What Photo Program is this? And what does it do? [Pic]

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by VideoNewbie, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. VideoNewbie macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    what program is this and what does it do? how is it differrent from photoshop?
    i always see this program being used by professionals but i thought the industry standard was photoshop?

  2. supabooma macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2006
    Capture One

    It's called Capture One.


    It's essentially a RAW image capture/processing application for photographers. The advantage is that photographers can shoot tethered to their computer, and preview captures immediately, while making RAW adjustments on the fly. Extremely useful when reviewing images on a large monitor is necessary.

    It isn't a bitmap editing application like photoshop is, although it does have an expansive toolset for RAW purposes. Crop, curves, levels, hue, sat, etc. Similar to Aperture or Lightroom.

    Once RAW adjustments are final in Capture One, you can then export to photoshop via tiff, jpeg, etc. to make any further edits as necessary.
  3. VideoNewbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009

    but in photoshop when i try to open a DNG file it gives me similar options of fixing levels etc.?

    also how is lightroom/aperture different from photoshop? doesnt photoshop do everything those two do + more?
  4. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    You can find plenty of information on lightroom/aperture. The main thing you should look into there is how they handle files differently. I don't like the way Aperture stores raws. Lightroom leaves things there and assigns a recipe. With capture one, download a trial. It has some bugs. People use it because it has nice processing curves, and it tends to resolve a lot of information. I never liked DNGs very much. I especially don't care for the ones output by capture one. They embed a weird profile. Anyway, use it and compare to results processing in lightroom to see what you like. I find capture one comes out quite well with minimal tweaks. You can get everything in range, make sure you won't introduce clipping or detail loss, and generate a very nice tiff file to be further refined in PS. I've always liked the ability to paint somewhat. Looking at that screenshot some of the adjustments give the sclera a lot of contrast, yet they it shows very little shape over the face and skin. I don't advocate contrasty skin. I just hate it when structures in the face start to look like flat planes on that cheek and part of the forehead. If you're good at it (most people suck) you can push a lot of that into post.
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Lightroom/Aperture and Photoshop are entirely different applications with different goals.

    Ps is an editing program, and allows you edit photos on pixel by pixel basis. It also has layers, text options, etc etc. Some call it a graphics application that, among other things, works on photos. The basic philosophy of Ps is that you take a single image, make it better, and replace the original image with the better one. You can work on more than one image at a time, but you start with one. And you can make a copy of the original image - but it's an option. Photoshop by default uses 'destructive' editing... it replaces pixels when you save.

    Lr/Ap are Digital Asset Management applications. They are designed to help you store, organize, find, and work with masses of images. They also do some serious image editing. However, you can not work on a pixel by pixel basis, you can't add text (other than watermarks) you can't combine multiple images into one, you can't work in layers. In Lr you never "save" an image (iirc Ap works the same way). The original is left untouched - Lr and Ap use non-destructive editing. In Lr and Ap the edited image doesn't really exist until you export or print it.

    Most photographers usually find they can do the vast majority of their editing in Lr and Ap, reserving Ps for the really serious changes. However, graphic artists probably don't touch Lr/Ap at all, except maybe to file their images for retrieval into Ps.

    This is a basis explanation... lots of exceptions I'm sure... Hope this helps.

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