Phase One introduced its latest version of Capture One 11.1, with some improvements to the software, while also adding new features and new color grading packs.
While Lightroom and Photoshop use very similar raw processing engines, Capture One provides an alternative to users with its different color rendering, especially in skin tones. Capture One is also chosen by many photographers both in studio and on location due to its improved tethering functions.
By far, this is the most appealing feature that Capture One presents in the new version. With newly added tools under the eyedropper icon in the top tools menu, you will be able to pick a sample for both exposure and white balance. Before Capture One 11, users were only able to do this for neutral gray areas in the image, but now, this can be used for any color on an image. So, when do you actually need the normalization tool? The answer is quite simple. In a situation where your strobes are not consistent or you forget to change your white balance setting from auto to manual, you may notice an inconsistency in your images, in terms of both exposure and white balance. Especially, even you use the fastest studio lights, high power outputs can result in late recharge of the strobes, and slight exposure differences may occur throughout the whole shoot. To fix this in post and match exposure of the underexposed images, rather than spending long hours on precise adjustments of all images, you can now simply pick an exposure point from any color and apply that setting to the batch. To use this feature, simply click the “Pick Normalize Color” tool under the eyedropper tool, and after selecting your point of exposure or white balance from any color, apply the settings to another image or batch by using the “Apply Normalize Color” tool under the same menu.
New Styles and Presets
Capture One introduced styles and presets way before 11.1, but in the latest version, a new Spring Styles Pack has been added under the Styles menu while keeping the legacy setting. The new Spring Styles pack offers film-style grading options, which might be useful for wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographers. With the addition of this new pack, Capture One also improved the workflow when using styles and presets. Now, users will be able to control the opacity of the effects that are applied on a layer.
New Camera and Lens Profile Support
2018 brought new cameras and lenses to the market, such as the Fujifilm X-H1 and Sony a7 III. With the new release, users will find support for these new cameras and lenses, including the new Sony and Tamron lenses.
As Capture One keeps improving and releasing new features, the software seems to get complicated, even for advanced users. And like most software, it requires different workflows and applications for different scenarios. Therefore, the new Resource Hub, which can be found under the Help menu, now allows users to access tutorials, webinars, blog posts, and the latest news by using a dynamic on-screen portal.
Capture One 11.1 is already available for Mac and Windows users and you can simply download the trial to test the new features. If you want to buy the software, the pricing is $299. There is also a subscription option for Capture One Pro 11, which is $20 per month.
Did you have a chance to test the new version of Capture One? What do you think about the new features? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.