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

Lesson 37 of 48

Sharpening Workflow


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

Lesson 37 of 48

Sharpening Workflow


Lesson Info

Sharpening Workflow

So, first of all, there is, um, three different sort of touch points where sharpening can be changed or added to the image capture one. So, first of all, if we look in the lens correction toe tool that we haven't looked yet, the lens correction tour essentially reads the metadata from the lens on applies a correction to it. To be honest, it's completely automatic, and it's very unlikely you'll have to do anything in this tool, depending on the kind of lens that's in use. You might find that the distortion, for example, is set to zero because the lens has so little distortion, it's not worth correcting, so you might see sometimes it zero, and sometimes it's set to 100 so it just depends on the lens. But generally I don't even bother looking at this tool 99% of the time. I don't need to, but when it comes to sharpening, there's an important check box here called diffraction correction. So this is the first touch point where we can influence the sharpness now diffraction correction treats...

images that have been shot with a very small aperture. So when you shoot with small apertures, the light passing through the lens can scatter. To some extent on, this reduces the sharpness of the image. So I've got the same image here, or almost the same image shot F 5.6, which you could just see down the bottom and also shot at F 22. So much tighter aperture. So if I tile these up side by side and hide my browser, we resumed them both to 100% with a shift click. And then we look it. Find something that's kind of got a bit of crunchy detail in it. So let's go over there so something like this. So on the left hand side there 5.6 on the right hand side F 22 and you could just see the F 22 shop. It's a little bit softer because the light passing through that small aptitude get scattered and it ruins the quality. So what we can do is weaken, turn on diffraction correction. So if I put this check box on, then the sharpness gets improved a little bit. So looking at the metadata, the lens we know Okay, F 22 we have to apply a certain amount off a specific sharpening, very specific opening to correct for that. So that's the first place where you can improve that. Now. You could argue. Why don't I just leave it ticked on all the time? Well, first of all, at wider apertures, it's not gonna make any difference whatsoever. And secondly, there's a time penalty for diffraction correction. It takes longer to process Thean Mages. So with diffraction correction on, you're gonna add 2030% to your processing time. So don't check it on a matter of default. Just only put it on if you feel a need for it, especially it's more rapid jizz, so that's the first point. So second point is Thean Midge itself. So if we look at it just any of these images, let's open up this one. This Ah, nice, super sharp image. As you can see, this is shot at F 13 probably unlikely to need diffraction correction. Let's turn it on and have a look that possibly maybe improves it a little bit. It's gonna be lens dependent as well. So my best advice. If you want to see if it's worth using this function, go outside, take a ramp of shots from fully open to fully closed, whatever that might be. And then you can tell from your lens where diffraction corrections start sneaking in. So probably around F 16. Something like that is when you're gonna start to see a benefit. Less than that, it's probably unlikely. But on this shot, just ever such a tiny improvement as you can see on the rocks. So the next point port of court for sharpening is, not surprisingly, the sharpening to like so, uh, sharpening tool has a standard default setting. But interest in the in capture one. The default will very based on the camera you're using. So if we cycle through a few different cameras so this is a cannon shell. So I think, and then this is Sony and then we've got a nick on, and then you see the values change slightly. If we go to a Fuji camera, then the values have changed once more. So the default in capture one for sharpening are based on the camera model. So depending what you shoot, you're going to see a difference there. Now, Personally, I think the defaults are pretty good and they're kind of hard to beat. So the values that we have for this camera, which I believe is a Sony No, no, this is a Canon Eos five D Mark three, for example, I think is pretty spot on. Um, I haven't felt the need to change the defaults. Sometimes I've bumped up the sharpening a little bit if I think the image can take it. But if you have a softest if soft ish image, no amount of sharpening, you know, can can really help it. So I personally think the defaults are pretty good. If you remember way back at the start of the course, we could say we could change the defaults. So if you feel you always want to have a little bit more than we can push that up and save those defaults. So obviously we can govern the strength by pushing up the amount slider. And don't forget we have the halo suppression slider, which, if we are pushing the sharpening a little bit harder, so if we go to 200% so we can see when we push the sharpening harder, we get that sort of black white halo on the edges on the halo suppression will do quite nicely in taking that away as well. So the second touch point, the sharpening tool and also, if we're looking at kind of high frequency detail like this structure in the clarity tool will also add some shortening to it as well, so we could bump up a couple of points here. Now, those sharpening that we've deployed this is all based on the image being at 100% if you like its maximum magnification, because when we look at an image, we're looking at it here. We're adjusting our sharpening. We're optimizing the sharpness specifically for this image at full screen. But when we reduce an image, say, take it down to 1000 pixels across or we enlarge an image, then that has a negative impact on the sharpening. It will actually make the image look softer, so I think it's pretty common knowledge that if you upscale an image, you kind of lose some quality. But the same can be said for when you downscale an image as well. Now, camera pixel counts of getting higher and higher, so quite often for Web and so on and so forth. We compress the images down, and that's going to soften them up. So when we're uploading to social media or our websites and so on, quite often we're not compensating for that. And that loses out on our image quality. So the good thing is, is that in capture one, you don't have to keep messing around with sharpening when you're doing different outputs. So what we should be looking at is the first stage is optimizing the sharpness for when the images at its full scale. So in this case, 100%. So I've adjusted my sharpening. I've adjusted the structure. I'm pretty happy with how this image is looking. Now when I come to export it, we're gonna build process recipes that will adjust the sharpening based on the output medium that it's going to

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.