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

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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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Capture One Pro Workflow Tips and Tricks

Capture One Tips and Tricks

Since so many fellow Fujifilm X shooters are switching to Capture One Pro 12 in the last few months, I think it’s a good idea to share a Capture One tips and tricks roundup that might help you to quickly establish a new and fast workflow for you.

However, if you are still on the fence, there is also the free Capture One Express version, and we will include a few tutorials in the roundup.

  • captureone – 11+1 tips and tricks for Capture One
  • sellfy – Capture One Styles by Natan Elson
  • petetakspictures – Exploration in Colour – on Capture One & Fujifilm

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Capture One Video Tips and Tricks

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TESTED: Capture One Pro 12 Improved Fujifilm X Trans Support

Capture One Pro 12.1 has promised us improved Fujifilm X Trans support. But how well does it really work?

Thomas Fitzgerald tested it and has written about it on his blog here. His conclusion:

The changes are very, very subtle to the naked eye.

The update fixes some issues that can occur when there is very fine repetitive detail such as tree branches, leaves, foliage and things like that.

It’s as if they have improved the anti-aliasing algorithms ever so slightly.

It’s something most people probably won’t notice, and they didn’t have to do this, but it pretty much eliminates most rendering artefacts from X-Trans files.

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Capture One Pro 12.1 Improves Fujifilm X Trans and Tethering Support and Adds XF 23mm F1.4 Profile

Capture One Pro 12

Capture One Pro 12.1 has just been released, and the very good Fujifilm X Trans demosaicing has become even better, according to C1!

  • Improved X Trans Rendering
    Get better rendering of fine details and patterns for X-Trans sensors. Improve overall image quality for Fujifilm camera models without sacrificing performance
  • Improved Fujifilm tethering
    Zoom and pan during Live View when tethering with Fujifilm cameras

It also adds lens profile for

Capture One Pro 12 is currently 50% off.

Full Release Notes

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Capture One Pro 12.0.4 Adds Fujifilm GFX100 and Fujinon Lens Support

Capture One Pro 12.0.4 (which is still 50% off) has just been released.

It adds support for Fujifilm GFX100 and also for the following Fujinon XF/XC lenses: