Four Capture One Tips

By Doug Peterson

GetDPI forum member, technician at Digital Transitions, wedding photographer, and homebrewer of beer.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Capture One is very powerful and flexible. But much of it’s power lies just below the surface, in shortcuts, hidden functionality, or non default workflows. In this article I’m covering four such tips. Any questions, comments, or requests for clarification can be posted as comments to this article or on the getDPI forum.

[Hand Cursor + Shift] Means “All”

The hand cursor is my “resting cursor” in C1, meaning if I’m not actively doing something else (like cropping which requires the crop cursor) then my cursor is set to Hand (keyboard shortcut ‘H’). When using the hand cursor you can double click on an image to toggle the zoom between “zoom to fit” and “100%”. Once zoomed on an image you can pan around the image using the same hand cursor by clicking and dragging. But many users miss that holding shift adds the meaning “To All” to those functions.

Select more than one image, switch to the hand cursor, and then hold shift and double click – you will zoom on all images simultaneously. Likewise hold shift while panning (via click and drag), and all images will pan equally.

This “all” option also applies to the mini-navigator that appears when you right click using the hand cursor. Once zoomed in on several images you can instantly jump between, for instance, the four corners of all selected images. Simply right click to bring up the mini navigator and then

Together with the focus mask tool, and multiple floating focus windows, this provides one of the best-in-class ways of reviewing similar images. It’s especially helpful when when reviewing images from a stationary-camera focus bracket or Scheimpflug bracket (e.g. 1, 2, and 3 deg of tilt).

Toggle between Viewer and Browser

Capture One’s interface is very flexible. The user can add/remove/rearrange/consolidate/resize tools to accommodate everything from a 11” MacBookAir screen to a dual-30” monitor setup. In addition there are keyboard shortcuts to hide/show the Browser (command B), and to hide/show the Tools (command T), allowing the user to quickly hide the sections of the program they are not using.

But frustratingly there is no default way in C1 to quickly jump between viewing just the selected image(s) and viewing the thumbnails [Viewer vs. Browser]. In LightRoom the default keyboard shortcuts G and E make such a switch very easy, and in Aperture the keyboard shortcut V has a similar function.

Fortunately, since Capture One allows the user to edit the list of available keyboard shortcuts this situation can be easily remedied. Select [Capture One > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts] and add a shortcut for [View > Show/Hide Viewer]; I suggest [Option-V].

Using this shortcut will hide and show the viewer, which would normally switch between [Browser+Viewer] to [Just Browser]. However if you first hide the Browser (Command B) then the shortcut will switch from [Just Viewer] to [Just Browser]. I find this technique especially useful when combined with [View > Full Screen] on my new 13” MacBookPro Retina where screen real estate is a valuable commodity.

The keyboard shortcuts [Command + Left] and [Command + Right] can be used to go to the previous or next image, even if the browser is not on the screen.

Local Copy and Apply

Capture One provides several ways to synchronize adjustments between images. One of the fastest is Local Copy and Apply, which appears as a double arrow icon at the top of every tool. Selecting more than one image and clicking the Local Copy and Apply brings up an additional dialogue requiring an additional click. The trick is to hold shift when clicking the Local Copy and Apply icon which skips the dialogue and assumes you want to copy and apply the sliders in that tool that you have changed.

For some kinds of shooting it can be very efficient to apply and syncronize some basic adjustments (e.g. aspect ratio and contrast) using the Local Copy and Apply method while in the browser-only view discussed above. No viewer means no resources spent rendering the preview, and no screen real estate taken up by the preview – making basic first-pass editing very fast.

Text a Photo via Shortcut

I often want to send a photo from a recent shoot to the phone of a client, family member, or my girlfriend. With the release of OSX 10.9 doing this from Capture One has become very easy assuming the recipient is using an iPhone or an iMessage. Simply create a recipe using QuickProof JPG in the sRGB colorspace, and set the Open With to [Other > Applications > iMessage].

When you process using that recipe the selected image(s) will be processed and placed into any empty window in iMessage as a ready-to-send attachment. Simply start typing the name of the person, select the appropriate name when it pops up, and push send. Best yet, you’ll get a confirmation of delivery and be able to read their response in the same window.

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