Capture One Pro 12

Capture One Pro 12


Capture One Pro 12

Capture One Pro 12

The 29th November 2018 see the release of Capture One Pro 12, with the few days I have been trying this out it is clear that release 12 is a major release with some useful additional features.

Together with a neater interface Capture One now comes with the following:

  • Luma Range Masking
  • Linear Gradient Mask Tool
  • Radial Mask Tool
  • Plug-ins

As well as the above, there is also support for additional cameras including the new Nikon Z6 and Z7.

The standout additions for me are the new masking tools, the linear mask tool has undergone a complete overhaul and now offers much more control. The Radial Mask tool make life easier and will prove crucial to quick precise editing going forward.

The Luma Range Mask tool, allows the creation of masks based on the brightness of pixels, with complete and visible control on what you are masking.

The Plug-in feature should eventually open up Capture One to developers I tried this feature with some ‘Older’ Google NIK plugins, and it works slick, exporting the image, creating the copy, out to the NIK plug-in and the image back into Capture One Pro 12, all in a single process.

For me the biggest feature and noticeable difference is the slickness off use, Capture One Pro has always been fast, but now it is altogether much smoother, which when used on a 2012 Mac mini is pretty good going.

Visit Capture One Pro website for more information, download a 30 day trial, and if you wish to purchase, save with the discount code ‘AMBSEARS’

Capture One Pro

Capture One Pro 

Capture One Pro is the professionals choice of image editing software, offering unparalleled workflow and processing options for RAW image processing and tethered shooting.

Capture Ones leading RAW processing allows complete freedom to bring the most out of your images, with support for over 500 models of camera, Capture One provides seamless workflow from RAW image to output.

Layer based processing allows you to apply your changes and tweak to your exacting requirements, all without affecting the original RAW base layer. Styles offer a quick solution to achieving a certain look quickly and easily and again applied to layers over you complete freedom to the changes applied.

Capture One again leads the way in colour grading and toning, whether you are looking for subtle tonal changes or want your colours to pop, the level of control Capture One provides will meet your exacting needs.

Tethered Shooting with Capture One Pro is a breeze, with near instant previews of your images as you shoot while maintaining complete control of your camera from the Capture One interface. Using Live View, allows you to compose and check focus, ideal for Still life and product photography.

Capture One Pro - Unrivalled RAW Processing and output.

Andy Sears uses Capture One Pro for all his RAW processing and tethered shooting ensuring he gets the best out of his images along with the ability to have full control over the exported files from proofs and web images to 36″ prints.

Capture One Pro ultimate RAW processing for over 500 models of camera.

There is a 30 day trial available for Capture One Pro where you can see for yourself, the speed and ease of how RAW processing should be.

Discount Code

For those wishing to make the jump to Capture One Pro I have a discount code available:

Discount Code AMBSEARS

10% discount on perpetual licenses, bundles, upgrades & Styles Packs

5% discount on all prepaid subscriptions

Visit the Capture One Pro website


Capture One Pro – Getting the look you want

Capture One Pro - Start Image - Andy Sears

Start Image – Unprocessed

Getting the look that you want for your images can be time-consuming with large image files and required processing power often dragging software down to a crawl. This was the main reason for the switch to Capture One Pro.

Processing multiple files and exporting images is fast with Capture One Pro, there appears to be no drag on the system and very little in the way of freezes and crashes. Cataloguing is fast and relatively simple (after the initial learning curve which actually isn’t that bad).

With you images captured you set about tweaking, getting the best out of your image. The first step after importing is getting rid of any junk, a quick flick through the images and I can easily see what to keep and what to get rid of, again this is quick with no lag.

For the adjustments, you can manually adjust exposure, clarity, shadows, brightness etc as well as a mass of other delicate settings. Cropping is easy and can be to a set constrained ratios or free. Adjusting colours, the temperature etc again is with a phenomenal amount of settings, some self-explanatory and some take a bit of working out. From the colour adjustment panel, you can also switch to black and white.

You can also add layers, to process local areas of an image using selection brushes and gradients to create masks.

You also have pre-defined styles which with a single click can create the entire look of your image including black and white, retro looks, portraiture and selective colours amongst the offerings. Other style packs are also available to suit various needs, some free and other to purchase.

Once you have your start image, you can process your basic settings and then clone as a variant so not having to start all over again for different looks. The variants can also be viewed side by side


Capture One Pro - Multiple image selection


As can be seen above multiple image variants can be viewed side by side to see the differences between your processes, with all your available imported files and variants on the right-hand side. The final images can be seen below.

So whether you want to give an image some punch, convert it to black and white or just do some subtle colour correction, it is worth giving Capture One Pro a try with the 30 day free trial.

Download Capture One Pro 10 here

Cosmos in vase - Andy Sears Garden Photography

Capture One Pro - Image Variants