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Quick Start to Capture One

Lesson 1 of 20

Class Introduction


Quick Start to Capture One

Lesson 1 of 20

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So first of all, Jim gave me a brief introduction, but I'm Phase One's primary educator, so it's my task to try and teach Capture One as well as possible to everyone around the world, so it's nice that I can do this in such a location where we can reach so many people. I've been in the industry a long time, so I've been with Phase One since and many other photographic companies before that. I started my photographic career actually printing when I was around 16, so since 16 years old I've been doing all kinda things photographic related and then started with analog and then moving to digital as well. So, hopefully that gives you confidence that we can instill all the good things about Capture One to help you get up and running. So as I said briefly in the introduction, why Capture One? You're probably using something else at the moment or you might be considering just to start evolving your digital workflow into working with RAW files and just being that bit more creative and getting ...

a bit more in depth. And if you are using something else at the moment, I totally appreciate it's really difficult to try and sort of upset what you're doing and then try something totally different. So why should you? Hopefully like me you want your images to be the very best as possible. Unfortunately because software, it's not like a tangible thing you can hold, it's not like a nice fantastic new lens that you spent three to four months choosing and deciding which one to buy. It's difficult because software, as I said, it's not that nice, fun, physical thing, but it's just as important as that new lens you put on the camera or the camera that is indeed hanging round your neck. It does so much to your images, which I hope you're gonna see today as well. But learning new software is scary, and no presentation is complete without a funny cat, so I scoured the internet for finding funny cat pictures or scared cat pictures, and this is what I came with. Yes it is scary because you're very comfortable with where you are right now, and it's difficult to change, and that's the whole point of taking a course like this. So what we do today to get you where you need to be with Capture One is one of the hardest things with new software, is knowing the environment. So knowing where everything is. It might be similar to what you're using right now, or it might be different. But you'll probably find that once you know a few key phrases and things, it'll become much more straightforward when you start looking at it. We're gonna do a little bit about how to manage your images, how to get them into Capture One, how to organize them in very simple ways so you can find them easily as well, and just the less sexy side of organization before we get to the processing. And then we're gonna talk about the basics of image adjustment, so what all the different tools do or most of the tools. Give you an overview of pretty much everything. Talk about some of the terminology that you might be used to and how that translates into Capture One as well. 'Cause there could be things that you think are missing in Capture One, but you'll probably find it just has a different name, so we can talk about how names in software that you might be used to translate to Capture One. So, a coupla guys who I met in the UK last year made a really good point that education is extremely important. Again, education is not like a physical thing you can hold. But without education, when you're trying something new, you have this very shallow learning curve, which has frustration, you don't necessarily know where to find anything, it's tricky to get started, so if you just involve yourself in a small amount of education just to get over the first hurdles, then you can dramatically reduce that frustration time in learning anything new, whether that's Capture One or a totally different piece of software or just a new skill as such. And that's definitely deserved of a happy face, I think. So do watch and listen. I think for the short amount of time that you put in on this course, it will dramatically help you in the weeks to come with learning Capture One. And I'll just end this part with giving a nice quote, which I received the other day. And he described Capture One in quite a nice way, which was fun actually because you should have fun in processing your pictures. It shouldn't be a drag. You should be able to get through the image-processing pipeline quickly, and you should have fun, and you should be able to explore your creativity as well, and that's what Capture One does. So there we go, Jim. Should we talk about what's coming up in the first segment? Quick question, David, before we get over to this. Can you give us a couple of ideas of what software people might be using that's gonna be really great to switch over to Capture One potentially? Yeah, sure, if you're already, for example, a Lightroom user, or if we're using just Adobe Camera Raw, for example, or any of the other RAW conversion packages that are out there, I'd say Lightroom, Camera Raw, Capture One, they're the three main ones that we see and hear the most about, of course, and they all do a great job. But there's also a ton of other packages as well, which do some kind of RAW conversion and so on. But specifically if you're all used to Lightroom, if you're used to Camera Raw, if you can use Photoshop, then you're gonna find the transition pretty simple. We just have to describe some of those basic terms just to help you mesh that relationship together. Great Okay? Great. So, in the first part, seems a lot, but some of it is relatively straightforward. We'll make your first catalog. So we can talk about some of the file management options in Capture One, but if you're used to using a catalog or a library, as you might know it, we're gonna make your first catalog, get some images into that. And once we're at that point, we can then start to explore the different terminology that you might know in Capture One as well. One of the great things about Capture One is that you can customize the interface. So if the default is not familiar to you, then we can change it so it is, which also helps the learning process. Then we talk a bit about image management, how to organize your pictures into albums and other various kinds of collections. And then we start to look at all the great adjustment tools as well. So that's what we'll be doing in the first part. Before I sit down and we actually look at Capture One proper, when you first start up Capture One, you're gonna be prompted with which version do you wanna try. You can just try a 30-day trial, of course, but you're gonna be asked which version should you install. It's all the same installer, so it's not like you have to download four different kinds of installers. It's all exactly the same. So we have Capture One Pro, Capture One Pro for Sony, Capture One Express for Sony, and Capture One DB. Most of you watching I would think would probably choose the first or the second option. So Capture One Pro has all the features, so that's everything that you could possibly do in Capture One. If you're a Sony camera owner, we actually have a specific version just for Sony, which only supports Sony cameras, so if you're a Sony camera user, that's a good choice. There's an Express version for Sony, which is like a lite version. Doesn't have all the features, but it's free for you to use forever as such. And then the last one is if you're a Phase One camera owner, then there's Capture One DB, which only supports Phase One cameras. So Capture One Pro if you use a variety of cameras, Pro for Sony if you're just a Sony user, Express for Sony, which is the lite version, and Capture One DB, which is just for Phase One cameras.

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!