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Shooting Tethered with Capture One Pro 7


Capture One Pro 7 has long been the industry standard for fast and reliable capture directly from your DSLR to your computer. Simply plug your compatible DSLR into Capture One Pro and begin capturing tethered immediately, with these benefits:

  • Instant capture with plug and play connection
  • Live View directly in Capture One Pro with remote focus control
  • Remote camera control with Mode, Capture Format, Aperture, Shutter, ISO, Exposure Compensation, Flash Mode and Metering functionality (where compatible)
  • Easy composition mode and more!

Capturing tethered with Capture One Pro 7 makes collaboration on productions easy, especially with Capture Pilot for iOS and web enabled devices. Capture Pilot allows additional people working on the set to view and rate images as the shoot takes place. Photographers can also use Capture Pilot as a remote capture device enabling control of the basic camera parameters.

In this tip, I will go through the main benefits of using Capture One Pro and tethered capture for your next shoots and give some advice on best practice for reliability.

Good Practice for Tethered Capture

A simple connection from the camera to your computer is all that is needed to get up and running for a tethered session, but to ensure reliability it is worthwhile investing in a good quality USB cable.

The maximum length of a USB cable is normally limited to 5 meters (approx 15 feet) to obtain good transfer speeds and reliability. However, you may find your own computer equipment may not be able to sustain a reliable connection even at that distance. Therefore, you should experiment to find the limits of your own system.

To solve this issue, add a powered USB hub or even an active extension cable. Good quality cables are available from many retailers including Tether Tools also have a good compatibility guide for USB cables. Check it out

If the connection to the camera is not very secure, think about ensuring that the cable is secured in some other way to the laptop and camera. Duct tape is a great addition to any kit.

We can often capture a great deal of images when we work tethered so make sure you have plenty of space on your hard drive to cope with the high volumes of data. An SSD or a high RPM hard drive will help with speeding up the time from capture to the image being displayed on screen.

Setting up Capture One Pro

Before starting your tethered capture session, take a look at the Capture tab in the Capture One Pro Preferences and make sure your camera model is the only option selected.


Capture One Pro uses the respective manufacturers SDK (Software Development Kit) to enable the tethered capture functionality. The different SDK’s can interfere with each other, therefore it is best to disable the options not in use.

Storage Options

Captures can be shot directly into a Catalog or a Session. It is up to you what method you want to choose but most of our users choose to use a Session to work tethered. To find out more about Catalogs and Sessions, read some of my earlier tips:

Beginning Capture

After connecting your camera and deciding on which method of file management to choose, it is then a simple matter of looking at the tools in the Capture tool tab.


This tool tab contains all the necessary tools to control your camera, set file naming, control how image adjustments are handled and work with Capture Pilot. For more detail on setting up these parameters, watch our Tethered Shooting Tutorial below:

Only keep the images you need with Composition Mode

Capturing tethered can produce a lot of images that you don’t need! Sometimes it is wasteful writing every single one to disc, especially when you are setting up the shot. Therefore you can enable Composition Mode, which only keeps the last capture stored on disc. You can enable it in the Camera menu below.

2013-07-30_17-22-03Warning signs are overlaid in the Viewer to make sure you are aware that Composition Mode is activated.


Control your camera remotely and get Live View

One of the strengths of working with Capture One Pro and a tethered camera is Live View and remote focus control. It is a huge compositional aid to be able to have a high quality live image as you are used to on the camera’s LCD screen, shown in Capture One Pro. Live View can be started by clicking on this icon in the Camera Tool.


Use the controls in the Live View window to focus the camera accurately and aid your composition.  See this in action here

Compose your images accurately with the Overlay function

Another compositional aid is the overlay function. This is available directly in the Viewer and also in Live View. It allows you to super impose any image over the top of your current image. This could be a layout to fit to a magazine cover for example or to help in capturing a series of similar images.

I wrote a blog post about this in December: Composition Overlay with Capture One Pro 7

View the progress of your shoot wirelessly with Capture Pilot

Finally, Capture Pilot can really help you to collaboratively share the progress of a capture session. Capture Pilot is an iOS application for Apple Products that allows you to wirelessly view the shoot in progress. Users of Capture Pilot can view and rate images on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.

Use Capture Pilot to keep clients away from your main capture station and as an extra preview for yourself and your subject. All you need is for your iOS device and Capture station to be on the same network. If you don’t have access to an apple device then any web enabled device can work with Capture Pilot, but with less functionality.

Watch the tutorial below for more information on Capture Pilot:

I hope this summary blog post has inspired you to try our feature-packed tethered capture solution.  For a list of compatible cameras for tethered capture, click here.

All the best,


Recompose with ease in Capture One 7

main_imageThere are many aides to recomposing in Capture One 7, all of which can be easily configured to your liking.  These tools include the Mask, Frame, Labels, Grid and Guides. These five items will help you precisely crop and compose with ease. Below, each of the items are explained.

  • Mask – An opacity mask, which dims the areas of the image that is cropped out
  • Frame – A thin white line around the cropped area of the image
  • Labels – Numerical tags on each axis of the crop showing the value in Pixels, Centimetres, Inches or Millimetres
  • Grid – A series of lines to assist with positioning when applying a crop.
  • Guides – A vertical and horizontal line, which can be dragged into any position.
General points on cropping

2013-07-04_09-25-54To crop an image, choose the Crop cursor tool or press “C” on the keyboard. Click and drag a crop over the image. If you haven’t changed any of the Crop options in the Capture One 7 preferences, this is what you will see. When moving the crop, the image stays centered.

2013-07-04_09-35-52The labels at each edge show the size of the crop, as specified in the process recipe. The unit of the side lengths are configured here as well. To delete a crop quickly, you can click anywhere outside the current crop (in the Mask) once, or reset the crop tool. To create a new crop within a previous one, hold the shift key to and drag and drop the crop mask where you want it.

The labels, in the example above, are circled in orange and the grid, as well as the mask area is indicated with orange arrows. The behaviour of these elements can be changed in the Crop option on the Capture One 7 preferences.

2013-07-04_09-44-54So for example, with regard to the Mask, you can configure the Opacity and Brightness to your liking or even completely disabled.

2013-07-04_09-48-49The frame option will draw a thin white line around the crop edge as seen in the example below.

2013-07-04_09-52-52By default the grid will only show when you adjust the crop, but you can change this behaviour as well as add more lines to the grid and change their color.

2013-07-04_09-56-04Guides can be shown by clicking the icon in the toolbar or choosing View>Show Grid and Guides.

2013-07-04_09-59-27The guides are shown as a horizontal and vertical line centered in the crop frame.  However, they can be moved to a location of your liking by hovering the cursor near to the lines and click-dragging.

2013-07-04_10-02-04This can be a very useful feature when capturing in a tethered workflow, assisting in a precise alignment.  You can also change their position in the preferences and adjust the color.


All the best,


Import your Catalogs from Other Applications in no time

main-image_w30We understand that many of you are keen to try the outstanding RAW conversion available in Capture One 7, and would like to do this with images that may already be associated with other applications. We have therefore added a new import function in Capture One 7.1.3 for Mac OS X that helps you migrate your images in no time

It’s now possible to import your Lightroom 4 and/or Lightroom 5 Catalogs into Capture One 7, so you can get started straight away while keeping your Catalog structure intact.

While we have succeeded in reading much of the database within the Lightroom Catalog, we unfortunately cannot transform all adjustments.  Some settings in Lightroom like color edits cannot be imported due to the sophisticated methods we use in Capture One’s color handling and RAW conversion. Currently we can move the following parameters from Lightroom to Capture One 7:

  • Collections
  • Crop, Rotation and Orientation
  • White Balance, Exposure, Saturation and Contrast
  • Metadata (IPTC, Rating, Color Label, Keywords)
Importing a Lightroom Catalog

Importing a Lightroom Catalog is easy and it only requires a couple of steps. First, you will need to create a new Catalog in Capture One 7 by choosing File>New Catalog, or you can use an existing Catalog if you would like to combine it with a Lightroom Catalog.

2013-07-02_15-50-23Next, choose File>Import Catalog>Another Catalog.

2013-07-02_16-09-08Next, browse to the location of the Lightroom .lrcat file…

The following dialog box will appear in Capture One 7, reminding you what parameters can be transferred.

2013-07-02_16-11-05Click Continue and Capture One 7 will read the contents of the Lightroom Catalog and duplicate the information in the database to Capture One. You will see the following Activity dialog boxes during the process. The first indicates how many items are to be imported and the second shows the progress of building preview images.


2013-07-02_16-15-25When the import has completed, you will see a summary of how many items have been imported and if there were any skipped items. Skipped items may include images that are “offline” in Lightroom.  Should a file be offline, Capture One 7 will prompt you to provide/locate the Volume that the images are on during the import process, or allow you to skip each particular item.

The speed of the migration process depends on how many images you are importing into Capture One 7.

Finally in the User Collections area of the Library Tool, you will see your Lightroom collections.  Click on these to view the contents.

2013-07-02_16-16-26The Folders area in the same tool shows you the actual path of the images – reflecting how they are organised on the system.


Points to Remember
  • Capture One 7 is a “read only” software and makes no changes whatsoever to the Lightroom .lrcat file. Capture One 7 simply reads the information contained in    your Lightroom catalog file and is therefore a very safe operation. If you are at all concerned however, please work with a copy of the .lrcat file.
  • Close Lightroom before trying the import otherwise the .lrcat file will be unreadable.
  • Adjustments to Saturation, White Balance, Contrast and Exposure are approximate and your image may look slightly different compared to Lightroom. Try the full complement of Capture One 7 Tools to get an ever better look.
  • Smart Collections in Lightroom cannot be imported. So if you want to see them in Capture One 7, save them as Collections first in Lightroom.

We hope you enjoy seeing your images with the quality of Capture One’s Raw conversion.

To help you with your transition into Capture One 7, we have prepared the following material:

Quick Start Guide to get you up and running with Capture One Pro 7 in no time

Webinar below:

All the best,


Relocating Catalog Images in Capture One Pro 7

IQPw29_main_image_The Capture One 7 Catalog database keeps track of where images are located, as well as maintaining adjustments, metadata and other elements. When managing images in a Catalog you can decide to store the files directly inside of a Capture One 7 Catalog or in a separate directory. In this tutorial we will refer to images inside the Catalog as ‘managed’ images and those in a separate directory as ‘referenced’ images.

Why relocating is useful

Within Capture One 7 Catalogs, you have the ability to change how managed or referenced images are handled in the Catalog. This can be useful, if your workflow requires mobility and you need to move some of your images from an external volume to a Catalog that is kept locally on your Laptop. Relocating files in this manner gives you full access to the RAW data while you are on the road. Features like processing, zooming or lens corrections will then be available that would otherwise be unavailable in offline mode.

Offline mode

When importing images to a Catalog, a preview is made and stored in the Catalog. This preview is used for displaying the image on your monitor. Capture One 7 previews are ‘smart’ previews, which means should a drive containing the RAWS be disconnected, you can still make most adjustments. However things like processing and zooming requires the RAW data to be available to the software.

How to relocate your Catalog images

On the Mac platform the Capture One 7 Catalog is one single file.

2013-06-06_14-39-47On the Windows platform the Catalog database and other necessary folders are stored within one folder.

2013-06-06_14-44-21If you want to change image locations from a managed workflow to a referenced workflow, it is critical that this is done within the Capture One Folders Tool. This ensures that the Capture One 7 Catalog remains up to date.  However, if you accidentally fail to do this, links to images can be re-established within the Capture One 7 “Locate” option.

Changing Images from Managed to Referenced

Referenced files are shown in the Folders Tool (by default in the Library tool tab) in their current location.

2013-06-06_15-01-36If you can’t see the complete folder tree as shown above, right-click anywhere in the Folders Tool and choose ‘Show Folders Hierarchy’.

To move an image within the Catalog itself (managed) from an external location (referenced), simply select the images you wish to move and then drag and drop them onto the Catalog icon (also in the Folders Tool).

2013-06-06_15-11-13The image will be physically moved inside the Catalog from the external location.

The image is moved and not copied in order to prevent duplications of RAW files with two different sets of adjustments.

Changing Images from Referenced to Managed

If you want to move an image located within the Catalog to an external drive, this can be achieved by doing a simple reversal of the operation described above, i.e. just drag and drop the image from within the Catalog to the desired external location.

Re-establishing Broken Links

Links to the location of your images or folders in Capture One 7 have the potential to become “lost” should changes be made outside of Capture One. If you have made changes to the folder structure or location of images in the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer you will have to re-establish a link within Capture One 7. As mentioned above, it is always best practice to make changes within Capture One 7, so the catalog database is updated accordingly.

However, should a link be broken it is possible to correct the change so that images are accurately located in the Catalog.

2013-06-07_09-14-47The folder in the image above shows the “image count” value and an exclamation mark to notify you of the missing connection.

How to repair broken links for moved folders

Select the folder that has lost its link to the Catalog.  Choose ‘Show Info’ from the Library Tool’s drop down menu.

2013-06-07_09-09-08The following dialog box will display at the bottom of the Library Tool. In the example below, I have moved the folder named ‘Food’ to a different location in the Mac Finder, therefore the ‘Where’ field text is in red to indicate the folder cannot be found at the previously specified path. A locate button is present to point Capture One 7 to the new location.

2013-06-07_09-11-49Click the ‘Locate’ button and browse to the correct, new location for the missing folder. Once located, click “Open” in the browser window to re-establish a link in Capture One.  The Catalog will be updated accordingly and the folder will now appear in the correct location of the Folders tool.

How to repair broken links for individual images

A similar process can be done for individual images that may have been moved outside of Capture One from one folder to another. The image will show as ‘Offline’ with a question mark displayed in the Viewer and Browser.

2013-06-07_09-24-38Right-click on the image in the Browser and choose the ‘Locate…’ option.


A Finder window will appear. Browse to the correct location of the image and click “Open” in the browser window to re-establish a link in Capture One. The Capture One 7 Catalog will be updated accordingly.

All the best,


Fuji X-Trans sensor excels in Capture One 7

Tip718-Img-fullFor more than 10 years Capture One has been supporting various RAW files from major camera manufactures. These fully supported RAW files all come from cameras using the Bayer Color filter layout.

Over the years Phase One has constantly been working on improving the algorithms for converting the RAW data captured by the sensor to a full RGB file, a process often referred to as Bayer interpolation.

The quality that can be derived from the Bayer filter layout has been well proven throughout the years. Using the Capture One 7 processing engine it is possible to achieve an amazing level of detail and precise color from RAW files using this color filter layout.

The arrival of the X-Trans filter

In 2012 Fujifilm introduced a completely new Color filter layout named X-Trans. Fujifilm’s new color filter layout is based on a 6×6 pixel pseudo random color filter pattern (as opposed to the traditional 2×2). Despite a more challenging filter layout the engineers at Phase One have managed to make support for this new filter layout in Capture One 7.1, yielding natural colors and excellent detail rendition.

A camera with an image sensor that uses the Bayer Color filter layout can run the risk of producing moiré when photographing fine structures. Image content with specific types of fabric or distant building details are potentially problematic. Optical low pass filters, also called antialiasing filters, can be used to minimize the risk of moiré by slightly blurring the image, however this can result in an image with less sharpness.

In 2012, Fujifilm offered their own solution to deal with the above dilemma by introducing a new color filter layout named X-Trans.  The theory behind the new layout was that by using a more random color filter, over a 6×6 pixel block, you effectively minimize moiré and can then remove the need for an antialiasing filter. Without antialiasing filter a sharper image can be achieved.

x-trans-colorfilterThe X-Trans color filter layout with a 6×6 pixel pattern

You can, of course, never completely prevent moiré from happening with just a change to the color filters from the classical 2×2 Bayer layout to the new 6×6 X-trans layout.

A big challenge

The new 6×6 X-trans layout is a big challenge for all RAW converters. Many algorithms and process steps in the Capture One processing pipeline have been modified in order to handle this new pattern. As a result, Capture One now has a solution with which you can achieve excellent details and precise colors using these X-trans cameras.

tip718-Img4                                            JPEG file from camera                                  RAW file in Capture One

The image above is a 200% zoom into a X-Trans file from a Fujifilm X100S. The lack of antialiasing filter coupled with a sharp lens results in a very crisp image. If you compare the JPEG with the RAW file from Capture One you will see that, by default, Capture One extracts slightly more details.

More precise color rendition

The real benefit, however is a much more precise color rendition of the smaller details in the image. Look specifically at the colors of the curtains in the windows. In the RAW file you can see green and blue curtains while the JPEG file only shows gray curtains. Also notice the natural color variations in the bricks of the RAW file.

When using a sensor with a color filter array, moiré will occur when patterns in the image interfere with the pixel resolution. This is also the case when using an X-Trans sensor.

tip718-Img5                                            JPEG out of the camera                                  RAW file in Capture One.

The image above is a 100% zoom into a picture of two blue shirts. This specific type of shirt fabric has always created moiré problems when testing cameras and it is no different using a camera with an X-Trans color sensor. When no antialiasing filter is used and you have a super sharp lens you can always find a distance (from sensor to subject) where moiré can show up.

Remember that if color moiré occurs you can use the Moiré Tool in Capture One 7 to minimize the color moiré. The Moiré Tool can be applied to the specific area using the Local Adjustments tool, allowing you to apply strong settings adjustments without affecting other parts of the image.

tip718-Img6                                             RAW file with moire                                      RAW file after using the Moire Tool

After using the Color Moiré Tool on the RAW file, all color moiré has been removed. Although X-Trans color filter sensors promise moiré-free images, the reality is something else. Luckily, with the advanced Moiré Tool in Capture One 7 it is possible to remove the Moiré completely.

All the best,


Improve the level of detail by fixing chromatic aberration

Tip717-Img1 1600Almost all lenses show some kind of chromatic aberration, but wide-angle lenses in particular are prone to this issue.

Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion where a lens fails to focus all the wavelengths of light at the same point. This is visible on an image in the form of colour fringing, especially at high contrast edges. Chromatic aberration can also reduce the sharpness and detail of an image.

The combination of the sharpest lenses and strong chromatic aberration can be a big challenge for the Bayer interpolation algorithm in a RAW converter.

In Capture One 7.1.3 the Bayer interpolation algorithm has been optimized to better handle images with strong chromatic aberration, thus improving detail rendition and correcting the color shift.Tip717-Img2 full                                 Chromatic aberration                                                                  Fixed chromatic aberration

The sample image above is zoomed to 300% view. The image has been shot using a sharp lens with strong chromatic aberration. The image on the left is without the removal of chromatic aberration and the image on the right is the same image but after the removal of chromatic aberration in Capture One 7. After fixing the chromatic aberration not only the visual color shift is fixed but also the definition of all the tiny lines and structures are highly improved.

A normal image sensor in a camera only measures one color per pixel. The most common layout of color filters (named Bayer layout) uses 2 green, one blue and one red pixel for every 2×2 pixels. This layout was invented and patented by Bryce Bayer from Eastman Kodak in 1975. The process of estimating the 2 missing colors for every pixel in the sensor is often named Bayer interpolation.

Aberration300Bayer color filter layout on an image sensor

When strong chromatic aberration occurs, the red, green and blue color information in the image can be misaligned by up to a few pixels. This misalignment can confuse the interpolation algorithm. Imagine you have a thin one pixel wide line in an image and you have strong chromatic aberration, then one set of color pixels will see the image of the thin line where another set of color pixel don’t see anything. This is in essence the challenge when doing the Bayer interpolation of an image taken with strong chromatic aberration.

Tip717-Img4Chromatic aberration                                                 Fixed chromatic aberration

This is a closer zoom that shows the image before and after the removal of chromatic aberration.

In Capture One 7 we have included automatic lens corrections for a large number of lenses. If an image is taken with one of the known lenses, Capture One 7 will automatically compensate for the chromatic aberration from the lens.

Tip717-Img5aIn the Lens Tool the Profile shows the automatically selected Lens
Profile. By default it compensates for chromatic aberration.

When using a non supported lens, Capture One 7 still gives you the option to fix the chromatic aberration in the image and therefore also the potential to increase the detail rendition. In the Lens Tool you only need to check the Chromatic Aberration checkbox.

When checking the box, the application will analyze the image to determine the behavior of the chromatic aberration. After the analysis is complete, the image will then be re-interpolated taking into account the information gathered from the analysis.

Tip717-Img5Setting the checkmark for chromatic aberration initiates an analysis of the image to determine
a proper fix for the chromatic aberration. The result is a more natural looking image with a highly
improved level of detail.

The small icon to the right of the chromatic aberration label will become visible after the chromatic aberration analysis has completed. Clicking this allows you to re-analyze the image. If you have copy-pasted lens correction adjustments including the chromatic aberration information from another image, clicking the small icon will also show which other image the information is form.

All the best,


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