Morgan....You are not alone....You are in the MAJORITY!!
I have used C1 since 10 years now.
It is something that is simply WRONG with C1, NOT wrong with YOU! PERIOD.
It is ignored as their Achilles heel. If you search my posts I have explained, as others have on why C1 doesn't change this due to their enrollment program of educating and digital tech "industry" they chose to create and want to fuel and keep exclusive.
Until they change it, even the new users that get into C1 will soon see how limiting and frustrating it is and look for an exit.
The only solution is for C1 to make a alternate version WITHOUT Sessions..IF they ditch the market they keep fueling.
Until PhaseOne Capture One addresses this, there will be MANY Morgan's, Phil's and all the others that will switch and avoid using C1 as much as possible. Need I say, these are usually a small group when compared to those that simply ditch C1 and use an alternate program.
If you are a long time LL active member, you will see that even the FOUNDER of this site doesn't support such a working approach and finds it confusing, and I think uses LightRoom(? I don't want to misinform, but that's what I thought a few years back from the posts). (In reality people looking for quality files will use multiple tools if they have to).
I will take every opportunity to stress this issue. I do this as C1 is a wonderful raw processor. I think for some of my work, I can get the best results. But I avoid it like a West Nile Virus!!
When I shoot with a Phase One back, I have NO choice, so that is why I can not simply move on! My apologies to Doug, David and others that have to keep hearing this, and as much as they try and explain, and try to show the positives...It never resolves the actual use and the limitations this approach forces...and they too know this.
I say this, so you know that it ISN'T YOU!
And I haven't tried this last months release of .2 update to v7...but the folder browser freezes/crashes on me. I hope that is ironed out. This has kept me from changing the folder I'm "supposed" to be working in. With v7 intro of catalog, it at first looks like it works cleaner, but you can't switch out(unless that is changed) .. I have to open back to a Session to go to folder. Its really a mess for anyone who manages their own work folders.....Let alone the folders it forces to make and use.