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From Lightroom to Capture One : a no regret move

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 01:24 PM

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Hi all,

Following a previous conversation, I did leave the Adobe world (and more specifically Lightroom) to join Capture One. I shall not come back on the reasons which made
me leave Lightroom after many years of use. They have been already shared by myself, among many others.

I just wanted to share with you my first impressions on Capture One :

It definitely took little time to adapt to this new environment but not with significant difficulties :

1 / Lightroom is certainly more advanced and powerful for the management of catalogs but at the end I found my ways with Capture one. It was a good occasion to review my own organization without changing the basics : keep my raw pictures database organized with the simple time criteria. I must confess that the migration of my Lightroom catalogs has not been very easy and i had in some cases to reshape things (not all parameters are transferred)but it was worth the journey.

2/ Pictures Color treatment : this is in my opinion quite a strong point in Capture One and since I do mostly portraits and landscape pictures, it is definitively a
powerful tool. The way you can refine colors in capture One is just excellent. You need to get used to it and choose the advanced menu to get the best of it but once you understanfd how it works, what a pleasure ! I like verymuch the possibility to transfer a color change into a mask and then refine the picture where you want to have the right impact.
Lightroom does not give you that, but, of course you can use Photoshop to use masks.

3/ You can find in Capture One all what you need for your pictures, like in Lightroom,and sometimes more, but you have to test each piece since the algorithms are not the same and then the result may differ : to take a very simple case, the color saturation button does not give the same impact as in Lightroom : just a question of adaptation.
To this respect, I strongly recommend to watch the available tutorials or webminars dedicated to Capture One : not only you will understand quickly how to use it but also understand what's behind each functionality.

4/ About the price : I did leave the Canon world a few years ago (after having owned a 5D MKII that I loved) for joining the Sony world which I like verymuch (such a big progress in a few years !) and then I have bought the Sony version of capture One 10 for 50 Euros. Not such a big expense, knowing that I got the version 11 release for free.

I must confess that after so many years of lightroom (from version 1 to version 6 !), my main workhorse, I was anxious to switch to something else : I can witness today that i have no regret and hope that capture One will sustain long with the right philosphy of making real progress in each new version.
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 01:53 PM

Just wait until you get into using Linear Response instead of Auto - you can really unlock everything in your Sony sensor.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:05 AM

I tried both Lightroom and Capture One Pro Sony at about the same time a couple of years back. So, unlike many people who are deeply rooted in the Lightroom catalog ecosystem, I was able to choose the one I felt was the best. No contest, clearly Capture One. The much more robust capabilities on masking adjustment layers was the deciding factor. I still have Lightroom 6, but never use it anymore. The price for the Sony version is a screaming bargain!

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 08:17 AM

I think it's a good idea to avoid LR if you can. C1 produces the best results for Sony files, after you get used to it.

Another really useful alternative is DxO. Their correction functions are really good, fast and easy, whether it is optics, exposure or colour. With the new local adjustments, it's a complete editor. The film pack is a very good way to get away from the generic digital camera look.

Then again LR does have it's advantages, such as colour correction plugins and print modules. I basically need to use it for my prints to get the colours right. Also, batch processing works better. So, if you have to produce a large number of consistent photos, rather that fiddle with individual images, LR is still better.

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