New favorite tools with Seiya Taguchi

After switching from Lightroom, Japanese-Australian fashion photographer Seiya Taguchi shares the top tools that make Capture One the better choice for photo editing software. 

Since my days studying Graphic Design at university, I always equated creative tools with the Adobe Creative Suite. Given that I subscribe to the creative suite, I thought I’d be a loyalist forever.
But my colleagues and fellow photographers eventually convinced me to dive into the deep end – and I’ve been completely converted to the power of Capture One. 
In this post, I’ll share some of the Capture One photo editing tools that make it the superior choice for processing your RAW image files.   

Tethered Shooting:

When shooting tethered, I need speed and reliability. Capture One beat Lightroom every time on these parameters. 
The ingest speed for the images are lag-less which means I have time to double check the images and make up-to-date tweaks to the lighting and camera controls whilst shooting. It’s also a great way of keeping clients happy with a steady stream of images. 
Lightroom has a tendency to freeze or stop responding to the camera attached to the computer, which forces me to pause the shoot and reconfigure the camera to the software and go through menus and dialogues to do so. 
I’ve never experienced this with Capture One, it’s so reliable. In fact, even if I were to disconnect the camera, the program automatically configureitself to the camera and picks up where we left off in the session.  

Focus Mask:

Post shoot, the first thing I need to do is make selects and cull unusable images. The first point of call is to remove any images that missed focus or are slightly soft. 
With the “Focus Mask” tool I can instantly see which images are sharp. The helpful green mask appears in both the thumbnails and the larger preview of the image, making the process of culling extremely quick and painless. 


When making edits in quick succession, it’s crucial is to see the effect the edits have on the image and to be able to isolate each edit in order to change them or remove them accordingly.
With layers built into my RAW processor with Capture One, I can do most of that before bringing the images into Photoshop to make incremental changes either by adjusting the value or  the opacity of the layer. 
An added bonus is that for tools like the Heal Brush, Capture One will automatically create a new layer and will keep all edits in that layer.

Highlight Recovery:


When processing RAW files in Lightroom, the one aspect always left me wanting has been fixing overblown highlights. At a point it is near  impossible and you just need to cut your losses.
However with Capture One, there’s more possibility and room to fix your highlights and images that were once hopeless in Lightroom have a greater chance of being recovered with Capture One.  

Visual Color Adjustment:

The greatest joy in switching to Capture One has been the level

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