[1st October 2020]
After a few 30 day trials over the past couple of years I have finally made the transition from Adobe Lightroom to Phase One’s Capture One RAW file editor.
I still use Adobe Photoshop occasionally (being locked into the difficult to get out of subscription package for another year) but only really as the world’s most expensive dust spot removal program! I wish I had moved to Capture One before as the difference in image quality is night and day, especially with night sky images, the clincher for me was discovering that a RAW image in Lightroom looks totally different when opened in Photoshop. ie. there is no consistency in Adobe Camera RAW.
Capture One’s subtle controls really bring out what I saw at the time of taking the photograph with no need to go anywhere near the contrast or saturation sliders.
It really is a piece of software designed for the purpose, devoid of childish gimmicks. Paul Reiffer’s excellent Pro Tips and Live Editing Sessions on YouTube are a mine of information on how to get the most out of Capture One.
Capture One comes in different ‘flavours’, the ‘complete’ version that supports the RAW files from all major cameras, plus versions for Sony, FujiFilm (complete with film simulations) and Nikon.
I will be adding more information about Capture One as an ongoing series.
A free trial can be downloaded from the link below.
Once you have decided that Capture One is easily the best photo RAW file editor you can save 25% on annual prepaid subscriptions by clicking on the image below.