Quick Start to Capture One


Lesson Info


We've got a couple of different options for exporting. We've got the, sort of, quick and dirty way, and then we've got the clever way. The quick and dirty way is just a simple file export. And then the clever way is using a Capture One feature called process recipes. But let's look at the quick and dirty way first of all. I'll take the top row of images, or top two rows. And let's say File, Export Images, and again, we've got this term, "Varience." So that's the images in Capture One with their adjustments. Originals, that will just allow us to export out the raw files, making a duplicate of the raw files to a different location. So if you wanted to hand off these raw files to somebody, then I could say, "Originals," and then send raw files off to somebody. But that would not give me my TIFF, JPEG or whatever. So, again, "File, Export Images, Varience," like so. Now we get the dialogue popping up. Which is a very simple dialogue, which we just follow from top to bottom. So, first of al...

l, "Destination" Where do you want save these final exports? So let' say, "Desktop," and then we can ask Capture One let's make a folder. This was, "Bobs Headshots" like so. And then Capture One here has a Sample Path here. It's gonna put them on a desktop in a folder called, "Bobs Headshots" like so. Have an indication of how much space we've got left, too. Next, we can do some renaming. And this is your first, kind of, introduction to a token in Capture One. So, a token in Capture One is this little gray, kind of, lozenge here. And that points to some metadata about the image which then we can use to create the file name. So in this case, we're saying, "we want to use the image name as the name of the export." So it's telling you it's going to look like this, this is how the file names are going to look. If I wanted to add something else, like today's date. Then you'll see, if I start typing, I get a list of available tokens. So for example, I could say, "today's date," or let's say, "current date." "Current date," like so. And then Capture One would just append the file name with the current date, for example. We'll have a look at these in slightly more depth when we look at process recipes, but we've only really scratched the surface of what's possible with tokens. And then, my other class, Creating Your Workflow, goes heavily into using these various tokens to automate the whole process, and we touch on that a bit more with process recipes. Right now, we just leave that for image name. And then underneath, we have your one-time recipe, which allows you to chose the format of what your export is going to look like. So, we can say, "let's have a JPEG," we want it to be 80% quality, I want sRGB, and let's say we're going to change the width to, just for the sake of doing something, 2000 pixels across, like so. So this is where you design what your output is going to look like. Under, "File," we can do more things with changing the export location. So you see, if your remember at the top, we said our export location was "Desktop" and it's going into a sub-folder called "Bobs Headshots" We can actually do more automation here if we wish but that's again, a subject which is better handled with process recipes when we come to that. Adjustment-wise we can say, "well let's add some output sharpening for screen," so we can have a little bit of sharpening as these are going to be downsized to 2000 pixels, so they soften a bit. So let's add a bit of sharpening. And here we can control the kind of meta-data that we want to have in the image as well. Like the rating and color tag, for example. So now I've set up all those parameters, we can say, "Export." You'll see a little process bar up here. And then we'll see how long it takes to export. Export time will vary dependent on how fast your computer is, how big your graphics card is, how much memory you have, whether you're writing to and SSD or a hard drive, and so on. But Capture One will take as much resources as it can from your computer. So if you have a super amazing PC with three graphics cards and two terabyte SSD, and all the acceleration you can throw into it, you can get incredible export times. One of my colleagues who built his own PC of some crazy spec. He was doing three files per second. I think they were Canon or Nikon files, I can't remember. But, pretty big files, but three, full size 16 bit TIFFs per second on a good system. So Capture One will not limit your system. If you have a file system Capture One can use it. So now we see our exports. If I got to my desktop we can see Bob's Headshots. And then we've got the images there sized to 2000 pixels across, as we can see. So that's the quick and dirty method. But we can be lot cleverer and we can use process recipes.

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


Dan Donovan

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


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.

Lyndsey Stanfill

Really straight forward. Just what I would hope for if I was having a class in person. He works for the company, but it really comes across as a photographer who uses the tool.