Capture One – image processing

Recently Adobe updated the version of Lightroom Classic…again. Since then, I’ve seen a couple of videos showing how to develop your images using LR. Just for fun, I thought I’d do something similar but with Capture One. In this example, I’ve used C1-20 which, if you check the version, is 13.x.x. Go figure. I’m not pushing C1 here – not connected to the company in any way – and, honestly, if I wasn’t a Fuji shooter I doubt I’d use it. It’s rather pricey. One more thing: I do subscribe to Adobe’s Photography plan. OK, so let’s cut to the chase.

This is an image of Alcatraz from a recent shoot. You are seeing the before/after view along with some layer info in the upper left corner. Click on the image for a larger view. The left side is the RAF out of the camera displayed in C1. The right side is my development; that’s what I felt when I captured the image. One feature of C1 that I like are the layers. In this case, I’ve named the layers for the part of the image I wanted to change. I used a color adjustment to adjust the sky and clouds. Then, in the next layer, I wanted to enhance the dark levels on the island. I used a luma mask to select the parts of the image I wanted to darken. Finally, I used another color adjustment to enhance the water in the foreground.

All of these adjustments were done directly in C1 – no trips to a third party image processor. I find the layers and selections in C1 very useful and think it saves me a lot of time when processing images. So now I can answer the question we all get: “Was this processed in Photoshop?” with a “No, not at all.” I note C1 20 has updated the clone/healing functions but I’ve not used them as of now. If you are a Fuji, Sony or Nikon shooter, C1 has an Express version that is free. Doesn’t have all the functions of the paid version but, for the money, it’s pretty good.