Introduction to Capture One

Pratik Naik teaches a comprehensive look at Capture One Pro

Capture One Pro is a comprehensive 101 level tutorial designed for photographers and retouchers to learn the most powerful RAW processing & post-production workflow program available today. Capture One Pro is highly regarded as an industry leading software and continues to provide professionals with the best tools to take their images to the highest quality available.

Distinguished retoucher and instructor Pratik Naik invites you to a structured 6-hour tutorial on learning the essentials of Capture One Pro 9. This 19 part video series begins with covering workspaces, catalogs, library management, and then delves into a thorough explanation of Sessions vs. Catalogs, and everything in between, to familiarize the viewer with Capture One’s powerful file management system.

Pratik goes on to demonstrate the ease of using Capture One Pro 9 through his patient and thorough teaching methods. This course is a well-organized approach to a comprehensive program that is essential to photographers that want to get the most out of a RAW file.

You don’t have to search through hours of video to find what you need, because we’ve organized the content in this Capture One tutorial for you so you can easily reference the sections you want, from any device.

Why Learn Capture One Pro?

Capture One Pro 9 is an industry leading software for tethered workflow and RAW processing for a wide variety of formats. It has long been a program that working professionals use to get the most out of their images during a shoot and in the retouching process. The advanced options and control your images get during every step of image creation is unparalleled.

Most photographers invest thousands of dollars into their gear to create an image but often overlook the importance of what the most advanced RAW image processing software can do for their workflow, colors, tones, and final product.

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  • 01. Part 1
    • Thumbnail for Part 1 / Introduction & Welcome
      Introduction & Welcome (1:13)

      Welcome to THE Introduction to Capture One with retoucher, Patrik Naik. Follow Patrik as he takes you through a methodical, linear, organized approach to processing your RAW images in this Capture One tutorial.

    • Thumbnail for Part 1 / Workspaces & Catalogs
      Workspaces & Catalogs (25:36)

      In this first section of your training, begin with understanding Capture One's workspaces and catalogs. Explore the interface, comparing Capture One to Lightroom. Set a workspace, create a new catalog, import images, and explore the application to become familiar with the tools. Understand how catalogs reference images and how Capture One locates and stores your image data to a hard drive.

    • Thumbnail for Part 1 / Library Management
      Library Management (31:49)

      In this section, focus on how to manage your library of image data in Capture One Pro. Learn how to switch between catalogs. Leverage the organizational and dynamic power of star ratings, smart albums, user collections, tags, projects and groups.

    • Thumbnail for Part 1 / Sessions vs. Catalogs
      Sessions vs. Catalogs (9:25)

      Explore a definitive and unique feature of Capture One Pro - sessions. Compare sessions versus catalogs, referenced versus copied image data. Work through examples to understand how to use selects and the output folder. See how sessions manage image settings and support a tethered workflow.

    • Thumbnail for Part 1 / Keyboard Shortcuts
      Keyboard Shortcuts (12:18)

      With an in depth knowledge of importing and organization, examine how to use and create custom keyboard shortcuts to expedite your RAW image processing workflow. Whether on a Mac or PC, learn some of the best keyboard shortcuts in Capture One.

    • Thumbnail for Part 1 / Toolbars
      Toolbars (21:35)

      In this section, focus on the navigational control provided by Capture One's toolbar. Learn to customize the toolbar with custom options for your RAW processing workflow. Explore the tools, like the arrow, pan, and hand tools, identifying with explanation and examples what each of them provides for your process. Learn to switch seamlessly between different tools using keyboard shortcuts. Learn to navigate, zoom, check focus, crop, copy/paste settings, and loop. Take a deeper dive into Capture One Pro's focus mask tool.

  • 02. Part 2
    • Thumbnail for Part 2 / Capture One vs. Adobe Camera RAW
      Capture One vs. Adobe Camera RAW (34:22)

      For this section, learn why retoucher, Pratik Naik, believes Capture One is the best application for camera RAW processing. Compare Capture One Pro and Adobe Camera RAW. Compare image quality, clarity, sharpness and color rendition. Run example processing tests between Adobe Camera RAW, Capture One and Lightroom.

    • Thumbnail for Part 2 / Color Tab & Variants
      Color Tab & Variants (26:53)

      Explore Capture One's color capabilities, pushing color to create cinematic looks. Tour the color tab, color editor tool, histogram, luminosity and master tabs. Use a variety of images to examine the power and ease of the Capture One Pro control over color processing.

    • Thumbnail for Part 2 / Color Editor
      Color Editor (31:47)

      Take a deeper dive into color control and manipulation using Capture One's color editor. Follow retoucher, Patrik Naik, as he examines the pinpoint control over hue, saturation, luminosity as well as color isolation through masking. Using two 100 megapixel images, test the responsiveness of Capture One.

    • Thumbnail for Part 2 / Exposure Tab
      Exposure Tab (18:07)

      Compare the exposure tab in Capture One Pro to similar features in Lightroom such as - Exposure, contrast, highlight, shadows, black and whites, clarity and more. With some example images, push and pull the tools to experience the control of exposure within Capture One.

  • 03. Part 3
    • Thumbnail for Part 3 / Cropping & Lens Correction
      Cropping & Lens Correction (22:49)

      Manipulate composition for your imagery using the flexible, intuitive cropping and lens correction capabilities of Capture One. Rotate, flip, and adjust horizon lines. Manipulate perspective, shifting and correcting, as well as sharpening the image.

    • Thumbnail for Part 3 / Local Adjustment Brushes
      Local Adjustment Brushes (36:46)

      Move further into the retouching capabilities of Capture One, with local adjustment brushes. Learn to mask with the power of healing and cloning. Learn to manipulate brushes, paint masks, and target local areas for retouching. Retouch targeted exposure, white balance, for control and effect.

    • Thumbnail for Part 3 / Styles & Presets
      Styles & Presets (14:27)

      With powerful and dynamic processing controls that can be manually adjusted, learn to take your styles and save them as presets. Save exposure, curve, color and a variety of other settings. Enhance your looks further with stacked styles. Explore Capture One Pro native presets to enhance your images.

    • Thumbnail for Part 3 / Keywords & Process Recipes
      Keywords & Process Recipes (18:53)

      Learn to create keywords and tag your images for efficient search and filtering across a large image library. Edit metadata, save it as a preset, and apply to other images. Expedite your delivery workflow by creating process recipes. Save common presets for image format and compression to eliminate redundancy and inconsistency across your final deliverables.

    • Thumbnail for Part 3 / Advanced Color Grading
      Advanced Color Grading (41:02)

      At this stage of your training, put all of the pieces together, using Capture One to process imagery from start to finish. Watch and learn as retoucher Patrik Naik, implements all of the knowledge and theory discussed, for real world application. Receive tips, tricks, and inside knowledge on process and philosophy as Patrik color grades two image examples.

    • Thumbnail for Part 3 / Retouching Basics
      Retouching Basics (21:51)

      Take an advanced look at Capture One Pro retouching capabilities. Compare its strengths and limitations to Photoshop's robust toolset to determine which tool is best for your workflow. Take an in depth look at the healing and cloning brushes, as well as dodging and burning techniques.

  • 04. Part 4
    • Thumbnail for Part 4 / Transferring from Lightroom
      Transferring from Lightroom (7:15)

      In this section, learn how to transfer your image library from Lightroom to Capture One. Look at the pros and cons of moving catalogs from Lightroom into Capture One. Follow best practices as retoucher, Patrik Naik, walk you through the migration process step by step.

    • Thumbnail for Part 4 / Capture One vs. Lightroom
      Capture One vs. Lightroom (14:20)

      With comparisons throughout the series, take a dedicated look at Capture One Pro and Lightroom. Compare importing, creating catalogs, libraries, color, exposure, collections, rating and image tagging, variance versus virtual copies and other shared features between applications.

    • Thumbnail for Part 4 / Closing Thoughts
      Closing Thoughts (23)

      Congratulations! You've completed the Introduction to Capture One with retoucher Patrik Naik. But don't stop the learning and application of knowledge here. We encourage to implement what you've learned and reach out to our community. We want to see your work, hear your questions and take your feedback.


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