It Was Inevitable: I am Leaving Lightroom for Capture One Pro

My wife enjoys sunrise high up in the mountains.. and FujiRumors enjoys editing in Capture One Pro

Leaving Lightroom

It was inevitable, because:

  • I use Lightroom standalone
  • Adobe now offers only subscription model
  • Newer cameras are not supported on LR standalone
  • I don’t want to join a subscription model

So I had to look for alternatives, and although my lovely Fujifilm X-E3 is still supported in Lightroom standalone, I figured out that, since I am going to leave Lightroom anyway at some point, I better do it now.

Luckily we live in times, where there are a lot of valuable alternatives, such as:

And after a summer spent at home hiking my mountains (you can see my wife and me caching sunrise at 8,200 feet here) and editing pictures with a mix of different software, I decided to make Capture One Pro my main software of choice.

I will leave Lightroom, use Capture One Pro 12, but always keep an eye also on Luminar 4, Picktorial and ON1 Photo RAW…. but especially on Luminar 4.

And yes… X-Trans files and Capture One do get along very well :).

The learning curve?

Well, that actually went faster than I’d have expected, as Capture One is just a very good software overall, but there are also lots of quick tip C1 youtube videos you can check out for help.

We have shared Capture One tutorials and quick tips already in past roundups:

  • read here – Migrating from LIGHTROOM to CAPTURE ONE Free Video Tutorials Online
  • read here – Capture One Pro Workflow Tips and Tricks
  • read here – Capture One for Fujifilm: Tips and Tricks, Quick Guides, C1 vs Lightroom and Luminar
  • read here – Capture One Pro 12: Sharpening Fujifilm Files, New Features Overview, Jonas Rask Capture One 12 Coverage and More
  • read here – TESTED: Capture One Pro 12 Improved Fujifilm X Trans Support
  • read here – Best RAW Converters for FUJIFILM Files in 2019, Why Capture One is Better than Lightroom (Sometimes) and More Comparisons

And today, down below, you’ll see a few more of them.

Farewell Adobe… I am out… and just a recommendation: treat your customers better than this ;).

New Capture One Roundup

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Best RAW Converters for FUJIFILM Files in 2019, Why Capture One is Better than Lightroom (Sometimes) and More Comparisons

Fujifilm RAW Processing

In times, where tons of Fujifilm X shooters are migrating to Capture One Pro 12 (including myself) due to a massive 50% discount, I thought to publish a Capture One Pro 12 centric Fujifilm X Trans roundup.

Personally I currently use the last standalone Lightroom version (which still supports my Fujifilm X-E3) and Capture One Pro 12.

But as soon as I get my next Fujifilm camera (Fujifilm X-Pro3?), I will go all in with Capture One Pro Standalone. The only rent I am willing to pay, is the one for my little apartment, and not for software.

So, this roundup includes comparisons between Capture One Pro 12 and other software. Spoiler: Capture One wins!

Also, you will also find the link to a Capture One Pro 12 guide.

It’s all down below. I hope you can find something useful for you.

Direct links to software

Capture One Pro 12 Deal of the Year

Capture One Vs Rest of the World

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Migrating from LIGHTROOM to CAPTURE ONE Free Video Tutorials Online

Leaving Lightroom

Phase One has published a one our free webinar, where you can learn how to easily transition your workflow from Lightroom to Capture One Pro.

Don’t miss the chance to save 50% on Capture One Pro 12 for Fujifilm perpetual licenseUse coupon code “ivy50” at checkout to get the deal. This is a limited time deal valid only for Fujifilm or Sony standalone versions.

The webinar video above covers the following aspects:

  • [02:30] – Introductions and Webinar Content
  • [03:45] – Capture One’s interface compared to Lightroom
  • [05:45] – Customisation options
  • [08:09] – Making a Catalog and importing images
  • [16:00] – Basic tool use
  • [18:00] – Cursor tool shortcuts
  • [19:20] – Copy / Apply adjustments
  • [21:21} – Export to final formats (JPEG, TIFF etc)
  • [24:30] – Converting Lightroom Presets
  • [27:45] – Emily editing two images
  • [54:50] – Image comparison in Capture One to Lightroom
  • [57:05] – Importing a Lightroom Catalog to Capture One
  • [1:01:02] – Final Q&A
  • [1:05:30] – Additional learning resources

Down below videos on how to import a catalogue from Lightroom, how to organize it and editing Fujifilm GFX files in Capture One.

Importing a Lightroom Catalog

Organizing your Catalog

In the Webinar down below, Kristina will show her approach to image editing in Capture One and her experience of working with the Fujifilm GFX

Capture One for Fujifilm: Tips and Tricks, Quick Guides, C1 vs Lightroom and Luminar, Up to 40% Savings and More

Capture One for Fujifilm

Now that Phase One fully supports Fujifilm (and film simulation support already announced to come too), Capture One Pro is quickly finding its way on the computers of many Fujifilm X Shooters (mine included).

One of the Fuji X shooters, who enjoys to Capture One, is Omar (video above). He compares Capture One to Lightroom and Luminar. But there are many more, so high time for a Capture One specific roundup.

Capture One Buying Options and Savings

If you buy Capture One Pro 11 for Fujifilm standalone, the upgrade to the next major Capture One Pro version for Fujifilm standalone will be free.

Blog Posts

  • mostly.photos: Capture One 11 vs Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8
  • ivanjoshualoh – This video that shows how fast tethering goes with Capture One. “It takes just about 2-3 second to tether to my MacBook
  • thomasfitzgeraldphotography – Capture One Express Fujifilm: A Quick Overview
  • adambonn – Capture One Express for Fujifilm: A Basic Guide

Videos

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