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

Lesson 28 of 48

Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions


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

Lesson 28 of 48

Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions


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Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions

we're gonna set up a session specifically for what we're going to do today. So let's say file new session and we call this CEO for creative lives and we're shooting a parfait today. Apparently, I didn't know it was called that and I'm gonna leave. Everything else is default on was say OK, so that gives us our new session. And if we go into the finder and we can see what we've made Pictures CEO parfait like some and again, I have the standard session folders, capture, outputs, selects and trash. But very often one capture folder isn't enough. So we might be doing a group of headshots, say four or five people, corporate headshots, we might be doing fashion looks a bunch of different looks. We could be doing some beauty work and so on, and we need to categorize those pictures into different folders. Otherwise, we end up with one capture folder with a lot of images in it, and it makes it a little bit harder to manage. So what you can do in your session is that we can adds additional folder...

s, so I'm gonna make a few. I'm gonna make 1st 1 called lighting test. Or you could call it set up just a foldaway you can shoot into which are not the actual final images. Just when you're messing around with the set, getting your lighting correct and so on so you can shoot into that without cluttering up your other folders. So that's the 1st 1 And then we're gonna make another photo called Shot one. And then another folder cooled shot to, and then a final one called. You guessed it show three. Like some now currently capture. One is no aware that I've made these additional folders, so it's only watching capture, outputs, elects and trash. So capture One has no idea that these folders exist. So if I, for example, dropped images in there, then they wouldn't shopping capture one. I don't really have any way to access it here either. So this is where session favorites come in, where I can add additional folders to the session to make sure capture one is aware. So on the Mac, we can simply select these folders and drag them over to session favorites like So. So now capture. One is aware that these folders exist Now if you're on a PC. You can't do a dragon drop. You have to go in and hit the plus button and then go and find the folder. So I would go over here and then pick the folder up. First of all, if you're thinking well, this seems a lot of set up I have to do. We're only have to do this once, because everything that we're going to see if you like in the next you know ah, section of the course weaken, save as a template. So this is a one time set up hit that you've got to do, and then we save it as a template. And then the next time you come back to a shoot, you could load up the template and everything is set up and ready to go. Okay, so we've got our session favorites over here showing the different folders that we have. If I was Teoh, take a shot. Now it'll go straight to the capture folder because the capture folder is the one by default that's designated to take the the images if we don't change it. But if I go to lighting test and right click, you'll see down here. We've got an option that says Set as captured folder. So I want to make lighting test my capture folder. So if I click on this and you'll see a dialogue that pops up that says, Do you want to remember the previous capture folder is a favorite so it can add the capture folder here. I'm not going to use it, so I'm going to say no. So straight away we see lighting test and next to it, just highlighted there. That's a small icon that looks like a camera. So this is telling me, Okay, when you take a shot, it's going to go into this lighting test border now, before we get too excited and start taking pictures. One thing that's really important before we do that is to set up good naming convention on the way we're going to set this up is to essentially automated as much as possible to take out the human error part, which is me, in this case, forgetting to update the naming when we switch to different shots and so on. So the idea is as we move through our different capture folders, the naming keeps up for us automatically, so I don't have to even think about naming. The only thing I'm gonna have to do is to switch to a different folder. So if we go into our capture tool tab, so that's the second tour tab. Uh, this one here. This contains all the options that are needed for tethered capture. So it contains everything about naming adjustments, camera control and so on. So let's get a good smart naming convention in so that we don't even have to think about it as we go through the chute. So the second tool that you'll see is called next capture. Naming, funnily enough on this is where we build again. Using tokens that you've seen earlier in the course, Teoh automatically complete the naming for us now by default. If I just float this tour a second, it will use the name of the session loaded in here, and it will use accounts are coming from the camera. But we can do much better than that, as I said, an automated in a better way. So if I click on this box, this will open up the naming format dialogue, which looks very similar to like the output naming dialogue that you've seen earlier and so on and again it uses tokens to build our naming convention. So in the former window, I'm going to delete what we already have, and we're gonna pull out a couple of tokens to build the naming. So the 1st 1 I'm gonna build our Sorry, the 1st 1 I'm going to choose is called document name. So if I drag this into the former menu, this will pick up the name of the session. So in capture one glossary terms, we call the currently open session or catalogue a document so much like a word document or, you know, a document in any other application, that's what we call it. So the document name that's the name of the session. So it's gonna BCL part next. I want to be able to automatically designate the name based on the folder that I'm shooting into. There's a few options here, but I typically use the one called free Scroll up a bit collection name. So the collection is my fold of having gonna shoot into lighting test shot one shot, two shot three and in the sample attached already added lighting test, so I know how it's going to look. And then third and finally we have caused needs some kind of counter because we're gonna have shot one shot, two shot, three shot four said The very first token on the list is our one digit counter. Now one digit is probably not enough. That's when you gonna give us nine shots. We're probably gonna shoot Warden that. So next to the the digit counter token, there's a little arrow. If we click on that, we can go anywhere between 1 to 6 digits. So I don't think we're going to shoot thousands today. But let's go for four digits anyway. So now are naming convention is basically set to CEO Paul fight. So the name of the session, the folder that we're gonna shoot into, and then an arbitrary counter from one to whatever now it looks a bit clumsy or kind of bunched up together like that. So what we do is we go in between each token and we put in a minus like so that would just split it up a little bit nicer, so it's easier to read. So now if we say OK, we've now got are naming set up. So if you look to see what happens as soon as I switch folded folders when we shoot into this one, I'm going to switch to this folder and straight away you see the next capture naming updates, so that means it's completely automatic in that respect. So now that my naming is set up, I can forget about it. Now. There's one thing you can choose that you may or may not want to do, which is with regards to the counter. So at any point you can reset the counter back toe one. So the next capture naming. If we look in the sub menu, you'll see reset capture counter, set the capture counter and also set the capture counter increment so reset will take it back toe one. So you might find when you're moving between your different capture folders that you want to reset back to one. Personally, I don't bother, because it's the one thing which you have to do manually, and that's something I tend to forget. So I just let the counter role. It doesn't really matter, should it way started. One. Maybe. I mean it looks prettier, I guess when you see all your shop folders and everything starts from from one. But to be honest, if you let the counter role, then it's one less thing to worry about. But you can reset the capture counter. Any point on you could also set the capture counter to a specific number. So if you've made a mess of your numbering, you can just pick it up. From a certain point, the increment is how often accounts up. So does it count up in ones or twos or threes or force? And that might sound like a completely bizarre option tohave. But it's really handy if you're copying books, for example, because you tend to copy. I call the left hand side pages, so that would be 13579 Then you flip the book around and you do 24678 10. So there's a reason for it somewhere

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.