I love Capture One’s powerful advanced color editing tool, the X-Trans files rendering, the ability to work on layers, and also little things, such as Capture One automatically recognizes which film simulation I used and automatically applies it to my RAW files at import.
Sure, switching required a learning curve, but there is so much tailored content on youtube that helps you out with that, that it all happened much faster than I would have thought.
For example, check out the advanced color editing tool explained by Phase One (watch video below from 19:44… just click, starts at the right point). It’s something I like to use to fine tune colors (if needed). Moreover, I find it very practical that I can click a color on my image, select and fine tune the color range, and then with 1 simple click create a new layer out of my selected color range, which then I can edit to taste.
With all that said, the best thing ever is simply owning a Fujifilm camera, as that is the best way to shorten your editing time ;).
For example, I recently shared on my IG an image of the picturesque town of Cortona, in Tuscany. I did set my X-T4 on Classic Negative, and later in post all I had to do was to import the file on Capture One, which automatically applied the correct film simulation on the RAW file. I just quickly recovered the highlights to bring back the clouds, and that was it.
Thanks Fujifilm for those wonderful colors and film simulations! I love all the time you save me over and over and over again ;).
Capture One for Fujifilm packs all features that Capture One has to offer, and the only limitation is that it will work with Fujifilm files only. The big advantage: it’s much cheaper than the full version, and now with even 55% discount it’s a heck of a deal!
Lightroom only: worm effect. Strange things go on. Images do not look great
Lightroom with enhanced details: cleans up files, no worms, initially files look better. But he realized he loses lots of details actually, and hence looks softer
Capture One: file looks fantastic. C1 does an amazing job. Nice clean file. He can see why Pros use that
Iridient X Transformer: simple to install. Converts Fuji RAW files to DNG file and takes care of sharpening. The results are very close to Capture One results. Image looks cleaner, better. Very impressed with Iridient X Transformer
And in real life? Thomas printed the same image using the 4 different methods. He can’t see any difference. You need a loupe and super close, to see difference.
The only real noticeable difference appears during the editing process. You look at high res monitor super magnified. But when printed, you don’t really see difference.
But although in real world you can’t see real difference, you want to work with the best file possible, enjoy the processing. He recommends Capture One or Iridient X Transformer.
Thomas Heaton decided to use Iridient X Transformer. It’s almost as good as Capture One, and he can keep all his Lightroom workflow.
But if you don’t have problems to switch, he would recommend Capture One.