This is the biggest area that Capture One outpaces any other RAW processor: color. Anybody who has looked at this software by now understands that Capture One can make significantly more precise color adjustments, so I am not going to cover that in depth.
Capture One 21 added what they call “ProStandard Color Profiles.” What this means is that rather than Adobe Lightroom applying its color profile to standardize your images, Capture One will use the color fidelity that your camera manufacturer intended. This results in a much better look right out of camera. This saves you a ton of time because you don’t need to make a lot of color adjustments. You can just add some saturation if you want and you are done with color. The difference in the look is significant, especially in the variations of red, orange and yellow. Now, because this article will be read on different mediums, rather than me including a side-by-side image example, I encourage you to go to Capture One, download the trial, open your images in a session, and then add images to a catalog in Lightroom. Look at the two side by side and you will immediately see the difference. If I were editing all of our studio sessions myself instead of outsourcing to Evolve Edits, I would have switched us over immediately to Capture One because of this feature alone.
If you do studio work and you are not currently tethering, I highly encourage you to start. There are many different options for tethering, but if you are comparing Capture One to Lightroom, the difference is truly night and day. With Capture One, you plug in your camera and when you take a photo, Capture One will automatically route the image to your “capture” folder. Tethering has a lot of different benefits that go beyond the scope of this article. You can look at Vanessa’s article, “Tips for Tethering: 5 Things You Should Know” in a previous edition of Shutter Magazine. Tethering with Capture One is fluid and easy. You are able to apply adjustments automatically as you shoot, so you can essentially cut down on all of your post-production if you edit your test shot prior to shooting the rest of your set.
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