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Is Capture One or Lightroom Right for Your Photography?

When it comes to organizing and editing your images, there are two behemoths in the industry: Lightroom and Capture One. They are very distinct applications, and you may find you prefer one over the other. If you are wondering which one is right for your work, be sure to check out this great video that highlights their biggest differences and the pros and cons of each application. 

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this excellent video shows the differences between Lightroom and Capture One to help you choose the right software for your work. Both programs are impressively complete in what they offer, but they both bring their own workflow styles and pros and cons. Capture One is especially popular among studio photographers both for its rendering and fine control of color and for its superior tethering capabilities and stability. In recent years, however, it has seen more features added that have helped it to become a fantastic all-around option for pretty much any photography genre. On the other hand, Lightroom is well integrated into the rest of the Adobe ecosystem, which lends a lot of consistency in user experience if you are using multiple applications. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti. 

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9 Comments

Reginald Walton's picture

I was using them both for awhile until my LR subscription ran out. The only reason I chose to keep C1 is b/c they have "Sessions". I like that feature over catalogs. That was the only factor for me.

Robert Nurse's picture

C1's tethering is superior, hands down. Not to mention, it also offers layers. C1 also seems to make my images look richer upon import. I like LR's selective sharpening and auto black and white point as well as the Color Calibration.

Robert Maher's picture

When you go into the "Customize Develop Panel" option in LR, as you noted you, can turn off panels you don't typically use by clicking the checkmark off. What you didn't point out was if you grab the three line "hamburger" icon to the left you can drag panels up and down to more closely match your workflow. Very similar to what you've done in C1. Also if you go to the outside edge of any of the panels you can click on the triangle/arrowhead to hide those panels. Then hovering over that same icon will pop them back out until you move the mouse off the panel leaving you with a desktop that looks very much like your C1 setup.

Stuart C's picture

Capture One for me because I enjoy using it, it has all the tools I need for editing and coupled with Affinity Photo provides a complete suite of tools for my workflow.

Kurt Pas's picture

Moved from LR to C! because of sloppy LR quality, speed and Tethering performance. Love C1 since years. Looking forward to the December update that will include HDR merging and Panorama stitching: https://www.hondenfotograaf.be/post/capture-one-introduceert-twee-nieuwe...

Tundrus Photo's picture

Adobe is bloatware. To fully remove it you need to use the Adobe removal program and then go hunt for the files that are left behind and remove them manually. https://photographylife.com/how-to-remove-adobe-creative-cloud

LR and PS have do have an advantage in that there is far more instructional information available on how to use the programs as well as there being more plugins.

However, C1 does a much better job on RAW processing - and that's what counts. C1's two main disadvantages are about to be fixed later this year: panorama stitching and HDR merging. C1 has announced that these features are in development.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Definitely C1. I switched years ago because of speed and how the images looked out of the box.

I really like the new feature they added, "Magic Brush". You basically, just draw a line across the color tones you want to mask and C1 will mask for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAGN5IRR_U0

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Also, I'm lovin' how there's an option for C1 to remember your brush settings for each layer. For instance on my dodge and burn layers, I like to keep 50% opacity, 3% flow. Any other layer usually, 100%/100%. Every time I click on the dodge or burn layer, it'll set the opacity and flow back to 50/3. And, when I click on the other layers, it'll set their opacity and flow to what I last had for that layer.

Mihnea Stoian's picture

Moved from LR to C1 for the simple reason that as a very amateur photographer, paying monthly for a software I use maybe 4 times in any month became just silly.

Steve Powell's picture

Was an LR user for years, but decided to try C1. I won’t return to LR.