Phase One just announced Capture One 9.2 making the already excellent raw converter even better. This new iteration adds support for a few new cameras, but most importantly comes with a bunch of fresh features to improve professional workflows. The primary goal of this new version is to make professional photographers’ lives easier.
Improved Selection Features
Culling images, especially in large numbers, is a painful task that requires time. The worst part about it is when you have to select between a few very similar pictures that all look almost the same, and you’re not sure which one to pick. Capture One 9.2 comes up with a very handy feature for that matter: select a group of images, and then you can choose to advance through the pictures by the same number of images.
So now, you can compare a few different pictures, even edit them in thumbnail mode, and once you are done with them, advance to the next group.
It might seem like nothing, but having played with the beta version for a few weeks, trust me, wedding photographers will absolutely love this feature!
A few other things have made their way into the software as far as selections go. You can now create an album from any selection, select variants by position, and select images from a file list. That last one might seem like nothing at first, but if you often have to ask clients for a selection of pictures to edit, print, or include in an album, then you can just import the selection from a file into Capture One and have your selection created. Paired with the creation of an album from a selection, it’s easy to see how powerful and handy that can become!
The selections have gotten easier than ever, but that’s not it. To turbocharge your workflow, you can now batch “Create Masked Layer from Selection.” Meaning you will be able to create local adjustment layers from a color selection on multiple pictures almost in one click. Photographers working with high volume of images — wedding photographers included — will probably love this feature!
Still life photographers that do a lot of focus stacking and work with the Phase One XF will appreciate the enhanced integration with Helicon and possibility of editing multiple images at once (round-trip).
TIFF files are also getting a better support. 9.1 added support for layered TIFF files, 9.2 is now improving color rendition. You should not see any difference between a similar TIFF opened in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Capture One.
Availability and Pricing
Capture One Pro 9.2 is already available, for both Mac and Windows, as you read these lines. You can try and buy from the Phase One online store — be sure to use the code AMBQUENTIN at the checkout to get 10% off your license — or from any Phase One authorized partner worldwide.
If you already own a license for Capture One 9 or 9.1, this update is free of charge. For new users, Capture One 9 is $299.
For more information be sure to check out Phase One’s website.