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Quick Start to Capture One

Lesson 2 of 20

Making your First Catalog


Quick Start to Capture One

Lesson 2 of 20

Making your First Catalog


Lesson Info

Making your First Catalog

So what we see on the screen now is obviously capture one, but we're gonna return to this catalog a little bit later, cause as I said in the intro, we're gonna make a completely brand new catalog and start from scratch. So let's close this one down and then we're back to how it would look if you'd never used capture one before. So if you want to make a new catalog, then it's simply a case of saying file, new catalog. Once again, if you're used to the term library, in Lightroom for example, this is exactly the same principle. So the catalog, if you like, is your database that tracks the location of all your images, knows the adjustments and so on. So we're going to make a new catalog. New catalog dialogue pops up, and you want to name your catalog. Now whether you want to have one catalog that you have all your images in, or you want to have lots of smaller catalogs that perhaps contain different kinds of images, that's totally up to you. There's no right or wrong way to do it and such.

Obviously if you have one large catalog, then it's much easier to search, cause you can only search in one catalog at a time. So let's call this David's, oh, cap's lock. Let's call this David's Catalog like so. And the first thing to know about capture one is that if you ever see this symbol, I'll just zoom in there a bit, if you tap that, that takes you into a further sub menu for different options. So in this case it would be the location of the catalog. So you can see the field here says location and by default, it will pick the pictures folder. So if you're happy with it going into the pictures folder on your system, that's fine, and it will do the same for Mac or PC. If you want the best performance for your catalog, place it on the internal drive of your computer, and if that's an SSD, then so much the better. Where we have our images can vary to some extent, and we'll talk about that when we start to import. But let's say we put it in the pictures folder if you did want to change the location, you can tap that and then you can choose any location in your system where you want to store the catalog. So I'm gonna go with pictures and let's say okay. So now I have a brand new, empty catalog. To show you what we created, just so you know, right here, David's Catalog, capture one catalog. Right now very small, because we haven't done anything to our catalog. We haven't imported any images, we haven't made adjustments or anything like that. So now it is relatively small. Again, this part, the catalog is what tracks where your images are, the adjustments that they have in them, the meta data, so it's really the brains that tracks everything about your catalog. So now we can see that in our brand new capture one here, we have a very large button in the middle, which is pretty hard to miss, which is import images. So get images into your catalog. If for some reason you don't see that, don't forget you can always say file, import images like so.

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!