Using Capture One With Lightroom

Posted : admin On 1/29/2022

There have been many articles been written comparing Lightroom (LR) and Capture One (CO) and favoring one over the other. I have been using Lightroom for years and have been using Capture One for about 1 year now. In my experience both have their merits and problems. In the following overview I like to highlight the strength (in no particular order or claim of completeness) of each application to show that both tools can complement each other.

5 things you can do in Capture One you can’t do in Lightroom: Conclusion. Now that you’ve finished this article, you know all about the power of Capture One, and what it offers compared to Lightroom. Bottom line: Capture One is an impressive RAW image editor and one that packs a lot of punch. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been using one program to manage and process my images — Lightroom Classic. And while I still have great memories using it, there were some things that were starting to bug me. For one, the lack of updates. While Lightroom Classic is an extremely robust program, it. Instead, it relies on ICC color profiles, but LUTs can be converted for use into ICC color profiles for use in Capture One which we’ll get into here. Lightroom Presets in Capture One The ICC Profiles in Capture One expertly represent the color characteristics of specific cameras under normal lighting conditions.

Using capture one with lightroom cc
  • The Library module in LR is great for organizing your images. I am currently having about 40k images in my catalog without any problems. There have been reports of people using several 100k images without any performance issues.
  • LR Mobile is a great way of synchronizing your pictures from your mobile devices to your LR catalog. It is also a great way to having your portfolio in your pocket or doing some basic editing of your image when you do not have access to your computer.
  • LR has a huge library of lens profiles that allows it to correct almost every lens you come across. If there is not profile for your specific lens, Adobe provides a free tool to create your own lens profiles.
  • In LR you have the ability to fine-tune your camera profile and select between the ones which are already build into your camera.
  • The spot healing brush in LR works like a charm. Especially with the possibility to draw custom shapes.
  • Generally it seems that LR is a bit snappier than CO (note that my computer does not have a dedicated GPU) - Everything is stored in a single catalog. This makes backups quite easy.
  • LR smart previews are a great way to store your images in an external HD but still be able to access them (also at a lower resolution) without having to access the external storage. This is useful for organization task or for simply experimenting with some new processing ideas on the road.
  • LR built-in book module is extremely convenient. While it has less features than comparable tools and it is mostly tied to one publisher (unless you export a PDF version), the ability to quickly switch between the book module and the develop module is priceless. For instance when you notice that you have overseen a sensor dust spot and quickly switch into the develop module to fix it and jump right back out to the book module.
  • The image quality of the RAW conversion in CO is definitively better than in LR. You might be able to tweak LR default conversion but generally speaking you will have a hard time to achieve the same quality that CO provides out of the box.
  • Many adjustments in CO can (for better or worse) be pushed much further than in LR and generally speaking do not look artificial when pushed to the extreme.
  • The color editor in CO beats everything you have in LR and even can compete with Photoshop functions. In particular the uniformity feature is quite useful when retouching portraits.
  • Besides catalogs, Capture One supports also sessions. Sessions are a great way to organizing individual shoots and are self-contained.
  • CO supports layers. While the layer support, in particular the healing and cloning support, is somewhat limited in CO, the possibility to group your changes into layers is very useful.
  • The latest version of CO introduced a new tool that makes color grading a bliss.
  • CO has a tool called Capture Pilot which allows you to see and rate your image on your mobile device. The way it works is by CO staring a server on your computer and Capture Pilot connecting to it via the local WIFI. Unlike LR mobile which needs to sync everything through the cloud this provides a serious performance boost. This is particular useful if your internet connection is slow or non existing. Additionally Capture Pilot allows you to zoom into the pictures at full resolution. LR mobile only synchronizes lower resolution files and you are stuck with them.
  • CO has a manual distortion correction tools that require some manual intervention but generally are more precise than LR's upright function that either works or not. Best of all CO allows you to specify how much the distortion should be corrected. Sometimes a 100% correct distortion looks weird.
  • CO lens correction tool. Wait was this not a point in LR favor?!? Yes, LR has more lens profiles but CO provides finer control how those profiles are applied to your image. For example you can control to what degree the vignette or the sharpness falloff should be corrected.
  • CO vignette tool. It consists of only one slider for applying either a darkening or brightening vignette. Compared to LR, which provides 3 different modes and 5 different sliders, this seems awfully limited. Yet, at least in my opinion, CO vignette looks better, more organic and less artificially.
  • Another great feature in CO is the loupe tool that allows you to inspect part of the image without having to zoom into the whole file. Best of all, this works on all thumbnails views and really speeds up your workflow.
  • The tethering support in CO is outstanding and outperforms LR tethering support by orders of magnitude. Not only allows CO to control almost every aspect of your camera it also supports live-view to check your focus and composition. In particular I like the ability to fine-tune the focus within CO.
  • CO noise reduction seems to produce better results than LR. This is especially true for extreme cases with lots of color noise and hot pixels.

As outlined above both tools have their merits and I keep using both of them. At some later point I will post an overview on when and how I use both them. If you need to choose between either you must weigh your personal preferences: which user interface resonates more with you, which features are more important for type of photography and workflow.

If you have ever been enthralled by the quality of pictures on glossy magazines, you might be wondering about the skills of the photographer as well as his camera. However, you might not be aware of what is happening behind the scenes.

Even the leading photographers make exposure or aperture setting mistakes and depend on imaging software to fix the problem. You too can enhance the quality of your photographs with these programs.

Although there are several such programs available online, we shall be discussing Capture One vs Lightroom 2021 to find out which one of them is the leader.

Remember, we shall touch the price factor in this Capture One vs Lightroom review, but shall concentrate more on the capabilities of the programs and use that parameter to give them weight.

We shall break up this comparison into different components so that you can compare the difference between the two.

Capture One Pro vs Lightroom CC Classic

The contents in this section will help you determine whether you should opt for the pro version of Capture One or Lightroom CC or Classic.

Phase One has pulled out all the stops to ensure that it retains the top of the market position. Their specialization is in manufacturing hi-end digital software and equipment.

The most significant advantage of their program is that the user can customize the workspace.

Non-destructive Editing

Like Lightroom, Capture One is non-destructive when making adjustments.

Vibrance and Saturation

In Capture One, the Saturation in ‘Exposure Tool' is similar to ‘Vibrance' in Lightroom. So, you'll not miss the ‘Saturation' and ‘Vibrance' sliders found in Lightroom because C1 does a very good job at combining both with its ‘Saturation'.

Black and White Sliders

In Capture One, the ‘Levels Tools' is a good replacement for Lightroom's ‘Black and White sliders'.

Curve Tool

In Capture One, the ‘Curve Tool' is similar to the ‘Tone Curve' found in Lightroom.

New Capture One Lightroom Presets

This permits you to use Lightroom presets in Capture One. This, particular, comes in handy when migrating or switching to Capture One from Lightroom.

You can import presets into Capture One or create your own presets and styles and all presets and styles can be saved and previewed (before applying them).

They can be applied to layers for opacity control.

These styles and presets can also be exported to other computers running Capture One.

Styles and Presets in Capture One can also be applied during capture or the importing of images.

However, always remember that any preset or style applied during import or capture can always be removed by you if you do not need them or if you need to change the style and preset.

Capture One Lightroom Workspace and Workflow

My vote goes to Capture One when considering the workspace and workflow.

With only one window, the tools are organized to the left while the browser will be to your right.

There is a striking resemblance between the workspace of Capture One and Lightroom. From the window, then workspace, just select ‘Migration' and you'll see the similarity between Lightroom and Capture One.

All the tools in Capture One can easily be moved around, re-organized or hidden if you need to.

Capture One Pro Fujifilm vs Lightroom

I took the same photograph and tried to convert its RAW images through both Lightroom and Capture One. Although Lightroom has improved recently, its competitor produced better pictures in my Capture One 21 vs Lightroom Fuji 2021 evaluation.

Capture one is better, as imaging software, for Fuji GFX and provides better results after editing for the Fuji XT2.

Capture one pro efficiently processes RAW images captured through Fuji XT3 digital camera and cameras that use the Fujifilm x-trans sensor, than Adobe Lightroom does.

Some Fuji cameras supported by Capture One include:

  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Fujifilm X-H1
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Fujifilm GFX 100
  • and more

The Capture One Pro Fujifilm 21 has been designed especially for a seamless and smooth operation for Fuji users.

Avoid the ‘Adobe Fuji Worms'

Do you want to avoid the ‘Adobe Fuji Worms'? Capture One does a better job when rendering files from Fuji. In fact, Capture One now has a Fuji version for this purpose.

Fujifilm Simulations Retained and Better Looking

All images become print-ready in no time with the use of Capture One as it makes the colors sharp with great depth. Added to this, all Fujifilm simulations can be found in Capture One.

Capture One Image Quality vs Lightroom

When it boils down to image quality, I'll say that Capture One is slightly better than Lightroom.

The Capture tool tab is the gateway to tethered shooting with a supported digital single-lens reflex camera.

When connected to the computer, you can import photos directly into a catalog or session and save them on the hard disk drive or even an external drive. This helps you avoid the headaches associated with importing from a memory card.

This earns brownie points for the Capture One. It also handles images from the Fuji X series cameras much better than Lightroom.

Capture One Pro Speed vs Lightroom

When browsing photographs, while using Capture One and Lightroom together, I found that the former was much faster. This is particularly clear if you magnify individual images or when you are applying a large number of local adjustments.

It took Lightroom 218 seconds to generate 45 previews whereas Capture One did it in 74 seconds flat.

Capture One Vs Lightroom Fuji

Next, I tried to export 52 jpeg images. Capture one did it in 217 seconds whereas Lightroom froze down.

One other area in which the Capture One outperforms Lightroom is in tethering speed tests. It is, usually, pretty instantaneous.

Lightroom vs Capture One Tethering Speed Test

Therefore, when we compare Capture One Pro vs Adobe Lightroom in terms of speed, we find C1 to be faster and more instantaneous.

Capture One Pro for Sony vs Lightroom

Lightroom does not support RAW images from all cameras. However, they are adding more of them with each update.

Capture One has addressed this problem for RAW files, especially those shot on Sony cameras, by offering a separate version for only editing Sony images.

I tested this with different versions of Sony cameras such as Sony a7iii and Sony a7rii and did not face any problems processing the RAW images.

There is no need to emphasize which of the two software I'll opt for when it comes to selecting Capture One or Lightroom for Sony.

Some Sony cameras, fully, supported by Capture One include:

  • Sony RX100M4
  • Sony RX100M5
  • Sony RX10M2
  • Sony RX10M3
  • Sony RX10M4
  • Sony RX1RM2
  • Sony a68
  • Sony a77 II
  • Sony a99 II
  • Sony a6300
  • Sony a6500
  • Sony a7 II
  • Sony a7 III
  • Sony a7S
  • Sony a7S II
  • Sony a7R II
  • Sony a7R III
  • Sony a9
  • and more

Capture One Pro 21 (for Sony) has been specially designed for Sony users.

Capture One for Canon vs Lightroom

Those who are wondering if Capture One is better than Lightroom should click photographs with different models of Canon cameras and try to process the RAW image with both Capture One and Lightroom.

While Lightroom has limited support for Canon cameras, Capture One can easily handle pictures taken from a wide variety of Canon cameras and macro lenses.

For the uninitiated, the Capture One can process RAW images from more than 500 cameras, which is something that Adobe Lightroom cannot boast of.

Capture One, fully, supports the following Canon cameras:

  • Canon 100D/Rebel SL1
  • Canon 1000D/Rebel XS
  • Canon 1100D/Rebel T3
  • Canon 1200D/Rebel T5
  • Canon 1300D
  • Canon 2000D
  • Canon 4000D
  • Canon 450D/Rebel XSi
  • Canon 500D/Rebel T1i
  • Canon 550D/Rebel T2i
  • Canon 600D/Rebel T3i
  • Canon 650D/Rebel T4i
  • Canon 700D/Rebel T5i
  • Canon 750D/Rebel T6i
  • Canon 760D/T6s
  • Canon 800D/Rebel T7i
  • Canon 40D
  • Canon 50D
  • Canon 60D
  • Canon 70D
  • Canon 77D
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 7D Mark II
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 6D Mark II
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 5DS R
  • Canon 5DS
  • Canon 1D Mark III
  • Canon 1Ds Mark III
  • Canon 1D Mark IV
  • Canon 1D X
  • Canon 1D C
  • Canon EOS R
  • Canon EOS RP

Capture One Catalog vs Lightroom

Using Capture One With Lightroom Pro

Individuals using Photoshop get Lightroom for free as it is a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud family.

However, when it comes to opening multiple catalogs, Capture one takes the prize as Lightroom can open only one catalog at a time, and that catalog is divided into multiple collection and collection sets.

On the other hand, Capture One Pro organizes photos in sessions, ideal for separating single client sessions as well as collection sets, which is far better for more massive sets of images.

Apart from this, the keyword tool of Capture One makes it simpler to add keywords to the metadata of an image. This is yet another reason why I prefer Capture One compared to Lightroom.

Every professional photographer knows that Capture One delivers an extensive suite of powerful tools to edit, manage, and export images.

Some people may consider using Capture One with Lightroom for special reasons. However, this may not be necessary as Capture 1 makes for a good replacement for Lightroom. It is simply an embodiment of all the necessary editing tools that you will ever need.

Capture One Lightroom Integration and Import

Importing your lightroom catalog into Capture One is a, fairly, straightforward process.

In Capture One, create a catalog where you plan to import the files from Lightroom into. Then select ‘Lightroom Catalog' under ‘Import Catalog' in the ‘file menu.

Even Photoshop PSD files are now supported by Capture One. So, you no longer have to do any conversion to different formats. Just put your files in the library as they are.

Thus, you should not face any difficulty with Capture One Lightroom migration.

Available Plugins

Now, the new Capture One plugin permits you to publish images with greater flexibility for adjustments. You can always download more plugins at the ‘preferences' section.

Capture One Color vs Lightroom

Capture One Pro users are delighted with its color management capabilities.

On the one hand, Lightroom has the hue saturation luminance (HSL) panel with sliders and red, green, blue (RGB) curves adjustments while Capture One has several other options for manipulating that color.

These options include shadow, highlight and mid-tone adjustments for color balance as well as a dedicated channel only to adjust skin tones. This makes removing skin redness a piece of cake.

Also, Capture One has luminance curves adjustment option as well. In this Lightroom versus Capture One review, the latter is the winner.

Capture One DAM vs Lightroom

Many photographers plan to move away from Lightroom soon as their strategy will require them to use cloud storage for their originals. Version 21 of Capture One will feature a good DAM or catalog. Goodbye to storing my images on the cloud.

Capture one lightroom workflow

This phase one Capture One Pro 21 vs Lightroom 8 accolade goes to C1 because of the DAM feature.

Given all these advantages there is no doubt as to which of the two programs offers better facilities when comparing Capture One 21 vs Lightroom 2021.

If you ask me whether to purchase Capture One or Lightroom 8, I would say, go for the latest version of the former.

Capture One Features vs Lightroom

Capture One permits you to add handwritten notes on an image. You can follow the same when you have time.

This is beneficial as well, in case you are not editing the photos. It gives your colleagues working on the same project an opportunity to follow your thought process easily.

Capture One follows a session-based workflow, allowing you to make use of tokens to set where you want your images to be saved.

The photos, apart from adding themselves when exported, will also generate the path for you. The icing on the cake is that it will store the smaller web images in the same project, albeit in different folders. This is amongst the numerous reasons why you may consider a switch to Capture One today.

Capture One for Landscape vs Lightroom

Landscape photographers do not manage collections of tens of thousands of images, with corrections on half of them, which they leave waiting to be exported based on their requirements.

Most of them select one photograph from a shooting session, and when they start to develop it, they get ahead with it till the end.

Can Capture One Replace Lightroom?

In short, Capture One can run 10 years' worth of landscape photography in less than ten minutes. Try the same in Lightroom, and you will get the answer to the above question.

Capture One for Tethering vs Lightroom

The Live view option in Capture One allows users to send their camera's Live view to their computer.

Connections for Tethered Shooting

Capture One also provides better grids, focus controls and a few other useful features that allow you to make adjustments during tethered shooting when compared to Lightroom.

Tethered Shooting Speed Test

Capture One is also faster for tethered shooting as you can see from the speed test conducted above. While Lightroom got the job done in 4.25 seconds, C1 finished in 3.28 seconds.

Having, originally, been designed as a tethering software many years ago, Capture One is, indeed, powerful when it comes to tethered shooting. It is, simply, the most advanced in this regard.

The process for tethered shooting with Capture One is as simple as creating a new session (or use catalogs), connecting your camera and start to shoot.

With your camera connected, you can automatically preview, adjust and control your camera from your computer.

Adjust Different Settings on Your Camera from Inside of Capture One

Capture One for Leica vs Lightroom

Unlike Lightroom, Capture One boasts of highly precise color profiles for most Leica cameras. There is no room for comparison.

Capture One one, fully, supports Leica cameras and lenses.

For cameras, these include the:

  • Leica TL2
  • Leica X-U
  • Leica CL
  • Leica M262
  • Leica V-Lux Typ 114
  • and more

While for Lenses, these include:

  • Leica Summicron M 2/90
  • Leica Elmarit M 2.8/90
  • and more

Capture One for Nikon vs Lightroom

Although Lightroom was the first to offer support for Nikon cameras, version 21 of Capture One has tilted the scales in its favor. It is time for you to be moving from Lightroom to Capture One.

Some, fully, supported cameras for Nikon include:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D3X
  • Nikon D3s
  • Nikon DF
  • Nikon Z6
  • Nikon Z7
  • Nikon D5000
  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D5600
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D750
  • and more

Capture One Noise Reduction vs Lightroom

As Capture One applies a more aggressive sharpening, the LNR (Luminance Noise Reduction) is most likely required to prevent noise objects from being sharpened. Compared to Lightroom, the Capture One LNR produces smoother results. This again proves which is better.

With Capture One, you can retain the details while reducing the noise.

Capture One for Olympus vs Lightroom

The native RAW conversion for Olympus images in Lightroom is not quite what it could be. My photographer friend feels that the quality of the import in Capture One is the one that suits him the best.

This was, of course, after testing the quality of the imports of different images coming from various camera lenses with different RAW conversion and photo editing programs. Capture One emerged to be the best of them.

Not satisfied as yet? Let us compare Capture One and Lightroom a bit more.

Capture One Performance vs Lightroom

I tried to export 52 jpeg images. Capture one completed it, effortlessly, in 217 seconds while Lightroom froze down.

Capture 1 can be up to 10 times faster than Lightroom, especially when it comes to the importing and editing of photos.

Do you still have doubts as to whether to go for Capture One Pro or Lightroom?

Capture One Price vs Lightroom

Unlike the subscriptions that you have to pay when using Lightroom, you do not have to pay subscriptions with Capture 1. You can buy Capture One Pro by paying a one-time fee for any of the ‘Perpetual license' plans for the Pro, Fujifilm or Sony editions of the program.

With the Pro edition of Capture One, you get everything (including support for Sony and Fujifilm).

Capture One RAW Conversion vs Lightroom

While both of them have the capability to handle RAW images, I would opt for Capture One, as it accepts RAW files from more than 500 cameras, something that Lightroom cannot boast of.

Lightroom Sharpening vs Capture One

Using Capture One With Lightroom 2020

Lightroom updates their program regularly and has various tools to adjust sharpness. However, the moment you try Capture One you will notice that it is in a different league. It has roughly the same set of tools, so you will not face any orientation problems.

The main advantage is that the algorithms that do the actual work are really more sophisticated and permit users to get results that could only be obtained through Photoshop. This is why professional photographers choose Capture 1 pro vs Lightroom.

Using Capture One With Lightroom 2019

One other good thing about Capture One is that you can first preview the output. For instance, if you want to export a RAW image to a JPG for web or screen, you can preview the image with its real resolution and adjust the sharpening for output on the go.

Lightroom vs Capture One for Beginners

Thanks to its ease of use as well as its friendly interface, Capture One has a user-friendly interface that is similar to that of Lightroom.

Just like the offering from Adobe, those who have never used a photo editing program before can master Capture One in a couple of days. The workflow of Capture One is a delight to use and easy to understand. It also has a ‘learning hub' to help in making the workflow seamless.

Capture One With Lightroom

It is, therefore, not a surprise why it is the preferred choice amongst professional and amateur photographers worldwide.

Using Capture One With Lightroom Tutorials


Now that we have covered Capture One vs Lightroom 8, you should be in a better position to decide between the two programs.

Should you go for Capture One 21 vs Lightroom Classic CC, or should you make a switch if you have been using Lightroom before?

Well, the choice is up to you to decide.

For those contemplating making a switch from Lightroom to Capture One, there is no doubt that this is a good replacement for Lightroom.