Why I’m now using Capture One Pro for FUJIFILM Raw Files over Lightroom?

Today I want to talk to you about Capture One Pro that’s something that I have started using with my Fujifilm cameras so with the X-T2 and the X-T3 and I’ve also got a ton of photos from X-T1 which I have sold off but I still have those photos on my computer so why did I decide to go back to Capture One.

Even though in my previous videos about Capture One I’ve said that it’s not for me actually more and more I went back to it because I saw a lot of people commenting and saying that this is great for Fujifilm RAW images and the RAW files they look much nicer than in Lightroom Classic so that got me more interested in using a Capture One Express, which is the free version you can download that today and use it.

As I used it more and more, I found myself drawn to the quality and the rendering in Capture One versus Lightroom Classic especially for my Fujifilm images.

I made the plunge to finally subscribe to Capture One Pro!!

I went with the Subscription Option rather than a Perpetual License. Just to make it clear, I’m not giving up on Lightroom I’m still gonna use Lightroom for a lot of my edits because I’ve got a lot of photos from my Canon days.

All of my Catalog and grouping up all those photos is still done in Lightroom but now I’m starting to build up my Catalogue and Collections in Capture One which is quite interesting. I’m finding that a lot of the times there isn’t a lot of info out there, and things are little bit harder to do in Capture One Pro versus Lightroom

Lightroom is very intuitive you can figure your way through what I find with Capture One is that it’s not that intuitive at times I have to jump on Google find where I’m stuck and find the solution to my problem obviously there’s a lot of Capture One users out there so there’s a lot of articles and knowledge base available on the Internet.

If and I say that if you use the right keywords to find the information you will find it so why did I decide to use Capture One Pro now.

Reason #1 – Image Quality and Curves/Profiles

One of the things obviously is the rendering the rendering of those images is much nicer the RAW files especially they look really really nice taken with the Fujifilm camera and then edited in Capture One they crisper they’re sharper and they they come with actually a bunch of profiles (called Curves in Capture One) and that’s more than what’s available in Lightroom Classic.

There’s so many profiles available for X-T2 I think even though the X-T2 doesn’t shoot in Eterna Film simulation, you can still apply the Eterna Curve to your X-T2 images. The X-T3 obviously includes it so you obviously have access to that and there’s so many extra profiles on top of the standard ones that you normally have inbuilt into the camera that are available in Capture One so it gives you a very nice baseline and an option to start off with when you want to start editing your photos in Capture One.

Reason #2 – Process and Recipes

One of the other cool things that I’m loving around Capture One Pro that I don’t have in Lightroom is something called Processes and Process Recipes. So what does that mean?

Recipe is essentially an export definition: how you want to export your photos; at what resolution; what quality; and the destination folder. Its like your export presets in Lightroom Classic, however in Capture One Pro you can create multiple export recipes and then I use those to export photos. So for example, I’m editing a photo I want to upload Instagram I have a standard recipe now to export it which is same as what I had in Lightroom but now here in Capture One I can choose multiple recipes, choose multiple images and export them all at once so it’s gonna feed files into one folder with certain size, and into another folder with another size and get them ready for me to start basically uploading and sharing online doing whatever so that’s quite cool.

Reason #3 – Performance

The other thing is obviously performance!! Performance is much better when you move any of the sliders the rendering is instantaneous. Don’t forget in my case I have all my photos on a Drobo 5N2 which is a network storage device and all those photos render beautifully and almost real-time, when I move any of the sliders. Much faster than Lightroom Classic.

Conclusion

So those are some of my reasons why, I am now starting to use Capture One Pro for all of my Fujifilm edits. I hope you found this useful and if you got any questions leave them down in the comments below I will certainly be spending a lot more time investing myself in Capture One Pro.

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