The Bowels of the Cocoon (Capture One Pro)

Canon EOS R5 and R6 Support Added to Capture One Pro (Podcast 716)

Capture One Pro was updated to support the Canon EOS R5 and R6, and the image quality is amazing compared to the DNG workaround that many people used.

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  • Russell Haddock
    Posted at 23:47h, 30 August Reply

    I’m not sure if this is the best place to post this but figured I would give it a shot. First – I so appreciate all your insight that you provide to all of us. I’m completely redoing my gear, thanks to you ;-). My R5 and lenses are on order. It’s backlogged so I probably won’t see them for a month, but that’s okay. I’m in the process of selling everything I own now to help justify the cost and simplify my overall setup. I’m in the process of trying to learn Capture One, but having been a long time Lightroom user, this is where I’m really struggling. I’m not trying to convert my libary over, just making the switch and leaving what was processed using Lightroom there and starting fresh in Capture One. I spent years “perfecting” my lightroom environment with presets that worked for me. Do you have any recommended starting points for Capture One? I’ve watched a few tutorials and I’m in the middle of the 30 day trial. Do you have presets (or maybe they are styles in Capture One) that you recommend to start with? I have also been using Luminar 4 as a plugin to Lightroom, which I really liked. Do you ever use something like this w/ Capture One or do you do everything in Capture One? I try to minimize my workflow in post processing as much as possible so I like to batch process as much as I can and then fine tune the ones that need additional touch up. I’m struggling with making this quick in Capture One. Any advice? Sorry for all the questions – ha!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:18h, 31 August Reply

      Hi Russell,

      Thanks for the questions. Posting here is fine.

      This link will display the first three tutorials that I did about jumping ship to Capture One Pro. There are also two other pages of tutorials with the 1 and 2 links below the three that will display with this link:

      I actually rarely use presets or Styles in Capture One Pro, and although I initially started to save my modifications as style, I found that over the first few months after jumping ship, I gradually stopped using them. These days I can get to the look that I want so quickly that I just go straight to the sliders and curves etc. Once I have one image processed how I like it, I copy the changes to the clipboard and paste them to similar images as I look through them, so the process is really quick, kind of removing the necessity for Styles.

      I also do not use any third-party plugins to modify the look of my images. I can do everything I want in Capture One Pro, and that allows me to keep my raw files in raw format, and benefit from future processing engine updates. The only plugin I do use is the JPEG Mini plugin for minimizing the size of exported JPEGs.

      To batch process, you could do what I do, and process your first image, then copy the changes to the clipboard, or use the upwards arrow in the toolbar, then select all other similar images, and paste the changes, or click on the downwards pointing arrow in the toolbar. This speeds things up a lot. You can, of course, also save your modifications as Styles of your own.

      I hope that helps some.


  • Russell Haddock
    Posted at 02:24h, 18 September Reply

    Thank you sir! This was all very helpful. I have made the switch over to Capture One. I did the 30 day trial and reprocessed a few of my recent images to do a good comparison. I found that I got faster and faster with the workflow the more I used it. I need to go out and shoot some new stuff and then start fresh in Capture One. But I’m in the process now of selling all my equipment to get the R5 :-). So I think my photography is on pause right now. Finding one in stock is a VERY tricky and I refuse to pay ebay prices for people that are taking advantage of the situation. Thanks for all your help!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:33h, 18 September Reply

      Hi Russell,

      You’re very welcome. You do get quicker at processing relatively quickly.

      That’s sad that people are taking advantage of the low stock situation, essentially adding to the problem. There was someone here in Japan buying ProGrade Digital CFexpress cards and selling them on at 150% markup. They even got their hiked-price products on the official ProGrade Digital page for a while. I let the team know and it was cleared up quickly, but amazing that this stuff can happen.

      Good luck with getting your gear switched over though. All the best!


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