Capture One

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Don, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. Don

    Don Guest

    Folks, I'm looking for a RAW software package that works with 10D images.
    Has anybody tried Capture One? Pros and cons of this package or others
    would be appreciated. Do not like the Canon software at all.
    Don, Oct 1, 2003
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    Derek Guest

    Yes capture One is good, so is Breezebrowser, but the new Photoshop CS has
    RAW conversion built in
    Derek, Oct 1, 2003
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  3. Don

    Snaps. Guest

    I've never used Canon's software. I use "Irfanview". This product allows me
    to copy everything from my CFC to a directory on the hard drive and re-name
    the files I.E. (sunset - June #1 ~100) Then convert them to jpg for editing
    in Photoshop. Before you start about RAW and jpg quality... Just remember PS
    can only run in 16 bit mode when using all it's features so the quality of a
    RAW is mostly lost anyway. The soon to be released Photoshop 8 (CS) can
    supposedly edit RAWs directly and in 32 bit mode too. At about $1200 or
    more, it's really only for experts and wannabes... Unless you are a student
    and then you can get it for about half price.
    Snaps., Oct 1, 2003
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    woodsie Guest

    most people dont need 32 bit anyway.
    it's overkill!
    woodsie, Oct 1, 2003
  5. Don

    nb Guest

    Before you start about RAW and jpg quality... Just remember PS

    Wrong. Photoshop 7 allows some operations to be done in 16-bit, but all in

    By shooting RAW and then converting to a 16 bit Tiff you retain as much
    information, and hence as much quality, as possible.

    Capture One comes in two varieties, the full version and the light version
    (which only works with certain cameras apparently).
    I have not used Capture One but apparently is gives the best conversions but
    the cost is prohibitive.

    Breezebrowser is far cheaper and does a good job. Theere is a plug-in for
    Photoshop 7 for converting Raw images but you would be better off waiting
    for Photoshop CS and upgrade if you already have PS7. Buying a new copy
    may be prohibitivly expensive.

    Conventional wisdom has it that shooting RAW is the best way to obtain the
    best quality ( but do you need all this quality?)

    nb, Oct 1, 2003
  6. C1 is great, here are a few good points......

    1: extremely fast workflow by processing in background while you continue to
    setup new images.
    2: immediate feedback on image adjustments via the image preview
    3: the ability to archive image processing parameters so RAW files can be
    output later with exact same results
    4: simultaneous output to 2 or 3 formats
    5: excellent processing control (curves, colour balance etc) to the point
    that Photoshop is normally not required
    6: outstanding image quality

    some not so good points.....

    1: normal sharpening can be a bit harsh, while the "soft look" sharpening
    can be a bit fake (I prefer a 2 pass Lab Sharpen in PS... but this is really
    a personal taste thing)
    2: it has a problem with smooth yellow/orange graduations in sunsets. (they
    are working on this one)

    I would highly recommend C1... even with the couple of niggles it really is
    one of the best (I think "the best") RAW conversion utility around.

    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Oct 1, 2003
  7. Don

    Henrik Guest

    Hi Don,

    For me, time is money, even if I don't make much money on photography, if
    any at all. Taken that into account, then PhaseOne CaptureOne DSLR is the
    best software I have bought, it is very fast and it gives me a great
    workflow (IMHO) I used to use both breezebrowser and Canon's own converter
    but as you are well aware these are timesuckers and time is something I
    don't have much off.
    I have very limited experience with Adobe RAW converter, but I hear very
    good reports about it. I guess after CaptureOne, ARC is the one to get. If
    you are considering upgrading your Photoshop 7 to version 8 you will get ARC
    for "free" since it is included with the new version coming soon to a shop
    near you :)

    I have used CaptureOne since April this year. worth every cent!

    good luck - and RAW is the way to go!

    Henrik, Oct 1, 2003
  8. Don

    Don Guest


    thanks for your input. Have downloaded the 15 day LE trial version and am
    already impressed.


    Don, Oct 2, 2003
  9. Hi Don,

    It is good isn't it :)

    Make sure you use your 15 days to the max, as in this time you should be
    able to establish what workflow works best for you.... it is only then that
    you will see the true power and time saving that C1 offers. It's RAW
    conversion quality is one thing, but it's great workflow is another thing
    that I believe should be considered on it's own. I think many people may
    have tried it and thought... "it's conversion is good, but I can do almost
    as good with XYZ program" so I won't bother buying it and in doing this they
    miss out on C1's true benefits.

    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Oct 2, 2003
  10. at the end of the 15 days you can load the Pro trial version and get another
    30 days before you actually need to pay for it too! :)
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Oct 2, 2003
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