Skip to main content

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

Lesson 32 of 48

Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums


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

Lesson 32 of 48

Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums


Lesson Info

Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums

so the natural part or the next obvious part to do is to think about choosing your selects from that session. Now, as I mentioned before we closed, it is possible to pick up. Of course, any image and dragon dropped that to the selects folder. But personally, I find that a little bit restrictive on a slightly slower way to work. I think it's much easier to use vehicles such as color tags and star ratings to make your selects. And this is where this section comes in, which is the session albums. So if you remember, we had our four different capture folders lighting test shot, one shot to and shot three. As you can see on going to go through and do some selects from each one on, the first way we're going to do that is via just using a simple color tech, and we try and short cut it as well. So it's a simple as possible. So now on shot one. Of course, this is in the final shot that we would use per se we'd only be using from shot three, but I want to make some selects from each one, so you ...

can see how it would potentially look if we did have these three specific different shots. So let's start off in the shop one folder over here on day. How you want to do this, of course, is is up to you. I personally I would probably use my shortcut keys to advance through the images. So the way to do that by default is, um, actual cuts, the command button and the cursor keys so in PC that would be controlled. So if you look under image, then you'll see down here if I can remember where it is, which I can't. But the good thing is, there's the search window, so if I type in next, then we can see under here like so So we've got all the various different select things as well. First, next previous, last and Sets is something that would look at a swell. So select next command right arrow Previous command left arrow, and also, if you're on a full size keyboard, a really handy short cut is to go to the very first image. That's the page up key that would take you straight to the first image in a collection and I find that really useful if you just want to go straight to the top, Okay, so let's go through and let's just do a quick select. So I'm gonna choose this one out of this first folder, shut one. So we will mark that green now two different ways. To do that, you can click on the button down here and use Green. A much faster way to do that would be to use a short cut. So under adjustments on the color tag, we can see the short cuts I have set up, which is 6789 for green, yellow, red. And the reason why it's those numbers is that it sits perfectly If you have a full size keyboard with the numeric keypad and you can do for green, yellow, red and six to clear the tag so green. Here we go. So I'm gonna press number seven, so that marks it. As you can see straight away, there's a green tag like so So we're pick a couple just so he can have some variety when we're looking fruit. Now, if I go to a shop to let's go through and find one, which we think looks good. So they're probably gonna look much the same, of course, but let's go for this one are checked. Focus pretty good and top seven on my keyboard. And let's grab a 2nd 1 A swell now moving to the third shot. This is where we went through and try to get, like a decent poor from our spoon. So now we've got a few more to choose from Now, what you might find is easier is to use something that's called a set. So if I click on or select one arm or images, let's go for four. We can see those images in a row like so Now I can go through and used by cursor keys. We can just go over any of those images on Then, out of all of those, if I wanted to pick one, I could, of course, mark attack. But let's go to the next four when we start to see the spoon drawer or drizzle coming in. So again, if we look in the select menu, we can see this option called next set, so this will advance to the next four images. All the next three. However many you've selected on this consumptions be really useful rather than looking at one image at a time, you want to see two or three next to each other, like a head shot to look at expressions or a fashion shoot and so on. So if I choose next set, which is option Right arrow, you can see here. So option, right arrow. This will take me to the next four images. Like so? So now I can look at these and think or any of these decent maybe way. Take this one. So if I press seven now to market green Oh, all of them are marked green. If you remember from earlier in the course that was related to this edit selected button here. So with all these images selected, if I market green, then it's going to tag along them green. So I don't want that. So I'm gonna press six to clear my tags, turn off at it selected, and now I compress seven. And that will mark that one green. So out of these four, pretty much think that's probably the best one next set. So option, right, arrow, This will bring me the next four. So out of any of these, let's use that one once again. Next set. We've got a slightly different angle, so I'm going to choose this 17 on my keyboard to mark that green and whoops, I went too far. So this is my next set. Let's go for this one. Could be good on this one. Could be good. Option. Right click next set. Let's take this 17 again on my keyboard on. Then let's choose this one. Onda. We're now at the end because we don't have another four images to pick up. Is just picked up the last one, if I go previous set. So that's option left Arrow Capture One remembers that we had four selected in the set, so it will pick up those four again, so it's quite small in that respect. Now. It doesn't have to be four if you just want to see, you know, two up at the time, I could shifts it like these two, and as I go through next set, you can see it's picking up to each time I advance through. It's also really handy working with clients that they can see, you know, perhaps a few Teoh compared to a swell. So we've gone through, and we have selected some from each of those shots. So shot one shot, two shot three. Some of those have green techs, so this is where filtering comes in quite handy. So also by default in the first tool tab that's our library till there's also the filters to Now. This shows is different criteria, which we can filter or filter the results of the browser. So you can see here if we look at color tags that in the collection shot one, two of them have green techs. So if I click on the radio button, you see it filters down to those to like some to clear the tag. There's an X in the search bar here, so if we click on that, that would take those tags away. If we go to shot, too, we can also see that to have green tags. 15 have none, so the counts in the filters to correspond directly to the collection that we have selected. So if I was to mark one red, for example, like so you can now see that in shock to collection. We have one image that is tagged red again. If I click on that, it will filter it. If you want to combine filters together, you can hold your okey down click on green, and then it will combine those two filters together. As you can see and again to clear the filters. We can do it like so finally, if we go to shot three, we can see that we actually marked seven. That we thought potentially could be a good final image. Once again. If I click on that, let's hide my viewer. Let's turn it on and off. You can see that filters down to those green shots, so filtering is good just for a quick if you like helicopter view of what's going on in each of your folders. But it's a little bit laborious because you're having to turn these buttons on and off. And if we're going to repeat this process tomorrow and the next day, it will be nice. If we could avoid this step and just be able to look a tsum collections that show us all the green take images, for example. So this is where good old session albums come into play in the Former's of Smart album. So by default, when you make any session, it always has an album, which is all images. So that shows you every single image that is in capture selects output in trash on any of the session favorites. So all images shows you the entire contents of that session five stars. That's just a sample. One shows you any image, which has $5. So, like what we can do with catalogs, we can also do the same. So what I want to do is go into session albums and say Smart album, and we're going to call this selects or let's call it first selects because it's unlikely. In the first stage of calling, if you like that, you're gonna nail down the exact one that you want. You're gonna pick out some of the top ones, so I call that first selects and I just put in brackets green tag like So Once again, we can use our preset, and I'm going to choose this one here Green Tech. So the search criteria must be that the color tag is green like so, and we say, Okay, So now we've got our first selects green tag. So if I click on that, we could see all the images that were marked green from the entire session. So that's shot one shot to on the bunch we had from shot three. Like so? So this is where we were. Excuse me. This is where we are at now. And then we can go through and think OK, out of all of these, which is the best one. So let's whips escape out of that. Let's hide my viewer or bring my viewer back and you can see if I just advanced through these Airil the best shots that we had so I can sit back and forth and think OK out of these ones, Which one do we prefer? So I probably go for maybe this one. So I'm gonna tap five, and that gives it five stars. Or you could change color. You could do anything else. You could go from green to pink or green to blue. I I happen to just then choose five stars, or you could do 1 to 5 stars if you wanted to sub select a bit further. Now if I think there might be some other ones which also good. Maybe this one. So I want that five. And that's probably good for those. And just for the sake of argument, our market couple when shot one also five stars that's just number five on the keyboard. And also shot number two are Mark this 15 stars. So now, if you like that so final images. So we can either look at those in the five star album. So that's our final selects that we had. And then I can look at this one and think, OK, well, out of these two, which one is the best so ever? So slightly different. Does it look better down here compared to this one? So I think this one is best. So maybe this one isn't so good after all. Some good zero that l. So I put zero stars on that one. So now we're back to our three final selected images. Now, if I was using the selects folder, that would have been an awful lot of dragging and dropping back. My kids used a short cut to add to the selects folder, but it's nowhere near is dynamic so doing it this way. It's much, much nicer. Now, instead of using the five star album, we could also do something like if we had a small Talb, um, our use a preset again and we call this percent five star plus green tag. Or we could call this finals, maybe Finals, which is five star in Green Tech. So we want to combine those two search terms. So let's just choose the Precept five star. And so if we hit the plus button and the color tag is green like so and you see here up at the top, we must match all of those rules. So the rating must be five star on the color tag must be green. So now we can see our first selects green tag Finals five star and Green tag should bring those up. Let me just check so we can go back in and edit that small Taliban smart tags. Green rating equals that color tag. There we go. I hadn't clicked on the green tag and you see it refreshed straight away and we say, Okay, so now we've got an easier way to see what's going on. So at any point, we can go to our client and say, Look, these are the ones that we think we've picked out like the best of the bunch and then our finals Were these few here like So, Are you happy with that? Yeah, that's great. Or maybe no. Can we revisit the ones that we thought were good? Perhaps I prefer maybe this one so I can hit five on that. And then it populates straightaway back into my album. So it's really fast, and it's really simple Toe go back and forth on that culling process.

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.