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

Lesson 4 of 48

Importing Your First Images


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

Lesson 4 of 48

Importing Your First Images


Lesson Info

Importing Your First Images

So let's go looking for some images. So let's say choose folder. Uh, this is my external hard drive right here, and we're gonna have a look at Let's see creative life. We've got my images. I've got a photo called Travel on a few different places like so. So I'm going to just grab some images that already exist in this folder called Arizona. Like so So we say open and all those images pop up like so So this gives me a preview of what's in that folder just so I can know or see that I'm importing the images that I expect now if we were importing, say, a sub folder tree like if we had other folders underneath that so he had different places we might have visited or different dates or something like that. We can also say include sub folders, so this means capture. One will recognize any image that's through those sub folders as well. Anna calls. We can exclude duplicates if we're importing from, let's say, a memory card throughout the course of a day, then we could just check that on so we ...

make sure we don't import same image twice so destination. What are we going to do with these images? So the destination by default is set to current location, So that means the images are going to stay right here on the little external hard drive. They don't get moved, they don't get copied, they stay right there. No data gets changed, so that's the first thing we're going to do. Current location now. Everything else, as I said, is bonus stuff so we can duplicate the images as they were imported has a form of backup, so that can be particularly nice. If you're importing from memory card and you wanna have just the same set of images backed up, there's a fails in different ways to think about doing back up routines. That's just one of them naming. If we want Teoh rename the images, we can do so when we're importing from current location. It's not possible to name them because they're just Bean left. Where they are, they're not getting changed. But if we coming in from a memory guard, we could've calls rename as well, if we wish. So let's close that one meta data. We can add some basic meta data so I'll say copyright David Grover and the description is images from Arizona, for example, that would just pop into the metadata field tab out of that. And now we're ready to say import. So they're going to stay where they are, and they're gonna go to their current location all they can to stay in their current location. So let's say in portal and the import process starts or hide my viewer just so we can see it's pretty much instantaneous, especially if they're on a fast medium like that. And they show up straight away on before this closes, as it just did. That activity window is building previews for every single image that we import into the catalogue on. The reason for that is when we open an imaging capture, capture one. We're not actually looking at the raw data here. We're looking at that preview that was created. It's only when I zoom to 100% for example, that we then need to read the raw data itself. Otherwise, when we're browsing through capture one, as you can see, there's a silly selfie of me. We can browse through super super fast because we're only looking at those preview files, but they're perfectly color managed and matched and so on. And when we make edits, let's just change the exposure again. We're editing the preview because we never change the data in the raw file. So the catalog is holding a preview and a set of instructions on how the image should look. Capture one. So that's one import scenario. Once we've imported from this little memory card, we'll look at how you can access and move through them in capture on itself. So we've got some images here. Before we do that, I'm just gonna go into my external hard drive. Uh, let's see my images travel. I'm just going to delete these two folders to use my test folders when I was figuring all this out. So let's get rid of those so we can do it nice and clean, and we're going to do the same thing we're going to say file import images once more. If we're importing from memory card, you can actually avoid that step and just plug the memory card in. So I do that here because it will auto detect the memory card and open up the import dialogue. As you can see. Quite so. So this is the contents off this memory card, and you can see if we just make it a bit bigger by default. It's picked up. The source is the memory card. As I put it in now, what's different in this case is that we don't want to leave. The destination has current location because we don't leave them on the memory card. We want to get them somewhere safe. So let's put them in the same location or my external hard drive. So this point, I need to say, Choose folder. So let's go to my external hard drive and we go Teoh my images and travel and say, Set, that is the import folder down here. Now you're noticed that what pops up underneath is a little empty field. That's his sub folder. So now I can automatically create a sub folder on my hard drive from within the import dialog. So these air from Cuba. So let's make a fold accord Cuba like so and now we can start to look a concept which you'll see pop up all the way throughout this course, which is something called a token in capture one on a token is just a little bit off information that looks to some kind of meta data to create a folder or a naming convention. Well, something like that. So in this case, I want to divide up these images by the date that they were shot on. So I'm gonna put a ah Ford slash here on what the Ford Slash Means is that make another folder under this. So make a Cuba folder and then make another folder under that. Now, I wanna automate this based on the date that the image was captured. So if I click on this little box right here, this will bring up a lot these various different tokens that we can use. Now there's tons of them is at a guess 60 plus various different tokens. Now, you and I will probably only use 3 10 of these various different tokens. But somebody, somewhere has a use for one of those tokens. So to help kind of categories them a bit. We're going to go into groups and say Dayton time. So this will show me all various different dating time tokens. So we have current date which is today. And then we have the image date, as you can see down here. So I'm gonna drag this up here and you'll see under sample. It's giving me an idea of what it's gonna look like. So is gonna make a photo call Cuba and then under that it's gonna have April 23rd 2019 for example. Now, if you wanna have a slightly different format, there's a small arrow with side here, and I can choose Year, Month, Day, like so on site. OK, so capture one is going very kindly. If we just make that a bit bigger, we can see the path. It's going to make me a photo call Cuba and then individual folders based on the date that the image was captured because that's really super handy at times. Uh, this time these are not my images. So let's not infringe my friend Paul's copyright and put his name here. And then we're safe photos from Cuba, for example. So they're going into that travel folder like before into a sub folder called Cuba and then Sub folder, based on the date that you were captured. So let's say import all like. So in pop. The images will be slightly slower this time because it's copying them from memory card. Too hard drive. But this is a background task. So if you're desperate to start editing straightaway, then you can just simply bring up an image and start adjusting it. Capture one. You do not have to wait for this process to finish. So you see, we've got, um, just about disappeared before I could mention it. But we had to dialogues running the copying dialogue. So images coming from A to B on, then also making the previews as well. Now the previews. You actually have a little bit off control off. So if we go back into our preferences and then into image, you can see the first option here. The preview image, size and some pixel dimensions. So that is essentially, how big should this preview be for your monitor in capture one. Now, if you're working on standard laptop screens, standard monitors at home, you do not need to changes. But if you have four K displays or like a five K I Mac something like this, the preview will be too small for the resolution off your machine. So what it means when we're browsing through capture one. That preview is no big enough. So capture one will have to go and look at the raw data every single time we move through an image and that will slow it down. Quite a great deal. So you can see I can Braille superfast through these images. No delay whatsoever because it's only accessing that preview file. So if you have a four K monitor or a five K monitor, going to your preferences under the image tab and bump it up to 38 40 for four K 51 25 K Now I'll give you a good speed improvement as well. So we've importance of images. Where are they? How do I access them? Where do they actually belong? Or how can I manage them in capture one. So the very first tour tab is this one called her the library to tap. So this is where all our catalogue management takes place. So if I expend these out, you can see under here on the Cuba capture one helpfully, Let's just hold the viewer divided up all those images based on the date that they were captured. So that was the metadata from the camera at time of capture as well. So that's really useful and handy for us. We can see under Arizona there, we've got 27 images, like so and then are different image counts on the right hand side. So this shows you the exact location off. Your image is now up at the top here, under catalogue collections, these air simple short cuts that can't be changed. So if I go to all images, that shows me every single image that's in my catalogue, regardless of its location, and then we see the lost 10 imports here, so you can see just now we imported 16 images and then later on we imported or sorry. Earlier on, we imported images.

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.