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Quick Start to Capture One

Lesson 16 of 20

Adding Keywords to One or Multiple Images


Quick Start to Capture One

Lesson 16 of 20

Adding Keywords to One or Multiple Images


Lesson Info

Adding Keywords to One or Multiple Images

So now we can look at a few other bits of Capture One that will help you or just kind of go apart from that basic standard workflow, if you like. And the first thing is adding keywords, as such. So I'm gonna close down, nope, I'm gonna keep this one open, my mistake. Let's go to this collection here, as such. You can see this is a good example of, this is a photographer, Eric, Eric, Eric, can't remember his name, Eric Ronald, a guy from Australia. Great guy, does fantastic weddings. And you can see just his use of variants here, so color, black and white version one, blank and white version two. Now I'm just gonna collapse these down so that we're only looking at one variant, so it's easy on our eyes. So if we select tool, we can say Collapse All and then we're only looking at the top variant of each one, just so it's easier for us to look at. So when it comes to adding keywords, we need to look at the information tab here and this is where we have anything pertaining to keywording, so...

adding keywords to images, removing keywords to images and so on. It's one of those tasks which we should all do because if we add keywords to our images it makes them easier to find and it makes them easier to filter, but we are notorious at not doing it. But if you follow a few simple rules, you can actually make keywording a really easy and fast task and not a burden as it's sometimes thought of and there's pretty ways to do it in Capture One. So if we start with the basics, so adding a keyword to one or multiple images. So we have our keyword tool up here. So let's just add a basic keyword like this. Let's type in wedding, like so. So if I type in wedding and say enter, this image now has the keyword wedding. So you see if I highlight it, it pops up like so. So if I want to add more than one keyword, I can say, type dress, comma separate it, I can put India here, for example, enter and so on. That will add me those additional keywords, like so. If I wanna delete a keyword, I can simply hover over it, I'll zoom in a bit. If we hover over a keyword, you see the little X pops up. If I tap that, that will remove the keyword from the image. If I want to simply remove all keywords from an image it follows the same set of instructions or kind of theory to other tools, that if we reset, then it deletes everything. So we reset to default, which is no keywords on an image. If we want to apply keywords to a batch, I'll select the top four, for example. So the top four images, and I can do the same thing, I can say wedding, India, dress, like so. Enter, and now those three keywords are applied to that top row of images, easy. If I kind of select additional images, like so, you'll see the symbol will change. And so now we have a little negative symbol next to each of those keywords. That simply means that some of the images in my collection do not contain these keywords. So out of those four, five, six, seven images, some of them don't contain dress, India, and wedding. So if I press minus, then that will simply tell Capture One add that keyword to the entire selection. So now if we go down to the groom here, as such, you can now see he has wedding added, like so. So if I do that once more, I can say well, I don't want to add dress, but I do want to add India, and I do want to add wedding, so now if we look at that, he's got wedding and India as part of that keyword. Again, when you're adding keywords to a batch, you're gonna want to have this turned on, otherwise it's only gonna affect the primary variant, not everything, as such. If you would like, let's just take one. We can actually reorder the keywords, which might sound strange but sometimes people like to have the keywords appear in a particular order in the meta data when you come to export it. One of the reasons I've heard for that, especially if you're using keywords to identify people, you put the keywords in the order that the people are left to right. So it's very important that they're not alphabetically arranged. You want to be able to freeform arrange them like so. So you can drag and move the keywords around if you wish. Now if you're into having hierarchical keywords, which is parents, childrens, sorry, parent, children, or grandparent and so on, then you can do so. That allows you to have, if you like, a master subject and lower subjects. So if we take this example again, we could have wedding as the parent and then underneath we could have ceremony, for example, and that would give us actually a hierarchical keyword set, so then we could have outdoor, for example. So that'll give me a grandparent, parent, and a child, as such. And if we hover over any of these, then you can see the relationship between the three. Now, my biggest problem with, my personal problem with adding keywords, is that I find it very hard to think about them. So if that doesn't affect you, that's not a problem, but I think if that does affect you or you've been struggling with keywords, it does make sense to then start working with keyword libraries. We can manage ourselves so much better, so, so much better if we actually use a keyword library because as I said, my problem is when I look at an image, I kinda go blank. I can think of wedding and two other things, but if we want to really give power to a catalog, then we can do much better at adding more extensive keywords as well. And the easiest way to do that is with a keyword library, and that's why we have a separate keyword library tool down here.

Class Description

Whatever your current RAW converter or imaging software is, this course will help you make a smooth transition to Capture One and give your images a new look. Join David Grover, a Capture One educator and expert, as he shows you how to overcome the initial hurdles of learning a new program and hit the ground running.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • The interface and terminology Capture One uses
  • How to setup the workspace and shortcuts so they become familiar to you
  • The 10 most important things you need to know for everyday workflow and adjustment
  • How to make your images shine with Capture One’s RAW conversion engine

By the end of this class, you’ll be able to start importing your image into Capture One and create new and creative images!

Software Used: Capture One Pro 10


Juan Sebastián Echeverri

This class is a great introduction to Capture One. David covers the CO environment including the basics of tools, tool tabs, toolbar, cursor tools, action buttons, the viewer, and the browser. It includes some useful shortcuts and best practices for an efficient workflow.


David is extremely well versed in CaptureOne Pro and he has the ability to share his knowledge in a way that is easy to follow and understand. My time in the audience was well spent, increasing my knowledge of CaptureOne basics. I would particularly recommend this class to anyone who is relatively new to CaptureOne or who is considering making CaptureOne part of their photo editing process.

Dan Donovan

A comprehensive overview of Capture One. David does a FANTASTIC job of getting you started with Capture One!