Yesterday I watch a live event on creativelive.com featuring Jeremy Coward. Most of his post processing was done using Capture One. Post processing seem to be very fast. My question, is there any real advantage of using Capture One over Lightoom?
Do your own test! Both have free trials.
Take some of your most "problematic" files (high iso, mixed lighting, lenses with lots of chromatic aberration, portraits of people with problematic skin tone) and run them through both pieces of software spending enough time to get over the initial "learning hump". This is a bit harder in Capture One since the program has customization of the UI and setting of your own defaults as two core principals where LR tends to have a more streamlined but less customizable workflow and benefits from being an Adobe product and therefore feeling immediately a bit more familiar to anyone who has used a variety of Adobe products in the past. The video tutorials on Capture One 6
are a great way to get that initial familiarity.
The color editor, and especially the skin tab of the color editor are IMO the best-in-class color tools available today. The noise reduction (see my recent article comparing Noise Reduction in Capture One and LightRoom
), lens correction tools, shadow color accuracy, tonal transitions, color accuracy of highlight recovery (especially in mixed lighting) and absolute level of detail shown at low ISOs (independent from sharpening) are all areas you should investigate.
As well the speed at which you can get to your final product is important so take some time to read through online tutorials and articles specifically about speeding up your workflow (without lowering the quality of the final product). There are tons on LightRoom. Here is our Capture One 5 Custom Keyboard Shortcut Article (pending an update for Capture One 6) that will give you some idea of how to get through large edits in Capture One as quickly as possible. http://www.captureintegration.com/2010/05/14/capture-one-shortcuts/
Just some random thoughts - we give 8 hour presentations on Capture One so you can imagine it's hard to cram a suscinct argument, which is why, in general we recommend you go and "do" rather than "hear". After all it doesn't matter what anyone else says if you
don't see the difference.
Doug Peterson (e-mail Me)
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