Over the years, Capture One has evolved tremendously in its feature set, and has steadily become one of - or arguably the best - raw processor available. Despite all it's advantages and praises, many remain hesitant to adopt it, largely due to its seeming complexity and the intimidation factor associated with a truly professional tool. In this tutorial I'll be guiding you through the key aspects of Capture One version 12, and demonstrating that it's actually quite intuitive and straightforward to use.
With its highly customizable and professionally geared interface, Capture One can be intimidating to even the most experienced photographers and retouchers. My first attempt at using it was met with a good deal of frustration and resulted in my abandoning the product for several weeks. Not until I was forced to use it did I sit down and gradually begin to understand the ins and outs of the application. Thanks to the perks of writing for Fstoppers, I also got a one-on-one screen sharing session with Phase One's development manager for Capture One and got answers to a lot of my lingering questions. It's now been several years that I've been using the application, dating all the way back from version 7, and decided it was time to pass that knowledge on and hopefully alleviate some of the shock that you might be feeling when you first launch the application.
My advice in learning and using Capture One is to stop comparing it to Lightroom in any way. If you try to associate features between the two products, you'll ultimately get confused and frustrated. Capture One's design is geared towards professionals working under a variety of scenarios. For that reason it offers an extensive set of customization tools to adapt to your workflow, and not the other way around. In the video I'll show you how to get started by working with catalogs and sessions and discuss the pros and cons of each. From there we'll look at importing files and then culling and organizing them, and finally processing the raw file using a variety of tools and getting it into Photoshop. We'll also touch on customizing your interface and working with different workspaces. This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive tutorial on all things Capture One, as such a lesson would span several hours and probably bore you to death. My goal here was to present you with an overview of its many features and give you a workflow for starting work on your first images.
Once you get into the swing of things and want to explore some of its specific features, I highly recommend taking a look at Phase One's YouTube channel where they offer a number of short topic based tutorials on Capture One. Also be sure to take a look at my YouTube channel for a number of free Photoshop, Capture One and retouching tutorials.
If you have questions on Capture One, you can connect with me via the social media links below.