Capture One Pro 9 Vs Lightroom Best Photo Editor?
If you are reading this article there is a pretty good chance you are trying to decide which is the best raw processor Capture One Pro 11 or Adobe Lightroom? Well, you are in luck because I have included a comparison video below and I also have added few screen grabs of both photo editors for you to have a look at.
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This first image below is a screen grab of a raw unedited, un-modified image in Capture One Pro 9, note the image sharpness, color and dimension.
The photo you see below is a screen capture of the exact same raw image but this time you are looking at the default processing of Adobe Lightroom.
What looks better to you? To my eyes Lightroom’s default processing looks a little flat and washed out in comparison to Capture One Pro 9’s default raw settings.
Watch this Capture One Pro 9 Vs Lightroom video below for some further comparisons and I’ll also share with you how you can save 10% off Capture One Pro.
Now, with a little bit of editing you may get closer to the look of Capture One Pro 9 but what I like about C1 and I think you may feel the same way is that you don’t have to do as much editing to the raw image. It looks pretty decent right out of the box with very little adjustments.
Less adjustments means less time spent on editing photos and more time shooting, amen to that. lol Now let’s have a look at the sharpness of the eyes in this portrait, the image below is a screen grab of C1…
Compare that to a screen grab from Adobe Lightroom’s default raw settings.
Which photo looks sharper to you? Now keep in mind you can add or remove sharpness in each photo editor but I prefer the default raw processing of C1 over Lightroom. It also seems more life like and realistic in my opinion, it’s almost as if you went from shooting with a cheap kit lens to a high end Zeiss Otus lens… Now that might be a bit of an exaggeration but what I suggest you do is…
Go and download the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 12 and test out a few raw images of your own and see if you can see a difference. That is what really helped me to decide which is the best raw processor Capture One Pro 9 or Lightroom.
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Let’s take some time to address some of the concerns you may have about switching Photo Editors. Whenever you have to learn a new software system whether it be Photo editing software or anything for that matter. There is going to be a small learning curve, you just hope it isn’t going to be too painful to master or at least become proficient in.
The image below shows one of the editing panels available to you in C1, at first glance it is actually quite intuitive if you have used a Photo editor in the past chances are you should be able to navigate your way around quite easily.
One thing that you should also consider when deciding on a Photo editor is the availability of video tutorials to get you up to speed with your image editing quicker. You should have no problem finding a wide assortment of video tutorial for either Photo Editor. You can find Capture One Pro video tutorials as well as Lightroom Video tutorials on my YouTube channel and eventually I will post a few to the Shutter Slam blog you are on right now.
Let us now move onto a screen grab of the Adobe Lightroom interface and do a quick comparison. The image below shows you similar looking sliders that are also fairly intuitive to use.
Now this is where in my opinion Capture One Pro 9 has Lightroom beat by a country mile. I’m not sure if anyone uses that saying anymore but what I mean is the C1 is far superior when it comes to shooting tethered live on a photo shoot. Here is a look at the tethering interface of Capture One Pro 9 and from my test of both Photo Editors on a 2015 iMac with OSX El Capitan C1 images load into the software at half of the time it takes for the image to appear in Lightroom.
With the proper gear your images may load as fast as 1 second in Capture One Pro 9 compared to around 5 seconds in Lightroom. That one difference alone made my decision of which raw processor is the best quite an easy one. What do you think is the amount of time it takes an image to appear when tethering important to you? If you have ever been on a live shoot with a few people on set having to wait for images to show up on the monitor seem like an eternity and can definitely kill the vibe of a Photo shoot.
Do you want to be remembered as the guy who takes one shot every 7 to 10 seconds? On a live shoot catching spontaneous moments requires that you are able to shoot quickly to snag a moment in time. It’s something to consider when it comes to making a choice of which is the best raw processor. I’m looking forward to hearing your opinion, what do you think? Can you see a clear difference? What are the contributing factors and what is it that you are looking for in a Photo Editor?
Oh before you go…
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