Phase One’s Capture software, Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have all
been updated recently, while Nikon has
replaced Capture NX and Capture NX 2
with its new NX-D software. While each
update builds on an already-mature and
feature-laden program, there are new
elements and generally improved performance overall that can help further
improve your workflow. According to
the manufacturers, improvements and
new features are the direct result of them
responding to user input.
CAPTURE ONE PRO 8
Capture One is the go-to software for teth-
ered capture used by many studio and lo-
cation photographers. It is also the software
of choice for serious photographers looking
for the ultimate quality when converting
their RAW format files to TIFF or JPEG
format. Version 8 advances the capabilities
of the software in both of these areas, as
well as providing a new processing engine,
which requires you to re-import sessions
created in previous versions, for improved
image quality in all areas.
During tethered capture, previous
versions of Capture One had limited live-view capabilities, but Capture One Pro 8
removes several of these limitations. The
one I find most helpful is the ability to
directly capture the image from the live-
view screen. Depending on your camera
model, you may also be able to take
advantage of other new live-view features
such as a depth-of-field preview, a focus
meter, and the ability to force the orienta-
tion of the image (vertical to horizontal,
etc.). The tools and tabs in the live-view
window are now customizable also.
Previous versions of Capture One Pro
lagged behind competitors in the ability
to perform local adjustments. This has
changed in version 8. In addition to the
sharpening, clarity, moiré and color tools
found in version 7, you can now apply
white balance, exposure, highlight/shadow
adjustments, noise reduction, and purple
fringing removal locally, on separate
layers, by applying (or copying between
layers) a mask you paint on.
Also available are new Clone and Heal
tools as well as the previous Spot and
Dust tools—these all work great. The Auto
Mask, which automatically finds edges
when masking, is slower than I would
like on Phase One IQ250 files, but with
smaller files it works quickly enough. And
it tends to leave a tiny amount of background around subjects. Other than this,
and the inability to remove a background
to transparency when saving, the new local adjustments are reason enough for me
to upgrade to Capture One Pro 8.
There are numerous other changes that
are documented on the Capture One website, PhaseOne.com. Also included on the
site are excellent instructional videos to help
get you up to speed on the new version, or
on Capture One if you are a new user.
Suggested price of a new license for two
computers is $299. Upgrades from previous Pro versions are available for $99.
Still and Video Editing
BY STAN SHOLIK
Manufacturers respond to user input with new features and improvements.
Above: Many of the changes to adjustment
tools in Capture One 8 are found in the Local
Adjustments tab and extend the program’s
capabilities well beyond previous versions.