correct skin color to remove redness and other imperfections.

  22. Combining Color Selections with Layers

    What if you have an image with two objects that have identical color, but you only want to adjust one of them? Fine-tune your color adjustments using layers to adjust only a single area of color.

  23. Creating Masks From the Color Editor

    The same selections that you make in the color editor can be converted into masks to adjust more than just the color in that area. Unlike the color tools, this technique can be used to make a selection that adjusts other elements, like sharpness, contrast, and clarity.

  24. Color Grading with the Color Balance Tool

    Get creative with color grading by using the color balance tool. See how the tool works, then see real-life examples of the technique in action. Build your own color grading station by adding a custom tab into the workflow.

  25. Intro to Second Day

    Ahead of a live shoot, get a jump start on what's next: tethered shooting and sessions.

  26. Session Overview

    Unlike a catalog, a session is designed to organize a single event. Learn how sessions are organized, how the software manages the files, how to create a new session and more.

  27. Tethered Basics

    If you've never shot with a tether before, there are a few basics you need to know first. In this lesson, David shares beginner's tips on connecting the camera and computer for a tethered session. Then, see the camera and software prepped for the tether live.

  28. Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions

    Tethered sessions do not need to be organized into a single folder. Learn how to separate images into folders as you shoot and how to create a custom file name.

  29. Controlling the Camera

    Adjust camera options directly inside Capture One Pro. Here, David shows how to customize the tethered workspace, how to connect the camera, and how to remotely adjust camera settings.

  30. Handling Next Capture Adjustments

    Start shooting from inside Capture One, then learn how to make adjustments that will apply to all the subsequent photographs. Explore advanced options for tethered shooting.

  31. Using Live View Focusing and Overlay

    See what your camera sees while working remotely using Live View. In this lesson, David shares how to use the Live View feature, along with the Overlay option when working with composites or images with text.

  32. Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums

    With the tethered shooting session finished, choose the images from the live shoot using tools like color tags and ratings. Then, work with filtering options and smart albums.

  33. Saving a Session Template

    Starting a new tethered shoot doesn't necessarily mean starting everything over from scratch. Learn how to save a session template so you can easily re-use that organization scheme.

  34. Overview of Process Recipes

    Process recipes make exporting simple. Build your own process recipes for working with image files inside Capture One.

  35. Tokens Overview

    In Capture One Pro, tokens help organize images with metadata and keywords. Learn how to use tokens to create custom file names based on factors like when the image was shot. Use tokens to save images in specific folders based on their color tag or rating, rather than doing multiple exports.

  36. A Simple Round Trip

    Capture One Pro plays well with other image editors. Learn how to take a photo out of Capture One and into Adobe Photoshop or other programs, then bring the file back into the catalog. Work with a PSD file inside Capture One.

  37. Sharpening Workflow

    Sharpening can be adjusted in three different ways in Capture One. In this lesson, work with lens corrections to apply specific sharpening algorithms, sharpening sliders, and sharpening at the export.

  38. Creating a Recipe for Web Output

    Quickly share files online by creating your own recipe for exporting images. David walks through the options and some of the best settings for prepping images for the web as well as how to preview what the file will look like compressed.

  39. Selecting with a File Name List

    Design a process recipe for uploading to cloud storage and adding a watermark. Then, learn how to easily select images based on a list of filenames, such as when a client sends you a list of the photos that they like.

  40. Using Plugins and Sharing to Clients with PRODIBI

    Plugins can expand Capture One's capabilities. In this lesson, lean how to install plugins and how to use the PRODIBI option for online proofing and galleries.

  41. Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!

    In the final segment of the course, walk through full edits for various types of shots. In the first set, work with an image that needs just a few basic adjustments.

  42. Image 2 - Radial or Gradient Masks, Object Removal

    Continue perfecting real, RAW images with this pet shot. Work with a radial gradient mask, apply selective sharpening, and more.

  43. Image 3 - Keystone Tool and Aspect Ratio

    Correct perspective on architectural images using the Keystone tool. Then work with structural adjustments, lens corrections, and other adjustments.

  44. Image 4 - Using Styles in Capture One

    Work with styles to make quick adjustments to an entire image. Learn how to work with styles as a layer and further fine-tuning tips.

  45. Image 5 - Black and White

    Continue building your editing strategy and workflow and work with a black and white conversion. Customize the look of a black and white conversion and make monochrome-specific edits.

  46. Image 6 - Landscape

    Correct a landscape image, using tools common for the category like the Keystone tool, saturation, radial gradients, and more.

  47. Image 7 - Portrait

    Explore the tools for editing a portrait. Revisit skin tone adjustments, remove distractions and more in the edit for a casual portrait.

  48. Image 8 - Action in Lowlight

    Editing low light images is often a challenge -- see how to tackle this type of edit. Work with gradient masks, selective brightening, color grading and more. Finally, gain additional insight from student questions.



This is a superb course. David is an excellent teacher. I'm coming to the end of it and have learnt so much. I've been using the software for a year, self-learning as I went along. I had watched the odd David Grover video on YouTube, but never got much further in my understanding of the software. Capture One is brilliant software and to do it justice you need to learn it properly from an expert. Highly recommend this course if you want to produce professional results.


Excellent course and a very engaging speaker. If you are starting with Capture One 12, this is the best class to take. The lessons are presented and explained in an organized way that it shortens the learning curve. Thank you, David. Cheers!

Jino Lee

One of the best course I've purchased. Very helpful and I learned so much more with this course and in a short period of time, than all the official Capture One You Tube videos put together! Anyways David Grover is the same guy who does the Phase One C1 official YouTube videos, so there's no better person to conduct this course than him! Truly excellent and if you think you know all about C1 Pro 12 interface, wait till you watch this course.