FIRST EXPOSURE BY STAN SHOLIK
Capture One Pro software has
been in the process of evolving
from a high-quality RAW file
conversion program to full-featured image
processing and image file management
software over the last few versions. Capture
One Pro 10 continues this evolution with
several innovative new features and overall
speed improvements, along with some
minor workspace changes.
Capture One Pro is available for both
Mac and Windows platforms. For new
users, the cost is $299, which now includes
activations on three computers. Existing
users of Capture One Pro versions 8 and
9 can upgrade for $99. Capture One Pro
subscribers, who pay $15 per month for
a 12-month plan, can download the new
version at no cost.
As mature a program as Capture One
Pro is, the Phase One engineers keep finding
ways to increase its functionality as well as its
overall speed. For one, the image
sharpening process was completely
rethought, resulting in a new three-stage
process. The controls for the stages are
found in different panels of the program
where their functionality is most appropriate.
The first stage, a new lens tool option in the
Lens Correction panel, corrects lost
sharpness caused by lens diffraction. This
addition resulted in the need to move the
Lens Correction icon one place to the left so
that the diffraction correction could be done
earlier in the workflow.
The second sharpening stage, user-
defined creative sharpening—which includes
a new Halo Suppression slider—is applied
globally in the Details panel, or locally as
a layer in the Local Adjustments panel.
The final sharpening stage is found in the
Adjustments tab of the Process Recipe in the
Output tools panel. For print sharpening,
there is even a dialog box in which to enter
the viewing distance from the print.
Another major enhancement is the
addition of a new Proofing mode. This
mode allows you to simulate the final
size, resolution, color space, compression
artifacts and sharpening on your monitor.
This required another minor workspace
change, the addition of a “Spectacles” icon
at the far right of the toolbar.
A new Camera Focus Tool is added in
the software’s Live View mode that allows
photographers doing tethered capture to
autofocus all models of camera supported
by the software.
One final innovation will be of interest
to power users: Capture One Pro 10 is
compatible with the Tangent panel system,
used extensively in the video production
environment. Using trackball-like controls
as well as rotary dials and pushbuttons, the
system allows full control of every feature
WITH CAPTURE ONE PRO 10
New sharpening tools, proofing mode and speed enhancements
make this update a must-have for serious pros.
ABOVE, LEFT: The Capture One splash screen
eases the transition to the program for new
users and those looking for instruction with the
new features. ABOVE, RIGHT: The new Output
Sharpening tool, activated with the “eyeglass”
icon in the toolbar, previews all of the
enhancements in the final image and allows
you to apply sharpening to the output image
and see the results.