Applying Capture Adjustments

Tethered shooting / Customization / Metadata / Presets / Styles

Capture One can automatically apply a range of adjustments, including ICC profiles, metadata and image settings, as well as built-in or user-defined presets and styles to captured images to help you work faster.

Adding adjustments automatically

Keeping track of adjustments made to images can be difficult to monitor when working in the often pressured environment of a tethered shoot. Instead, you can rely on Capture One to assign an ICC profile and certain image adjustments and styles from the application’s extensive range of tools made from a few test shots. The option to add adjustments and styles (presets) from Capture One isn’t available at the time of creating a new tethered Session, instead they must be selected from the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

The option to add adjustments and styles (presets) from Capture One isn’t available at the time of creating a new tethered session, instead they must be selected from the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

Selecting an ICC profile

Capture One automatically recognizes the tethered camera and selects the appropriate ICC profile. However some cameras and digital backs, notably those from Phase One, have multiple ICC profiles associated with them. You can use the Next Capture Adjustments tool to override that selection and adopt either a specific ICC profile from the available list or from an earlier capture if necessary. Note this is a specialized function and, unless a specific profile is required, it should be left to the default setting for that camera model.

  1. Capture an image as detailed above.
  2. Navigate to Next Capture Adjustments tool.
  3. From the ICC Profile fly-out menu, choose from the following:
    • Default (default) - The default or custom default ICC profile is applied. To override the default selection, simply select the ICC profile from the drop-down list. (Note the ICC profile can also be specified in the Base Characteristics tool, however, unless you have saved the selected profile as a new custom default profile for the camera, you would need to capture an image with the new profile and then select Copy from Last.)
    • Copy from Last - select this option to adopt the ICC profile used for the last capture. When switching between profiles during a tethered session, it can be difficult to keep track. After you’ve decided on the appropriate profile, use this option to select the profile used for the last capture, or use the Copy from Primary option to make a selection from a previous image.
    • Copy from Primary - select this option to adopt the ICC profile used to capture the primary variant (i.e., the thumbnail selected in the browser with a thick white border, as opposed to any others selected that are displayed with a thin white border).
  4. The selection is automatically saved and applied.

You can use the Next Capture Adjustments tool to override that selection and adopt either a specific ICC profile from the available list or from an earlier capture if necessary.

Setting the orientation of a capture

Select the appropriate setting from the Next Capture Adjustments tool when a camera is unable to determine the appropriate image orientation using its built-in internal sensor. For example, when the camera is overhead and pointing downwards, you can use this option to override the camera’s setting. This includes Phase One backs that already have their image orientation set by Capture One. (See more below on camera orientation with Phase One backs).

  1. Navigate to Next Capture Adjustments tool.
  2. From the Orientation fly-out menu choose from the following:
    • Default (camera’s setting)
    • 90°
    • 180°
    • 270°
  3. After selecting, the image will be oriented as chosen in the Viewer.
  4. When using Live View with supported cameras, the orientation of the preview in Capture One's Live View window will match that of the Viewer.

Select the appropriate setting from the Next Capture Adjustments tool when a camera is unable to determine the image orientation using its built-in internal sensors.

Setting the orientation of a capture (Phase One digital backs only)

When capturing images at angles that are not supported by the digital back’s integrated image orientation sensor, for example when the camera is facing down and rotated at the same time, you can use Capture One to set the orientation of captures in the Viewer. This option can also be used with earlier models that do not feature an integrated orientation sensor.

It is important to emphasize that use of Capture One’s Orientation setting will not only rotate, but it will also overwrite the orientation information in an image. Hence the new orientation data will be kept in the image file when it is moved to another computer running Capture One.

  1. From the main menu, choose Camera > Orientation.
  2. Set the desired rotation.
  3. Select Auto to rotate the capture automatically (Phase One IQ, P and P+ series backs and H-backs made for 645-format only).

When capturing images at angles that are not supported by the digital back’s integrated orientation sensor, for example when the camera is facing down and rotated at the same time, you can use Capture One to set the orientation of captures in the Viewer.

Applying auto-alignment (Phase One digital backs only)

When using a tethered Phase One digital back with an integrated orientation sensor (i.e., Phase One IQ, P and P+ series backs and H-backs made for 645-format only) Capture One can apply automatic rotation and keystone correction.

  1. Go to the Capture Tool Tab and check mark the Auto Alignment option in the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

When using a tethered Phase One digital back with an integrated orientation sensor (Phase One IQ, P and P+ series backs and H-backs made for 645-format only) Capture One can apply automatic rotation and keystone correction.

Adding metadata to captures

You can set up the tethered Session or Catalog to copy certain metadata from image-to-image. This can be useful, for example, when assigning different keywords, instructions or various rights usage terms to images just prior to capture.

  1. Select an image in the session or catalog (e.g., the previous capture) and assign metadata where relevant, for example, using the tools located under the Metadata Tool Tab.
  2. Return to the Capture Tool Tab and go to the Next Capture Adjustments tool.
  3. From the Metadata fly-out menu, select from the following options:
    • Defaults (default) - adds camera EXIF data only. Any metadata already assigned will NOT be copied to the next capture.
    • Copy from Last - copies all assigned metadata from the last captured image.
    • Copy from Primary - copies all assigned metadata from the selected Primary variant (the selected image with the heavy white border).
    • Copy from Clipboard - applies all metadata copied to the Adjustments Clipboard from the last captured image or from the selected Primary variant to the next captured image. This is useful when limiting specific metadata to images.
    • Copy specific from Last - selecting this option opens a Metadata-only clipboard where Ratings, Color Tags, Keywords and other individual IPTC fields can be selected for copying from the last captured image.
    • Copy specific from Primary - selecting this option opens a Metadata only clipboard where Ratings, Color Tags, Keywords and other individual IPTC fields can be selected for copying from the selected Primary Variant (the selected image with the heavy white border).
  4. The selection is automatically saved and applied to all future captures.        

You can set up the tethered session to copy metadata from image-to-image which can be useful, for example, when assigning different keywords, instructions or various rights usage terms to images just prior to capture.

Adding image adjustments to captures

The option to add image adjustments isn’t available when creating a new tethered Session or Catalog, instead they must be selected from the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

  1. Capture an image and make any required adjustments or edits.
  2. Navigate to Next Capture Adjustments tool.
  3. From the All Other fly-out menu, choose from the following (the ICC profile and any metadata selected above will be applied in each case):
    • Defaults - applies Capture One’s default settings to the next capture (note, any image adjustments made previously will NOT be applied. Custom defaults saved for specific camera models will be applied, however).
    • Copy from Last (default) - copies adjustment settings that were applied to the last capture. For example, if you made a white balance correction and increased the saturation, every subsequent image would have the same settings applied. This is particularly useful when setting up and fine-tuning adjustments.
    • Copy from Primary - copies adjustments applied to the selected primary variant (i.e., the selected image in the browser with the thick white border), and applies the same adjustments to the next capture. This is similar to Copy from Last but should be used when the image has multiple adjustments and no longer requires further editing. When the image is in need of further fine-tuning, adopt Copy from Last.
    • Copy from Clipboard - this option applies all the adjustments copied to the Adjustments Clipboard from the Primary variant to the next captured image. You can use this option like the others applying all the adjustments, or you can use this selectively, when deciding to apply a mix of metadata and image adjustments.
    • Copy specific from Last... - selecting this option opens the Next Capture Adjustments clipboard where you can select specific image adjustments to copy from the last capture.
    • Copy specific from Primary... - like Copy specific from Last..., you can use this to copy specific image adjustments applied to the selected Primary variant.          
  4. The selection is automatically saved and the relevant settings applied to all future captures.

The option to add adjustments and styles isn’t available when creating a new tethered document (i.e., session or catalog), instead they must be selected from the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

Applying Styles and Presets

In the same way that image adjustments can be added, Styles and Presets can be applied to captures.

  1. From the Next Capture Adjustments tool.
  2. Go to the Styles fly-out menu, choose from the following:
    • None (default)
    • Stack Styles
    • User Styles
    • Built-in Styles
    • User Presets 
    • Built-in Presets
  3. The selection is automatically saved and the relevant settings applied to all future captures.

In the same way that image adjustments can be added Styles and Presets can be applied to captures.

Selecting the appropriate capture preview

Capture One can control how previews are updated and displayed in the Viewer during tethered capture.

  1. From the main menu, select Camera > Auto Select New Capture…, and choose from the following:
    • Never - will show the chosen primary variant. The viewer is not-updated with new captures.
    • Immediately - displays a quickly rendered preview while the adjustments are applied. Select this option if working quickly, for example, during a fast-paced fashion shoot.
    • When ready - displays a high quality preview with the adjustments applied. Select this option, for example, when capturing still life, landscapes and architecture. Note this option is generally slower due to the processing required. If the capture rate is high it can be difficult to keep track of individual images, where the subject could be moving rapidly.
    • Auto Pause - pauses the preview of the selected variant to allow inspection, for example, to check focus accuracy. Files can continue to be captured, but the image preview in the main Viewer isn’t updated until Immediately or When ready is selected.
  2. The selection is automatically saved and applied.

Capture One has four different modes to control how previews are displayed during tethered capture.