When it comes to editing software, there are dozens to choose from, however Capture One takes the cake. Find out why in this article.
1. Copy and Paste All Adjustments
One of the most life-saving and time-consuming shortcuts I have found unique to the Capture one eco-system is the fact, that in one second, you can edit dozens of images in one click without ever having to leave your viewer screen. When it comes to editing events, this shortcut is second to none and something I employ on a regular basis.
When using this tool, if you make an adjustment you like on an image, and you want to apply the exact same crop, exposure, sharpening, and color to the next fifty images, you can do so in a matter of seconds. The same holds true when you're in the middle of your tethering session. As you shoot, Capture One recognizes your previous images adjustments and automatically applies them to any proceeding images.
To access this tool, simply open your browser window. When I edit pictures from any event, I typically put my workstation into "Simplified-Import-Edit-Export" which can be found under Window-Workspace. Once your workstation is setup, there will be two arrows next to each other in the top right corner: one up arrow, and one down arrow.
Next, head over to your adjustment tab and make any modifications to the exposure, white balance, crop, or anything else you'd like to change. Once you're happy with the new changes, click on the first up arrow to copy any adjustments, then select any number of images you would like to apply those changes too using the command key on mac or option key on Windows. After you have selected the images, click the down arrow to paste all the adjustments to the selected images.
2. Controlling Your Camera with Live View
The advantages of using Capture One's integrated "Live View" feature are endless. Are you a product photographer who need maximum sharpness when shooting their images? This is the tool for you. Are you a portrait photographer who wants to get a unique angle and mount your camera in crazy positions? This tool is for you. I have used Live View mode to control my camera settings, focus, white balance, and anything else we can do on your camera, without having to touch it.
To access this tool, press L on your keyboard and it will pop off. If you have not set your keyboard shortcut to that control, to add a custom keyboard shortcut, head over to the edit tab, down to Edit Keyboard Shortcuts and then search for Live View. Then, set it to whatever you like. Once you start using Live View mode, you'll never look back.
3. Exporting Your Photos in One Click
When editing and processing a large number of images, efficiency is key. After a long editing session, I don't want to be fiddling with any export settings, I want to just let the computer do its thing. That is, when setting up my session, I have already gone into the Processing toolbar and configured all my necessary preferences to process and export my images to the desired location.
In Capture One, without even leaving your viewer module, you are able to export, or in Capture One lingo, process your images in a single click. All you have to do, is by default, press Command or Option D, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.
Over to You
Do you have any tools or shortcuts that you use on a regular basis in Capture One that have saved you time and frustration? Leave them in the comments below!