NOTE: This article discusses an older version of Capture One Pro. To learn more about our latest version, click here.
1. What is the main difference between Lightroom and Capture One?
Both Lightroom and Capture One are RAW editors – photo editing software where you can process, sort and edit RAW camera files before exporting them as a JPEG for print, online or social media.
Capture One is designed with feedback from photographers and offers more adjustment and organizing possibilities for your photos – which is why it’s loved by professionals and studios worldwide.
For a detailed comparison, check out this guide.
2. How do you migrate a Catalog from Lightroom to Capture One?
We’ve made that process as easy as possible. Simply go to Files > Import Catalog and choose “Lightroom Catalog.” It’s important that you follow this step before exporting your Collection in Lightroom as a Catalog.
3. Is it easy to switch from Lightroom to Capture One?
With free tutorials, guides and webinars, you’ll master Capture One in no time. Our Learning Hub is packed with free resources dedicated to migrating your photo editing software – just click on “Switching from Lightroom” at learn.captureone.com.
Capture One also offers a fully customizable workspace, so you can arrange tools any way you want. That means you can design your Capture One interface to look just like your Lightroom workspace.
To create a Lightroom-style workspace, go to: Window > Workspace > Migration.
4. Does Capture One have a Spot Removal tool?
Capture One’s flexible Spot Removal tool gives you several different options – use it in Dust Mode to remove dust from the sky or other plain backgrounds. Or, remove bigger and more complicated spots using Spot Mode.
5. What is the difference between Catalogs and Sessions?
Catalogs and Sessions let you organize your photos based on projects or themes – the choice is yours.
Sessions offer a workflow based on folders, making them ideal for quickly editing a few images, or organizing individual projects within a folder structure. Users can browse any folder on their computer without importing the images.
Like in Lightroom, Catalogs are a database-driven workflow. They’re ideal for organizing bigger projects and long-term organizing. Users can edit ‘offline files’ (smart previews).
6. What are Styles?
What you know as Presets in Lightroom are called Styles in Capture One – instant looks that transform image elements like brightness and contrast.
Each Style Pack includes several different Styles inspired by a specific theme or aesthetic, like vintage film looks or seasonal colors. Many of our Style Packs are developed in collaboration with leading photographers, so it’s easy to recreate their professional aesthetic in a single click.
All Capture One versions come with three built-in Style Packs, completely free.
7. What are Process Recipes in Capture One?
Process Recipes in Capture One allow you to export images in different sizes and formats all at once. Unlike Lightroom, this allows you to export images for social media, print and web at the same time – making the export process much faster.
8. Why are Capture One’s color tools special?
The Color Balance Tool is a powerful, easy-to-use tool which allows you to create the precise color grading you want. Using the Master Wheel, you can edit colors across all aspects of your image, or focus your color editing on Shadows, Midtones and Highlights.
9. How do I edit skin tones in Capture One?
For more advanced color editing, the Color Editor allows you to separate your colors with the Color Picker Tool or focus specifically on skin colors – you can then adjust the Smoothness, Amount and Uniformity of your selected skin tone to achieve the perfect look.
10. Which Capture One is right for me?
Capture One is available in different software versions, depending your camera:
Capture One Pro is the complete photo editing software solution. It works with files from all major camera brands, so it’s also ideal if you shoot with multiple cameras.
Capture One (for Sony) is for Sony users. You save on the full-feature set in Capture One Pro with a software version exclusive to Sony files.
Capture One Fujifilm is for Fujifilm users. You save on the full-feature set in Capture One Pro with a software version exclusive to Fujifilm files.
Capture One Express is for Sony and Fujifilm users. It’s a free photo editing software with basic editing tools and auto adjustments to get you started.
Jakob Boie Sørensen
Jakob is a portrait and wedding photographer who also works as a Marketing Consultant with Capture One – his must-have tool for his professional work. Jakob is passionate about sharing his technical expertise and helping others discover the benefits of editing with Capture One.